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Bungalow by Blueberry HillIf you're looking for a comfortable, clean and affordable home base while busy with Chelan activities, check out this front duplex unit on 10 acres, adjacent to Blueberry Hills in Manson! Full kitchen, lots of parking (boat,rv). We have flexibility with kids, just ask us! Nice yard for kids!
The Villa - The Lookout at Lake ChelanThe Villa is the perfect cottage for your next Lake Chelan getaway. It's amazing lake and mountain views provide all the comforts of home and endless outdoor activities mere steps from your door. This home is ideal for families and friends seeking some fun with year-round sunshine. Situated at the Lookout in Lake Chelan just steps away from the year-round heated pool and 20-person hot tub, and short walk away from Vin Da Luc Winery and downtown.
Top floor 2BR condo steps from park & lake w poolMost desirable top floor, lakefront condo at Chelan Resort Suites. Conveniently located next to Lakeside Park & Beach where you can enjoy water activities and sunbathing by day or take a walk or short drive to various local wineries, golf courses, restaurants, shops, Slide Waters, and more! At night, soak up the beautiful sunset & gorgeous views of Lake Chelan from your private patio.
I wish I could say this is a local secret, but the word is definitely out. I DO NOT recommend attempting blueberry hills on a weekend. Frankly, it's just packed with tourists and you might wait an hour to get in. Try a weekday and enjoy much more reasonable wait times (sometimes no crowds at all!). Fantastic pies, blueberry shakes (even if you don't like blueberries, this is the real deal), waffles, eggs benedict to die for. Weekends in the fall, winter and spring are usually ok for crowds, but you can call ahead and check to be sure, and be sure to check their hours online before making the drive.
Lake Chelan is the highway most people use to get to Stehekin. If you're arriving by boat you should do a bit of research on the lake before coming. The lake is very deep with very steep rocky shores in most place, so most of the moorage on the way up will be at public docks. You'll want to have a permit as required for docking. The water level does rise and fall as they let water out of the dam, so you do want to be aware of rocks at the shoreline when water levels are down. You can find a chart here (http://www.gpsnauticalcharts.com/main/us_wa_01530367-lake-chelan-nautical-chart.html) although generally if you stay even a little bit off shore you won't see much shoaling. While the lake is generally fairly calm the large straight section from north of Manson up to Lucerne (called the the narrows) has a huge fetch and the wind and waves can build up, so just check the weather and talk to some locals to make sure it's looking good the day you travel. The wind usually picks up out of the north more later in the day, so early morning is often best for coming up.
Once Washington’s largest lake, this beautiful body of water in the north-central part of the state brings visitors in search of a scenic getaway to its sandy waterfront and the vineyards that blanket the surrounding foothills. With stunning mountain views, wineries, and a fun-focused vacation-town feel, Lake Chelan offers a family-oriented beach destination for visitors. On the south shore of the lake, downtown Chelan boasts a walkable selection of restaurants and shops, with plenty of rental outfitters helping people find a way onto the water. Continuing around the lake brings visitors to quieter communities, like Wapato Point, where they find a retreat from the boisterous atmosphere of Chelan proper.
Most visitors drive to Lake Chelan, for both the ease of getting there and to give them the flexibility to explore. The lake is located around 200 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), which has flights from around the country, and the smaller regional Spokane International Airport (GEG). A few scheduled flights a day from Seattle arrive at Wenatchee’s airport, Pangborn Memorial Airport (EAT), 63 miles south. Bus services connect Wenatchee and Chelan multiple times a day, and buses and trains connect Seattle and Wenatchee, so getting there is possible without a car.
Lake Chelan’s location in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains, keeps the south end of the lake and the town of Chelan quite dry most of the time, with as many as 300 days of sunshine each year. Extremely hot summers keep swimmers happy, since the water temperature hovers in the mid- to high 60s Fahrenheit. That makes for a refreshing dip when the outside air regularly hits 85 degrees, as it does in July and August. Even the daily low temperatures stay above 60 during those months. Late spring and early fall bring more moderate heat, with the same sunshine, but winter visitors should pack plenty of warm clothing, as the average high temperature in winter stays in the 30s.
The open expanse of the 50-mile-long lake serves as a playground for waterskiing, jet skiing, and motorized boating of all sorts (including for fishing), while human-powered craft like kayaks and paddleboards hug the shoreline. The beaches host families, and the gentle waters welcome swimmers. Local outfitters around town stock rental crafts of all types right on the lake for easy access.
Eight courses in the area take advantage of the near-guaranteed summer sunshine to show off the scenery. You can golf on a range of terrains, from a convenient public course to a nationally renowned newcomer featuring breathtaking panoramic views.
The Wenatchee region long held a reputation for fruit, but that primarily meant apples and pears until the 21st century. However, with the naming of Chelan as Washington’s 11th American Viticulture Area in 2009, the local winemaking community took off. With more than 30 wineries, the region offers a wide variety of producers making wines at a range of prices, mainly featuring Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Viogner grapes.