Campbell’s Resort has something for everyone

By Washington, Our Home|April 30, 2015|Central Washington, History, Recreation|0 comments

Does the idea of sunning yourself on a white sand beach listening to gentles waves lap against the shoreline sound appealing to you? Or are you more of a traveling foodie (a trudie?) who loves discovering gourmet quizine in the most unlikely of places? Maybe you’re a history buff looking to learn more about the past while enjoying the present. Whoever you are, Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan is for you.

WP_20150430_011Nestled at the southern tip of Lake Chelan, a serpentine recreational hotspot in north central Washington, Campbell’s first opened its doors to the public in 1901. Having purchased the property three years prior from a man who boasted that he had “sold a sand dune to a sucker for $400,” C.C. Campbell and his wife Caroline were determined to be the destination for pioneers, tourists and teamsters alike.

C.C. soon passed the Chelan Hotel – as it was first known – to his son, Arthur, a WWI veteran. Later, Arthur passed it to his sons, Dan and Art, veterans of WWII, who grew the business over the next 30 years. In 1989 Art’s son, Arthur III, and Dan’s son, Clint, assumed management of Campbell’s Resort. Art III’s sons, Tom and Eric, are now deeply involved in day-to-day operations of the hotel making it one of – if not the – only 114-year-old, continuously-operated hotel in Washington to remain in the same family.

WP_20150430_004And the history of the property doesn’t end there. What was once the entirety of the Chelan Hotel is now Campbell’s Resort’s Pub and Bistro, having been reimagined and repurposed to become one of the best restaurants in Chelan. And having sampled the food myself, I’d be willing to bet that it’s likely one of the best in all of central Washington.

After checking in and being briefed on the resorts numerous amenities by the friendly and professional desk staff, guests are directed to their room in one of five buildings on the eight-acre property. For their recreation, Campbell’s features the River Room Spa, two large outdoor hot tubs, two outdoor pools, a conference center, a fitness center, an electric vehicle charging station, a beachside bar, more reclining deck chairs than you can count, boat moorage, beach and water volleyball courts, and of course Lake Chelan itself, with private lake access for guests on a 1,200 foot beach.

Who could ask for more?

Since the town of Chelan has numerous shopping and museum opportunities, coupled with its proximity to a number of wineries, Campbell’s Resort at Lake Chelan is a perfect destination getaway at an affordable price. It offers a rare find in today’s society…something for everyone, with which everyone will be well satisfied.


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About Washington, Our Home

My name is Erich R. Ebel. I was born in Spokane and moved to Colville, Bothell, Tacoma, and back to Spokane again, all before I was 14. I attended Washington State University in Pullman, graduated and moved back to Spokane. In 2000, I enlisted in the United State Army Reserve and spent six months at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Then it was back to Spokane. After six years, it was time to get out and see the world. And what better place to start than Las Vegas, Nevada! I met my beautiful wife while working at KVBC-TV in Las Vegas, and after three years of suffering in the extreme heat and undeniably long nights, we were called back to Washington State. Landing first in Lakewood, we suffered for a year in an uncomfortably old and small apartment before a shooting and a kidnapping in our complex strongly urged us to leave town. After relocating to Lacey, we have now settled and spend as much time as we can exploring the fine facets of this beautiful state. From Tenino to Tonasket, Brewster to Blaine and Vader to Vancouver, I have enjoyed every moment of this great state.

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