- Can you hike right from the inn?
The acclaimed hiking that Icicle Valley is noted for is 10-30 minutes away by car. As avid hikers, bikers and skiers we are happy to share our knowledge of the local trails. We can match a trail that suits your needs in length and altitude gain. We have terrific creek hikes, ridge hikes with expansive views, and lake hikes. You can jump in, cool off or just sit and enjoy the music of nature!
- What about road biking?
We have great back roads for roadies! To name a few....Icicle Road climbs stoutly into Icicle Canyon with surprisingly little traffic. The East Leavenworth Rd./Icicle Rd. Loop is an easy nine miles, very flat. Heading down through the valley to Wenatchee on the back roads is a treat, especially at harvest and spring blossom time.
The inn has a complimentary collection of Mountain Bikes suitable for road riding, with helmets and locks included. We also have a Cannondale Tandem. Time to turn over a new leaf!
- Where can we mountain bike?
We have some beautiful US Forest Service roads that traverse through the Wenatchee National Forest. We can get you pedaling to some incredible view spots. Boundary Butte and Entiat Ridge are just two of the rides that will challenge you.
- When does rafting season start and end?
Rafting typically starts in mid-April and lasts through July-ish. (Very-ish) High water usually hits about mid-May and goes through mid-June.
Call us at 800-288-6491 or email for our rafting company recommendations.
- Tell me about golf in the area.
We have three local courses, a putting course downtown and a driving range in Cashmere.
Leavenworth Golf Course. 509-548-7267. This is a public course, right along the river and just across the refuge from Run of the River. Five minutes by car. Green fees are $22, carts are available. You can call the Monday of the week you'd like to play for a tee time. Or, call us and we'll set it up for you. Weekends are busy!
Kahler Glen near Lake Wenatchee. 509-763-4025. Kahler Glen is a private course, about twenty-five minutes from the inn. Rolling hills, carts are suggested for the sane. Rates are about the same as the Leavenworth Golf Club.
Desert Canyon near Wenatchee. 509-784-1111. Great course, very long. Highly acclaimed by many. The green fees start at $50 midweek and go higher on the weekends...$70-ish. While you lose the pines and the mountains, the course is set on the bluffs above the Columbia River, with great views of orchards, sage, and basalt cliffs.
- Can I fish in the river?
The area is a haven for those wishing to fish for Steelhead, Salmon, Trout, Perch and/or Whitefish. All are within easy casting distance along the Wenatchee River. For those who enjoy ice fishing, check out the ice cap over Fish Lake in winter. The lake often offers fishing as late as April. Cast your line in the Wenatchee and Icicle Rivers all through spring and summer. In Leavenworth, it’s easy to catch your limit all four seasons.
***For the first time in almost 20 years, the Wenatchee River is open to fishing for spring Chinook. Fishing is open from the mouth of the Icicle River to the Columbia River. Almost 10,000 hatchery Chinook are expected to come back to the river this spring and the state want to ensure that mostly wild fish are left to span. All wild fish must be released. ***
For guided fishing, please contact us for more information and options.
- When are the best fall colors?
The strongest color starts high Stevens Pass in early October. Vine maple, aspen, larch, and cottonwood put on an amazing show. Even the East Coast folks are impressed!
Intense blue skies, brilliant snow covered peaks, deep evergreen forest backdrop and the showy reds and yellows produce a bold color pallet.
These are perfect days for a hike on the ridges or to our lakes.
- When can we anticipate snow?
While we may get a few late November dustings, snow typically doesn't stick until December. The cross country ski trails (of which there are three areas in Leavenworth) and the alpine slopes of Stevens Pass and Mission Ridge are open as soon as snow depth allows. Typically, snow falls through February while March hurries to welcome the beauty of spring. Usually, the first weekend in March is snow free.
- When is the best Cross Country skiing?
