Nothing to Wine About at Lake Chelan

After a fun-filled Winterfest last weekend, we’re excited about what the rest of 2016 will bring. One of the things we’re most looking forward to? Wine, wine, and more wine. Because of the long growing season of warm sunny days, Lake Chelan Valley recently exploded as a top-tier wine-making region and now features over 250 acres of vineyards and 20 wineries. So get ready to mark your calendars as we take a look at some of the wine events that visitors at any of the Lake Chelan resorts can look forward this year.

Lake Chelan WineryWinery Tours
Every Friday, Saturday, & Sunday until May 29

Who says we have to wait for special events to have wine? To pave the way from winter all the way to summer, Lake Chelan Winery is giving free tours every weekend from now until the end of May. They’ll share their story, show their vineyards, and demonstrate their production methods, ending with a sample of fine wines.

Red Wine and Chocolate
February 13-14 & 20-21

What better way to celebrate the month of love than with a smooth red and decadent chocolate. For two weekends in February, Lake Chelan will buzz with couples on romantic getaways spoiling themselves with wine and chocolate tastings. After striving to keep resolutions through the month of January, you’ll be ready to reward yourself with a little indulgence.

Chelan NoveauLake Chelan Wine Tasting
April 16-17 & 23-24

As spring comes around, flowers will have bloomed into color and delicious wine will have fermented. For two weekends in April, white wine and rosé lovers will flock to Lake Chelan for the first taste of the newly released wines.

Spring Barrel Tasting
May 21-22

With the Spring Barrel tasting in May, you have the chance to taste future Chelan Valley wines straight from the barrel. Be the first to try the wines that are sure to be everyone’s favorite summer sippers.

Lake Chelan CrushChelan Crush
October 1-2 & 8-9

Come experience the joys of winemaking with us in October, where there will be special wine-making demonstrations at many of the wineries in Lake Chelan. Hop from winery to winery to witness each step in the grape harvest and wine production, and even chuck your shoes and stomp some grapes if you wish. You’ll also have the chance to speak with growers and winemakers or do a tasting of some of the best wines in the region paired with foods by local restaurants. If you love wine as much as we do, this is surely an event to write in the books.
We hope you’re as excited about the rest of the year as we are. Over at Marina’s Edge, the newest of Lake Chelan resorts, we certainly have nothing to wine about. See you soon!

Your 2016 Guide to Lake Chelan

With the new year come new vacation days, and guests of any of the Lake Chelan resorts have a wide selection of fun-filled events to use them on. For the full calendar of events visit Events in Lake Chelan, otherwise we’ve focused on some of our favorites below, so you can get a head start planning your year.

Winterfest at Lake Chelan Winterfest: January 15-17 (Chelan) and 22-24 (Manson):
The largest event of the year, Winterfest is going to be packed with food, wine and beer tastings, twinkling lights, incredible ice sculptures, live music, arts and crafts, fireworks, and snowga (a combination of yoga & snowshoeing)! Get ready for a whole lot of family-friendly fun this weekend in Chelan and next weekend in Manson. Don’t forget that we will buy your Winterfest button with at least a two-night stay at Marina’s Edge.

Red Wine and Chocolate: February 13-14 & 20-21
For two weekends during the “Month of Love,” come savor decadent chocolate from around the world, expertly paired with rich red wines. Can you think of a better way to indulge yourself after a resolution-filled January?

Chelan Noveau: April 16-17, 23-24
April is for white whine and rose’ lovers, as the newly released wines will be ready to taste. Come get the first taste of delightfully refreshing wines that will be everyone’s favorite summer sippers.

Lake Chelan Spring Barrel TastingSpring Barrel Tasting: May 21-22
This weekend is another chance to get the first taste of new wines, as you’ll get to taste future releases straight from the barrel.

Cruizin Chelan Classic Car Show: June 3-4
During the first weekend in June, over 120 cars will line the streets of downtown Manson and Chelan for the annual classic car show. Over the course of the weekend, you’ll also enjoy the beer garden, live music, and valley cruise.

Manson Farmer’s Market: Every Wed & Sat during summer, beginning in June
The Manson Farmer’s Market is such a beloved event, we had to make it twice a week! Come to the green lawn of the Manson Grange Wednesdays and Saturdays during summer to browse an outstanding selection of produce, homemade baked goods, jams and jellies, honey, arts and crafts, and handcrafted jewelry.

Mountain View Summer Music Lake ChelanMountain View Summer Music Series: Every Sunday from June-September
This well-known series of concerts features an extraordinary lineup of musical artists each year. It’s a great community event for the entire family and the perfect place to relax on a lawn chair or blanket while enjoying live music on a summer evening under the stars.

The Big Show 4th of July Fireworks: July 4
Head down to Manson Bay Park by the lake to listen to special patriotic music, dance to your favorite songs, and enjoy a fireworks show put on by professionals as the sky explodes with light and color. After a beautiful night in Manson, you’ll want to celebrate your freedom every day.

Bach Fest: July 8-16
Enjoy nine days of incredible music ranging from classic to jazz to show tunes, and much, much more. The mission of Bach Fest is to inspire, enrich and educate audiences through a variety of live artistic performances, and this sensational festival attracts talented musicians from all over the U.S. and Canada. Plus, it’s free admission to all concerts.

Lake Chelan Rodeo: July 29-30Lake Chelan Rodeo
Travel back in time and enjoy the spirit of the old west at this rodeo featuring bareback riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and more. It kicks off with the famous Rodeo Parade and continues through the weekend with rodeo action, specialty acts and events, and the World Famous Chicken Race for kids 12 and under. You won’t want to miss this “greatest show on dirt in the prettiest place on earth.” See you in the stands.

Ashes to Art: August 15-17
Ashes to Art will feature art created from pieces of debris and will replace the annual Lake Chelan Fine Arts Festival to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the devastating fires that spread through the Chelan Valley in 2015.

Chelan Crush: Oct 1-2, 8-9
Come enjoy special demonstrations and the chance to observe first-hand the steps involved in wine production. As you winery-hop, meet the growers and winemakers of the Lake Chelan Wine Valley, and even stomp some grapes if you’d like. Then join us for wine tastings with paired foods specially prepared by local restaurants.

With all the fantastic upcoming events this year, there’s no reason 2016 can’t be your best year yet.