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Retreat at Sleeping Lady Resort

December 28, 2018

A hidden gem tucked away off Icicle Road and from the busy traffic lies the cozy Sleeping Lady Resort. As we drove in through the fog, the resorts sign was revealed like a warm welcome as we approached. This is the resort we chose to stay at for our weekend getaway to Leavenworth, WA. The resort is conveniently located about 3.5 miles from the village.

When we first arrived, we pulled up in the unloading zone to check in instead of parking first. Once we received our keys, we parked in the free lot, and loaded up a convenient luggage wheelbarrow to our room. The resort is spread out, so you had to walk along snow lined paths. The cabins are set up in clusters, and we requested rooms close to my cousin’s family who was also on vacation with us.

As we were walking, the twins loved pointing and touching the snow. It was the perfect setting for the winter wonderland we were looking for. The resort is a little bigger than I expected, but my handy map helped us locate the room.

We entered into the room and found three beds which was perfect for a family for four. The main bed was a queen size and there were two additional twin size beds. The twin size beds were set up against the window, so the kiddos could gaze out at the snow.

After settling in and playing in the snow, I was off to my 3:30pm massage appointment at the Aspen Leaf Day Spa on site. It was a short walk back towards the parking lot on the opposite side of the cabins. The spa itself was quite cozy and quaint. The receptionist asked for my shoes size in the lobby, and I switched shoes right there tucking my boots under the chair. The massage therapist warmly greeted me, and took me back to the couples room which had a setting area overlooking the mountains. In the nook, she shared with me a cup of tea and chocolates.

The massage therapist took the time to ask me about areas of focus and pressure level. She also wanted to know what type of activities attributed to my pain, and completely understand the focus areas after I told her ‘carrying and chasing after twins’. The was great at trigger point therapy and stretching out my muscles. My gauge to a good massage is whether or not I fall asleep because it’s not easy for me to relax. I felt refreshed and rejuvenated after a productive, but relaxing massage.

After my massage, I met my family at the Grotto bar. It’s kid friendly, so they were able to join and hang out. The bar has a great selection of whiskey, so my hubby and cousin’s husband enjoyed their whiskey flight.

Our dinner reservations were scheduled at 6:15pm. It’s important to make your reservations at the time of booking because times fill up quickly. The meals are included in your room reservation. The daily menu is posted in the reception cabin. I made a mental note of what I would be ordering at check-in, but much to my surprise, dinner is actually a buffet, so I could try everything. To be honest, the variety and quality of food served was much better than I expected. The salmon was wild caught Alaskan salmon, so it was very rich and buttery. The prime rib was tender and flavorful, and the sides were delicious. The choices were au gratin potatoes, cauliflower, mac and cheese. There were also appetizers, cheeses and assorted desserts. We made sure to try a little bit of everything, and kept happily mentioning how good the food was.

The next day, we went back to the Kingfisher restaurant for breakfast. There was a variety of eggs, yogurts, veggies laid out buffet style. This time we did not need to make a reservation, and we were quickly seated.

Penny approved.

After breakfast, we headed to the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm which is about 5 miles away from the resort. I highly recommend this experience. It was a great way to get up close and personal with the reindeers in their environment. The twins were curious and weary, but overall had a great time. It’s very important to make a reservation in advance and show up on time. The tour sells out quickly and they will give away your spot if you miss check-in which we did. However, we got lucky, and were able to join in the next tour due to no-shows.

There were lots of activities after the reindeer feeding portion such as swings, Santa, ponies, photos ops on a sled, tractor, etc. Since we were about 1.5 miles from the Leavenworth village, we decided to head there next. However, since it was a Saturday, the streets were closed, there were tons of tour buses dropping people off, and the traffic was horrendous. We ended up going back to the resort to take the free shuttle bus (only available on Saturday) at 1pm. It dropped us off at a central location in the village, and had two pick up times at either 5:30pm or 6:30pm.

In summary, we had a great first trip in Leavenworth. While the resort was not in the village, it was still close enough to easily access the local attractions. We felt the quality of the meals, cleanliness of the rooms, spa, activities on site, and convenience of the shuttle made this a perfect choice for our vacation in Leavenworth. We made a lot of great memories, and look forward to coming back next year.



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  • Pearl December 28, 2018 at 10:18 PM

    greatest white snow spot vacations…

  • Julie January 17, 2019 at 6:01 PM

    Great fun, and what a treat that the kids got to see Santa and reindeer too!

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