With Grandma and Grandpa on tap to watch the kids Dawn
and I headed out for a get-a-way at "Run of the River' Inn in
Leavenworth. What a fantastic place and trip.
finished all our commitments on Wednesday we turned east over Snoqualmie
Pass then north over Blewett Pass. The mountains have a nice
dusting of new snow and the fall colors made the drive wonderful.
Going down the north side of Blewett the western Larch were in their
full glory. These are trees that look like coniferous firs or
pines but turn a bright orange and loose their needles like a deciduous
tree. What a sight.
We arrived in Leavenworth just after dark and
initially couldn't find the inn. I knew which road it was on but
not exactly where and we could find no sign in the dark. We looped
back through town and stopped at the local Safeway as we needed
dinner and supplies anyway. Once we found the address in the phone
book we were able to drive right there.
After being greeted and given a tour by our host Monte, we
settled into our upper floor suite. As we were unloading the
luggage we all glanced up just as the full lunar eclipse was reaching
it's peak in the clear night sky. Quite a sight.
I highly recommend the 'Hit the Trail' room to all.
With a private entrance at the end of the building it is a wonderful
choice. Fitted out in high end 'rustic' northwest lodge tradition
the room was truly amazing. Upon entering you pass the large
marble bathroom with huge double sinks, and a large shower with both
normal and a 'rain' shower head. Everywhere the rustic log
and stone theme is done to perfection. Next up you pass the river
rock surrounded Jacuzzi tub for two right next to the overstuffed king
size pine four poster feather bed. Across the way in the corner is
a river rock fire place ready to warm you as you sit on the leather
chairs and ottoman. For those who don't want to be all the way
away the satellite TV tucked in a pine cabinet brings video and music to
you along with a CD player and a DVD player.
Through the sliding glass door the balcony gives views
of the high water river bed and the surrounding mountains as you sit on
the swing for two. Back in the room a ladder next to the Jacuzzi
takes you up into the loft with it's comfy leather couch.
All the details are attended to. Food for the
birds, walking sticks and packs for a hike, binoculars and bird books
for bird watching, excellent fluffy robes, and even an antique manual
typewriter for creating notes. Mountain bikes and snowshoes await
for outdoor adventures.
The inn was stunningly decorated for Halloween.
Everywhere you turned both in the room and around the entire grounds the
inn was trimmed to the hilt. So wonderful were the decorations
that a photographer was on site from "Sunset" magazine taking shots for
next years October issue.
We settled in for a cozy night of Chinese food and of
course watching Boston win the series.
Sleeping late the next morning we skipped the 9:00 am
breakfast. Rising closer to noon, and after a dip in the tub
and rain shower we explored the grounds then went for a lovely drive up
the Icicle river. The fall colors were on still bright and the
weather was being very cooperative. Neither of us had realized how
close to the town and the river the recent fire had come. Almost
the entire slope to the east from the ridge right down to the river in
many places is a sea of bare burned poles.
Wanting to spend as much time as possible in the
luxurious room we decided to dine in again and relax for the afternoon
and evening. For most of the day there were many deer down at the
river bed right in front of the room and the birds were everywhere.
We wiled away the day in conversation and reading.
Dinner consisted of cheese and crackers augmented with a few other
snacks and a personal bottle of special wine for each of us. This time away to rest and recharge was just what the
doctor ordered. We couldn't have picked a better place.
The next day we sadly had to check out and leave.
We joined the group at the stunningly decorated breakfast table then
stretched the rest of the morning as long as we could. The drive
home was peaceful through the beautiful mountains. Arriving back
home around 1:00 we were pleased to see that Grandma and Grandpa had no
problems during their stay as well. It is so nice to have all the
kids in school for the entire day.
We did bring back a nice reminder of the trip as we
purchased one of the metal galaxy stars for our room. You light a
tea light inside the giant metal star and with the lights out it casts
whirling galaxy images all around the room. We will be able to
remember this trip each time we use it.