6 Reasons To Take A Vacation (Even If You Don’t Have Time)

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Are you one of those people who keeps postponing vacations for when you get through your piles of work? You’re just too busy to go relax? US employees get fewer vacation days than any other developed country in the world, and many people still don’t even use all their time. Whether it is to Marina’s Edge, one of the other Lake Chelan resorts, or anywhere else across the world, here’s why you should getaway, even if you think you don’t have time:

1. Relieve stress. You’re burnt out with piles of work, you stay at the office late, and you even sleep with your smart phone. A vacation is just what you need to break your everyday routine and leave all that stress behind.

2. Get inspired. It’s hard to be inspired when you’re staring at a computer and drowning in stacks of paperwork. Allow yourself a change of scene, where your creativity can truly prosper. Imagine how much more inspired you’ll be while gazing out at the sapphire blue Lake Chelan, breathing in the fresh alpine air, and soaking in the natural beauty.

Reconnect with family on vacation3. Reconnect with your family. With parents and kids always on the go, family time is eaten up by work, school, and extracurricular activities. A vacation is the perfect opportunity to get the whole family together. With everyone’s mind off daily stresses, you can really focus on quality family bonding time.

4. Improve health. Decreased pressure will control your anxiety and increase your mood. You’ll get to kick back, relax and finally catch up on much needed sleep. Plus, with no work during the day, increased physical activity will benefit your fitness. With all these healthy improvements, you’ll be much less likely to get sick.

5. Refresh and recharge. Giving your brain cells a break will allow you to return more invigorated, enthusiastic, and bring more passion into your work. After even just a few days out of town, your mind will be clear and you can have a fresh stress-free start.

6. Improve happiness. It’s been proven that a skier-relaxing-1406983vacation increases happiness not only during a trip, but even up to eight weeks before it. Just the planning stages and anticipation alone will boost your mood and increase happiness, and you’ll return to spread good vibes around the office.



Our Favorite Restaurants In Manson

There’s no excuse for eating poorly when on vacation at any of the Lake Chelan resorts. Indulging in sensational food should absolutely be part of your next Manson escape. If you want to relax, unwind, and not worry about cleaning dishes for a night, head to one of our favorite restaurants in Manson:

Lake Chelan Brewing Company
chelanbreweryWith its new 7-barrel brew system producing five house beers, Lake Chelan Brewing Company is the place to go for a cold beer. Or even better, try the beer sampler to taste them all. The Brewing Company is perfect if you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere to kick back and pick out a record or watch a sports game on one of the big screens. They offer juicy burgers and sliders as well as a fabulous artichoke dip, but make sure you come hungry as the portions are huge!

Winemakers Grill at Wapato Point Cellars
WapatoPointCellarsWinemakers Grill offers fine dining and top-tier service with an elegant ambiance. You can choose to dine in the restaurant or on the outdoor patio by several weeping willows on their beautifully manicured grounds. There are no reservations, so arrive at opening, or better yet wait at the wine tasting bar to pick out the perfect wine for your dinner. Friday night is the local favorite, when they serve fried chicken that’s been marinated in buttermilk batter all day.

North Shore Café 
11011642_456713977841031_4522825016404284119_nIf you’re looking for a casual but delicious meal, North Shore Café is the way to go. Locals love its cute décor, charming atmosphere, and warm and friendly staff who go out of their way to provide fabulous service. Everyone raves about their coffee and homestyle breakfast – you can’t go wrong with their famous Eggs Benedict!

Sunset Bar and Grill
10257121_875536902459971_6785459743955928906_o (1)Sunset Bar and Grill is the perfect atmosphere to watch a sports game while enjoying fabulous bar food, and we can’t complain about their twice a day happy hour with only $3.50 well drinks and $5 house wines. Definitely don’t miss the renowned “Man Candy” appetizer of deep fried hardwood bacon with maple-sweet chilli and chocolate dipping sauces that keep us locals going back for more. They also offer delicious daily specials every day of the week, our favorite being the Wednesday night beef kabobs.

Blueberry Hills
At warm and friendly family-run Blueberry Hills, you’ll get to pick your own blueberries (when in season) before indulging in Mom’s delicious homemade burgers, dips, waffles, fresh fruit pies, and more. With a relaxed and homey vibe, you’ll feel like you’re and grandma’s house as you sink your teeth into one of the famous burgers with blueberry mayo, enormous Dunlap breakfast, or 400 Mile French Dip (because people drive THAT far for it). Top it off with a slice of award-winning fresh fruit pie, or if you’d like to take a whole pie to go, don’t forget to order the day before.

Troy’s Pizza
troysWith its chilled atmosphere and large flat screen TV, Troy’s is the place to go if you want to savor warm cheesy pizza and ice cold beer while watching a game. For those who love pizza, Troy’s features gourmet wood-fired pizzas with hand-tossed crust and even offers an excellent gluten free option. For an alternative option, their menu includes tasty burgers, paninis, pasta, sandwiches, and even breakfast (try their breakfast burrito – it’s famous amongst Manson locals)!