Right after they groom the tracks with the new Bombardier groomer! Seriously, that's a tough question. If we have received the proper amount of snowfall, December is wonderful due to the special Christmas/Holiday feel in the village and throughout the valley. Skiers swoosh by greeting all with a hardy "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!" Having said that, typically January and February receive greater snow accumulations and the days are a bit longer.
- Can we rent cross country equipment?
We highly recommend Der Sportsmann or Leavenworth Mountain Sports in Leavenworth. They invest in new equipment each year, both skating and classic or traditional. It beats renting near home and carrying them back and forth. Rates are about $15 per day. You don't need reservations and they take good care of our guests. Delivery of equipment to the inn can usually be arranged.
- How far away are Mission Ridge and Stevens Pass for downhill skiing?
Both are 33 miles away. To get to Mission Ridge you drive through Wenatchee, which slows you down. But there are no crowds, especially midweek. The views from the top of Mission on a clear day...well, they should double the price of the lift ticket just for the view. You can see Mt. Rainier, Adams, Glacier, Stuart and deep onto the Colombia Plateau. If you have never skied at Mission Ridge, you have been missing out.
Stevens is more developed, crowded and the snow not as dry. But, for many of our guests, it's on the way home or on the way to the inn.
- Where can I snowshoe?
We have a couple of great spots for you. Just a short drive up the Icicle delivers you to what is considered to be a Mecca for snowshoeing. There are plenty of trails; no people; very quiet and beautiful. As our guest, you may use our complimentary Redfeather Snowshoes for your day of trekking.
- How far is it from Seattle?
The inn is a beautiful 2 to 2 1/2 hour drive from Seattle (depending on traffic). Hands down, the more scenic (and our favorite) route is Highway 2 over Stevens Pass, with a stop at Chateaux St. Michelle Winery in Woodinville and another stop to stretch our legs at Deception Falls, near Stevens Pass.
An alternate route and one that is more direct from Sea-Tac airport, is the Interstate 90 and Highway 97 route. This route is great if you “just want to get here” but we wouldn’t recommend it as part of a getaway or vacation!
- Are there good restaurants in town?
We have terrific restaurants to meet all palates. We have a dining guide and sample menus at the inn. We will be pleased to make reservations for you when you arrive. We usually have a little pull, so you don't need to make reservations far in advance.
- What is the breakdown of seasonal temperatures?
Generally in the Northwest, our winter temperatures are milder than much of the country because we are warmed by the Pacific Ocean. Conversely, in summer our temperatures are moderated by the cooling effect of the ocean.
Leavenworth is a deep four season locale. The Cascades block much of the rain splashing the west side of the state. We count on sun!
Summer: Summer starts in late June and lasts through the end of September. Expect very long days, highs into the 80s and 90s. While it gets warm in the Icicle Valley, it rarely breaks 95 but we do see those temps above 100 now and then but have relatively low humidity.
The afternoons cool when the sun sinks below the hill tops with the nighttime temperatures becoming quite comfortable when the sun sets.
Fall: Fall creeps in slowly. In the latter part of September, the nights cool, the days shorten and the mornings have a crisp feel. The days are sunny and wonderfully clear. This is arguably the best time of year for hiking. No bugs, no crowds and great color.
Winter: Winter usually sneaks up on you. One night you’ll go to sleep in late fall and wake up to a blanket of softly fallen snow the next morning. Typically, December through the end of February we have plenty of snow. The days range from a high of 25-40 degrees, with a low of 15-25 degrees.
For excitement and a great conversation starter, Mother Nature will throw a cold snap at the valley once or twice a year. Be prepared for a high of 5 and a low of -5. It’s these times that are perfect for a hearthside picnic or S’mores in your suite!
Spring: Spring typically starts to show us signs of nature renewing itself, the second weekend of March. Early hikes open up, arrow leaf balsam and lupine bloom and rafters and paddle boarders get geared up for the season. Springs days are typically sunny with highs in the 60s.