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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.

4 New Years Resolutions You Can Keep While Visiting Lake Chelan

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday last week. We sure enjoyed a magical white Christmas over at Marina’s Edge, one of the favorite Lake Chelan resorts. As 2015 comes to a close, we’re starting to look forward to what lies ahead in the New Year.

We know it can be tough to keep resolutions after even just a few weeks in January, so instead of testing your self control, we figured we’d make your life a little easier and help you have a guilt-free vacation. There’s no need to worry about maintaining your New Years resolutions while visiting Lake Chelan; here are four you’ll have no problem keeping:

1. Make time to relax.

Snowga at Lake ChelanWe know 2015 has been a busy year, so in the New Year, make time for some much needed R&R. The quaint lakeside village of Manson has fully transformed into a winter paradise with small town charm, crisp alpine air, and stunning natural scenery that will have you rejuvenated in no time and ready to take on the New Year.

If you’re feeling adventurous, check out the new fad Snowga, where you’ll start with calming yoga before heading off on a guided snowshoe trek through the mountains, with stops to do yoga poses in the snow. Yoga can have incredible benefits on your stress level and overall emotional state, and you just can’t beat our alpine setting. Along the way you’ll also enjoy hot yogi tea, snowy scenic views, and additional time to relax and rejuvenate with more yoga at the end.


2. Get fit.

Skiing Lake ChelanWith a variety of snow sports in full swing, it will be hard not to maintain fitness when you visit Marina’s Edge or any of the other Lake Chelan resorts. Between skiing, snowboarding, sledding, tubing, and more, there really is something for everyone.

If speeding down hills isn’t quite your cup of tea, you can also check out the annual Snowshoe race on Sunday, January 24. This run/walk includes both a 5k and 10k for all ages and is perfect for getting fit along the beautiful ridges along Lake Chelan while enjoying time with family or friends. There’s no excuse not to keep your fitness resolution if you’re in town for this.


3. Rekindle the romance.

Lake Chelan Romantic GetawayRemember that romantic getaway you’ve been putting off for ages? Make that a priority in the 2016. Marina’s Edge is perched on a hill directly across from 55-mile long glacially-fed Lake Chelan, and the property features some dazzling balcony views. Relax with a glass of wine or champagne while admiring the incredibly pristine waters and surrounding snow-capped peaks, and you just might find yourselves falling in love all over again.

If you’re in town January 22-24 for Winterfest, enjoy dancing to live music, an incredible ice tower lighting, and make a wish together as wish lanterns are set off over the lake. Snow will have fallen, lights will be twinkling, ice sculptures dazzling, and romance will undeniably be in the air.


4. Spend more time with family.

Family time is no difficult task with all of the kid-friendly fun that goes on in Manson during winter. There’s an abundance of outdoor adventures and snow sports that kids will love, and many offer generous discounts for children. Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area even let’s kids 17 and under ski free!

Family Fun at Lake ChelanWinterfest also has a variety of family-friendly activities, such as the Smirk Comedy Show, the giant ice slide, and Snowflake Lane, where you’ll find arts & crafts to keep the little ones entertained for hours. You’ll need a Winterfest button for some of the activities, but don’t forget that we’ll give you one free with a 2-night minimum stay, and with it you’ll also receive discounts at local businesses.

So, who’s saying it’s impossible to keep resolutions while on vacation? New Years Resolutions are meant to help you get things done, and not only is Lake Chelan very resolution-friendly, but no matter what your goals are, we’re sure that the inspiring natural setting will provide you with motivation to accomplish them.

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:

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22
All Weekend Find Tsilly
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
SATURDAY, JANUARY 23
All Weekend Find Tsilly
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
SUNDAY, JANUARY 24
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.