The city has added better on-street parking, broad walkable sidewalks. Local businesses have seen foot traffic increase thanks to these renovations to the historic core of the city.
One business here that has stood the test of time is the Sky River Bakery. The small mom-and-pop place has been on Main Street for almost three decades. The business has checkered tile, little diner tables, and a big glass pastry case filled with day’s wares. Stop in for a cup of coffee at the cafe, or take it to go as you stroll the boutiques and tiendas of Monroe’s downtown
Sky River Bakery 117 1/2 W Main St, Monroe, WA 98272
The last big stop before you hit Stevens Pass is the town of Skykomish. The small town has about 195 residents now, but in its heyday as a railroad town it had several thousands. The city is so rural that it seems to be protected indefinitely from sprawling suburbia.
The little mountain town acts a nice terminus to the Sky Valley: a good place to get gas, look at the scenic hills and explore the heritage of the Great Northern & Cascade Railway.
Great Northern & Cascade Railway 101 5th St N, Skykomish, WA 98288
If you’re planning to stay and enjoy the snowy slopes of nearby Stevens Pass, consider stopping at the Stone’s Throw B & B in the town of Index. You’ll likely need to make reservations in advance, because the charming two-person cottage is a most desirable place to call it a night. The house offers views of the craggy face of Mount Index.