The village of Manson is the perfect place to delight in all of the special moments that December brings. As the snow begins to fall on Manson, and the glaciers sparkle over the mountains of the Cascade Crest, this beautiful village transforms like magic into a true winter wonderland. We’re sure that everyone from families to big kids, old friends, and everyone in between will find their own special moment in Manson. Sit back, relax, and enjoy our list of unique activities for everyone that Lake Chelan Resorts looks forward to this Holiday Season:
Award-winning Wine Tasting at the Fall Barrel Tasting – 25-27th November – Manson & Chelan
The lush slopes of Lake Chelan are ripe with delicious grapes, and dedicated wine growers. Every autumn, award winning wineries open their doors to offer free tastings, scrumptious snacks, and delightful conversation. Soak in the enchanting smell of oak barrels wet with wine and wood smoke as you linger over a warming red, or take in breath-taking views of Lake Chelan from charming gardens and patios. Since every winery offers something slightly different, you may find yourself sipping Syrah in an underground cave, wandering amongst stone bridges and cascading waterfalls, or nibbling on cheese and crackers in a 5-star farm shop. Of course, there are plenty of wineries in and around Manson for guests of Lake Chelan resorts to enjoy. Alternatively, the nearby town of Chelan boasts even more 5-star wineries, just a short drive south of Manson.
Participating Wineries include: Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards, Cairdeas Winery, Chelangr’La Winery, Four Lakes Winery, Mellisini, Tildio Winery, Watapo Point Cellars
Festive delights at Manson Village of Lights – 28th November – 19th December – Manson
The Village of Lights is magical holiday festival for both the young, and the young at heart. On Saturday November 28th, Santa himself will arrive at Leffler Field, Manson via helicopter at 12:00pm. Shortly after, an escort from Manson Fire Department will allow everyone to join Santa in a walking parade to Allison’s, where eager children can inform Santa exactly what they’d like for Christmas (1:30pm onwards). Hungry? Many local businesses offer complimentary refreshments each Saturday during the entire season, including chilli dogs and other festive snacks. Kiddies will not want to miss the puppet show, craft activities, carolling, and live animals. Best of all, the celebrations are a stone’s throw from downtown. Leffler Field is a ten-minute walk, and Allison’s is a mere five-minute stroll. Check out the Lake Chelan guide to Village of Lights for more information.
Snowy adventures for everyone at Echo Ridge – *Weather dependent*
If snow is your thing, then cross your fingers for powder, and head into the great outdoors. Marina’s Edge is only a twenty-minute drive from Echo Ridge and Echo Valley, which offer fabulously priced snowtubing, skiing, and everything in between. Avid skiers, nature lovers and adventurers can peruse over 20 miles of trails maintained by the Lake Chelan Nordic Ski Club at Echo Ridge (only 10 miles east of Manson). This US Forestry facility offers the best bargain in the entire state – just $10 a day for skiers 18 and over, and skiers 17 and under go free! Nearby ski rental shop Lakeland Ski has plenty of equipment on offer. If you’re more after downhills, then head to the Echo Valley Family Ski Area for ski & snowboard lessons, groomed runs, or snow tubing. And if the great outdoors just isn’t your thing, grab a cup of steaming cocoa and snuggle up by the open fire at Terri’s Treats.