Chelan Travel Guide

  • the Old bridge on Lake Chelan looking west
    the Old bridge on Lake Chelan looking...
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  • 55 ml. long Lake Chelan,  look south across lake
    55 ml. long Lake Chelan, look south...
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  • Public Park on south shore of Lake Chelan
    Public Park on south shore of Lake...
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Chelan Highlights

  • Pro
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    s.miles says…

     Water,water everywhere. So are the mountains. 

  • Con
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     Size of town 

  • In a nutshell
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     Unbelievable for travelers on a budget 

Chelan Things to Do

  • Mill Bay Casino and Golf

    This is a plain jane place. Nothing fancy. I like to go here with my dad. We play the little 9 hole course, eat a sandwich in the Coyote Cafe, and then maybe loose a few dollars on the slots. Perhaps one day, the tribe well be able to aford a building that's a little more glamourous than the current digs. But still, for a simple day - I like it.

  • Shopping

    Chelan's main streets have some really cute shops. When I visited, I was 17 years old and was obsessed with music. There was this hippy store where they told sarongs, tie-dye shirts, incence, jewelly. But what was amazing was that they also sold music memorabila! I remember buying a Nine Inch Nails and a Nirvana concert poster here. I'm sure my...

  • Boating

    OK - Boating is why I go to Chelan. It's no problem trailering my little Seaswirl boat for a week of relaxation. However, because the north end is remote, I boat cautiously in case of a breakdown. Regular traffic up and down the lake assures you of a rescue if there is a problem, but you may have to drift about for an hour or so until the next...


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Chelan Restaurants

  • The way Pizza should be!

    I agree with the s.milesThey make almost everything from scratch with the finest ingredients, organic flours for the dough,ex-virgin olive oil, they grate and blend their cheeses, use the purist things to make the salad dressings, daily fresh chopped vegies, locally made sausage.Plus they serve a large selection of local wines and beers.It's...

  • Give 'Local-Myth' Pizza a try....

    Give 'Local-Myth' Pizza a try. Homemade, Customed made pizza with all wholesome, natural ingrediants that you will miss it when you return home!! Art travels the globe looking for great ingrediants and great things to do with his pizza.And he has quite a collection of Jazz CD's for setting 'The-Mood'!

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Chelan Off The Beaten Path

  • Mighty, Columbia River of Pacific...

    Near Lake Chelan, just a short 20-minute drive down below from the town of Chelan is the Mighty Columbia River. This river runs from the Rocky Mountain snow fields of British Columbia, Canada all the way south and to the Oregon border and then west past Portland, Oregon and on to the Pacific Ocean. There are many Hydro Electric Dams on the Columbia...

  • Fields of Wheat Grain for a hundred...

    Just about ½ hours driving from the town of Chelan are the wheat fields that span 100 miles to the east. Driving down to the Columbia River and across the Columbia River over the Be-Be Bridge up the other side and onto the high plateaus of gentle rolling hills of mostly Wheat Fields, with some Barley, Oats, Feed Hay and Fruit Crops. This region...

  • Stormy Mountain to the West....

    ....from there, you go north to Pyramid Peak and then, if you are lucky enough not to get hit by lightning at the top, you make your way to the "Big-One" due west from there----Glacier Peak. After that, your lust for the Mountain Highs should be "tamed" for a week or two before you start looking for the "Next-One"!


Chelan Favorites

  • Downtown Chelan

    I really like that the town of Chelan overlooks Lake Chelan. The town isn't that large, so while you can certainly go browsing through shops and restaurants, there's also a lot to do on the water, such as swimming and boating.

  • try to get out onto the water....

    try to get out onto the water. While we unfortunately didn't have time, Lake Chelan seems to be the local 'Mecca' for boaters.Photo: Lake Chelan with the view of the orchards, hills and wineries in the distance.

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