Orchards and vineyards surround the sparkling waters of Lake Chelan, located in Washington’s Cascade Mountains. Locals hit their lake homes and dominate the area in the summer, but autumn in Lake Chelan is just as impressive and comes with 70-degree days and a plethora of things to do. The hiking and biking trails provide perfect views of the fall foliage, and there’s an 18-hole golf course at Gamble Sands, Lake Chelan Municipal & Bear Mountain Ranch.
With nearly 30 wineries, there are always activities going on, including wine stomping, tours and, of course, tastings. The Lake Chelan Crush Festival takes place October 3–4 and 10–11, and the Fall Barrel Tasting takes place right after Thanksgiving, from November 27–29. For the more adventurous wine lovers, Chelan Seaplanes offers scenic flights from downtown Lake Chelan to Rio Vista Wines, a boutique winery on the banks of the Columbia River. Sunshine Farm Market offers the opportunity to learn how to press your own apple cider, and Campbell’s River Room Spa provides necessary massages after a hard day of pressing apples and tasting wine.
Where to Stay:
My Chelan Vacation has been the trusted site for vacation rentals in the area for years. It lists 175 vacation rental homes, cabins, and condos, making it your best bet for finding shoulder-season deals.
Mountain View Lodge & Resort is located in the peaceful community of Manson, just 7.5 miles from Chelan. The property is surrounded by boutique wineries, and artisan shops in the heart of the recreation area. There’s a resort pool, fire pit, and hot tub, in addition to an outdoor pavilion with full kitchen facilities.