The charm of Lake Chelan

LAKE CHELAN CALLS ITSELF A BOATER’S PARADISE, AND ONE LOOK AT THE LAKE THE TOWN IS NAMED FOR WILL CONVINCE ANY VISITOR THAT’S TRUE.

Published May 4, 2012 by Yakima Magazine BY ROBIN SALTS BECKETT

Lake Chelan calls itself a boater’s paradise, and one look at the lake the town is named for will convince any visitor that’s true.

It’s an outdoor enthusiast’s playground, where boating, skiing, hiking and biking – among other activities – are all readily accessible. But for those of a less “outdoorsy” nature, there are also plenty of local wineries, darling shops and terrific eateries in and around Lake Chelan’s quaint downt

own.

The interior of Sojourners, a favorite sandwich, pizza and ice cream shop. Photos by Jacquelynn Brynn Photography.

So if you grab your wakeboard — or your wine glass — and make the trip this summer, here are a few places worth visiting to relax after a fun-filled day on the lake:

Sojourners

Although the definition of “sojourn” is “short visit,” one bite of Sojourners’ famous garlic rolls will make visitors want to move in and stay awhile. Also on its menu — thin-crust pizza, “grinders” (hoagie-like sandwiches) and ice cream. A local favorite for fairly quick bites.

Sojourners
110 E. Woodin Ave. • Chelan
509-888-0496

Vin du Lac

Touting an “old-school” tasting room in a refurbished farmhouse — and on Lake Chelan — Vin du Lac is a family winery that offers a relaxed atmosphere and bistro fare. Try its delightful Red Café Syrah with a bit of baked goat cheese, a Panini or baguette.

Vin du Lac
105 State Route 150 • Chelan
509-682-2882
vindulac.com

Lush/Black Dog Frames

Two stores in one, this shop offers a little something for everyone. Boutique-style clothes, shoes, sparkly home accents, candles and eclectic art and frames are side-by-side in this rustic, two-story space. Don’t forget to pet the dog, NAME.

Lush/Black Dog Frames
201 E. Woodin Ave. • Chelan
509-888-3821

Persnickity

Also located in an older farmhouse on the main drag, Persnickity stocks everything from gorgeous napkins to embroidered pillows to bed linens, all nestled among furniture and other treasures.

Persnickity
322 E. Woodin Ave. • Chelan
509-682-2300

The Spa at Campbell’s Resort

Across from the main buildings of Campbell’s Resort is the hotel’s charming spa. Small but exceptionally clean and friendly, Campbell’s Spa can cater to a number of visitors without seeming crowded or hurried. The rooms are fresh and relaxing, and the spa treatments divine.

Campbell’s Resort
104 W. Woodin Ave. • Chelan
800-553-8225, Ext. 1
campellsresort.com

Tin Lilly

Tin Lilly is a fun little joint with a patio where diners — and drinkers — can soak up the summer heat while sipping on a scratch-made cocktail. Not to be outdone by the drinks, Tin Lilly whips up ingenious lunch and dinner fare too, like “The Ticklish Reuben” or “The Hot Mess.”

Tin Lilly
229 E. Woodin Ave. • Chelan
509-888-8101
tinlillychelan.com

For more information on Lake Chelan activities and lodging, go to lakechelan.com.

Visit Lake Chelan’s Spring Barrel Tasting May 19-20. Visit www.lakechelanwinevalley.com for more details