Planning a weekend getaway always sounds like a great idea until it’s time to do the prep work. Between the meal planning, shopping, and packing and loading of the car, you’re exhausted before the trip even starts. But what if we told you there was a place located just two hours northeast of Seattle that knows exactly what busy families need. A place where you don’t need to worry about meal planning (unless you count making a reservation part of the plan); a place filled with endless outdoor adventure and exploration to keep the busiest of kiddos entertained; and a place where you can plop down for the weekend and literally take in the sights and sounds of nature.
Welcome to Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort. A unique getaway designed to bring people and families together by putting them in touch with the natural environment and beauty of Leavenworth. If you’re thinking this place sounds great, but your brood might not embrace it with open arms… read on, and see why we think Sleeping Lady has everything your family needs (and more) in a weekend getaway.
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort is located just outside the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth on the banks of Icicle Creek. Traveling from Seattle, you have two options—Interstate 90 or Highway 2. Both routes will take you through the mountains and past the ski resorts (which is a nice place to get out and stretch little legs) and both routes offer scenic views and little towns for restroom stops or food breaks. It just depends on whether you prefer a four-lane highway or a two-lane highway.
What’s the scene like?
Sleeping Lady has long been known for its sustainable and ecologically-minded practices. When Harriet Bullitt (yes, the same Harriet who helped grow King Broadcasting and founded Pacific Northwest Magazine which is now Seattle magazine), bought the 67 acre property in the early 90’s, she intended to preserve the land. And that… she has done. From composting food to using the earth’s natural warmth to heat the buildings, Sleeping Lady is committed to preserving the natural environment. This means you won’t find manicured lawns, sport courts or automatic sprinkler systems here. What you will find is organic gardens, dirt paths that take you around the property and along Icicle Creek, and nature’s landscaping. Whatever can and will grow in the Cascade Mountains, you will find at Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort.
What are the rooms like?
Guest rooms are arranged in six clusters and take their names from nearby natural features. Your kids will love walking along the paths and spotting the cluster names like Cottonwood, Rock, Pond, Meadow, Fountain, and Forest. When you enter your room, it won’t take long before your kiddos realize there’s no TV (gasp!), mini bar or refrigerator. But don’t worry… there is free Wi-Fi so if you must plug in you can. And since there’s no TV you don’t have to worry about your kids fighting over the remote. All of the rooms come with at least two beds and if you request a Loft Room, your kiddos will love climbing up and down the ladder to the oversized loft which holds a full-sized bed and dresser. The cabin-esque décor and the floor to ceiling windows make you feel like you’re living right out of the pages of a Sunset magazine.
Since Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort recently acquired the spa on the property (now called Aspen Leaf Spa at Sleeping Lady) each of the rooms come fully stocked with organic shampoo, conditioner and shower gel along with the oh-so cozy spa robes. If you end up loving the spa products and robes as much as we do, you can purchase them in the main office (hint, hint).
Sleeping Lady also has two stand-alone cabins which offer a more secluded experience as well as bunkroom with double-decker bunk beds, a private deck, and a small refrigerator. The stand-alone cabins accommodate groups up to eight people and the Loft, Alcove, and Double Alcove Rooms accommodate three to five people.
If you’re planning on bringing Fido along for the weekend, Sleeping Lady also offers Canine Companion Rooms at no extra charge! These rooms, which can accommodate up to four people and your family’s furry friend, include cozy doggie beds, water and food bowls, and complimentary treats. Now, that’s what we call pet-friendly!
Where to eat
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort has three dining options (two of which are family-friendly). All three locations use organic and locally sourced ingredients (many from Sleeping Lady’s own Organic Garden) and feature the best of Northwest cuisine. You definitely won’t find anything processed here.
Kingfisher Restaurant and Wine Bar is where you and your family can enjoy delicious daily buffet breakfasts and dinners. This four star restaurant showcases the freshest available produce, wild seafood that is sustainable and harvested when in season, meat from various Northwest farms that is produced naturally (meaning no antibiotics or hormones) and other local products supplemented with seasonal offerings from Sleeping Lady’s Organic Garden. When you enter the restaurant, be sure to look at daily menu behind the buffet. The menu will tell you where the day’s selections came from… don’t be surprised if you see names like Yakima, Leavenworth and Cashmere on the list. Like we said, Sleeping Lady features the best of Northwest cuisine.
For kiddos, Kingfisher Restaurant always offers wood fired pizzas and gluten-free mac ‘n cheese on their dinner menu along with the freshest salad bar we’ve ever seen, a special area with additional GF food, and a dessert bar that totally rocks! For breakfast, you will always find kid-friendly options like the world’s fluffiest pancakes, waffles that would make Aunt Jemima do a dance, and a variety of fruits, yogurt, and homemade granola. You will be surprised what kiddos will try when it doesn’t come out of a box.
The Grotto is an intimate after-hours meeting place with petroglyph-laced rock walls, a full bar and tapas-style menu. The Grotto is where you can enjoy an outside terrace with a fire pit and waterfall—both complimentary to dining al fresco at Sleeping Lady. And a good reason to bring your mom-in-law along for the weekend so you and your spouse can sneak off to the Grotto for a nightcap.
