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Fall Adventures

Guests enjoy a happy-hour beverage on the scenic deck at the Icicle Inn’s J J Hills Fresh Grill overlooking the mountains around Tumwater Canyon.

Come shop for crisp apples, pears and more fresh fruit at the fruit stands and farms. Also come enjoy the several wineries in the area such as Icicle Ridge, Los Toscana, Eagle Creek and many more find out more at this site www.washingtonwinetours.com. We even have even distilled spirits tasting! Or maybe you came for the German BEER! Plenty of that around in Leavenworth start with Gustav’s, then mosey on over to Duck N’ Drakes after that the P.O. Tavern just a short couple block down the road. So come enjoy Fall in Leavenworth with all the pretty Autumn colors, wonderful food, great beer and wine, and good people!

FALL ADVENTURES IN LEAVENWORTH

Fall is the perfect time to visit Leavenworth, the quaint Bavarian town nestled among the mountains of Washington’s Cascade Range. The weather is mild and the summer crowds have dissipated, yet there is still so much to do. For instance:

Hiking

The Icicle Ridge Trail is a nice hike that begins a mile up Icicle Road. The switchback trail up the ridge offers great views of the valley below. When you reach the top you can see down the other side into Tumwater Canyon.

For the truly adventurous, this is only the beginning as the trail continues for approximately 27 miles along Icicle Ridge to the south. It requires a Northwest Forest Pass, available at the Leavenworth Ranger Station.

Water Adventures: River rafting takes many forms in Leavenworth. In the fall you can experience a milder form of rafting with scenic floats where you may see wildlife. Later in September you may even see salmon swimming upriver. On warmer days you might choose to float the river in your own tubes or use a local tubing company.

Golfing: Exploring different courses is part of the fun of golfing, and the Leavenworth area offers a number of scenic courses.

Closest to town, the Leavenworth Golf Club is a semi-private facility a mile west on Icicle Road. Most times the course is open to public play. Call (509) 548-7267

Kahler Glen Golf Course is adjacent to the beautiful Lake Wenatchee State Park and Recreation Area. Enjoy the beauty and serenity of a unique mountain golf course. It has 18 holes, par 70, 6,005 yards. “Leave your driver at home!” Call (800) 440-2994

Mt. Cashmere is a nine-hole course winding through fruit orchards overlooking enchanting views of the Cascade Mountains. A driving range and putting green provide everything you need for a satisfying nine holes. It features 2,485 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. Call (509) 782-1207

The Highlander Golf Club is a classic Scottish Highlands golf course true to the land and heritage of Scottish links style golf. The club, open to the public, actually sits atop a cliff edge nearly 900 feet above the Columbia River as it winds its way through canyons and gorges. Call (509) 884-4653

Three Lakes Golf Club is in Malaga, four miles from Wenatchee. It overlooks the Columbia River to the east and is bordered by the Cascade Mountains to the west. While Three Lakes Golf Club has a large membership, it is always open to the public. Call (509) 663-5448

Fishing: Fishing is still strong in the fall, with salmon, steelhead, trout and more. For kids 15 and under there is a Trout Unlimited fishing pond available. If you are staying at the Icicle Village Resort, ask at the front desk to borrow poles then walk to the pond in Enchantment Park. The pond is 20 feet deep and it is stocked with trout by Trout Unlimited.

Relaxing Spa Treatments: Alpine Spa Massage and Wellness offers special overnight package that include a luxurious couples’ massage, breakfast buffet, a bottle of champagne in your room with keepsake glasses, and dinner for two at J J Hills Fresh Grill Restaurant. The package starts at $399. Call (800) 961-0162 and ask for the Romance Stimulus Package at the Icicle Village Resort.

Icicle Village Resort
505 Highway 2, