The more I get to know downtown Washington through the blog, the more I grow to love it. As many tourists remark, Washington offers the amenities of a big city, enveloped in its old-fashioned, small town charm. You live in Washington and the area, but you don’t come downtown too often? Here are 10 reasons why you should change that!
1. The Riverfront
There is something about riverfront towns, they have a charm of their own. The Missouri River is the longest river in North America and a major waterway of the central United States. Whether you go on the river, or admire it from the bank, you can’t help but feel its flow.
2. The Trains
Steam Trains still go through Washington at least once a year. We also have the Amtrak, which brings many tourists every day. The railroad gives you the opportunity to travel at a slower pace, while admiring some beautiful scenery along the way.
3. The Riverfront Trail
The Riverfront Trail is one of the reasons we moved to Washington. It’s great for walking, jogging or cycling in every season and time of day. Winding along the river and the train tracks, the trail attracts young and old alike with its beautiful majestic trees and scenic bends.
4. The Festivals
The Main Street BBQ and Bluesfest in April, The Fine Art Fair and Winefest in May, the Brewfest, Chili Cook-Off and the Festival of the Arts and Crafts in September, Music at the Market, Sunset on the Riverfront and the Pumpkin Palooza are all fun-filled events that bring lots of people downtown and fill the streets with life.
5. The Corn Cob Pipe Factory
Washington is known as “The Corn Cob Capital of the World.” The Missouri Meerschaum Company is the world’s oldest and largest manufacturer of Corn Cob smoking pipes. It has been located in Washington, Missouri since 1869, and it is still operating. These pipes are smoked and loved all over the world as well as being used as souvenirs, often imprinted with the name of the city, business or event.
6. The Shops
Washington has a variety of uniques shops where you can find freshly roasted coffee, delicious fudge, stylish women’s fashions, beautiful local art, great vintage items and antiques, furniture and home decor, and so much more. Nothing beats the personal service.
7. The Restaurants
Downtown Washington has a verity of amazing restaurants, offering delicious food. Try the juicy burgers and crispy fries at the Landing, the delicious salads and steaks at Old Dutch, the tempting crepes at Mannwell’s, the yummy wraps and desserts and Joe’s bakery, the mile-high pie at Cowan’s, the crab leg boil at the Basket Case, the Cowboy Nachos at the Bier Deck, the brain sandwich at Wimpy’s, or the gourmet entrées at the American Bounty. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong.
8. The Historic Buildings
The town of Washington has 445 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, a state record. The red bricks and ornate designs abound in the downtown area. Washington’s historic charm attracts locals and tourists alike.
9. The Farmers’ Market
From fresh produce and naturally raised pork, to beautiful hand-crafted earrings and scarfs, the Farmer’s Market has it all. Delicious breads, artisan cupcakes, button pins, plants and flowers, organic eggs, photography and greeting cards: one can find everything locally made with lots of care and love.
10. The Community
Washington has a friendly community, always willing to volunteer and be part of the downtown life. Downtown Washington Inc, The Historical Society, the Rotary Club, the Lions Club, the Mid-Missouri Fine Arts Society, the Master Gardeners Club, Friends of the Library, are just some of the local groups you can join and make new friends.
Can you add some more reasons to visit Washington to the list? Feel free to do so in the comment section below!