With winding roads that take you through a diverse landscape of vast mountains, lakes and rivers, BC is home to some of the most scenic routes in the world and those who love to ride the open road. CapriCMW has a number of passionate motorcyclists across our offices in the Lower Mainland and the Interior. In this series, they’ll be sharing the stories of their favourite overnight trips and their tips for those of you who want to try them yourself.
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Part 2 comes from Paula Garrecht of our Kelowna office. Her favourite trip takes her down south of the border into Washington.
My favourite overnight trip is to Lake Chelan. The best time to go is between June and September. Starting in Kelowna, take Highway 97 South and cross the border at Osoyoos. Los Camperos in Brewster is a great lunch spot for authentic Mexican food. From there, it’s another hour or so to Chelan. The total one way distance is about 300 km and around 4 to 4.5 hours of riding time.
For modest and affordable accommodation, the Midtowner Motel on the main drag in Chelan is motorcycle friendly with a pool ready for you to cool off in after a long day of riding. It’s within walking distance to downtown and dinner at Campbell’s Pub & Veranda on the lake is always fun.
In the morning, you can grab breakfast at Apple Cup Café across the street from the Midtowner before heading back.
There are good two-lane paved roads the entire way and lots of options for side trips i.e. Winthrop, Leavenworth. You can take an alternate route home through Nighthawk-Chopaka Border Crossing, Highway 3 West to Keremeos and Highway 3A to Penticton.
Next, in Part 3 of our series, our Kelowna office’s Mark Goldstone will share his favourite trip through a couple of the Mountain States.
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