Chelan, Washington

We are enjoying three days in Chelan, WA where we spent many long weekends before we retired.

Chelan is nestled at the edge of the Cascade Mountains on the shore of Lake Chelan in North Central Washington. We are staying at the Lakeshore RV Park, which is run by the City of Chelan, and are enjoying a beautiful view of the lake from almost every window in the RV.


During the winter season the rate is $30.00 a night and we have never had a problem getting a site. During the summer months the rate for our site is $60.00 a night and you better have reserved long in advance! When we come here in the summer months we stay for free at the casino in Mason, about ten minutes from Chelan. We just can’t bring ourselves to spend $60.00 a night and we never plan that far in advance, so the casino has always worked out well 🙂  Plus they have some sites at the front of their parking lot that have power, but we generally stay in the field at the back under the trees.

The big advantage to staying at the RV Park is the fact that you are right in town and can walk to restaurants, shopping, etc. and it’s only forty-five minutes from Wenatchee so we always made a visit to Costco and Fred Myers.

Last night we walked up to our favorite pub BC McDonalds and had another great dinner with awesome service. I have read many terrible reviews on Trip Advisor about this restaurant but hubby and I have been coming here for many years and have never been disappointed … both the service and food are fantastic! We do sit at the bar because we enjoy the interaction so maybe that’s the difference, but we have never had a reason to complain. Last night we noticed the pub had a lot of updating done but fortunately they kept the original bar and the cabinets behind the bar, which the bartender told us, were shipped over from Spain in 1914.

This picture really doesn’t do the bar justice!

When we commented on the new granite countertop he told us that last fall the water pipes from the hotel, which the pub is part of, broke and dumped three feet of water in the pub. Fortunately the flood was discovered about 45 minutes later, the doors where opened to allow the water to disperse, the recovery company was called and the old bar and cabinets where saved! And after four months the pub reopened in time for us to visit 🙂

According to the Chamber of Commerce the Chelan Valley is one of the fastest growing wine regions in the county, with several vineyards producing award winning wines.  We have never visited a winery in this area because the Okanagan Valley of BC, where we live, produces 82% of BC’s vineyard acreage and it’s own fair share of award winning wines and we have no shortages of favorites 🙂  But that sounds like a topic for a summer blog!

For now we will enjoy being back in short sleeves and flip flops and wander the streets of Chelan 🙂

Until next time …

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