If you’re visiting Lake Chelan this summer, you’re in for a treat – and some serious heat!
In the summer months, temperatures in the valley can reach the triple digits. The cool, clear waters of Lake Chelan are a desert oasis. On a hot, hot day, the lake is oh so enticing. A dip in the lake helps cool you off on the hottest of days, but that’s not the only way to cool down. Here is our guide to beating the heat in Lake Chelan this summer!
#1: The Lake
This one’s a no-brainer, right?
Nothing is more effective and more satisfying than jumping in the lake on a summer day. Glacial waters provide the perfect respite from a sweltering sun. As soon as you hit the water, you’ll feel refreshed and restored. Grab an inflatable raft, a stand-up paddleboard, or simply swim around in the clear waters for an easy way to chill out and cool off in no time.
#2: Your Rental
While nothing beats the lake, finding a rental with a pool comes in a close second
A pool at your rental makes going for a quick dip to cool off easy and breezy. Enjoy a cocktail over ice as you float the afternoon away or make a splash with a cannonball competition. As long as it cools you down, there’s no wrong way to enjoy your pool time. Browse our rental properties to find a pool that suits you!
#3: Bottoms Up!
Refresh with a glass of something local
Picture this: you’re roasting under the glorious sun on the shores of Lake Chelan. You head to downtown Chelan or Manson and order an icy pint of something delicious. Immediate chills, right? A refreshing local beer or cider with friends is a surefire way to beat the heat. Head out to taste at local tasting rooms like Steelhead Cider or Lake Chelan Brewery, or pick up a six-pack or bottle to enjoy back at your rental. Bonus points if you chill your pint glasses ahead of time and enjoy the poolside!
#4: Ice, Ice, Baby
Caution, brain freeze ahead
You can’t go wrong with some icy goodness on a hot afternoon. And, lucky for us, cold treats can come in many forms. An ice cream cone from Green Dot Sub Shop, a milkshake from Lakeview Drive-In, shaved ice at Lakeside Park, or a smoothie from Goldie’s can do wonders for cooling you down on a toasty summer day. Enjoy your chilly treat as you browse the local shops or walk by the water.
#5: Hit the Slides!
Beat the heat with a thrill
We’ve covered the lake and the pool, but we couldn’t write about beating the heat without suggesting a day trip to Slidewaters. Spend a day sliding down your favorites rides, like the Purple Haze, or float the Lazy River all day long – we won’t judge. But don’t leave without trying your surfing skills at their new wave pool! It’s a fun, exciting way to cool off on those hot summer days.
What are you waiting for? Get yourself and your crew to Lake Chelan ASAP to enjoy a revitalizing summer getaway. Search our rentals today to find the perfect place!
What better Father’s Day present than a weekend away to Lake Chelan?
Rent a place near the water and bring your dad to the lake for quality time with the ones he loves the most. Create new memories while reminiscing on old ones and soak up the beauty of the valley together. Here is our guide to making this Father’s Day extra special.
Rent a Place Your Dad Will Love
Find a rental that suits your dad’s taste
The Good Life Waterfront is a lakeside dream with direct water access, a large private dock with boat and jet ski lifts, and a covered fireplace and BBQ area. Get your grill on as you enjoy a vibrant sunset over the water. Alternatively, rent a Yacinde unit at Wapato Point Resort for cozy lake cabin vibes. Enjoy the sandy beaches or lounge poolside. Take advantage of amenities like a fishing pond, mini-golf, and water sports like kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Search for more rentals to find one that fits your dad’s unique style.
On the Water
There’s something for every dad
Head out in the early morning when the water is glassy and still for the ultimate Father’s Day fishing adventure. Take in the peace and quiet of a calm lake while you wait for a bite on the line. You’ll get quality time with Dad and, if you’re patient, you’ll catch something tasty to grill up for dinner.
