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Lake Chelan Winterfest, a 2nd Annual Adventure

the most beautiful place in the state, and perhaps, the world
the most beautiful place in the state, and perhaps, the world

A few weekends ago we headed off to the better half of the state for a last hurrah. I was about to begin my first week back at work and Mr. Kelly has worked almost 3 weeks straight so we both needed to unwind. Lake Chelan, our happy place, was the perfect destination and the timing worked out perfectly to hit up the Lake Chelan Winterfest again, making the trip our “second annual.”

Last year’s tripĀ was our first time seeing the lake in wintertime and it made for the perfect retreat. The ice dripped from lichen on the tree trunks of my uncle’s property, making for some beautiful practice photography for me. Newly pregnant on that trip, we didn’t imbibe in the festivities and my yearning to join the cheerful crowds led to me plan and blog about a future girl’s getaway Winter Wine Tasting. If you’re looking for tips for your own trip to the eastside, you can check out that blog here.

Eager to recreate last winter’s fun, we headed out after Henry’s first morning feeding in hopes of maximum car seat sleeping. Henry actually surprised us by sleeping in so we got a late start but that worked out perfectly, as we arrived just in time for breakfast at the Union Canyon property of Aunt Di and Uncle Steve.

making breakfast on the wood stove


casey and derek

They bought their property last year and have been working on renovating, weatherproofing and heating the pole barn and outbuildings since. The pole barn shop has a warm woodstove, a beautiful new bathroom and even a rope swing, courtesy of the boys’ imaginations.





After breakfast we bundled up and headed into town. Henry loved walking with aunt Di in the Bjorn and seeing all of the people at the festival, and she told us multiple times to take our time at the ice bar, since she was in baby heaven. In our favorite place, shopping, and laughing with our favorite people, Mr. Kelly and I were in day drinking heaven. It felt so nice to enjoy ourselves as a couple of grownups, and know all the while that our sweet baby boy was being loved on by his great aunt.






The city of Chelan added to Winterfest’s traditional wine walk this year, with a kids’ ice luge, more sculpture carving, and a second weekend for beer and cider tasting. We decided we’re going to hit that up next year, since Washington hard cider is the one alcoholic beverage my Coors Light loving husband and I agree on. Can’t wait for the 3rd annual! We hope to bring Farmer Ross, Venise and Deyton along for the ride.


a vaudeville cover of "Crazy in Love" inspired this air trumpet dance.  Henry may have been embarrassed by my dancing.
a vaudeville cover of “Crazy in Love” inspired this air trumpet dance.
Henry may have been embarrassed by my dancing.




Pictures courtesy of Casey Stinnett, the best and prettiest photographer ever, and most favorite cousin in the world.

The "glass" behind the garden to glass cocktails, Belinda is the owner of the Happy Camper Cocktail Company, bartender, recipe developer, younger sister and karaoke lover.

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