Summer is coming and we’re filling up fast! Inquire now to make sure you get your spot!

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.

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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.

Snow is for Everyone at Marina’s Edge

Snow activities at Lake Chelan

As we come into the second half of December, it’s time to gear up and get excited for the magical winter wonderland that Lake Chelan annually turns into. With a few inches of snow heading our way this weekend, we’re beginning to look forward to gliding along cool blankets of snow, sipping hot cups of cider by warm fires, and a plethora of activities for everyone at Lake Chelan resorts.

Lake Chelan Lake Chelan Resorts Skiingoffers a wide selection of winter activities including skiing and snowboarding, snow tubing, snowmobiling, sledding, and more. Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area, just nine miles from Chelan, features 25 miles (40km) of well-groomed terrain, and as of December 4, all trails have been flat-packed and ready to welcome you. The best part about Echo Ridge is its picturesque ridge top location, which not only provides scenic panoramic views of the Chelan Valley, but also positions you above any fog that may settle in. Say hello to bright blue skies and warm sunny rays!

Not only is the location perfect, but cheap prices make Echo Ridge affordable for the whole family. The daily rate for skiers 18 and over is only $10 per day, while 17 and under ski free! And if you’re not a skier, you can enjoy the beautiful snow-covered landscape fireside from the cozy Warming Hut.

Lake Chelan Resorts Snow TubingIf skiing and snowboarding isn’t your thing, Lake Chelan also plays home to fabulous snowmobiling and tubing. Rent a snowmobile and race through remarkable scenery along uncrowded trails, stopping at warming huts with wood stoves along your adventure. Or head to Echo Valley Ski & Tubing Area to slide down their powdery slopes for only $10 per day with children 5 and under tubing for free!

Looking forwardLake Chelan Winterfest Ice Sculptures to January, we’re anticipating another fabulous weekend during the annual Lake Chelan Winterfest Festival, coming to Manson January 22-24. Winterfest welcomes over 10,000 people each year to enjoy live music, food samplings, beer and cider tastings, twinkling lights, and dazzling ice sculptures. We’ll even buy your Winterfest button with a two night minimum stay!

Head to the Winterfest’s Alefest to sample from a selection of 50 unique craft beers and hard ciders, or attend the Bloody Mary Battle for unlimited samples of bloody mary’s and the chance to vote for Lake Chelan Valley’s best, while enjoying a light brunch. Looking to please the tastebuds even more? On Friday, January 22, eight of Manson’s best restaurants will also be serving small bites from their menu.

If you’ll have the kiddies with you, enjoy the more family-friendly events of the festival, such as the Smirk Comedy Show, which is acclaimed to be an entertaining mix of theatre, juggling, and timeless comedy. Or take the little ones to slide down the giant Winterfest Ice Slide, followed by a visit to Snowflake Lane, where they can get their face painted, make a super hero cape, or participate in a variety of other arts & crafts.

Of course you’lWinter Walking Lake Chelanl also be wanting to keep your resolutions in the new year, so Winterfest will also feature some active events such as Snowga or the Showshoe race. Snowga will have you trekking through alpine trails stopping for yoga poses, hot yogi tea and beautiful views, while the Snowshoe race includes both a 5K and 10K run/walk along the mountain ridges overlooking Lake Chelan. Whether you want to run, walk, or just stroll and enjoy in the scenery, the Snowshoe race will be a perfect excuse to get outside with family or friends and soak in the enchanting alpine scenery.

View the full schedule of Winterfest here:

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5:00 pm-8:00pm Apple Bin Train Rides
5:00 pm-8:00 pm Kids Activities presented by Historic Downtown Chelan Association
5:00pm-10:00pm The Bottle Shop presented by The Lookout
6:00 pm-8:00 pm The Taste
5:00 pm-10:00 pm Winterfest Alefest
5:00 pm-10:00 pm Live Music presented by Wave
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11:30 am Snowga
2:00 pm-3:00 pm SMIRK Comedy Show presented by Numerica Performing Arts Center
2:00pm-10:00pm The Bottle Shop presented by The Lookout
3:00pm – 6:00pm Apple Bin Train Rides
3:00pm – 6:00pm Kids Activities presented by Historic Downtown Chelan Association
3:00 pm-10:00 pm Winterfest Alefest
3:00 pm-10:00 pm Live Music presented by Wave
6:00 pm Wish Lanterns
7:00 pm Ice Tower Lighting
10:00 am Snowdog Snowshoe Run/Walk (5K & 10K)
11:00am-1:00pm Bloody Mary Battle

Don’t let cold weather get you down; come feel the festivity in the air and witness something extraordinary this winter. We look forward to welcoming you to our dazzling winter wonderland, where you’ll see that snow really is for everyone.