Booked this on a whim cause we wanted to get away for the weekend, and to a place that accepted dogs.
Jeff Kelly (owner) answered and gave us an acceptable rate, asked if we'd be coming late, and gave us instructions if so. He also told us to buy groceries for our breakfast before getting up there, even though he has a pretty decent selection on site (and not too badly priced). Nice gesture, if nothing else.
We stayed in a very quaint cabin 5, across the road from the lake. It has everything you need, part from internet access (available down by the beach/main building, in case you need to be connected while away).
It is rustic, yes, but fully functional, with a bedroom with a queen, and one larger room with two twins. decent sized bathroom with a shower stall, more towels than you need, and if asking, beach towels to be used by beach or pool. Wood floors throughout.
TV, DVD player, new gas BBQ on the deck outside, range, micro, wood stove (firewood included), central forced air heat/A/C. In short, our cabin really had everything we'd ever need. Yes, there are cracks between old cabin and more recent addition that allows for leaks of heat/cool, but these cabins are so nicely laid out, that I could live here year round.
There is a nice pool up the hill (30 seconds walking) that we did not use, and trails above that one for you or your pup.
Jeff Kelly was REALLY friendly, w/o being "intrusive" as some small resort owners can be. He shared information about the area, history of the resort, stories, and my favorite topic, boats.
He also nicely fixed a "deck side" fire for a couple that arrived late in the evening, and we by pure chance joined them. We had a great chat in front of an amazing lake, some cheese and some wine, while watching the stars fall.
The main building and deck could have been lifted straight from the shores of Lago di Como or Lago di Garda in Italy. Only thing missing are a few Rivas moored in the water (though he has an Italian flag on the dock house), but I truly think you will see some of those during the busy summer season. There is NOT a lack of pricey and beautiful "woodies" in this part of the state.
This place allows for moorage of your boat (and dockside fuel), in case you haul it up here, and there are canoes and kayaks for use by the guests. If you are interested in boats and the outdoors, there is tons of reading material to borrow.
Laundromat available to the guests.
Only thing I would probably note is the price, but this is really not a negative as such. I want to be able to get out in the woods and stay below $100/night, but since so many are willing to pay more, why would a resort owner not charge what people are willing to pay? Lake Chelan is also a pricey area, since it is very popular during the hot and sunny summer, so the rates at Kelly's are not really above anything else, especially considering that you are "on" the water.
Kelly's is about a 20 min pretty drive from the City of Chelan (part quaint, part tourist trap) where you will find everything you need (including Starbucks). I can see that some stressed visitors will race up and down this small road in the summer, but I also think the police will nab them. This is NOT an area where you should be in a rush. Be aware, or rather, be respectful of posted speed limits and fellow drivers.
Short, as long as I can afford it, I will gladly come back to Kelly's Resort, and I hope it does not get too crazy in the summer - but how can it with only a limited number of cabins, and four lake front condos?
- Also Known As:
- Kelly`s Resort On Lake Chelan Hotel Chelan