The main house at Chateau Ste Michelle — Photo courtesy of kirinqueenWant to add some regular events to your day trip calendar? Check the events list at Chateau Ste Michelle and see if any of the Vintage Reserve Club (VRC) socials are scheduled and still have openings for the summer. VRC gatherings are members-only chances to relax and socialize before the various concerts, and the tickets go quickly even if they don't include the concert admission. If you're planning on staying in Washington for a season, the Vintage Reserve Club is an excellent way to enjoy socializing, small bites, and fine wines before a variety of summer concerts.
In addition to the VRC events, Chateau Ste Michelle holds occasional multi-course Chef Dinners that showcase freshly prepared Northwest ingredients paired with the perfect wine from the Chateau's own vineyards. These are infrequent, so join their mailing list to stay abreast of their upcoming Chef Dinners.Wine from Chateau Ste Michelle — Photo courtesy of Chateau Ste Michelle
Their Wine and Cheese nights are held approximately once a month, and are far less formal - just stop by when one is scheduled to sample fine wines and cheeses, or download their pairing menu from the site and create your own wine-and-cheese event.
Chateau Ste Michelle has hosted live performances since 1984. Acts are diverse - jazz, blues, rock, and contemporary artists have all played in this amphitheatre setting. Past performers have included Crosby Stills and Nash, Steve Martin, The B-52's, Harry Connick Jr., Tears for Fears, Bonnie Raitt and Ringo Starr; and nearly ever year, the Chateau's stage hosts the KWJZ Music Festival. A small selection of food and drink is sold at the concerts, but guests are encouraged to bring their own picnic basket to enjoy the festival-style lawn seating or the chairs in the Reserved section.The concert venue at Chateau Ste Michelle — Photo courtesy of dherrera_96
If you're looking for lodging while you're in the Seattle area and think you might want to focus on the northern metro, look in the nearby cities of Bothell, Mill Creek, or Woodinville. Willows Lodge has attractive guest rooms with balconies and fireplaces, an on-site full-service spa, a sauna, and business facilities. There are also national-chain offerings nearby, both Marriott's Residence Inn and Country Inn and Suites.