We’d be sad about summer coming to a close if the fall season in the Lake Chelan Valley wasn’t so magical.
As the leaves change from green to gold to orange and the nights cool off, we can’t help but fall in love with our little valley all over again. There’s nothing quite like the rolling hills of golden vineyards and brisk morning walks by the lake. The days stay warm well through October, making autumn a perfect season to get away and explore!
While we live for long, hot summer days in Lake Chelan, we know that the summer temperatures can often be too hot for some day hikes.
Trails like the Chelan Butte offer stunning views at the top but little to no shade on the way up. The cooler temperatures of September and October make it a perfect time to hit the trails! We suggest planning a golden hour hike to experience the gorgeous fall lighting over the valley. Or do a loop around Riverwalk Park and soak in the changing colors, lake reflections, and quiet downtown.
From wine grapes to apples to pumpkins and more, the Lake Chelan Valley hums with harvest festivities all season long.
Try your hand (or foot) at stomping grapes or go apple picking and press your very own cider. Nothing says fall like a bin of fresh-picked apples and a bouquet of seasonal wildflowers! We recommend a day trip to Chelan Valley Farms where you can harvest apples or pumpkins, traipse through wildflowers, and soak in the incredible views.
Whether you’re a beer, cider, or wine lover (or all three!), you’ll find something wonderful to sip on while you soak in those crisp, autumn days.
Our valley gets an impressive 300 days of sunshine every year, so although the weather may be cooling off, it’s still warm enough to get a few more lake days in!
The parks are quieter and there’s a general sense of stillness and serenity throughout the valley. Pack a picnic, a blanket, and some extra layers and hit the beach for a day of relaxing lakeside. And be sure to stick around for a stunning golden display as the sun sets behind the Cascades. It’s pure magic. But don’t take our word for it – experience it all for yourself.
Come enjoy a beautiful Lake Chelan autumn with us. We promise you’ll fall in love with our valley in a whole new way. We can’t wait to see you!
You’re sunkissed from a blissful day on the water. You’ve spent all day swimming in the lake and frolicking in the sun, and now it’s time to end the day with a delicious dinner.
But if there’s one thing everyone knows, it’s that a full day under the sun can work up quite the appetite AND it wears you out. So forget about cooking dinner tonight and treat yourself and your crew to a meal at one of these ideal post-lake restaurants!
323 W Manson Hwy, Chelan, WA 98816
Nothing beats a burger, milkshake, and a big ol’ bucket of fries after a day under the sun! Lakeview Drive-in is a Chelan institution and your trip wouldn’t be complete without at least one stop here. Eat your dinner on the patio overlooking the lake or take it for a picnic at the park. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the sun setting over the lake. Your whole crew is guaranteed to love their dinner from the drive-in.
2212 Chelan Falls Rd, Chelan, WA 98816
Easy, fast, and oh so delicious. Tacos La Roca offers delicious, authentic Mexican food. Fill up on as many tacos as you want, treat yourself to a combination plate of epic proportions, or kill a burrito in one fell swoop. Pair it all with an ice-cold soda or horchata and you’ll be in summertime heaven. Tacos La Roca is another easy option for takeout so you can spread out by the lake or back at your rental.
50 Wapato Way, Manson, WA 98831
Staying near Manson? Order a dinner of pizza, chicken wings, salad, and more from Troy’s Pizza in downtown Manson. With the wide variety of menu options, you might just find it possible to please everyone for once! Enjoy dinner on the patio with an ice-cold pint of draft beer under the setting sun, or order your food to go to enjoy across the street at Manson Bay Park or back at your rental.
3519 WA-150, Chelan, WA 98816
The BBQ in the Vineyard at Lake Chelan Winery is a hit for all ages! Enjoy delicious barbeque ribs, mac and cheese, baked beans, and so much more — all paired with delightful local wines. Take in gorgeous views of the lake as you sit back and delight in some of the most flavorful food around. Frolic on the lawn as the sun goes down or browse the gift and cheese shop inside for souvenirs and goodies to take home with you. It’s a visit you won’t soon forget.
133 E Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA 98816
This family-friendly brewery is a perfect place for a casual, delicious summer dinner. There’s something for everyone on the menu – from BBQ ribs to tacos to fish and chips! Choose from a wide selection of beers on tap (or fountain soda for the kids!) while you sit back and recount the day’s best moments. The bright, casual ambiance is the perfect backdrop for a summertime meal.