O’Grady’s Pantry and Mercantile is a natural food café featuring espresso, soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts, ice cream and a fine selection of beer, wine and spirits. O’Grady’s Pantry is a great place to grab lunch or an afternoon snack and has a nice patio with tables and chairs.
Where to play
During the spring, summer and fall months, you and the kids can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities like hiking, biking, fishing, nature walks, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and wine tasting (reason number two to bring along your mom-in-law). During the winter, your family can have a totally different experience by taking a sleigh ride or going downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, or snow-shoeing at one of the local resorts nearby.
On the property, there are a number of fun things for kids and families to do together:
Woodland Rock Pools – Sleeping Lady’s swimming pool is open seasonally (typically May through September) and is by far one of the coolest pools we’ve ever seen. Nestled right into the hillside (literally), this pool looks like something you would see penguins swimming in at Woodland Park Zoo. Your kiddos will love swimming underneath the waterfall, jumping off the rocks, and doing laps around the pool.
For kiddos who prefer a calmer scene or for the mom and dad who could use a good hot soak, you will find an adjoining hot pool which is heated year-round. After your soak (and before slipping into your complimentary robe), be sure to hit the sauna which is open 24-hours a day and located next to the pool.
Aspen Leaf Spa at Sleeping Lady – Reason number 3 to bring along your mom-in-law. While the kiddos are swimming at the pool or hiking on the trails, you can enjoy a relaxing full body massage, facial or body treatment in one of the private treatment rooms. You can practically hear ahhhhh being echoed through the property.
Fitness Room – If all of the outdoor activities don’t tire you out, you can always hit the fitness room which is located next to the spa. This room features cardiovascular, weight training and stretching equipment with adjacent changing rooms and showers.
The Library – After your kiddos get over the initial shock of no TV, take them to the library which is located near the pool. This is where you will find a relaxing space stocked with plenty of good books.
The Play Barn – If your kiddos love to play games, you’ve gotta hit The Play Barn. This space, which is really not a barn but rather an uber-cool large cabin, is where you can play pool, act out plays or puppet shows on the stage, view family-friendly movies (during the summer), play table tennis, foosball or a variety of board games (available at the main office) or make arts and crafts at one of the large tables.
Organic Garden – If the sun wakes you up early (which just might happen) take a stroll through the Organic Garden at Sleeping Lady which produces much of the produce used in the restaurants. See how many food items your kiddos can recognize and name.
Self-Guided Art Walk – Start at the office and follow the map (provided when you check in) to 11 awesome pieces of art inspired by the natural elements of the Cascade foothills. From bronze and stone sculptures to prints and paintings to fiberglass salmon sculptures and Chihuly Icicles, you and the kiddos will enjoy finding the creative expressions that fill the property.
Even more to explore in Leavenworth
If you’re looking for some more adventure, there are lots of fun things to do and see in Leavenworth including taking a hatchery tour at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, seeing thousands of nutcrackers (in all shapes and sizes) at the Nutcracker Museum, sampling to die for chocolates at Schocolat, exploring Waterfront Park and Blackbird Island along the banks of the Wenatchee River, enjoying a bite to eat at Munchen Haus, hitting Smallwood’s Harvest for tons (and we mean tons!) of farm fun on the cheap or taking a hike through Icicle Gorge Trail.
Good to know
- Pack light (aka bring just a couple of toys not the whole toy box). Rooms are only accessible by the foot trails which means you will have to use a cart to take your bags to and from your car. When you arrive at the Sleeping Lady, park in the roundabout and choose either a large or small cart to transport your belongings to your room. Once you’ve unloaded all of your things, you can park your car in the designated parking lot.
- When you book your reservation, choose a package which includes both dinner and breakfast at Kingfisher Restaurant and Wine Bar. You’ll save money and you won’t need to worry about meal planning.
- Bring the jogging stroller and leave the umbrella stroller at home. Since some of trails consist of rocks and dirt, you will have a much easier time navigating them with an all-terrain stroller.
- Make your dinner reservations at Kingfisher Restaurant when you check in. The restaurant can get busy on the weekends so we recommend making your reservations when you first arrive. You can always call the office and change the time.
- Pack lots of layers and sturdy shoes. Since Sleeping Lady is located in the Cascade Mountains, you’ll want to be prepared for a variety of weather conditions and cooler temps in the evening. Sturdy shoes are a must since you’ll be using the trails to get to and from the pool, activities, and restaurants.
- The swimming pool is open until midnight which means you and the kiddos can swim right up until bedtime. This also means everyone will be too tired to care about the missing TV in the room.
- Stop by the office and pick up a weekend activity sheet. Sleeping Lady will provide you with a rundown of activities happening in and around Leavenworth.
- At check-out time, ask for an amenity key so you can stay and enjoy the pool, The Play Barn, and other features on the property before hittin’ the road.
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort
7375 Icicle Road
Leavenworth, Wa 98826
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Photo of Loft Room courtesy of Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort