You can find lots of local tips and interesting things to see and do as well as who and where to do them in the Silver Spruce Lodge Book on the island in the kitchen, by visiting the Chamber of Commerce in downtown Leavenworth or visiting www.leavenworth.org
Here are a few personal favorites:
Cross Country Skiing. Skis can be rented in town. They can also tell you where to go cross country skiing but the Sleeping Lady Resort and the Golf Course are close and offer lovely trails. Ski Hill has night skiing available.
Tubing- Ski Hill at the North end of the valley has great inner tubing with a rope tow. Ski Hill is also a great place to let kids(or adults) get their ski legs warmed up.
Skiing- Both Stevens Pass and Mission Ridge are only 45-60 minutes away. You can catch a shuttle up to Stevens Pass for $12 dollars round trip for day or night skiing.
Cozy up to the fire for a drink at the Grotto at the Sleeping Lady. The atmosphere is perfect for a cold winter’s day.
Sleigh Rides- There is 3 different outfitters that you can choose from for a lovely sleigh ride through the snow.
Bundle up and head to the Sausage Haus for a great Brat of your choice. An outside eatery you stay warm by gathering around the fire or huddled under the outdoor heaters. Often they have live music.
Sledding- the sleds are in the garage and a run down the driveway of Silver Spruce Lodge is an easy and fun trip. Make sure to go for a run after dinner by the glow of the Christmas lights on the Lodge
Snow Shoeing- There are a few pairs in the garage and you can always rent in town.
Wildflowers- Walk the trails at the Ski Hill in the North end of the valley for a spectacular display of wildflowers. And they are pretty stunning on Dempsey Hill as well.
Bird Watching- Leavenworth is on one of four main Bird Migratory Routes in the Western Hemisphere and in spring there are tons of birds to discover. They especially like to bath in the river leading into the pool in the morning.
Fishing- There are abundant lakes, streams and rivers for fishing. Check in at Der Sports Haus in downtown Leavenworth to see what is open and biting(fishing is also good in summer and fall).
Hiking- With the cooler temperatures and wildflowers Spring is a great time to check the multitude of trails in the area. Hike along the Wenatchee, or up to an alpine lake or along a Ridge with great views of the mountains. The options are endless. The Chamber in town as well as the Forest Service have loads of maps and suggestions
Golf- The golf course in right down in the valley, you can see it from the deck. And it is a lovely, no pressure and inexpensive course. If you didn’t bring your clubs you can rent for very little.
Inner tube the Icicle Creek. Call Tubes Leavenworth and for $12 per person they will drop you off, give you an oversized tube, hand paddles and a life jacket (coolers also available for rent) and you can spend a lazy hour floating the beautiful Iclcle Creek. There are also some tubes in the garage if you want to do it yourself.
River Rafting- There are several river rafting companies that offer different levels of rafting experience on both the Wenatchee and the Icicle Creek.
Wineries- There is over 15 wineries and tasting rooms in the area. The wineries not only offer tasting and tours but live music, hikes and gourmets meals and plenty of other fun events. Check out their websites.
Swimming- if you can actually leave the Silver Spruce Lodge Property there is a fabulous swimming hole at Barnes Beach in downtown Leavenworth. Grab some folding chairs from the garage and fill your cooler to enjoy a picnic by the River.
Theater- There is two outdoor summer theaters and one indoor theater. The Sound of Music is set in the mountains overlooking Ski Hill and creates a wonderful back drop for this family favorite. At the other end of the Valley at the Fish Hatchery a different musical is offered each year. There is also a production at the Feast Hall in Downtown Leavenworth.
Star gazing- Turn off the patio lights and lay on either the back deck, in the hot tub, or in the grass and watch the shooting stars.
Biking- This is fun Fall, Spring and Summer. There are a few bikes in the garage and you can also rent in town. There are lots of places in the valley to enjoy a ride and scenery.
Hiking- Fall is spectacular in Leavenworth with the Autumn color and a great way to enjoy it is hiking.
Harvest Time- Visit the local fruit stands for fabulous late season fruits and vegetables and to enjoy the pumpkin displays. Also the wineries are harvesting their grapes making it a great time to visit.
Festivals- Fall is a busy time for Festivals in Leavenworth. Be sure to check out Leavenworth.org for what is going on when you visit.
Walk on the Hill- Kick up the leaves as you walk the roads and trails in our neighborhood. The full circuit is about a mile around and is loaded with wildlife and beautiful vistas.
Coffee by the fire pit: The days are crisp and sunny in fall so enjoy lounging by one of the fire pits and taking in the breathtaking views framed by the Aspens in full Fall Color.