Fresh air, fresh mind
Head to Echo Ridge for over 20 miles of trails to walk, hike, or mountain bike. Get lost among the trees and catch stunning views of Lake Chelan, the Cascade Mountains, and the Columbia Plateau. For epic “top of the world” views, drive along Southshore Road and up Shady Pass and Slide Ridge Roads to the Stormy Mountain trail for a scenic drive and a 1.5-mile hike to the peak. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the views of Lake Chelan’s clear waters with your Pops!
On the Town
Tap into local wines, ciders & beers
Hit the town for some good ol’ fashioned bonding over drinks. Explore local beers at breweries like Lake Chelan Brewery in Manson or Stormy Mountain Brewing in downtown Chelan. Try cider at Steelhead Cider, Rootwood Cider, or Lake Chelan Winery’s Cider House. Or experience what Lake Chelan is best known for by wine tasting all across the valley. Find more ideas on where to catch a taste of the valley’s local flavors from the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce.
Make your way back to your rental to unwind and relax after a day packed with fun. It’s the perfect way to show your dad just how much you appreciate him. Trust us, this Father’s Day will be one for the books!
Each and every property you rent through Windermere Vacation Rentals is unique.
We love celebrating the individual charm and personality that our rentals offer. Here are just a few of our favorite features in some of our favorite rentals!
Custom Wood and Iron Work
Walnut Hill recently got a facelift, and we can’t rave enough about the new custom wood and ironwork the owners installed in order to make this property both welcoming and practical. The high ceilings perfectly accentuate the craft and care that went into this beautiful home renovation. Plus, enjoy wall-to-wall glass doors that look out over Lake Chelan, Wapato Point, and Manson Bay!
Is there any better way to wind down after a full day of enjoying Lake Chelan than a friendly game of pool? At Sanden House on Wapato Point, look no further than the expansive living area. The open layout of the Sanden House great room means you can play a game of pool, cook dinner, watch a movie, or catch a sunset all in one place. It beats a dark, crowded dive bar any day. Unwind and enjoy a drink while you play a game or two with the family in the comfort of your own rental.
Besides the quirky name of this beloved rental, our favorite detail has to be the cocktail pool. Cool off in the heat of summer with a refreshing cocktail and a soak or use it as a cozy standing hot tub in the cold winter months. The enclosed backyard will give you a sense of privacy and intimacy so you can enjoy a peaceful evening stargazing and enjoying drinks. This small detail is a vacation rental game changer.
Imagine pulling up to your Lake Chelan vacation rental and being transported to a lakeside castle for the coming days. Bennett Beach Estate’s stunning architecture is a reflection of the care and detail that has gone into creating this private escape. Bennett Beach Estate sits on over 2 acres of private land so you can truly get away from it all. While you’re here, you’ll feel far, far away from all the stresses of everyday life.
Private Horseshoe Pit
At Stager Lake House, you’ll have everything you need for a successful family vacation. Our favorite feature, though, might be the private horseshoe pit on the waterfront lawn. The whole family will love getting a shot at throwing their horseshoe around the stakes while enjoying breathtaking views of the water. This unique space is also within walking distance to many wineries, restaurants, and shops so you’re never too far from the fun!
When you rent with us, you’re sure to find a space that fits your individual needs and tastes. It makes all the difference to spend your vacation in a place that’s comfortable and fun. Browse our properties to find out more about our rentals and find one that works for you!
Who says you need to request paid time off in order to go on vacation?
These days, working from home can mean working from, well, anywhere. Take advantage of your flexibility and spend a few days in beautiful Lake Chelan. Find a rental that works for you, pack your laptop, charger, and any other work necessities, and come make Lake Chelan your new workspace for a spell.
Office with a View
While you work from the Lake Chelan Valley for a few days, enjoy stunning lake views right from your desk. (Or the couch – we won’t tell.) Putting in a long day of work is just a little easier when your backdrop is a calm and beautiful spring scene. Our rentals come equipped with high-speed WiFi, so the only thing you need to worry about is where to set up shop. Create your workspace near a window before diving into your workday so you can enjoy the scenic beauty all day long. Take breaks in between emails and calls to soak it in and relax before getting back to it. It just might do wonders for your productivity.
