Highlights from Lake Chelan Winterfest 2022

by | Jan 25, 2022 | Events, Festivals

Kim and Gerry in front of the MVLR tower

Winterfest is one of Lake Chelan’s banner events that we cherish so much. From the ice tower to fireworks to exciting new food and drink options, there was so much to remember. Here’s a quick look at some of our favorite highlights from this past winter!

The Flaming Ice Tower!

Mountain View Lodge sponsor’s the annual lighting of the ice tower in Downtown Manson. On Saturday night (January 22, 2022), the spectacular blaze was witnessed by hundreds of people as the ice tower melted before their very eyes! We love being a part of this central tradition and can’t wait to do it again next year!

MVLR fire and ice tower

Fireworks Lit Up the Sky!

Manson has a stunning fireworks display at Manson Bay every Winterfest. This year was no exception. Crowds gathered by the bay to take photos and marvel at the flowing sky. We truly enjoyed the show this year as it reminded us to look up and feel hope for the coming year.

Fireworks in Manson

Staying Warm By the Firepits!

It was great to see businesses have firepits outside their storefronts. It gave people a chance to stay warm outside while enjoying the great food and drinks the restaurants, wineries, and breweries had to offer. The team at Linderman Builds did a great job of supplying beautiful fire pits that fit right into the winter festivities.

Fire pits in Manson

Exciting New Additions

In Manson this year, we saw some new additions to the downtown scene including the new Sunset Manson, serving up locally sourced foods, and Rootwood Cider Co partnering with Leavenworth Sausage Garten to serve up some delicious sausages for Winterfest. We love the innovation and specials these businesses are cooking up!

Rootwood Cider Co serving Leavenworth Sausage Garten sausages

This year’s Bloody Mary contest at the Grange saw some new contenders crafting up some original takes on the classic drink. Participants included Mi Paloma, County Line Chelan, Lake Chelan Brewery, Sunset Manson, and Skagit Cellars, but it was The Bloody Good Company that took it home with their classic grilled cheese topping and spicy blend!

Pictured below is Mi Paloma’s unique Bloody Mary with a potato taco topping!

Mi Paloma's Bloody Mary

Custom Ice Sculptures

And, of course, what’s Winterfest without the fantastic array of ice sculptures. This year, businesses sponsored the sculptures and were rewarded with pieces that matched their brands. It was such a treat walking around the entire Chelan Valley and seeing these masterful works of art in front of stores!

Ice sculptures

Winter is Just the Beginning!

Now that Winterfest 2022 has passed, we have the rest of winter (and the year) ahead of us. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Month of Love is just around the corner, and Mountain View Lodge has some lovely specials for you this year.

Whether you’re planning next winter already or looking to book a vacation around the corner, make sure to give us a call at (509) 687-9505 as we can give you the low down on what’s happening in the Lake Chelan Valley and find the perfect room for your stay. Cheers!