July 8, 2014 by Trisha Henning
By: Trisha Henning
The Great Northern Cascade Railway and Toot Sweet Candy Shop in Skykomish, Wash.
As soon as spring rolls around I’m trying to plan fun adventures that will inspire my little girl to think, learn, be active and have fun at the same time. My guess is you are, too. Well, I’ve got the perfect day-long outing for you.
I packed my 5-year old in the car and headed for the sleepy town of Skykomish, which is located on U.S. Highway 2, about 16 miles west of Stevens Pass.
Skykomish is rich in railroad history and is a quaint little town that you’d probably drive right past if you didn’t know any better. Located just across the bridge in the town of Skykomish are two little gems sure to spur excitement for the whole family.
First stop, the Great Northern Cascade Railway — a 7 1/2-inch gauge live steam railroad that the whole family can ride on. This is a great 1/2-mile railway loop that is open every weekend (including holidays) from May through October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. And rides are completely free! (A small donation would be gratefully accepted, since this project has been at the heart of many volunteers.)
Once you’ve had your fill of this amazing train, the old depot building and the history behind it, it’s time to head to the best little candy shop in town: Skykomish Toot Sweet. This cute train-themed candy shop, located at 108 W. Railroad Ave., is every kid’s dream! From candy to toys to his and her striped railroad hats, this little shop is way too cute to pass up. The shop is run by volunteer Debbe Koch and is open on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m.
So plan a family trip and take a day to enjoy the scenery. Go take a ride on the rail … ALL ABOARD!