Work Hard, Play Hard
Photo | Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce
If you’re one of the lucky few that aren’t stuck in back-to-back Zoom meetings all day, we recommend a productive morning at the “office” so you can take the afternoon to play at Lake Chelan. Head up to Echo Ridge for some adventuring in the spring sun or stop by a few nearby wineries for a taste of the valley. Whichever way you decide to enjoy your free time, we’re just happy you’re making the most of your vacation… er, a work trip to Lake Chelan.
You’ve been hard at work ALL. DAY. Sign off your email, close your laptop, and forget about your to-do list until tomorrow. If your rental has a hot tub, like our Bay View Poolside Getaway, enjoy a relaxing soak to forget the stresses of the day. Enjoy a glass of your favorite Lake Chelan wine, beer, or cider and watch the sunset on another lovely day in Lake Chelan. Order dinner from a local restaurant for takeout or cook up a homemade meal right in your rental kitchen! It doesn’t get any better than that.
Working from home just got a whole lot better. Don’t wait any longer to search for a rental that fits all your needs as you work away in Lake Chelan. See you soon!
What could be more appealing than a romantic getaway for two in Lake Chelan this Valentine’s Day?
Every year, couples escape to our little mountain town to enjoy the beauty of the lake and a wide variety of activities. We’ve got coziness, views, delicious restaurants, and small-town charm. It’s not too late to plan an enchanting weekend today!
Couple Activities for Valentine’s Day
A romantic weekend trip with your love typically lends itself to a slower pace in wintertime. if you’re looking to do something low-key we’ve got some ideas for you:
- Head out for a winter walk. Break out your coziest jacket and bring a thermos full of hot cocoa (bonus points for heart-shaped marshmallows) for your wintery outdoor adventure. The Riverwalk Park trail and the Chelan Reach 1 Trail are great options this time of year.
- Hiking, of course, is always an option, but have you tried snowshoeing on the Echo Ridge Trail? If conditions allow, explore the winter forest on snowshoes and make memories that last with your partner.
- Warm up and get comfortable by the fireplace in your Lake Chelan rental. Enjoy an old movie or favorite board game to relax and unwind with your loved one.
- Take a stroll around Historic Downtown Chelan. Stop by The Vogue to grab a coffee or pastry to go or for an evening walk, enjoy the outdoor patio for a hand-crafted cocktail at Layla’s Bar + Kitchen.
Photo | Wapato Point Cellars
Romantic Dinner for Two
Lake Chelan has a variety of ethnic cuisines, American favorites, and delicious pub food when you are looking for your date night spot. With takeout and outdoor dining being the options for this year’s Day of Love, we’ve got a few recommendations to still keep things special.
- Pack a picnic and bundle up to enjoy in one of Lake Chelan’s many lake view parks. Lay out a blanket, bring your favorite foods, and enjoy each other’s company and the area’s gorgeous views.
- Order takeaway from one of Lake Chelan’s delicious restaurants and enjoy a Netflix & Dinner date. May we recommend Marcela’s Cocina or the Winemaker’s Grill at Wapato Point Cellars?
- Top off your day with something sweet. Lake Chelan features a variety of spots to grab a sweet treat—bakeries, ice cream, and even a candy store in town. Treat yourself and the one you love to some Valentine’s Day desserts. We love the Lake Chelan Artisan Bakery, Chelan Toys & Sweets, and Riverwalk Café for something for your sweet tooth.
Find the Perfect Spot for Your Getaway
It’s not too late to book your romantic trip for two. No matter your style or budget, there’s perfect accommodation for your getaway in Lake Chelan. Here at Windermere, we offer a variety of cabins, private homes, and condos for rent. Check out our website or give us a call at 509.415.3505 to get started on planning your Valentine’s visit today!
