Wapato Rest: Area
About Wapato PointWapato Point on Lake Chelan has become one of Washington State's top visitor destinations. Sitting some 8 miles up from the town of Chelan, Wapato sits on a Peninsula that juts directly out into the water providing territorial views along with a long list of activities and amenities.
Consisting of 70 private vacation homes and 300 condos the resort has 2 miles of white sand beach,parks, tennis courts, boat docks, water skiing areas, numerous pools, hot tubs, volley ball and basketball, walking paths, designated swimming areas, restaurant and winery. Nearby is a casino, golf courses, agri-tours, horse back riding, chuck wagon dinners plus restaurants and shops galore. In winter there is cross country skiing, an ice skating rink and hundreds of miles of snow mobile trails.
Sunspots offers private homes, townhomes and condos at Wapato Point and around the entire Lake Chelan area.
Wapato is a rare treasure of the American West. Originally deeded to members of the Wapato family of the Entiat Indian Nation under Chief Moses Agreement in 1884, the family still owns the land and leases it to a private corporation for development. Located on the north side of the Lake about seven miles from the city of Chelan, this small peninsula of land is a nearly endless beehive of vacation activities summer and winter.
Because of mutual respect for the land, Wapato Point today is an amazing preserved 116 meticulously groomed acres that strongly supports environmental values. It offers visitors over 2 miles of unspoiled lakeside waterfront under sunny skies. The recreational choices available here are truly impressive, ranging from water slides to lighted tennis courts. There are facilities for basketball, baseball and soccer. Boats and bikes are available for rent as are fishing poles and cross country skis - even ice skates!
Located nearby is the Wapato Point Cellar, famous for its syrah and pinot grigio wines. The beautiful grounds of the winery are the site of many lovely summer weddings as well as memorable wine tastings and picnics.
Local events throughout the year include the Manson Apple Blossom Festival, the King Salmon Derby, the Classic Car Show, the Chelan Hang Glider Classic, the Lake Chelan Rodeo and the Fire & Ice Winterfest. From gourmet dinners featuring regional ingredients to games on the green grass, Wapato Point is an experience that can be described only as all the fun you can imagine. And then some!
About Lake ChelanOne of the most popular vacation destinations in all of Washington. The name Chelan comes from the Indian word Tsillian. It can mean deep water. This is actually the third deepest lake in the country, surrounded by rolling hills covered with apple trees and soaring mountains providing huge territorial views from all around the valley.
The weather is near perfect. Hot in summer. Cold in winter, warm and friendly in between. Over 300 days of sunshine per year thanks to the Lake's location sheltered from prevailing wind from by the Cascade Mountains immediately to the West. In short, Chelan is perfect all year round.
There is something for everyone year round in Chelan. Enjoy touring the wineries, boating, water skiing, hiking, biking, river rafting and much more. Don’t worry there is a plethora of winter sports as well so don’t feel like you can only come for the sun. Go snowmobiling, snowshoeing, or enjoy all kinds of skiing.
There are many different places to stay along the Lake from spacious vacation homes, to cozy condos. Come stay any time during any season and take in the sights, enjoy the activities. Or just kick back and relax on the water and watch the day go by.
About WashingtonThe Evergreen State lives up to its name. In Western Washington vast forest once covered most everything and even today new visitors are sometimes stunned by the ever present green that can be found in the forests of course, but also in the vegetation that seems to spring up everywhere.
Much maligned as a rainy place, most areas of the state such as Seattle actually get less rain than New York City, Chicago and Florida. And in Eastern Washington vast stretches of high plateau and vast agricultural areas are actually hot and bright in summer and have a great many days of sun even in winter.
Washington also has some of the most diverse coastal areas in the U.S. To the Southwest, the Long Beach Peninsula is the longest beach in the world and visitors can even drive their cars right out on the sand. There they'll find color kiting, legions of shore birds and a brisk ocean environment.
Further up the cost are Willapa and Grays Harbors home to forest industries, fishing fleets and moderate year round climates. From Seattle and the larger cities, visitors flock to both Harbors during the spring, summer and fall. Many come for fishing, claming and beach front activities.
Still further North is the vast Olympic Peninsula where beaches rise steadily to numerous snow capped summits including Mount Olympus, the Hoh rain forest and the rain showed Sequim recreational areas. The Peninsula is also home to numerous low land lakes where spring fishing gives way to summer water skiing and other great fresh water fun.
Tucked between the Olympic Mountains to the West and the metropolitan areas of Seattle, Tacoma and Everett to the East is a vast salt water estuary known as Puget Sound. It is connected to the Pacific Ocean by the pristine Straight of Juan De Fuca. State ferries and the engineering marvels of floating bridges, allow visitors to move around "the Sound" with ease. The Sound has been reshaped by the scouring action and till deposition which extended as far south as Olympia.
SAN JUAN ISLANDS:
At the Northern edge of Puget Sound lies a cluster of spectacular rocky islands known and the San Juan’s. A ferry or float plane is required to access the islands but worth the trip.
Almost dead center on the East coast of Puget Sound lays the large city of Seattle and its cross lake cousin Bellevue. Home to big industries such as Boeing, Microsoft and Starbucks Coffee the cities of Puget Sound offer much to visitors. There are restaurants, tours and places to visit such as the Pike Place farmers market. Professional spots teams and major arts organizations including Opera, Ballet and many Live Theatres provide things to do on every night of the year.
Running North-South and splitting the state in half are the Cascade Mountains. Sometimes forgotten in comparison to the Montana, Idaho and Colorado Rocky mountains, the Cascades are vast and sheer. Mt Saint Helens eruption in 1980 brought attention to the area but there are a dozen other major mountain climbing areas including Mt. Rainer and Mt Badams. All are within easy driving distance of major cities and international airports.
At the Northern End of Washington State's Cascades is Mt. Baker, birthplace of snow boarding and still one of the snowiest ski areas in the world. Just to the south is the North Cascades Wilderness area which boasts one of America's most scenic roads. So precipitous, in fact, that it closes in winter due to immense snow falls.
From the Eastern Slopes of the Cascades spreads the sprawling areas of Eastern Washington. On the south it is bordered by the Columbia River gorge how to numerous dams and world famous wind surfing. Above that lay the deep rich fields and wine grape vineyards of the Yakima Valley which compares in longitude and composition of renowned French growing areas.
The Columbia river flows north through the middle of Eastern Washington State where dams have created long and winding lakes surrounded by campgrounds and recreational areas. North Central Washington is home to the Replica Bavarian Village of Leavenworth which boasts over four million visitors per year, as well as to Lake Chelan a 50 mile long natural lake one of the cleanest in the United States. Its gorge - if it were emptied of water - would be deeper than the Grand Canyon. North of that can be found the Wild West town of Winthrop Washington where real live cowboys ride the ranges during hot summers and frigid white winters.
On the border shared with Idaho and about central North to South, lays the Inland Empire city of Spokane headquarters to industry and agricultural activities. To the south likes the Palouse region known as the bread basket of the world because it produces more grain per acre than anywhere else.
In short, the Evergreen state is a very diverse place full of recreational activities like boating, fishing, water sports, professional sports arenas, high class arts organizations and so much to do you'll need a month just to begin to see much of it.