Save Money this Year on Your Family Vacation by inviting another family!
A rebounding economy means that many Americans are ready to splurge on summer vacation again. If you're still looking for the perfect summer getaway, Lake Chelan offers some great ways to save money! 1. Collaborate with friends. Renting a large beach house with a group of friends can be more affordable than traveling with just immediate family. Since lake houses can often accommodate multiple families, this method often reduces the cost significantly. Sage Rentals has several larger homes that would accommodate a couple of families to share in cost.
2. Pay for the trip in advance. Saving up for a vacation ahead of time is the best way to make sure it doesn't end up on a credit card. Setting aside an amount for a vacation fund at the start of the year can ensure your days on the beach aren't ruined by anxiety over debt.
3. Sharing the cost of food. Here is a great website that shares ideas on how to share the cost of food between families and great meal ideas! http://cheaphealthygood.blogspot.com/2009/07/feeding-group-on-vacation.html
4. Bring your own everything. Packing your own snacks, water bottles and even a bike can reduce daily expenses on the road. Anyone traveling by air, however, will want to adopt the opposite strategy, since many airlines now charge to check bags.
5. Things to do in Chelan without spending money. Lake Chelan offers some amazing things to do without spending money... like hanging out at Don Morse park With 2,000 feet of waterfront Don Morse Park is 40 acres of fun! This area is wonderful for swimming, boating or just relaxing in the sun. They are a year round facility that offers entertainment and activities with each season. Don Morse Park is open to the public daily from 6:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. unless otherwise posted or authorized by the City of Chelan. There is a $5 parking fee for the day. So maybe consider walking or commuting together.
Another great place to hang out for the day is Lakeside Park. This park is located on the south shore of Lake Chelan. It is bordered by Highway 97A, Lake Chelan, Best Western Motel and private residences. Access to the site from Highway 97A and Johnson Place.
Lakeside Park gently slopes toward the lake, is ideal for swimming and boating and offers a variety of mature shade trees and grassy areas.
Facilities at the park include: One sand volleyball court, a basketball half court, 840 square foot restroom facility, 32,165 square feet of parking, 17,500 square feet of sandy beach and swimming area, and 10 picnic tables. Open to the public daily from 6:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. unless otherwise posted or authorized by the City of Chelan. There is NOT a parking fee.
There is also several walking trails around Chelan. Whether just walking the loop downtown or going to Echo Ridge which is great place to hike year round. Here is a fantastic site that shares maps and information about Echo Ridge.