With its exceptional warm welcome and hospitality, Run of the River Inn & Refuge, a Washington State bed and breakfast has long been established as a premier Leavenworth destination. Guests return time and time again for the superior service, peaceful, romantic accommodations and exceptional cuisine.
Situated on approximately four acres in the heart of the central Cascade Mountains, the inn is perched on the edge of the high water channel of Icicle Creek, approximately one half mile upstream from the nationally renowned town of Leavenworth, WA. With it’s large trees and terraced gardens, Run of the River is unequaled, creating a haven of beauty and serenity that beckons guests to linger and unwind to a slower pace.
Conveniently located adjacent to the magical Bavarian town of Leavenworth, WA, the inn is just a short drive, bike ride, or stroll to wine tasting, shopping, fine dining and all the fun of Leavenworth’s famous festivals. With unmatched opportunity for year-round recreation, the surrounding mountains, rivers and trails offer a perfect paradise for nature lovers, bird watcher’s and outdoor enthusiasts, alike. Please see our recreation page for a full list of the possibilities.
Long celebrated for its seasonal décor, our staff works hard throughout the year to bring you a dazzling display of color and texture in a variety of themes, throughout the inn and property. Guests book up to a year in advance to witness these six transitions, especially our fall and holiday changes. The inn features the art of local artists Dan Tuttle, Doug Miller, Gretchen Diaber and Heather Wallis-Murphy, both in our suites and throughout the common area. Many pieces are for sale.
Loaded with rustic charm and luxury, the six Adventure suites and Ravenwood Lodge are steeped in rich woodwork, exquisite craftsmanship and décor to maximize the nature that surrounds. Handcrafted furnishings, fixtures, paintings and linens have all been carefully selected to create these well appointed accommodations. To see a full listing of in-room amenities and photos of each of our suites and Ravenwood Lodge, click here.
For the ultimate romantic getaway or mini vacation, Ravenwood Lodge is the perfect indulgence. The 1150 sq. ft. log home for two, boasts a loft bedroom, full gourmet kitchen, laundry, private sun deck, private outdoor hot-tub, barbeque and more. Designed for the ultimate, private getaway, Ravenwood Lodge is the only accommodation where breakfast is delivered to its guests, hot and fresh each morning.
Exceptional, mouth-watering breakfasts, that focus on the use of fresh, local ingredients and ingredients from our onsite garden (when in season) are served each morning in the River Room. The complimentary gourmet breakfast is highlighted with specially created yogurts, fresh juices, an array of hot items and pastries that are made from scratch, daily.
The central Cascade Mountains boast more than 200 days of sunshine each year and all the splendor of the four seasons. These combine to makes Leavenworth and Run of the River the perfect destination for fun and recreation from Seattle (2.5 hours), Spokane (3 hours), Vancouver, B.C. (4 hours), Portland (5 hours) or anywhere is the U.S., anytime of the year.
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A Brief History
The name “Run of the River” comes from a book called Table of Contents where author John McPhee compares the rhythm of life to the flow of a river.
The original log home was built in 1978, as a private residence on the seasonal high water channel surrounded by a state owned wildlife refuge. The property was sold in 1986. The original B&B opened with just two guestrooms and a shared bath. The inn underwent some additional growth and in 1992, an additional residence was built for the innkeepers, allowing sole use of the original structure for guests only.
In 2001, the inn was closed and a major renovation was underway. Existing rooms were combined to create suite and two additional sites were added. Six guest suites that were much larger, more private and luxurious was the result.
In 2006, a separate 1150 sq. ft. log home was added to the property. Ravenwood Lodge is a private lodge/cabin and the perfect nest for two.
The Little Chapel of Amazing Grace was added to the property in 2013. The chalet was built by a local artisan Dave over 25 years ago and moved, with great pains, from his property to its new home at Run of the River. It is the perfect for small weddings, vow renewals and private, daily reflection.
Those wishing to learn more about the history of Leavenworth, WA and the area, please click here and learn about the story behind the success that is now the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth.
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