A Great Escape with a Green Ethic: Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort
Tucked away in the woods alongside Icicle Creek at the base of the Cascade Mountains, Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort is one of Washington's best getaways, close to but a world removed from the tourist-filled streets of Bavarian-themed downtown Leavenworth just a couple of miles away. It's an ideal base for outdoor activities including hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and more.
Sustainability and respect for the natural environment are at the heart of Sleeping Lady, which is built almost entirely from recycled building materials and incorporates a host of measures to save energy and avoid waste. Set on 67 wooded acres, the resort is a complex of separate buildings designed to encourage guests to get outside instead of holing up in their rooms, which are rustic yet comfortable. Sleeping Lady is known for its brilliant night skies -- a popular spot for stargazing is the year-round hot pool, which is heated entirely by solar energy, as is the adjacent cooler, summer-only pool.
And then there's the food. All lodging packages include at least one meal at Sleeping Lady’s Kingfisher Restaurant, known for its delicious buffet meals based on ingredients from the resort’s own organic garden and local suppliers. To work out the aches and pains after a long day on the trails or slopes, the Solstice Spa offers massages and other treatments.