There’s nothing quite like ending a day in paradise with a delicious meal. There are plenty of restaurants throughout the Chelan Valley. We hope you find what you’re craving after your long day of basking in the Lake Chelan sun. Bon appetit!
So you’re spending the next few days in glorious Lake Chelan and you want to shop locally as much as you can? We can help!
Patronizing local businesses while you’re on vacation helps keep them going year-round and you won’t find better customer service anywhere else! Many of our favorite businesses are just starting to open back up after months of closure. By shopping locally, you’re helping these shops we know and love get back into the swing of things. We thought we’d give you some tips for shopping locally during your stay with us.
Keep it local by stocking up for the week at some of our favorite local markets.
If you’re staying near Manson, you’ll find everything you need at the Manson Red Apple Market just off Manson Highway. Friendly faces and a wide selection await you. Don’t leave without grabbing something from the cafe inside! If you’re staying in Chelan, head downtown to Bear Foods Natural Market. You could spend hours wandering through every aisle and checking every nook in the store. Cap off your trip with a bag of fresh-popped popcorn seasoned your way or a crepe from the attached creperie. We also recommend the Meat Shop for quality meats and Culinary Apple in downtown Chelan to round out your grocery shopping!
Both Chelan and Manson have their own farmer’s markets where you can pick up fresh produce.
In Manson, you’ll find the market at the Manson Grange on Wapato Way on Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 8:30 am through the summer months. In Chelan, the Chelan Evening Farmer’s Market begins at 4 pm on Thursdays on the corner of S. Emerson St. and Wapato Avenue. Meet local vendors and browse local goods from fresh fruits and veggies to artisan bread to handmade soaps. Stock up so you can head back to your rental to cook up a fresh meal paired with local wine, good company, and stunning views!
Souvenirs & Vacation Goods
Slowly but surely, our beloved shops are beginning to open up with social distancing measures in place.
Your shopping trip may not look like it has in the past, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a little bit of Lake Chelan back home with you.
If you’re looking for something to commemorate your trip to Lake Chelan, duck into Swim World on Woodin Avenue in downtown Chelan for stickers, mugs, hats, and more, or Shirt Shop Plus for custom Lake Chelan apparel. If you’re in need of a good vacation read, head to Riverwalk Books to peruse the latest bestsellers and new releases. You’ll walk out with a perfect beach read, thanks to the booksellers’ recommendations! If you’re vacationing with kids, they’ll fall in love with the upstairs wonderland. Trust us when we say you’ll have a hard time leaving without half the store.
This one seems like a no-brainer, right?
The Lake Chelan Valley is home to some of the region’s best wines. While you’re here, make sure to take advantage of the delicious wine. Currently, many wineries are open for curbside pick-up, so you can pick up your favorite bottles to bring home with you. If you’re not into wine, pick up a growler and bottle from one of the local breweries, like Stormy Mountain Brewing or Lake Chelan Brewery, or cideries, like Rootwood Cider or Steelhead Cider. To see your full list of options, check out the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce Ale and Cider page.
Stocking up for your vacation or buying souvenirs is easy when you’ve got amazing local businesses like the ones right here in downtown Chelan and Manson. Happy shopping!
Coffee with a View
Wake up and enjoy a leisurely morning of sipping coffee and soaking in lake views.
There’s just something about the smoothness of the undisturbed lake in the morning that will soothe you and set your day off on the right foot. Grab your coffee and sit back. There’s no rush to be anywhere or do anything.
Keep the slow morning going by visiting a locally-loved restaurant for breakfast.
Check out Riverwalk Inn for a unique breakfast selection and a wide range of mimosa flavors! Sit out on the patio to catch some rays and watch the passersby. If you’re staying near Manson, we recommend trying Blueberry Hills. The lines are long, but the wait is so worth it. You’ll enjoy a phenomenal breakfast overlooking rolling hills of blueberries – hence the name.
Hit the Lake
Now that you’ve fueled up on coffee and good food, it’s time to hit the water!
