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

Lake Chelan resorts

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!

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.