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Weekend Getaway :: Lake Chelan

I’ve been lucky enough this summer to be making quite a few weekend getaways to wine country… and consequentially my wine cellar (and I use that term loosely) has been getting quite full. I’m not complaining.

Last weekend I finally had the excuse to head to Lake Chelan with some of my closest girlfriends for a little bachelorette weekend in the sunshine! The last time I visited this area was in high school, and lemme tell ya – there sure weren’t any wineries back then. But now? We couldn’t even get to them all!

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The five of us gals drove the few hours from Seattle to shack up together at Grandview on the Lake – it felt like a big slumber party with all of us in a tiny suite, but the big patio directly off our door made up for it. Plus the kitchen allowed us to have a quiet first night in to cook and relax!

The next morning we were off and tasting!

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Bachelorette party tip: when you’re in your 30’s the most embarrassing thing you should have to do at your own bachelorette is climb into a boat with pink oars to pose for a photo at a winery called Hard Row to Hoe. (And yes, there’s a great story behind that name!)

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We went home with a bottle of their Pinot Gris for laying in the sun with later!

The vine-lined drive up to Four Lakes Winery was next, and it’s worth a trip just for the view! It – of course – looks over all four lakes in the region.

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We could have enjoyed that patio all day long! Our palates however, we ready to keep moving on, so I bought a bottle of their Cabernet Sauvignon and we hit the road again.

It was time for a bite to eat with our vino, so we headed to Vin du Lac for some time on their patio, and a delicious lunch to match their amazing lineup of wines!

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Erin (miss Apartment34) approved of the setting big time. So did I. This may have been my favorite stop of the day – their rosé and savignon blanc were both delicious in the heat, and everyone there was so friendly. Have I mentioned that pretty much every one of these wineries comes with a gorgeous lake view?

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After a very quick pop-in to Karma for some bubbly, we headed to Nafarious Cellars which wins another star in my book for both their wines and setting…

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Sipping their Viogner (which I took home a bottle of) on this sunny patio was pure heaven and the perfect way to end our day!

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Just when we were wrapping up, our amazing driver, Kelly at Lakeside Limos, helped us sneak into one more spot – Blue Spirits Distilling. I was so distracted by the rows of whisky and vodka that I didn’t even take any photos, but trust me when I say it’s a must if you find yourself in the area.

We finished the evening with a big dinner and a gorgeous sunset…

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huge thanks to all who hosted us this weekend! It was the perfect, relaxed and easy setting for our little girls getaway, an many memories were made.