Rent a boat or jetski and spend your day tubing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, or just feeling the wind in your hair as you cruise around the lake. Pack some snacks and you’ll have no reason to disembark before your rental is due. If you’re feeling more adventurous, give parasailing a shot. You’ll experience a rare bird’s eye view of the lake and get a kick of adrenaline at the same time.
It’s been a long and luxurious day on the lake.
You’ve put it in a lot of hours of rest and relaxation. The best way to end your day is by visiting any one of the amazing restaurants Chelan and Manson have to offer. Make reservations at Tsillan Cellars or Wapato Point Cellars and enjoy delicious food paired with exquisite wines. Or head into downtown Chelan and grab a pizza and beer from Local Myth Pizza! They offer 20 taps of local beers and ciders and delicious topping combinations.
Enjoy Live Music
During the summer months, live music can be found throughout the week.
It’s a perfect way to end a perfect summer’s day in Lake Chelan. Many wineries offer live shows from bands and musicians that are sure to keep you dancing into the night! Check the Lake Chelan Chamber Commerce calendar for an up-to-date schedule.
After a summer day like this one, you’ll love heading back to your rental to unwind and enjoy a good night’s sleep! You deserve it.
We can’t believe it’s already April! The birds are singing, the hills are turning green, and the days are getting longer. We are loving it.
And now that you’re emerging from winter hibernation, it’s the perfect time to start planning your summer vacation to the Lake Chelan Valley. It’s never too early to get a jump on your getaway plans. We hope these tips make your planning a little easier:
Choose your dates
First things first. Break out your calendar and find dates that work for you.
Narrow down your options to a few different dates so you can research pricing and the availability of rentals. Alternatively, check around for possible events or festivals that you’d like to attend in the valley and plan your trip accordingly.
Maybe you want to catch some Bach Fest performances or attend the Cruizin’ Chelan car show. A good place to start looking for such events is the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce or the Manson Chamber of Commerce websites.
If you’re looking to visit during peak times like the 4th of July or Memorial Day Weekend, we recommend booking as far in advance as possible to ensure you get the rental you want!
Find Your Perfect Rental
Now that you’ve got some ideas for the dates you’d like to visit, browse our vacation rentals and find the one that checks all your boxes.
Are you planning a romantic getaway for two? A girls’ weekend away? Getting the whole family together for a reunion? Are you looking for something close to town or do you want somewhere more secluded? Maybe having a hot tub is an absolute must.
Whatever you’re thinking, we’ve got you covered. Check out our rentals page here and filter your search to fit your needs. You can also check out our Current Specials page to see if there are any sweet deals you can take advantage of!
Things to Do
So you have your dates and you’ve reserved your rental. Now how to fill all your glorious time at Lake Chelan?
It’s easy! Sometimes the best vacations are the ones where you have no plans at all. You’re free to sleep in, lay by the lake or the pool, read your book, or do whatever your heart desires. For those of you who crave some structure, though, here are some ideas for how to fill your days at the lake!
It’s not a trip to Lake Chelan if you’re not taking advantage of the refreshing, crystal clear waters. Plan a beach day!
Pack a lunch and some floaties and hit the beach for a day of dipping in and out of the water at your leisure.
Or rent a boat, stand-up paddleboards, or jet skis. Spend a day on the water and try your hand at water-skiing, wakeboarding, or tubing. Your whole crew will have a blast!
And trust us when we say, you’ll all sleep soundly back at your rental.
Explore the Area
The lake is obviously a must. But there are plenty of ways to explore the beautiful valley that surrounds it.
Pack your hiking shoes and hit the trails! There’s something for everyone. If you’re looking for a light stroll, do a lap around the Riverwalk Loop in Chelan. Keep it going by connecting to the Reach 1 trail and see the Chelan Gorge.
If you’re looking for more of a challenge, head up the Elephant’s Head trail on the Chelan Butte. The hike is 4 miles roundtrip and starts with a steep incline. But power through and you’ll be rewarded with views of Lake Chelan and the Columbia River. You can park at the Reach 1 trailhead, then cross the road to head up.
On the north side of the lake, explore Echo Ridge for 25 miles of trails of varying difficulty. Catch glimpses of the valley way below and bask in the glorious sun!
Hit the Town
Whether you’re staying near Chelan or Manson, we recommend you spend a day exploring the town!
