The air turns crisp over Lake Chelan and our hearts are bursting with warmth. It seems that Fall is upon us, meaning the only logical move is to plan for Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation’s upcoming Harvest Festival.
The Buckner Homestead and Orchard
If the name doesn’t ring a bell, let us catch you up! The Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation promotes the “care and preservation of the Buckner homestead orchard and community atmosphere in perpetuity.” The area is comprised of 15 buildings – the oldest of which dates back to 1889 – and over 50 acres of land. Today, the historic district provides visitors with a glimpse into the past, at a point in time when pioneers farmed the land.
This Billy Sullivan photo of the Buckner Orchard and homestead cabin is a favorite. The dogwood tree is stunning with…
Hitching a Ride
Forget the keys, you can’t access the orchard by car. Located in Stehekin (a small community within Chelan County) your adventure begins by passenger ferry, by foot over the Cascade Pass, by private boat, or by floatplane. According to the venue’s website, “Visitors also come to Stehekin by horseback, hiking, and flying into the Stehekin State Airport.”
The 10th Annual Harvest Festival
You’ve finally arrived and here’s what you can expect. Commencing on Friday evening, October 5th, the event kicks off with music and dancing at 7 pm. But make sure you return to your hotel at a decent hour, because the picking and pressing begin bright and early at 10 AM. Don’t forget to bring containers because the Harvest Fest affords you with the unique opportunity to make your own juice from the apples you pick right off the trees. You’ll soak up vitamin D, mingle with locals and visitors alike, and create memories that will last a lifetime. This is indeed an authentic experience sure to have you planning your next stay for the same small joys in 2019.