What you need to know:
Continued Covid-19 Health Practices
Before You Arrive - Holden Village looks forward to welcoming you. As you prepare for your travels and anticipate your time in the Village, we recommend you practice masking, especially in public indoor spaces, wash hands diligently, and determine your comfort level in light of your family's unique health situation. We recommend that everyone be tested for COVID-19 3-5 days before arrival in order to have the utmost confidence in your status. Check your local Department of Health for the availability of free or decreased cost testing, or check the availability of testing at your local pharmacy. We continue to encourage careful practice (masking, washing hands, social distance) during your travels. Testing is available in the Village upon request.
Protocols at Holden Village - Holden Village has carefully followed national, state, and local guidance for maintaining health and wellness throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently masking indoors in the Village. Please read more about our Community Health Protocols and Practices.
In the event of a positive COVID-19 case at Holden Village, the Holden Medic Team and Directors work directly with the Chelan County Health Department and our medical advisor, Dr. Peter Kliewer, M.D. Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 is relocated to separate quarantine housing and remains only inside that building, with meals and other care needs delivered to them, in order to maintain optimal social distancing. On the day of the next available boat transport, the COVID positive person(s) and their party will be transported down to the boat in Holden’s “Red Box” vehicle, which is built with a partition between passengers and the driver. Contact tracing is conducted by our medic team and notifications are sent to impacted staff, volunteers and guests. Each case situation requires unique action as determined by the Holden Medic Team, Directors, Chelan County Health Department and our medical advisor, Dr. Peter Kliewer, M.D.
Please remember that all plans are subject to change as we continue to evolve our protocols for community wellness in light of emerging medical guidance.
Registration for fall and winter (through January 2, 2022) is now open!
Transport Days through January 2, 2022: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Registration dates to look forward to:
November 22, 2021: Registration opens for January 3, 2022 - April 30, 2022
December 6, 2021: Group registration opens for May 1, 2022 - January 1, 2023
January 4, 2022: Registration opens for May 1, 2022 - January 1, 2023
Holden Village will be closed to guests from November 1 - 6 and from November 29 - December 5, 2021. Guests may depart on November 1st or arrive on November 7th, and may depart on November 29th or arrive on December 5th.
Most guests are housed in lodge rooms that comfortably accommodate 2-4 people. Bathrooms are down the hall. Families may be housed together with shared living and sleeping rooms. Bed linens and towels are provided. The Village has a number of wheelchair-accessible rooms.
Known especially for its homemade soups and fresh bread, The Holden Kitchen provides three hearty and nutritious meals a day. Holden’s diet utilizes mainly local & organic produce, whole grains, legumes, and occasional fish & meat options. The Holden Kitchen is very accommodating to dietary needs. Bread, peanut butter & jams, fruit, and beverages are available around the clock.
Holden’s facilities include a sauna, children’s playground, Holden store, post office, ice cream snack bar, historical museum, library, hiking and skiing equipment, pool hall, craft, loom & pottery studios, and a bowling alley. Access to some of these facilities depends on the time of year (the bowling alley, for example, is closed from October-May to conserve electricity). However, during the winter months, Villagers transform the Dining Hall into a vibrant gathering place with board games, instruments, ping pong & pool tables, and lively conversation.
Holden Village is one of the most isolated continuously inhabited places in the lower 48 states. The peace provided by Holden’s remoteness is a great gift, but also a responsibility. It takes the better half of a day to get either in or out of the Village to the nearest town (Chelan) via the Lady of the Lake. There is no cell phone reception, or Wi-Fi available for guest use (a satellite phone is available in case of emergencies). We ask that all members of the community keep in mind Holden’s remote location when planning a visit and enjoy this unique opportunity to unplug and unwind.
As a historic mountain Village, Holden's location poses notable challenges for those with limited mobility. During the summer months, housing with wheelchair accessibility is available and motor scooters can be borrowed upon request. In good weather, guests are also welcome to travel on a portion of 10 Mile Trail which is maintained as a wheelchair-accessible trail. In the winter, however, please keep in mind that due to snow accumulation and ice, visits may be difficult.
Holden Village has a First Aid Station equipped to handle basic needs. The Village is not well equipped to handle medical emergencies on site. Emergency evacuations are possible in most weather conditions. However, due to our isolated location, evacuation can take many hours or even days in winter. Helicopter evacuation, if available, is very expensive. If you use medication, be sure to bring more than enough for your stay including possible delays leaving the village. If you have any questions about coming to Holden in regards to your health, please contact your doctor and/or the Village Medic before finalizing your visit.
Due to the recent elimination of glass recycling in Chelan and the nature of Holden’s waste management system, we ask that guests bringing beverages into the Village opt for plastic or aluminum containers or take glass with you at the end of your stay to recycle downlake. Thank you for helping us minimize our negative impact on the environment!