Classic Drive-Ins The drive-in restaurant first came to America in 1921, and the tradition is still strong today. Lakeview Drive In in Chelan dishes up lake views with its seasoned French fries, while Wenatchee’s EZ’s Burger Deluxe prides itself on garlic fries from a family recipe. In Leavenworth, sip on a blackberry shake from the patio at Heidleburger Drive-In, or go for a malt at Cle Elum’s Twin Pines Drive In, open since 1958.
Rodeo Roundup For some of the best ridin’ in the state, boot-scoot your way to the Ellensburg Rodeo over Labor Day Weekend. Other notable area events include Moses Lake Roundup Rodeo, Coulee City Last Stand Rodeo, Omak Stampede, and Cle Elum Roundup.
Skin Savers The mineral-rich waters of Soap Lake have long been reputed to possess healing powers. Cover yourself in the shore’s black mud and take a dip to see if it works for you. For a skin soother that’s a little easier to fit in your suitcase, Anderson Family Farm in Ellensburg makes luxurious lotions, salt scrubs, and soaps from goat’s milk.
Cider Rules With the abundance of wine and apples in the region, it’s no surprise that hard cider is picking up steam. On the north shores of Lake Chelan, Manson has two can’t-miss cideries: Steelhead Cider and Rootwood Cider Co.
-- Haley Shapley
photo by William Bigelis