Spend your morning browsing the quaint shops that line the downtown streets and pick up a souvenir to take home with you. Grab lunch from one of the fantastic local restaurants and visit a tasting room to get some local flavor in the form of wine, beer, or cider.
If you’re hitting the town in the evening, catch some live music and dance the night away! Find local events here.
We hope this points you in the right direction as you begin to think about planning your summer vacation to Lake Chelan! We hope it’s all you’ve been dreaming of and more. And we can’t wait to be a part of it.
Coronavirus, more specifically COVID-19, is the new buzzword.
And, not just in health-talk circles, but in schools, the workplace, on social media, and yes, in the travel industry. Offering world-class service and putting our guests first has always been something that is core to our business. And we wanted to pass along as much information as we could regarding this virus, knowing that facts and truths may ease your concerns.
Keep in mind that at the time of this message, the only travel mandates we are seeing from officials pertain to cruise ships and international travel.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the Department of State, have been conscientious in updating the public regarding this global virus outbreak, but nonetheless, fears mount as many folks must travel for business and others want to travel for leisure.
As spring break and summer vacations approach, education seems to be the cornerstone for protecting yourself and your family, keeping in mind that healthy individuals are typically able to rebound from coronavirus, as well as the flu, colds, and other illnesses.
Opportunity to Travel and SAVE
While much of the information widely available discusses the impact the virus has had on international travel and air travel, the industry is seeing a sharp increase in families packing up the vehicle and heading out to destinations that they can drive to.
With limited exposure to large, confined crowds, the ability to prepare your own meals, and access to your own vehicle for activities and sightseeing, many people are adjusting their travel plans to include those favorite destinations that are within driving distance of their home base.
And for those that are considering air travel, we’ve seen many carriers slash fares and provide some BIG savings due to the dip in demand. In addition, we’ve heard that some local companies are offering discounted rates on dining, activities, and such.
Key Points to Ponder
While there are varying opinions on what started this, most professionals agree that precautionary measures are a person’s best defense.
Follow the CDC for daily updates on COVID-19 and take some common-sense approaches to wellness to help stay healthy. Many of these practices are things you should already be doing on a regular basis:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Discontinue the practice of shaking hands and perhaps opt to wave or elbow bump for a greeting.
- Keep tissues on hand to cover coughs and/or sneezes, discarding following use.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Avoid touching your face, mouth, and nose.
- Routinely disinfect items touched regularly (countertops, bathroom surfaces, personal cell phone, etc.).
Remember these important facts that have been stressed by the CDC:
- With regard to COVID-19, reported illnesses vary greatly between mild and severe. Some people have had little to no reported symptoms while others have been severe. Currently, information gathered suggests that MOST COVID-19 illness is mild (only 16% of cases have a serious illness).
- Older people and those with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, to name a few, seem to be at a higher risk for serious illness.
- The immediate risk of being exposed to the virus currently is thought to be low for the majority of folks.
The United States has NOT seen the widespread circulation of COVID-19 in most communities at this time.
With no domestic travel restrictions at this time, plan that vacation and celebrate life in your happy place, putting into practice these CDC-recommended tips for better health and wellness.
Again, this is an evolving situation that shouldn’t stir panic. As you travel, take additional daily medications and over-the-counter meds you might need in case of a travel delay, and rely on CDC updates to stay well and safe.
Maybe it’s time for a relaxing getaway from all of the hustle and bustle!
We hope to see you soon!
It’s February – the month of love!
And the Lake Chelan valley has the perfect way to celebrate. Visit Lake Chelan for one of two Red Wine & Chocolate weekends and immerse yourself in all the best things: red wine, chocolate, and love!
Red Wine & Chocolate spans two weekends, February 8th & 9th and 15th & 16th. It’s the perfect mid-winter getaway for couples and friends alike. Spend a weekend away winery hopping in Chelan and Manson and tasting exclusive wine selections paired with decadent chocolate treats. The tasting rooms are bustling with friendly faces and warm smiles. The surrounding landscape is awe-inspiring. It’s a perfect way to celebrate love!
