Magazine article Sunset

Across the Lake

Magazine article Sunset

Across the Lake

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You can't imagine a more remote-or unforgettable-winter retreat this side of Alaska. The village of Stehekin, at the northern end of 55-mile-long Lake Chelan in north-- central Washington, cannot be reached by car and has only one public phone.

Just getting there is memorable. First you travel to the summer resort community of Chelan at the south end of the lake. Here you either charter a floatplane or board the Lady Express ferry, which makes the 2 1/2-hour trip to Stehekin five days a week. Rugged mountains rise straight up from the take, and the ferry's captain always keeps an eye out for mountain goats and other wildlife along the shore.

You have a choice of two places to stay. The more luxurious option, the Silver Bay Inn, has great views and a hot tub; you can cross-country ski out from the inn's front yard across acres of snow-covered lakeside flats. Located right at the boat landing, North Cascades Stehekin Lodge has simply furnished rooms; it offers weekend snowshoe packages.

With no ski lifts, no shopping malls, no TVs, no Internet, and no cell phones, what's there to do in Stehekin? …

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