Mountain View Lodge, Manson, Washington

In Manson, Washington for the 2016 Apple Blossom Festival, I stayed at the Mountain View Lodge located at 25 Wapato Point Parkway.

A two-story motel style lodge located within walking distance of shops, wineries, and restaurants, rooms range from standard queen to an extended stay, pet friendly, family suites. I enjoyed three nights in a premium double queen room, which featured a small refrigerator and microwave oven perfect for popping bags of microwave popcorn I always bring on a road trip.

Propane Fire PitAs the name implies, rooms face the North Cascades Mountain Range. The Lake Chelan waterfront is a short walk down Wapato Point or in downtown Manson at Manson Bay (with its neat park and public swimming beach). Mountain View PavillionUnlike any motel I’ve ever stayed at, Mountain View Lodge has designed the guest experience around amenities ranging from a heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, a covered pavilion with outdoor kitchen and dining area, a propane fire pit, volley ball court/lawn, and giant outdoor movie screen. This is truly a family-friendly property.

Mountain View PoolA Midwesterner to the core, I can’t help but appreciate a tidy, weed-free, lawn and extra conveniences like the pre-packaged dinner pack available for $5 near the reception desk (each pack includes plates, utensils, aluminum foil, plastic bags, and moist towelettes–perfect for cooking up an impromptu meal on the propane grills).

If you are looking for suggestions on “what to do” during your stay in Chelan County, ask for the LivingSocial guide map (it should be located in the rack stand with area pamphlets and brochures). The map notes key points of interest along a ten-mile scenic driving loop ranging from parks, trails, and scenic photo spots.

Buddy the DogRates vary based on season and availability. Book your room online or by calling 1-800-967-8105. If you go, give Buddy the Welcome Wagger a pat on the head for us. “Happy tails!”

About the Author

Julie Henning
Julie Henning is a freelance writer and journalist based out of Eugene, Oregon. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and owner of the family-travel website She is a recent past member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association and the Association for Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. Julie is the Oregon Coast destination specialist for Bindu Media, an itinerary-focused website launching in Spring 2016 and featuring the work of 200+ professional, indie travel writers. Julie has been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Illinois), the Rochester Post Bulletin, Wisconsin Natural Resources (DNR) Magazine, Sustainable Chicago Magazine, Group Tour Magazine, Student Group Tour Magazine, Silent Sports Magazine, Intercom Magazine,, and FTF Geocacher Magazine. Julie has appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, Ohio Public Radio, and KCBX FM Central Coast Radio and is an affiliate producer with the Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a National Public Radio travel podcast. She has blogged for, Travel Oregon, and VISIT Milwaukee. Julie travels with her three kids and black lab as much as possible and lives by the motto, "Not all who wander are lost." Check out some of her best work at