The lights are up and twinkle in the trees that line the streets. On brilliant days, the sun reflects off of the snowcapped hills. The snow, so powdery and fine, sweeps easily off of windshields and glistens as it scatters. There’s a festive feeling in town and the tasting rooms are decorated with holiday cheer. From the tasting rooms, the valley looks more magical than ever. Perhaps its because there are fewer people around or perhaps it’s because the winter clock ticks away at a more leisurely pace, but it seems that everyone you meet in the winery is an instant friend. Pack your snowshoes and your skis, bring a book and a camera. See the Valley from the hills or read fireside. Whatever you do, pause a moment to look around and take in the beauty of the Chelan Valley – it’s naturally intoxicating.
Spot the red nautical flag and head up the road for an afternoon of delight at Hard Row to Hoe. It’s a lively and intimate tasting room and one look around should clue you to the theme. Once you hear the story behind their name, you’ll get a sense th . . .
At Benson Vineyards, you’ll experience the thrill of a Tuscan villa and the down to earth attitude of a hard working family. Take a seat on the deck and feel like you own the lake or carry a cheese plate down to the lawn for a luxurious snack. Bring . . .
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