Stehekin and life in a small town

My daughter and I took a day trip on the Lady of the Lake to Stehekin, accessed only by boat, foot, or plane.

Stehekin has about 85 year-round residents, and is somewhat of an artist’s colony.  We took the Express up, and the slower ride back on the Lady of the Lake II.  That gave us a three hour layover.

Stehekin is an access point for outdoor recreationists into Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and North Cascades National Park.  It also offers isolated relaxation in the village. We boarded a tour bus on departure from the Express to take in the sights.

The first stop was Rainbow Falls, named for how it catches the light and creates rainbows.  Take a hike low, or a hike high, to view it.  You might get close enough to catch a cool spray!

Next was the Stehekin Bakery, quite famous for its homemade goodies.  We all partook, I left with a piece of strawberry rhubarb pie for later!

Back in the village, we visited the Golden West Visitor Center, which houses the National Park Service with maps, information, books, and a schedule of presentations during the week.

We ate lunch at the Stehekin Landing Resort, bought souvenirs at the General Store and checked out the offerings for kayak and horseback riding at the information kiosk.  Stehekin Valley Ranch, a little further past Rainbow Falls, also offers getaway packages and Sunday Brunch!

Opportunities for day hikes, bicycling, or just packing a picnic lunch are also options.

The ride back was relaxing, giving you time to meet and chat with other passengers, read a book, or nap.

Here’s to your inspirations for memorable day trips!  Whatever you do, get out and enjoy them!


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