5 Things You Need on Every Lake Chelan Vacation

05/25/2021 | by jcollins | Outdoor Activities

From snowy winter days to the mild temperatures of autumn and spring to the glorious heat of summer, Lake Chelan knows how to wear each season well. While packing for a vacation to Lake Chelan can look very different depending on the season, there are some necessities that you’ll want to bring with you on every trip to Lake Chelan. Here are our top 5!

Shades & SPF

It really doesn’t matter whether you’re visiting in the summer, winter or anytime in between – you’ll want your shades.

With 300 days of sunshine in the Lake Chelan Valley, don’t get caught without your favorite pair of sunnies while you explore its epic beauty. And yes, that goes for sunscreen, too. Pack a high SPF sunscreen to keep you protected from the sun’s rays any time of year.

A Camera

Have you ever heard the advice that the best camera is the one you have with you? We think it’s true. Don’t miss an opportunity to capture some wonderful memories by bringing along a camera.

If you have a DSLR or GoPro camera for high-quality photos, pack it up and bring it with you. But don’t worry about the fancy stuff – your smartphone will always do in a pinch since you’re likely to have it on you at any given time. Just make sure you’re ready to capture all the new memories you make while you’re here. You never know when that “Kodak moment” will strike. (Does anyone say “Kodak moment” anymore? No, just us?)

Something Nice

Don’t forget to pack something a little snazzy! An elegant sundress or a nice button-up will do the trick. There’s nothing like strolling across the bridge from Grandview to take in the nightlife in downtown Chelan. Or catch live music at a winery for an afternoon of sophistication, class, and excellent wine.

Make dinner reservations at Andante or Sorrento’s Ristorante for an evening of fine dining in your Lake Chelan finest.

Photo | Tsillan Cellars & Sorrento’s Ristorante

Layers

You probably know that layers are always a good idea in the cold winter months as they can easily be added or removed depending on your comfort level. But this travel necessity is year-round. A long sleeve tee can help protect you from the sun on those blistering hot summer days in Lake Chelan. If you’re heading out for a hike or an afternoon on the boat, pack a lightweight long sleeve tee to keep you protected. 

Forget to pack layers? Stop by Lake Chelan Sports or the Shirt Shop in downtown Chelan to pick one up. Or snag a Bucket of Fries tee from Moonpenny and rep a beloved Lake Chelan landmark.

Photo | Moonpenny

A Good Attitude

Yeah, we went full on cheesy for this last one. Show up to your Lake Chelan vacation with an open mind and feel-good attitude and it’ll be nearly impossible to have a bad time. Don’t let long wait times or crowded parks get in the way of having a relaxing and easy-going vacation.

Whether you’re enjoying a lazy afternoon by the pool here at Grandview or traipsing around the valley all day, a smile and a positive mindset can go a long way.

Now that you’ve got your top 5 Lake Chelan necessities, all that’s left is to book your stay at the Grandview! Check our availability now and find a unit that’s right for you.

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