Welcome back to the 'old country' read the note on a gift given us by long time friends last week.
|Back in our 'old country' Washington State|
It was a warm greeting, yet, a bit startling to realize that it applies to us these days. As expats living in Greece for most of the year, Washington State -- particularly this eastern side of the state where we were born and raised -- is for us now, the 'old country'.
|Lake Chelan from The Butte|
By definition, 'old country' is one's country of origin, the homeland, birthplace, mother country, father land. . .all of which fit these days for our Washington State.
A New, Old Country
Manson, an unincorporated village on the north shore of 55-mile-long Lake Chelan, is where we've planted our part-time American roots. I loved finding the announcement pictured above in historical records as I've always wondered how this little place came to be. The downtown 'core' is about two blocks long with eateries and winery tasting rooms occupying the old buildings. While they might have built those 'drug store, hardware store, etc.' back in 1914, only two of those types of businesses remain: a grocery store and hardware store.
There are still beautiful views over the lake and a few acres of orchards remain but now the route passes several large residential developments, a casino and four wineries. Construction is booming and home prices are soaring.
|The Lookout development between Chelan and Manson|
It seems many in the metropolitan areas learned during Covid lockdowns of 2020 that working remotely could be done from near or far. Many urban- and suburban-ites are relocating to this rural part of the state. The Lookout, pictured above, fills 63-acres with what seems a continuously expanding nest of new homes. Developers describe this resort community as featuring a 'new urbanism' concept.
Lake Chelan and Wine Country
|Lake Chelan, 55-mile-long glacier-fed lake|
|Washington State Wine Map|
Of course, the burgeoning wine industry here is luring many vino enthusiasts to the area. Lake Chelan AVA, a wine region designation now more than a decade old, has more than 30 wineries and 300 acres of land planted in wine grapes.
Old Country Favorites
|Another orchard gives way to home construction|
|Manson Grange Hall|
|St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Chelan|
|Inside the Ruby Theatre Chelan, WA|
|Campbell's the hospitality icon of Chelan|
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