Overview: The tiny, oddly Bavarian village of Leavenworth is the epicenter of mountain life in Washington. At the base of the outdoor action, in what the local Yakama and P’squosa people called “Na-sik-elt,” or narrow bottom canyon, sits the 67-acre Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort. The sprawling property includes a spa and sauna, walking trails, library, gallery, and seven lodging clusters, some of which date back to the 1930s. Guests can stay in two stand-alone cabins (one bunk-style), or any of the airy, mountain-lodge-style private rooms. An active arts schedule of documentary films, chamber music, jazz, and speakers utilizes the modern Snowy Owl Theater.
Notable: Nonagenarian owner Harriet Bullitt, whose vision transformed the former church camp into an arts-and-conservation resort, can still be seen riding her horse.
One Tip: In summer, raft, tube, SUP, fly fish, or whitewater (Class III) on the Wenatchee River. Other options: Climb the long, clean granite cracks in Icicle Canyon, bike Freund Canyon’s buffed-out singletrack, or spend a day in the lake-filled, peak-strewn alpine wonderland of The Enchantments.
Stay Here If: You want to eat well. The resort’s Kingfisher Restaurant features a local, organic buffet that includes line-caught salmon, veggies from the on-site garden, and an entire spread dedicated to Cascade berries.
Information: Rates start at $280 midweek, and include dinner and a hearty breakfast. sleepinglady.com —David Hanson
From our Early Summer 2016 issue.