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Waterville Plateau, Waterville Wash., Waterville barn, Waterville Plateau barn,

Waterville is a sleepy farm town on the high desert in Washington state. In other words, a place to unwind and relax. A few mom and pop stores and cafes occupy main street. The town is frozen in time: craftsman homes with big front porches, abandoned vehicles like the 1952 Chevy Bel Air (right), and the horseshoe pits at the city park. The Waterville Hotel, built in 1903, is open April through October. Big-band music plays softly in the lobby. You can sit on big chairs on the porch and soak it in. Time stands still.