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How to Make the Most of Winter in Lake Chelan

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Winter in Lake Chelan is something special. Our 300 days of sunshine will brighten the gray and gloom of winter and expand your opportunities for outdoor recreation and have you reveling in our small-town charm. We’ve got access to fun activities and events all winter long so no matter the weekend, we’ve got you covered with plenty to do.

Winter Playcation

The Lake Chelan area offers plenty of ways to get outside and get active this winter. Less than 10 miles from Chelan, Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area offers 25 miles of groomed and backcountry trails for snowshoers, as well as cross-country, single-track and skate skiers of all levels. Also in this area is Echo Valley Ski & Tubing Area. With three rope tows, a poma lift, 6 lane tubing hill and lessons and rentals available for all ages and abilities, this quaint ski hill has a little something for everyone. The base area has a day lodge with a roaring fireplace to you to enjoy lunch by the fire and sip on some hot chocolate.

Small Town Charm

From festive gatherings to joyful family moments, we welcome you to share the spirit of the season with us. Shop local in Chelan and Manson for the perfect holiday gifts or check out and check in for an intimate getaway. From a cozy little condo for two, or a lakeside cabin that fits the whole family, we guarantee we have a perfect fit for your next vacation.

Red, Wine & Chocolate

Winter is the perfect time to check out our local wineries and enjoy a fantastic glass of wine while cozy by the fire. Tipsy Canyon, Alta Cellars, Tunnel Hill Winery, and Wapato Point Cellars are some of our favorite wineries to sip fireside. Lake Chelan wineries host fun events all winter long with Red, Wine, and Chocolate being one of the most popular. For two weekends in February, the Lake Chelan Wine Valley hums with couples on romantic retreats and friends gathered for a weekend getaway. Romance, limousine rides, library wines, chocolate, wine… it’s a weekend you won’t soon forget.


Winterfest is the perfect escape to a Washington winter wonderland. Each year, you can enjoy wine and ale tastings, horse-drawn carriages, intricate ice sculptures, live music, activities for kids of all ages, a spectacular fireworks show and much more! Make sure not to miss the beach bonfire Saturday night where we pile up all of our Christmas trees and set them ablaze – a local favorite.

We love winters in Lake Chelan, and we think you will too. Have your eye on local real estate? We’re here to help! Give us a call today.


Posted October 30, 2020