There are few people better equipped to handle the Wenatchee River than the staff at Leavenworth Outdoor Center. Whether it's standup paddleboardng, whitewater rafting, or a lazy afternoon of tubing, Leavenworth Outdoor Center's passionate, river-savvy staff can help people navigate the water. Take a guided whitewater rafting sessions to spend a day enjoying the beauty of nature and the thrill of getting soaked. You could also join a groups floating downstream in durable tubes outfitted with hammock seats and backrests, or churn the river currents in inflatable kayaks.
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When the owners of La Casa Vista B&B bought their sprawling house on Lake Chelan, they thought they'd use it as a vacation home. However, they liked the house and the town so much that they decided to live there permanently. Today, as resident innkeepers, they invite guests to enjoy the rooms, the views, and their piping-hot breakfasts, which they serve in a dining room that looks out onto landscaped flower gardens.
You can see their personal touches all throughout the inn; for example, they named a couple of guest rooms after their grandchildren. Each room is trimmed with quilted bedding and romantic floral accents, and the master bedroom even has a two-person jacuzzi.
Step onto the wraparound wooden deck to see views of Lake Chelan set before a rugged mountain backdrop. Just a short drive from the property, downtown Chelan charms with European-style bistros and family-owned wineries. In summer, you can splash down water slides at Slidewaters water park, which is also nearby.
The husband-and-wife duo behind Swakane Winery started their wine-making journey humbly enough, making wine for themselves in their own home. They started with blackberries, simply because the fruit is plentiful near their home in southwestern Washington. As their ambition and wine-making skills grew, they purchased a picturesque plot of land overlooking the Columbia River, and spent six years nurturing riesling, cabernet franc, and sauvignon blanc grapes. Today, those grapes are used in eight wines that are crafted at the boutique hillside winery. Sticking true to its roots, the winery offers a blackberry dessert wine alongside floral, citrusy whites and woody, berry-rich reds. The wines are all made from grapes grown onsite or purchased nearby from a feudal-estate-owning French noble. And this focus on local doesn't end with the grapes: works by local artists are featured at the winery's tasting room and bistro in Leavenworth, and on bottles of the signature Swakane Red.
Though the tranquil, Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth is usually quiet, today it is abuzz with the sound of scooters supplied by Uber Scooter Rentals. Honda Metropolitan and Ruckus scooters meander through the nearby hills and mountain passes, ferrying passengers to scenic areas and pastoral photo ops. The Metropolitan turns heads with its classic European-inspired design, and the Ruckus sports oversized tires to navigate dirt and gravel roads with ease. Uber Scooter Rentals even gives adventurous guests an extra gas can if they desire, allowing them to fuel up for a few more miles or set fire to any rusty tin men who ask to hitch a ride.