Are you looking for a unique vacation destination? Experience the lakeview villas, rustic cabins, ritzy condos, or luxurious resorts at Lake Chelan in north-central Washington’s Cascade Mountains. Lake Chelan is enormous: at 50 miles long, it runs from Chelan at the southern tip to Stehekin at the northern tip, and serves as the gateway to the North Cascades National Park. Revel in delightful sunsets over the mountains as the last rays of daylight shimmer on the waters of the lake. As you start to plan your vacation, here is a list of some recommended places to look for Lake Chelan vacation rentals in the area.
1. Lucerne, Washington
Picture yourself enjoying rustic comfort in a lakefront cottage, with a spectacular view of the mountains across the lake while you grill steaks on the deck or sip wine with friends. Choose Lucerne for a vacation that puts you on Lake Chelan amid a lush wooded area.
2. Manson, Washington
Whether you want a quiet lake house for relaxing with your family or a pet-friendly ski cabin in the mountains that your dog will love, choose the Manson area for year-round fun. If you and your family love water sports, check out the luxury resort accommodations or cottages in the area where you can unwind after a day of water skiing or whitewater rafting.
3. Chelan, Washington
Located at the southern end of the lake, Chelan gives you access to shopping and dining as well as lakefront resorts, houses, hotels, and condos. Take the Lady of the Lake ferry tour from Chelan to Stehekin to see lake and Cascade Mountain views unique to the tour.
4. Wapato Point, Washington
Chill out at Wapato Point, making it your home base for a mountain of adventures. Feel pampered at a cozy bed-and-breakfast or get closer to the water with a suite at a resort. Visit the supermarket for groceries or pick up Fido’s supplies at the local veterinarian’s clinic.
5. Lake Chelan Hills, Chelan
Pack your bags and make tracks to Lake Chelan Hills for stunning views of the lake from luxury condos or comfortable lake homes and cottages a few blocks to the north or south of the area. If you like being close to modern amenities, this is a great location with grocery stores and restaurants just a few blocks away.
6. Columbia River
Experience breathtaking scenery when you drive Highway 97 North along the Columbia River between Chelan and Brewster, including Azwell’s Orchards. Find quaint rental homes, condos, and resort cabins in Brewster between Indian Dan State Wildlife Recreation Area and Central Ferry State Wildlife Recreation Area. Enjoy the hiking trails near Brewster or drive 25 miles to Lake Chelan for fun-filled days of swimming and boating.
7. Chelan Falls, Washington
Experience the shrub-steppe views of the hills along the Columbia River in the town of Chelan Falls, about five miles from the southern end of the lake. Challenge the kids to learn the difference between sagebrush and rabbitbrush, two medium sized, gray-green shrubs that frequently grow together.
8. Don Morse Memorial Park, Chelan
Find plenty of rentals close to Don Morse Memorial Park, including condos and cabins. Hit the lake on a wake board right from the park, which has 2000 feet of waterfront. Enjoy other activities at the beach, volleyball courts, skate park or playground for kids ages six to 12.
9. Hollywood Beach
Kiss your stress goodbye on Hollywood Beach on the western shore of Lake Chelan. Image the clear, smooth waters of the lake gently lapping against the sandy beach while you work on a tan with picturesque woods behind you and the majestic Cascades across the lake. Walk back to your cottage to get ready for dinner when the day of lake fun draws to a close.
10. Stehekin, Washington
Lake Chelan is 109 miles from Spokane, and a million miles from your worries when you stay at Stehekin on the north end of the lake. The only ways to get there is by ferry, on foot, by private boat, or by float plane. Stehekin features about 22 miles of roads for hiking, biking, and driving the vehicles barged there on the lake. Find yourself a cozy cabin, light a fire, and listen to the silence.