Nestled in the pine trees along Icicle Creek, just 3 miles outside Leavenworth, is a magical destination to spend the weekend. From the miles of cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails, to the locally sourced cafe and restaurant, to the outdoor hot tub, Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort was the coziest place to call home last weekend!
My mom and I left Bothell, Washington early Sunday morning just before a winter storm was predicted to hit the Cascade Mountains. Four miles past the town of Index (milepost 39) we pulled over and parked on the turnout off of highway 2. Following the short trail down to the turquoise water of the South Fork of the Skykomish River to see Eagle Falls and some giant icicles hanging down over the bank.
Once we crossed over Stevens Pass little snowflakes dusted and quickly accumulated on the road. We arrived at the charming mountain town of Leavenworth just in time for lunch at Sulla Vita restaurant. We ordered a margarita pizza baked in the wood-fired oven and a fantastic brussels with house pesto and figs dish and watched the snow dance out the window. Next, we walked down the street for coffee and a cookie at the Gingerbread Factory! We enjoyed our time in town but couldn’t wait to explore Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort.
After lunch, we drove 3.5 miles down Icicle Creek Road. Snow continued to fall from the sky and dusted the rooftops with a coat of white frosting. It was so lovely.
Entering the Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort was like wandering into a magical winter wonderland! We were warmly greeted at the office with a cup of coffee and keys to our cabin. With a couple hours until dinner, my mom and I walked the trails by the river and over to O’Grady’s for a cup of local “Lookout Coffee.” It was a charming cafe that also served breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. We bought a climbing book from the gift shop and walked back to our cabin.
We stayed in room 147, a cozy duplex style cabin in the pond loop. Our cabin featured a log frame queen size bed, a loft style twin bed built into the wall, and the cutest chair by the window. I love how Sleeping Lady values sustainable and ecologically-minded practices with how they heat, use energy saving lights, use water-conserving fixtures, reclaim wood, and provide local organic ingredients in their restaurant. When the property was purchased by Harriet Bullitt in 1991 they remodeled to meet these standards. The cabin was equipped with heating and air conditioning to accommodate to winter & summer visits! Our cabin was so cozy!
The snow continued to dance in the sky as we walked over to eat. Dinner was served buffet style at the King Fisher restaurant in a lodge building with tall ceilings, an old upright piano, and a roaring fireplace. We visited the dessert bar and considered having dessert first and last because it looked so tasty, but opted to begin with starters!
The salad bar included saffron couscous, dried fruits, cauliflower salad, green beans, and organic greens topped with various homemade dressings. The chef served us that evening and the entrees were delectable. My mom had the Meyer Ranch strip loin, roasted fingerling potato with fresh herbs, garlic, and steak sauce. I had the halibut with brussel sprout, parsnip, sweet potato hash, and balsamic lemon tarragon sauce. We also had butternut raviolis with roasted fall squash, leek, and green citrus cream!
The family who sat behind us was celebrating their daughter’s 9th birthday with some girlfriends. I accompanied the singing of “happy birthday” and twinkled the ivory keys for a bit before we had dessert. I loved taking requests for songs including “Yellow” and “You Are My Sunshine.” I’ve missed improvising on piano lately and I think I’ll play more! For dessert we had raspberry lemon posset, chocolate cake, and apple raspberry strudel. If you’re just passing through Leavenworth, I highly recommend making a reservation to dine at the King Fisher restaurant!
The rest of the evening I wandered around the property in the snow and discovered an outdoor hot tub by a stone garden! Next time I’ll remember my swimsuit. My mom read her book back in our cabin.
The next morning we enjoyed a delectable breakfast of scrambled eggs with spinach, bacon, mushrooms, fresh fruit, and waffles. It was warm and inviting to eat breakfast by the fireplace!
Following breakfast we spent some time at the library cabin reading climbing and hiking books. It was a restful morning with a blanket of snow on the ground!
I’m excited to visit the Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort again in a new season. This would be a perfect destination for a winter weekend adventure or following a summer backpacking trip to the Enchantments! With so much to explore around Leavenworth I can’t wait to stay here again!