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MSNBC - Chelan, Wash., on Lake Chelan: Everywhere you look in Chelan, some ruddy-cheeked soul is kayaking, swimming, fishing or windsurfing on the 50-mile-long glacier-fed lake (kayak rental, lakeridersports.com, from $40). The Stillwater Inn, a butter-yellow 1906 house just a block from the beach, makes an ideal home base, thanks in part to the fortifying breakfasts of fresh-baked goods and fruit served each day (509-682-3500, thestillwaterinn.com, from $135). Two miles down the road, in downtown, the one-screen Ruby Theatre has been entertaining families since 1914, and these days it doubles as a community meeting place that hosts benefit concerts, dance recitals and school plays (509-682-5016, rubytheatre.com, $8). Don't leave without taking a ferry up the lake — the fjord-like gorges make for stunning scenery, with the slopes of the North Cascades dropping dramatically into the deep-blue water. Most ferries make a stop in Stehekin, population 95, where the local organic garden sells fresh vegetables, goat cheese and yogurt for an off-the-beaten-path afternoon picnic. ( ladyofthelake.com, round trip from $39).

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