8 and 9 July 2019
Before planning this trip, I had never heard of Lake Chelan. When looking for a place to stop along the Cascade Loop Scenic Byway, I realized this might be a place worthy of more than a quick stop. It was.
The Town of Chelan sits on the shores of the lake. It is a quaint, family-friendly vacation stop that captures quintessential small town America. Most of the activities center on the lake. There are plenty of good options but we could not resist eating at 60’s era Lakeview Drive-In both nights.
One popular attraction is taking a Lady of the Lake ferry up lake to Stehekin, 2.5 to 4 hour ride in each direction. Stehekin is a small resort town without road access. The only way in and out is by boat or float plane. The trip up lake between sheared mountain edges is reward enough. We only spent a short time in Stehekin, walking the lake side roads. Had I known I would have planned more time. For us, two nights would have been ideal. If we are fortunate to travel through this area again, we will certainly make a point to stop again.