Last week we had the great fun of taking our little half pint on a week long trip to Lake Chelan. Joining us were our friend Derek, his sister Tera and her daughter Reagen (Who is 9).
Most places were closed or had limited hours because it was the off season, but we still found LOTS of great half pint friendly places (And one brewery which we will post about next!)…and wanted to share them with you since we know this is a popular destination. We spent most of our time in Manson (Which is where we stayed). Below is some info on some of the wineries and restaurants we went to. I will be posting about wht is really important (The brewery:)) in an upcoming blog! Cheers!
We visited several wineries while we were there and they all let our son and our friends daughter in and were VERY accommodating to them.
1.) The Blending Room (Mason): Great place with great wine. This is a very small tasting room but has a great outside area. I think if you came in the spring or summer and your little one could run around outside you would be fine–but if it is busy in the tasting room it could get pretty crowded. This was one of my favorite places because the owner was very knowledgeable but not too over the top (sometimes at wineries I want to say…stop talking, let me taste). The owner also had two great pooches which made our half pint VERY amused!
2.) Wapato Point Cellars (Manson): Great wine, but not as inviting as The Blending Room. I felt like we were bothering the lady while we were tasting and she spent most of the time tying ribbons to cards (not sure what she was making), and not paying attention to us. Also LOTS of breakable things in the tasting room. The HUGE HUGE HUGE plus of this if you have a little one is they have great grounds that even include a play area!!
3.) Firehouse Winery (Manson): This place had a great set up and lots of fun things to look at, but they carry wines from other wineries(which was interesting). They didn’t have our favorite wines and the guy that showed us the wines was VERY chatty–but they did have my new favorite summer treat…a wine slushy! They were also very kid friendly, the guy who was showing us the wines also gave us a grape starter and showed Reagan how to tie a knot with a giant rope:)
4.) Lake Chelan Winery (Chelan): Definitely our favorite of the wineries. The wines were amazing, the man that showed us the wines was great and they had lots of stuff for the kiddos to look at. They also had a cheese tasting place that had AMAZING cheese and the man that was running that was great too. When traveling with kiddos it’s always nice if they have a cheese tasting place because then they feel important also! We didn’t get to try one of the meet and cheese plates that they had but boy did they look yummy! HIGHLY recommend this place whether you are with or without the kids!
Westside Pizza (Chelan): This little place in Chelan had ok pizza and very kid friendly. They have by the slice you can get right away which is nice with the little ones! A pretty small place (which you will hear me say about most of the places in Chelan and Manson)–but still kiddo friendly (our son yells when he gets excited about eating, and no one seemed to mind). One point (that my husband and Derek were NOT happy about) no alcohol here at all…just soda.
Local Myth Pizza (Chelan): LOVED this pizza place. We happened to run into the owner when we were tasting at the Blending Room and so we stopped by. Once again, pretty small joint but AMAZING pizza. They have a great lunch special too where you get one of their daily slice feature (2 to choose from) and a BIG salad (a real salad…not some dinky one: Greek, spinach or Caesar) all for only 8 bucks. They also had great beer on tap, lots of 22oz beer options, lots of wine (including one on tap!), and great kid options. Our friends daughter ordered a cheese pizza and loved it AND they gave her a sucker as she left.
Sunset Grill (Manson): We really liked this place a lot…but could see how if it was a busy time of year it wouldn’t be great if you had kids–but for us it was great. Their was a bartender/waitress working and she was so nice to us–she came over and visited with our friend about her snake since he has one too. They do have a kids menu and high chairs which is nice, the waitress also brought out part of our sons meal early since he was hungry! Lots of wonderful beers on tap and the food was AMAZING.
All and all we had a wonderful trip there and LOVED the sun. We are already planning a trip back this summer so we can try more open places and of course enjoy more sunshine!