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Chelan County Expo Center • Cashmere, Washington • August 3-10, 2021

This Hangout is currently sold out, but join the waiting list and we’ll let you know if a spot opens up!

Come and play in the heart of Washington State

Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range, in a land carved by glaciers, Chelan County in north-central Washington State offers an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities, along with several wonderful and unique towns. During the seven-day Escapees Cascade Mountains Hangout, you’ll get to play in this region known as “Washington’s Playground”.

You’ll begin the Hangout by exploring the charming Bavarian village of Leavenworth with a photo scavenger hunt. Your search will take you to the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, with its unique display of more than 7,000 nutcrackers. You’ll chow down on the famous rotisserie chicken, ribs, and brisket (or plant-based options, if you prefer) at the Stein Beer Hall & Bottle Shop, and drink up from a sampling from their 55 taps of beer and cider, including the best craft beers from the Northwest and imports from Germany and beyond. 

The North Cascades are a hiker’s paradise, especially in August when other areas of the country are sizzling under the summer sun. The Cascade Mountains Hangout will include hikes and picnics on the Icicle Creek Trail, a four-mile trail that winds through the forest with the sound of the creek in the valley below, and around Lake Wenatchee, a five-mile-long, clear blue lake surrounded by mountains. 

sound of music

One evening during the Hangout, the group will attend a performance of The Sound of Music at the Leavenworth Summer Theater, the largest live theater between Seattle and Spokane. And what better place to experience the beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family than the unforgettable outdoor Ski Hill Amphitheater in an authentic Bavarian village?

Another day, you’ll explore the town of Cashmere, the heart of Washington’s pear and apple growing region. You’ll step back into the town’s history as you tour the Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village, and be moved by the impressive 9-11 Spirit of America Memorial at Riverside Park. You’ll also get to sample the delicious products at a few of the area’s distilleries, wineries and cider mills.

andreas keller music

The Cascade Mountains Hangout will conclude with dinner and an evening of Bavarian music at Andreas Keller Restaurant. Andreas Keller serves traditional, homemade Bavarian food and imported draft beers, offers more live music than any place in Leavenworth, and encourages heavy helpings of Gemütlichkeit (warmth, geniality, friendliness, good cheer). 

Optional activities

Lady of the Lake boat tour on Lake Chelan with Stehekin visit ($92/person)

The Lady of the Lake boats travel the length of Lake Chelan—a narrow, 55-mile-long fjord surrounded by peaks of the North Cascades more than 9,000 feet high—taking you deep into the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. On this “Cascade Flyer” combo tour, you’ll depart the village of Chelan at 8:00 am on the Lady Cat, the fastest boat on the lake. 90 minutes later, you’ll land in the remote village of Stehekin, located at the headwaters of Lake Chelan.

The only way in and out of Stehekin is by boat, float plane or on foot–there are no roads in or out of the village. Roughly 90 residents live there year-round. You’ll have a three-hour layover in Stehekin for lunch and a short hike among the mountains before boarding a different boat, the Lady Express, for a more leisurely 2 1/2-hour scenic trip back down the lake.

Whitewater rafting on the Wenatchee River ($86/person)

With big waves and nearly 300 days of sunshine a year, the Wenatchee River has become the most popular river rafting destination in Washington State. You’ll be picked up at our campground and put in at Leavenworth. From there, the river quickly takes you into Class III+ whitewater, with huge but non-technical rapids like “Boulder Bend”, “Rock And Roll” and “Snowblind”.  Further down the river, the water calms, leaving you to enjoy the scenery and sunshine on your way to the take out back in Cashmere.

Your ticket for this 3-4 hour adventure includes all the necessary equipment (neoprene booties for your feet, helmet, personal floatation device and splash jacket) along with the services of a certified professional guide.

Because these special activities are in extremely high demand and we have only a limited number of seats reserved for each, you must purchase tickets for these optional activities in advance at the time you register for the Hangout

Hangout location

Cascade Mountains Hangout (SOLD OUT/Waiting List) 1Your home base for the Cascade Mountains Hangout will be the RV park at the Chelan County Expo Center in Cashmere, Washington. The sites are grass and gravel and all have 50-amp electric service, sewer, and water connections. The RV park is surrounded by beautiful mountain views, and is fenced and lighted for nighttime security. Basic wireless internet is provided. Restrooms and shower facilities are available; however, we don’t know at this time if they will be open due to COVID-19 restrictions.

If you wish, you can arrive before the Hangout and/or stay after it ends, subject to campground availability. To reserve a spot for early arrival or late departure, call the Expo Center office at (509) 782-3232. Be sure to mention you’re with the Escapees group so that they can locate you in the site you’ll be in during the Hangout. The camping cost will be $27 per additional night. You will pay the on-site camp host with cash or check; credit cards are accepted with the addition of a small convenience charge.

Is this event right for me?