Taste to Your Heart’s Content
Wineries throughout the valley welcome visitors to their tasting rooms where you can enjoy special tastings of limited edition red wines. Winemakers carefully and thoughtfully pair unique, often homemade, chocolate treats for you to enjoy with your wine. You’ll have a chance to try treats like wine-infused truffles, chocolate fondue, and gourmet s’mores! Savor these alongside a robust glass of port and your favorite person and you’ll be set.
Enjoy a Romantic Dinner
Many restaurants and wineries throughout Chelan and Manson offer ambient and romantic dining atmospheres. Make a reservation ahead of time at places like Sorrento’s at Tsillan Cellars, Wapato Point Cellars, the Bistro at Benson Vineyards, or Andante for a fine dining experience to cap off your weekend. Whether it’s a romantic getaway for two or a girl’s weekend away, everyone is sure to enjoy a night out with amazing food and company.
Savor the Scenery
Nothing compares to a quiet winter scene in Lake Chelan. The snow on the rolling hills makes everything seem a little quieter and time itself seems to move more slowly. Many wineries light a fire for you to cozy up next to with your wine and chocolate. Chatting with friends old and new and taking in the stunning scenery is the perfect way to pass a February afternoon! Or, after a long day out and about, curl up on the couch in your rental to watch the sunset behind the mountains with your love.
Whether you’re planning on spoiling your sweetheart or rounding up your best pals for a weekend getaway, Red Wine & Chocolate has everything you need to get you out of that mid-winter slump to celebrate the people you love most. Book your stay today and come enjoy one of our favorite events with us. We’ll save a glass for you!
You’ve confirmed your rental, your bags are packed, your crew is ready to go.
Now it’s time to make a game plan for Lake Chelan Winterfest 2020!
This year’s buttons are only $5 and they’re your ticket into all things Winterfest. Get access to kid’s activities, apple bin train rides, ice bar, and more. Your button also gets you special discounts and offers at shops and wineries throughout the valley.
You can get tickets for either weekend OR a premium pass that gets you into everything from the Grand Wine Walk on the first weekend to the Battle of the Bloody Mary competition on the second.
There’s fun for the entire family at Winterfest and your buttons give you access to all of them!
Hunt for Tsilly (pronounced ‘chill-ee’) the Lake Monster around the valley during both weekends. During weekend one in Chelan, enjoy family activities like horse-drawn carriage rides, rides down the ice slide and kids crafts all weekend long.
Brave the cold waters at the Polar Bear Splash before warming up at the beach bonfire and watching the fireworks on Saturday.
On Sunday, cozy up and make your way through Chelan with a Cocoa Crawl or sign your team up at the Winterfest Games! During weekend two, take part in the Mystery Mitten Walk, ride in an apple bin train rides, enjoy a family magic show and watch the lighting of the ice tower in Manson.
It’ll be a winter celebration the family won’t soon forget.
Taste the Valley
If you’re looking to taste the flavors of the valley, Winterfest has you covered.
Enjoy the Grand Wine Walk during the first weekend of Chelan and taste the best of Lake Chelan’s wines while browsing downtown boutiques and getting to know the winemakers.
On Sunday, learn about sparkling wine produced in the valley at the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce’s Bubble Bar! During the second weekend, taste your way through local beers and ciders at Manson’s Alefest.
Then, enjoy brunch and vote for your favorite Bloody Mary at Sunday’s Battle of the Bloody Mary.
Get Your Ice On
It wouldn’t be Winterfest without some frosty fun.
Enjoy drinks and dancing at the ice bar Friday and Saturday.
Take a ride down the ice slide, pose for a picture in the ice throne, and watch as ice carvers sculpt icy creations. You can even vote for your favorite during the first weekend!
If you’re here for the second weekend, head to Manson and enjoy the lighting of the ice tower while dancing along to live music.
For Your Entertainment
There’s no shortage of entertainment at Winterfest.
Get down at the Deschutes Brewery Main Stage during both weekends.
The stellar lineup includes live music from DJ Indica Jones and local favorite, the Kevin Jones Band.
Warm-up with laughter at Rotten Apple’s special stand-up comedy show at the historic Ruby Theatre. Or catch live music at various wineries throughout the valley. You really can’t go wrong!
After all the festivities, head back to your Windermere rental to cozy up and get a good night’s rest – you deserve it.
Check out the complete Winterfest schedule for more ideas on making the most of Winterfest 2020. Cheers!