And naturally, we are big advocates for summer vacations at the lake. Serene setting, idyllic lakeside towns, and a plethora of water sports and activities…what are you waiting for? It’s time to book! However, if you’re still not convinced, we’re sharing our 5 best reasons to vacation in Lake Chelan this summer.
Play on the Water
Boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, Lake Chelan is a boater’s paradise. The crystal clear waters of this big beautiful lake allow a variety of options for the recreational boat and water sports fan. The most challenging part of playing on the water will be choosing your method of fun and transportation. You can rent stand-up paddleboards, pontoon boats, canoes, kayaks…the options seem endless! Lake Chelan also has a variety of beaches and swimming areas for you to choose from if you want to play in the water. There’s nothing like cooling down in a glacier-fed lake in the heat of the summer!
Photo | Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce
Small Town Charm
Throughout Manson and Chelan, you will find quaint gift and specialty shops that provide a variety of goods that you can purchase as a memento of your summer vacation. These stores have it all—from kitchen goods to home décor, apparel to sweet treats, you will find everything and more! Historic Downtown Chelan is lined with shops carrying many unique items. Make sure you travel all the way through town to find the stores on the side streets. Out in Manson’s village on the bay, enjoy quaint shopping experiences with everything from home interior to antiques and sweets. Our shops and boutiques are filled with treasures you won’t want to leave behind. Your next great find might be waiting for you!
Photo | Lake Chelan Wine Valley
Wine a Bit, You’ll Feel Better
When we say we’ve got something special growing in Lake Chelan, we mean it. Our unique climate and glacial soil allow for some optimal growing conditions in this region, producing some of the best grapes in Washington. With over 30 wineries and 250 acres of vineyards, Lake Chelan makes delicious wine for every palette. Whether you book a limousine wine tasting tour with all your friends or drive around the backroads of Manson exploring wineries and vineyards for yourself, we know you will fall in love with our wine region. We could keep telling you how wonderful the wine is here, but why don’t you come to visit and sip for yourself?
Location, Location, Location!
Lake Chelan is perfectly located right in the middle of Washington State, making it accessible from areas all around. Beginning about 50 miles south of the Canadian border, and roughly midway between Seattle and Spokane, the lake is just a quick 3-hour drive from most places in Washington. This fantastic location allows for an easy weekend getaway or a week-long vacation. Just pack your swimsuit and sunscreen, hop in your car, and pop on over. You won’t even need your passport!
Photo | Lady of the Lake
Visit Remote Stehekin
Stehekin is one of the most remote towns in the lower 48, and we highly recommend visiting for a unique experience. With only 90 year-round residents and limited cell reception, Stehekin is your opportunity to unplug and enjoy a digital detox. To get there, you either board the Lady of the Lake or Stehekin Ferry. Once there, a summer visitor can have a quick lunch, explore the town and head back to Chelan – all on the same day! Or you can escape the busyness of everyday life and rent a lodge room, cabin or campsite and spend a few days hiking to Rainbow Falls, eating all the treats at Stehekin Pastry Co., rafting the Stehekin River, riding horses, or renting mountain bikes. Whatever you choose to do, we recommend a Stehekin trip for all of our guests.
With so much to do and see, it’s clear that a getaway to Lake Chelan should be in your summer plans! And luckily at Windermere, we make finding your summer lodging easy. With rentals available for all-sized groups and families, check out our website and book your dream vacation rental today!
Looking for a festive small town to visit this holiday season? You’ve come to the right place.
We know people say “there’s no place like home for the holidays” but Lake Chelan at Christmastime might have you saying otherwise. Shop owners greet you warmly as big fluffy flakes fall, wander up and down the brightly lit streets with a cup of cocoa in hand, or perhaps build a snowman in the park with your loved ones. No matter the holiday activity, we know those magical Hallmark Christmas movie towns are real because we live in one. But don’t just take our word for it, stay in one of our fabulous rentals and experience the magic of a small town Chelan Christmas this year for yourself!