Cascade Mountains Hangout (SOLD OUT/Waiting List) 2Everyone is welcome at all Escapees RV Club events. With that said, the Cascade Mountains Hangout is best suited for members who:

  • enjoy moderately strenuous outdoor activities like hiking and rafting
  • are available to participate in activities at any time, including during weekdays

For events designed specifically for working-age RVers, with most activities in the evenings and on weekends, try an Xscapers Convergence. Or for more of an all-inclusive, guided-tour experience, you may prefer one of our Head-Out Programs (HOPs).

COVID-19 precautions

The COVID-19 health and safety precautions that will be in effect during the Hangout will depend on the state of the pandemic, local and state health regulations, and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and other medical professionals at the time. These precautions may include measures such as requiring wearing of masks in certain situations, requiring social distancing, avoiding indoor group activities, limiting carpooling, and/or limiting activities that include sharing of food. In addition to the above, you may be required to agree in writing that you will help provide a safe environment for everyone by complying with our health and safety rules, and to release Escapees from liability should you become ill during or after the event. We also strongly recommend that you be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before attending this event.


Activities and schedule are subject to change.

Tuesday 8/3

Arrive at Chelan County Expo Center

Evening welcome campfire & introductions 

Wednesday 8/4

Photo scavenger hunt and exploration in Leavenworth

Lunch and craft brews at Stein Beer Hall & Bottle Shop

Game night and scavenger hunt photo sharing

Thursday 8/5

Hiking and picnic lunch in Lake Wenatchee State Park

The Sound of Music at Leavenworth Summer Theater

Friday 8/6

Visit Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village9-11 Spirit of America Memorial, and Cashmere-area distilleries, wineries and cider mills.

Potluck dinner & movie night

Saturday 8/7

Lady of the Lake boat tour with Stehekin visit (optional activity)

Evening cocktails or game night

Sunday 8/8

Whitewater rafting on the Wenatchee River (optional activity)

Catered taco & burrito bar dinner in camp

Happy hour and campfire, or bowling

Monday 8/9

Hiking and picnic lunch on Icicle Creek Trail

Traditional Bavarian dinner and live music at Andreas Keller Restaurant

Tuesday 8/10

GTHO donut breakfast


Registration includes:

  • 7 nights in a 50A full-hookup RV site
  • Reserved seating admission to The Sound of Music at Leavenworth Summer Theater
  • Admission to Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village
  • Saturday catered taco & burrito bar dinner
  • Sunday dinner and music at Andreas Keller Restaurant
  • Local sightseeing
  • Social activities
  • GTHO departure day breakfast
  • Hangout hosts

Optional activities: Lady of the Lake boat tour on Lake Chelan with Stehekin visit ($92/person), whitewater rafting on the Wenatchee River ($86/person)

Additional costs to consider: other meals out, state park admission ($11.50/vehicle), gratuities for guided optional activities

All activities listed for this event are subject to change.

By attending this event, you are agreeing to the following: As an attendee, you assume all risk and danger relating to your personal property, RV and attendance at the Hangout, whether occurring prior to, during or after the event. In the event of loss or theft, no claim will be made upon Escapees, its volunteers, employees or agents. Volunteers may be directing and assisting you in your parking areas. However, it is the driver of the vehicle who is ultimately responsible for avoiding obstacles or dangerous situations, and is solely responsible for any damage to one’s property or the property of others. As an attendee at this event, you are granting your permission to be filmed, videotaped, audiotaped, or photographed, and granting to Escapees RV Club the full use of any such recordings or images without compensation. By registering, you will also receive occasional email notifications of future Hangouts; however, you can opt-out of these notifications at any time.

How to register

There are two ways to register and pay: by phone or online.

  • To register online (recommended), click the button below and follow the instructions on your screen.
  • To register by phone, call the Escapees registration team at (936) 755-1060.

Registration opens Wednesday, April 7, 2021
at 10:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time.

We’re sorry, but this Hangout is currently sold out. If you’d still like to attend, please join the waiting list. We’ll notify you if a spot opens up.

After you register

Watch for an email from registration@escapees.com for a confirmation of your registration. If you don’t receive it, call the Escapees registration team at 936-755-1060 to be sure that your registration was processed correctly.

Important: as soon as you register, please join the Escapees Cascade Mountains Hangout group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/CascadeHangout/). We will use this group to communicate with Hangout attendees before and during the event. You will also receive one or more emails before the Hangout with more information as needed.


If you cancel on or before July 2, 2021, you will receive a refund of your Hangout registration fee (including any optional activities you purchased) minus a $50 cancellation fee. 

There will be no refunds for cancellations received after July 2, 2021.

Waiting list

If this Hangout is sold out when you try to register, please join the waiting list by completing the form below. There are usually several cancellations before a Hangout…so if a spot opens up and you’re the next one on the waiting list, you’ll get another shot at registration!

This waiting list is no longer available because the event has already occurred.


August 3 - August 10


Chelan County Expo Center

5700 Wescott
Cashmere, WA 98815 United States