A little known fact about traveling to the Lake Chelan Wine Valley in February...
... is that it's just as easy as traveling in the summer! In February, the comment we hear most often is, “the pass isn’t that bad”. Those who “brave” the pass are rewarded with the serenity of the North Cascades in the winter where the sun shines, people are friendly and parking is free. The tasting rooms heat up for Red Wine and Chocolate weekends and visitors on a much needed winter retreat find themselves re-energized and supremely proud that they made the trip to see us. Take in a treatment at one of the area’s many spa’s, pick up a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates, take a walk in the hills or sit on the deck and gaze at the lake. Whatever you do, pause a moment to look around and take in the beauty of the Lake Chelan Wine Valley – it's naturally intoxicating.
Nefarious Cellars is a bit of a contradiction. The patio overlooking Defiance Vineyard is full of people nestled in colorful chairs, yet it’s a serene scene. The tasting room is packed with visitors but it’s anything but chaotic. Wine is omnipresen . . .
The walking path that leads you into Karma Vineyards instantly makes you a star. A glass of methode champenoise and a tour of the cave later and you’ll realize that, indeed, you could get used to this life of waterfalls, smiling faces and good eats.
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