Fun for the Whole Family
Between Wine Barrel Train Rides, fireworks show every weekend, and KOZI’s Santa’s Nice List, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy this holiday season. This year, every Friday and Saturday afternoon, Santa is going to ride through different neighborhoods in the Lake Chelan Valley to say hi to his littlest fans. Keep an eye out for when you’ll get to see Santa outside of your rental!
Photo | Historic Downtown Chelan
Shop Historic Downtown Chelan
Shop local this holiday season and support family-owned businesses. Our local shops are working overtime to make the best of it during this pandemic. Show them some love this holiday season and buy gifts for everyone on the list this year from local stores. Plus, with downtown Chelan lavishly adorned in Christmas decorations, walking around during the holidays can really put you in the Christmas spirit. May we recommend the homemade fudge from Culinary Apple or a new book from Chelan’s favorite bookstore, Riverwalk Books? Don’t forget to grab a bite while you’re out and about! Some of our favorite spots are Local Myth Pizza, Stormy Mountain Brewing, and Marcela’s Cocina Mexicana.
Lights at the Lake
Lights at the lake is a special part of our Small Town Holidays. On any night of the season, take a Driving Light Tour around Lake Chelan. The hillside holiday lights illuminate the valley so beautifully that it’s a sight and experience you’ll never forget. Additionally, on Fridays in Chelan and Saturdays in Manson, you can catch a fireworks show! Be sure not to miss the Lady of the Lake Holiday Light Boat Parade on Saturdays as well.
It’s Snow Time!
Come enjoy the snow in our winter wonderland! From sledding at Don Morse Park or Lakeside Park to skiing and tubing up at Echo Ridge…you’ll want to experience the snowy magic of the season in Lake Chelan this year. These family-friendly activities are fun for the whole family. Just pack a thermos of hot cocoa, throw on your snow pants, and you’re ready to roll!
There are so many perks to staying in Lake Chelan, but one of our favorites is the fun nightlife.
Despite being a small town, Lake Chelan has a lot going on! From relaxing, chill environments to more vibrant locations, there is a little something for everyone. Mostly set within a few historic city blocks, Chelan makes a real scene for itself. So eat, drink and be merry!
Campbell’s Pub is Chelan’s flagship restaurant and is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. This cozy nightspot offers upscale pub cuisine with a seasonal northwest twist. The Pub offers a tasty selection of rare whiskeys, Pacific Northwest microbrews, and seasonally inspired craft cocktails. With live music every Friday night, this is a place you’ll definitely want to fit into your nightlife plans.
Layla’s Bar + Kitchen
Layla’s is a fun and bustling nightlife establishment. Their cocktail menu changes seasonally and you can always count on quality handmade cocktails created just for you. Their drinks can be paired with their delectable food so whether you want a snack with a couple of drinks or want to come for dinner, Layla’s has got you covered. Planning an event? Layla’s has special nights they host to get the party started, and they also accommodate special groups for parties or your special celebration.
Steelhead is a great place to enjoy the nightlife. Born and raised in Lake Chelan, the cidermaker Ben, has created a special place at his Taphouse in downtown Chelan. Using fruit from his family orchard and other farms in the surrounding region, Steelhead Cider is as local as it gets. Steelhead frequently hosts live music on the weekends and offers Nintendo 64 in the loft for the young at heart. Try the Peargatory cider when you stop in, it’s a fan favorite!
County Line is the newest nightlife establishment to come to town. This tavern and restaurant serve delicious scratch-made food and cocktails, local wines, and beers. Their Americana-themed place comes with inspiration from all the things they love: music, mountains, friends, and more. If you’re looking for a relaxing time and a welcoming place to enjoy a fresh local meal, libations, and one another…then this is the nightlife for you!
