This was our first stay at Wapato Point, but about our 4th or 5th trip to the Lake Chelan area. It was an RCI exchange for our family members who invited us along, and WOW was it beautiful! It took us 3 ½ hours to get there from Seattle (not sure how some do it in 2 ½ hours as we drove pretty fast and made no stops along the way), and it took 6 ½ hours for my family to get there from Portland.
Because of our busy work schedules, we were only able to enjoy Wapato Point for 4 nights, and we enjoyed every minute of our location. Wapato Point is divided into several phases. We stayed in the Beach Condominiums, specifically in unit #593, an upper level 2-bedroom unit. Our RCI exchange was for a unit with 2 queens, but instead we got 1 queen and 2 twins. We ended up pushing the twins together in the second bedroom and made due. It wasn’t ideal, but it was good enough for 4 nights. Had we planned to stay for a full week, we probably would have asked to be moved to the correct unit.
The condos had recently been updated with new carpeting, new paint, and new kitchen appliances. In fact, we were only the second group to stay in our unit since the upgrades. The condo was clean, well appointed (except for the bedrooms) and perfectly large enough and comfortable for four adults. The main bedroom was fairly small, but large enough to use as a place to sleep and dress. The second bedroom was tiny, with an accordion door, but again, it was good enough to sleep and dress. The living room, dining area, and kitchen were all about the same as other resorts we’ve visited. We moved the living room furniture around to make it more conducive to having conversations while being able to enjoy the big corner windows that look out onto the lake.
Our building was the last building among the Beach Condominiums before the development of private homes. I honestly believe we had the BEST location of all buildings just because of the privacy of being on the end. All Beach Condominiums are on the water, so whichever building you get in this phase, you will be pleased! The weather was picture perfect for us in March – sun shining every day with the snow-capped hills surrounding us everywhere. It was simply gorgeous!
There is a walking trail that goes around the whole resort, a couple of kids’ playground areas, a miniature golf area, and a water rentals shop. The resort itself is very large and treed, with some open space, and really lends itself to being outside and enjoying the surroundings.
There is a Red Apple Market just a few blocks away from the resort, which is a great place to pick up groceries. For dinner, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND making reservations for dinner at the Winemaker’s Grill at Wapato Point Cellars. It is in walking distance to the resort (I think it may “technically” be ON the resort grounds), or you can make it easy on yourself and drive there. The food was excellent, the service was really good, and the wine was good.
For breakfast, we took the recommendation of the front desk and drove up the hill to Blueberry Hills. WOW! It was sooooooooo good! I am a city girl, but I always enjoy the hospitality of small-town people and good conversation. Blueberry Hills gets really busy, so be prepared to wait on a Sunday as the after-church crowd will fill up the restaurant. The restaurant looks like an old house, and is run by a family who started as farmers selling berries. They then opened up a restaurant, but it’s more like eating with family while you are there. The owner made rounds and sat with us a couple of times just to chat and find out how we were doing, where we were from, etc. The food was outstanding and the view was really pretty on top of the hill.
We will definitely return to Wapato Point, and even if we didn’t get the best condo in the resort, the surrounding area alone makes it worthwhile!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wapato Point is know as THE place for families to come and enjoy themselves on the shores of Lake Chelan and with 116 acres of fun - 8 pools including one indoor, tennis courts, amazing lake front beaches, onsite jet-ski and boat rentals, miniature golf there is no better place to stay in Lake Chelan. There are loads of activities - basketball, tennis, shuffleboard, ice skating in winter, and all the water sports that your heart desires. In addition there is a kiosk on the beach where daily activities take place - pottery painting, tie dyeing, giant bowling, bracelet making, hula hoop contests - the schedule changes weekly to keep our guests entertained, and that is why families keep coming back year after year to make memories that will last a lifetime on the shores of Lake Chelan. Wapato Point is a vacation condominium resort with timeshare properties. You can also rent properties on a weekly basis. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wapato Point Hotel Wapato