When in Rome, or Chelan, Manson and Stehekin rather, do as the locals do. While we’re known for sharing our valley like you’re one of us, here are some tips and tricks for getting as much out of the valley as our locals do.
If you find yourself here on a long vacation, or just a long weekend, peruse the Chelan Evening Farmer’s Market, every Thursday from 4pm-7pm from May through October. You’ll likely pay the person who pulled the produce off the tree and into the ground, and you will taste the difference! On any other day, the Sunshine Farm Market beckons on 97A just before you climb out of the valley. Open weekends in April and all week long during the summer months, get your fill of truly local produce, herbs, and sundries.
Do The Alpenhorn
Just about everyone knows about the Lakeview Drive-In, and with good reason. Generations of families have looked forward to their first taste of the summer’s unique seasoned fries. But, there is just a time honored burger shack on the OTHER side of the lake. Head up the South Shore of Lake Chelan on Hwy. 971 a few miles to Watson’s Alpenhorn Café. It’s been around for almost 50 years and is owned by a family with over a century of roots in the valley. If you want local flavor without summer tourist traffic, this is the place to go.
Enjoy a “2nd Cup Of Coffee”
Every morning around 8:45, you’ll hear the same 60’s-style theme music coming out of most local radios. So begins the most unique, entertaining, oddest and fiercely local radio show you’ll likely ever hear…it’s the “2nd Cup Of Coffee” show on local radio station KOZI (1230AM or 100.9FM). It’s a call-in show where anything can, and most likely will, be heard on the air. Local politics? Check. Someone selling a barc-o-lounger or Fiero? Check. Up-lake weather report? Check. Breaking news of cows on the loose? Yes, we’ve heard it. You simply have to listen to believe it.
Jump in the Lake at Willow Point Park
It’s one of the great hidden jewels of the lake, and one of the parks locals always go to. Sloping sandy beaches, water a bit cooler than in the downtown Chelan area, and if you go on a weekday, you’ll likely have it all to yourself. Just don’t tell the locals there you heard it from us! How to get there: drive to Manson on Hwy. 150, and pass through town. Stay on the road until you take a left on Lakeshore Drive and drive about a mile. Stay to the left as it turns into Willow Point Road. You’ll see the parking spots to your left.
See a Movie at The Ruby
No, we don’t have a Delorean to head “Back To The Future” in. But, you can step back in time through the doors of the longest continually running movie theatre in Washington. The Ruby Theatre has delighted generations of families in the valley, playing first run movies every weekend. Marvel at the original horseshoe balcony, tin ceiling, and cast plaster proscenium arch which are essentially the same as when the “Photo Play House” was constructed in 1914. With an updated sound system and digital projection system, you’re assured of a historic experience without feeling like you’re back in the stone age.