What Makes Run of the River the "Best in the Northwest"?

To Our Run of the River Family,

We are so honored to announce that, with your help, we have made it to the Top 5 Bed & Breakfasts for the King 5 Evening Magazine “Best Northwest Escapes” contest. We had the joy of earning the title back in 2017, and hope that this might be another winning year. For those who are familiar with Run of the River and those who have yet to stay with us, we want to outline what it is about this special place that makes us "Best in the Northwest."

There are so many great getaways in the Northwest, so it is truly astounding to be considered at the top of our class. We have always felt that what we provide is something unique, and we know that we have the very best guests around. We wouldn’t be us, without you! Thank you for your incredible support of our little slice of heaven. Every day, we strive to provide a luxurious, cozy, and unforgettable experience to our guests here at Run of the River. Without further ado, here are five things that help make Run of the River amazing!

1. The View

The view at Run of the River is a special one, even in beautiful Leavenworth. Our six Signature Rooms face a secluded high-water channel of the Icicle River. Throughout the year, we get to observe the water levels and the foliage change with the seasons, all against the backdrop of the stunning Wedge Mountain above.

We also love that our refuge is home to a large variety of wildlife. Due to our seclusion and combination of water, dense forest, and sand banks, many animals come to raise their babies here during the spring and summertime. We have black bear and their cubs who play at the far end of the refuge (and sometimes come closer to take a bath!), deer who let their spotted fawn play on the banks, a variety of ducks (mallards, mergansers, and wood ducks, oh my!), river otter in the winter – which is even rare for Leavenworth, heron, squirrels, chipmunks, bobcat, and a variety of birds in every season.

2. The Special Touches

We work to anticipate your needs – and deliver special touches that you didn’t even know you “needed” to make your stay even more memorable. Part of enjoying a relaxing and luxurious getaway is having very little to worry about. From our welcome packet and complimentary birdseed, to board games, books, and DVD entertainment, we make sure that your stay will be full of entertainment and nature. We also provide bikes and helmets for each guest in the summertime and snowshoes in the winter. Keep an eye out for other special touches around your room like a personal coffee maker and water kettle, dirty clothes bag, just-for-makeup washcloth, and bath grains and candle to enjoy in the in-room spa tub.

3. The Food

We are quite proud of the cuisine we serve to our guests each day at Run of the River. Our owners, Jan and Steve, have always built a home that frequently hosts and serves family, friends, and strangers alike – which was an easy practice to transition to the inn. Jan curates our menus weeks in advance, carefully choosing seasonal flavors and selections that will please a variety of guests. Our recipes are a combination of family secrets, cookbooks new and old, and the latest from blogs and magazines that Jan and Lupe make our own.

We love using local ingredients and items from local vendors. We even offer gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options if you alert us to your dietary needs before your stay. Whether you love digging into an egg dish, savor lighter fare like fresh fruit and yogurt, or can’t wait to treat yourself to fluffy pancakes and delicious “breakfast dessert” – we’ve got it all! Remember to save a little bit of room for our homemade afternoon treat that we put out every day to greet our guests!

4. The Quality

We want every part of your experience at Run of the River to feel like the perfect getaway. In order to provide that, we believe that quality matters! You will sleep in stunning ,hand-hewn, four-post log beds with seasonal linens and cozy bedding (we frequently get follow-up emails asking about our mattresses and pillows). We also offer Bucky buckwheat pillows and extra blankets in each room.

Want to get cleaned up? Do you prefer a bath or a shower? We have both! Beautiful stone spa tubs are featured in each room, as well as spacious stone tile showers featuring premium bath products. Looking for entertainment? We stock the newest Oscar-winning and blockbuster films, as well as old classics and “man, I haven’t seen this in forever!” favorites. From the coffee we serve (Caffe D'arte!) to the robes we provide in each room, we make sure everything you encounter is top-notch. Quality will always be something we cherish at Run of the River, even when it comes to the souvenirs you can take home with you! We offer high-quality outerwear, as well as our favorite in-room mugs so you can take a piece of your stay home with you!

5. The Staff

Most of the current staff at Run of the River will be celebrating their 10-year anniversary in 2019! We are so fortunate to have a small business where employees and guests alike have come to feel like family. Looking for the best recommendations? Jan can always point you toward new adventures and give accurate information about the surrounding area. We also make sure to stay up-to-date with all the happenings in our amazing little town. We can tell you about the new restaurants, chime in on old favorites, give a list of “must sees” for first-timers, and make sure to help you find the best experiences the Icicle Valley has to offer. Lest we forget, we also have the best mascot in the Northwest: our beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog, Nellie!! She thinks (and we agree), that she alone is enough reason to book a stay at Run of the River!

Vanellope "Nellie" Von Q Bollinger - Best Inn Pup in the Northwest

Perhaps most importantly, the thing that truly makes us the Best in the Northwest is our guests. We couldn’t be who we are without you. We strive every day to create special and memorable getaways for each person that walks through our doors. Your time investing in yourself and your relationship is so important – we do not take it lightly that you choose to do so with us. We hope that each stay provides you with the relaxation, adventure, pampering, joy, and special treatment you deserve! Thank you for ten great years! No matter what, we truly feel like we are the Best in the Northwest each and every year, thanks to you – our Run of the River family! We love you <3

Voting for this year’s King5 Evening Magazine “Best Northwest Escapes” contest can be found here: Click Link!

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