Stormy Mountain Brewing
Stormy Mountain is a beautiful collision of BBQ and beer. With a large tap list featuring house beers and a number of local guest taps, there is a little something for every beer drinker. With huge tables, cozy booths, and semi-private group space, the brewery is a unique downtown spot. Known for its famous trivia nights, Stormy Mountain is a fun stop to meet up with friends, drink some brews, and kick back and relax.
Our small town provides wonderful nightlife, while social distancing and being mindful of others. It’s a win-win for everyone!
From Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Years, the holidays are a busy time.
Pair that with the kids being off from school, and many will be looking—and planning now—to get away to celebrate. What better getaway than Lake Chelan? We’ve got lots of wonderful rental options to make this time of year what it should be: festive and fun!
While you’re at it, visit us for a week with our buy 4 nights get 3 free specials! COUPON CODE: BUY4GET3FREE (valid through March. 31st, 2021, excludes Christmas and New Years date ranges)
Planning on bringing the whole family over to Lake Chelan for the holidays?
We have the best fit for you. Come experience the wonder and beauty of Lake Chelan at the majestic Moonlight Bay Estate. This outstanding property sleeps 21 and is designed to allow large groups to live and recreate comfortably making it the perfect holiday rental. With over 7,000 feet of spectacular space, you will be captivated from the moment you step through the oversized double door entrance into the foyer. This estate is the perfect set-up to spend holidays with the whole family providing the perfect balance of the expansive room and warm connection. The Chef’s kitchen and substantial dining areas will make hosting your holiday dinner a breeze. Enjoy the uncompromising views of Moonlight Bay and Lake Chelan as you unwind in the hot tub.
Keep warm and play in the large game room located downstairs or enjoy music or talk shows on the SONOS system that plays in every room. Enjoy sporting events on the 3 large flat screens or relax upstairs in the reading nook overlooking the downstairs living room. This home will accommodate the entire family this holiday season with 6 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms on over 2 acres. Whipping up a holiday meal for the whole family will be a dream in the gourmet kitchen with a gas stove and a large open dining room. Top off a long day with a soak in the 8 person hot tub and spectacular views of the lake and mountains.
The vaulted ceilings and southern exposure make you feel as if you are walking on sunshine from the great room of this unit. Enjoy views of beautiful Lake Chelan, the park, and surrounding mountains from your private balcony or while unwinding with a glass of Lake Chelan wine in the hot tub. When you are ready to go explore, you are just a short walk from all the restaurants, wine tasting, and shops in historic downtown Chelan. The central location of this Lake Chelan vacation rental is one of the best in the valley!
If you’re planning on bringing the whole family to Lake Chelan for the holidays, everyone from grandchildren to grandpa is sure to love this property.
This waterfront home was designed with multi-generational families in mind who may have a varying range of physical abilities. For your comfort, you will find easy access into the home, wide hallways and door thresholds, and the main level bathroom with a “stroll or roll in” shower and sink. Mill Bay Beach House sleeps up to 12 guests (10 adults) comfortably in 4 bedrooms, each with ensuite bathrooms. In addition to the spacious open great room with adjoining kitchen and dining, a second family/bunk room gives your guests room to spread out, watch a movie, or play a game. Take a stroll on the beach and then warm up in the 8 people hot tub… this house has it all!
Good Life Waterfront, a lake retreat and guest house, is a spectacular, new construction waterfront property on the south shore of Lake Chelan.
Located just minutes from historic downtown Chelan and in walking distance to some of Chelan’s finest wineries, the “Good Life” provides the perfect location for your next family vacation or couples getaway. Three levels of living, a large gourmet kitchen, a second recreation room, and multiple outdoor gathering areas make this home a great space for larger family groups. With both indoor and outdoor fireplaces, you will stay warm and cozy throughout your holiday getaway.
Check out all of our rentals for your family to make this holiday season the best one yet!