By Roger Cox, Editor
Located near Lake Chelan in central Washington, Harmony Meadows Tennis Resort marries—no pun intended—a wedding venue with a tennis club. The boutique resort sits on 12½ acres against a scenic backdrop of mountains and vineyards, its 13 rooms variously tucked into an inn, hayloft, and cottages. A swath of tennis courts, 8 in all, stretch out along one side, bordered by lawns and vineyards on the right and apple orchards on the left. Two pickleball courts add to the mix.
It is exceedingly rare to have a court:room ratio that large, and the devotion to tennis is further reflected in the professional tennis staff. To insure a high-quality experience, the resort hired Tom Fey as tennis director. He is a 45-year veteran of the industry who had most recently run the programs at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the site of the annual BNP Paribas tournament. He's joined by Tom Edsall, who ran adult and junior programs at his academy in North Carolina. The roster they've put together includes clinics and private lessons, as you might expect, but also focuses on staging tennis camps, both midweek and weekend, with or without lodging.
I haven't yet had a chance to visit, but it bodes well that the owners, tech entrepreneurs Jacquelyn and Jeremy Jaech, are passionate about tennis having taken it up late in life. They had often vacationed at Lake Chelan, where they have a second home, drawn by the 50-mile-long lake, 350 days of sunshine, and some 40 wineries. Looking for a project that could incorporate their love to tennis, they found a disused property and within a year had turned it into a haven for tennis players. They've taken a hands-on approach to managing the resort, making it as personal as it is intimate. The beauty and tranquility of the setting makes it an ideal wedding venue, and the Jaechs are equally accommodating to family gatherings, corporate events, and, of course, tennis groups. No marriage plans required.
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Pro Shop: 509-888-2344
Courts & Fees. There are eight Laykold courts, with two more planned for indoors, and two pickleball courts. Court Fees: $20/person/day for guests, with 90 minutes guaranteed, and additional the same day, if available, at no cost.
LoveAll Café at the resort has a limited but health-oriented menu of coffee, smoothies, salads, sandwiches, gelato, wines, and beer. Heartier fare can be found in nearby Manson and neighboring towns.
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4848 Green Ave
Seasons. The season is currently April to October for tennis; however once the two indoor courts have been built, the tennis season will last year-round.
Travel Instructions. The closest major airport is Pangborn Memorial Airport/Fly Wenatchee (EAT)" in Wenatchee, just over an hour's drive to the south.
General Tourist Information. For general information Lake Chelan's attractions, visit the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce website.