Saturday, August 25, 2012

WAWeekend: Breakfast Thrills at Blueberry Hills

ChelanManson 013While ‘thrills’ might be a tad bit dramatic for our favorite breakfast stop east of Washington State’s Cascade Mountains, it is a place not to be missed.  (And get there early or prepare for lines like this one!)

The quality -- and quantity -- of food, the views and its location, just outside Manson on Lake Chelan put Blueberry Hills on our recommended list and keep it there year after year.


ChelanManson 006Set back a couple miles from the lake shore and surrounded by orchards and vineyards, this eatery overlooking 10 acres of some 3,000 blueberry bushes, packs them in each morning come rain or shine.






ChelanManson 008Arrive early to nab a table on the outside deck in summer months at this family-owned operation.  Sitting there, you can watch others in the ‘you pick’ field or enjoy the view of  the area’s well-known, Slide Ridge, pictured here.






ChelanManson 011 And take note dog lovers:  they’ve got a special gate on the deck, just for four-legged furry ones.

Owners Roger and Linda Sorensen converted the family’s homestead and apple orchard to blueberries in 1999.  They’d originally planned to operate a fruit stand, but one thing led to another and the restaurant serving ‘down home scratch country cooking’ evolved.


ChelanManson 004You'll serve yourself beverages here and pick up your flatware as well. And then – if you didn’t nab an outside table, you settle in at a table amid a most eclectic collection of memorabilia to await the arrival of the food you ordered at the counter when you arrived.






ChelanManson 015Finally, when you reluctantly push yourself away from the table (some chairs have had rollers added to ease that effort), don't forget to buy a piece of berry pie (or a whole one) to take with you or, in season, the berries themselves.








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If you go: 
Blueberry Hills is at 1315 Washington Street, Manson, 98831, 509-687-2329, www.wildaboutberries.com
Overnight accommodations are available both in nearby Manson, or Chelan just a bit further away.  For lodging information contact the Lake Chelan Visitors Center.



10 comments:

  1. I love places like these and the stories behind them. Sounds like the owners have found their lifes' work. And an entrance for four legged friends, how special! They've thought of everything.

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  2. If you ever get up to Washington let me know and we'll head to Blueberry Hills for breakfast.

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  3. I love love love blueberries. It has only been the last couple of years that Korean grocery stores sell frozen blue berries. Fresh does not happen. I would love to visit this place. I am behind on my posting because of my site redesign, but will be back on track hopefully today. :)

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    1. As I just wrote Marcia, if you ever make it to Washington again, let me know and we will take a trip to Blueberry Hills for breakfast! Your site is looking fantastic, by the way.

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  4. "...I found my thrills on Blueberry Hill..." and now it seems a good breakfast too. Good to know this, when we do get to visit Washington.

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    1. The place remains crazy popular so do keep it on your travel list of 'must visits'

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  5. I'm an almost daily blueberry eater, Jackie. I started eating them several years ago and they work so well with me. Doggie gate, huh? Obviously that just made me a huge fan of Blueberry Hills! :)

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    1. Oh they do love doggies here -- it is a wonderful place. We just dined with a couple and their Black Lab on Monday morning! And the blueberries grow as big as nickels here - so sweet, you wouldn't believe it!

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  6. Can I get those blueberries inside of a few pancakes at Blueberry Hill? I'll take them just by themselves, too. What a gorgeous place to sit and enjoy breakfast.

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    1. In pancakes, on waffles, in syrup, in pie -- if you can imagine it, you'll likely find it here!

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