Monday, July 16, 2012

Lake Chelan-igans

Last year when we returned from London (yes I will eventually post about that!) we spent a fantastic September weekend at Lake Chelan. Most Washingtonians have been to Chelan but surprisingly no one from our group had and we loved it! We loved it so much that we are hoping to return again soon, which reminded me that I hadn't written a post :)

We rented the lovely Blue Star House which is located in the Wapato Point Resort. It's about a 3 1/2 hour drive from Seattle, over the gorgeous North Cascades. I really can't say enough about the house, it was just perfect for the 6 of us with views of the lake, a hot tub, big kitchen and indoor/outdoor dining. Not to mention a good yard, which was needed as the weekend would be involving some very serious croquet matches.

There are quite a few wineries in the area but we decided to just do a tasting and a leisurely lunch on the patio at Vin du Lac. I'm not going to post their web link because it blares music, but I will say this is a good spot to enjoy the sun and lake views while having some pretty good food.
On the way back to the house we spotted a nursery selling some newly popular giant metal chickens and of course we had to stop for photo ops.
Back at the resort we rented a couple of wave runners and took turns zipping around the lake. Except for Dayne and me, this was everyone's first time on them and they were a big hit. With hardly any lake traffic it was super fun speeding, spinning and jumping each others wake. I love wave runners! If it's a busier weekend you will probably want to reserve in advance.

And then it was time. Happy/croquet hour. Time to relive our favorite 'Heather' moments. Time to break out the scrunchy. We reviewed the official croquet rules, made up our own and took to the lawn. We played until it got dark and then, the next morning we played again. And thanks to someone who couldn't resist buying a metal chicken (Jen!) we had a "marco pollo" wicket to work through.
Good friends, wine, cocktails, food, hot tubbing under the stars, croquet, 'Heathers' and 'Princess Bride' on dvd. Not much more to ask for! A gorgeous weekend!

Lake Chelan photos here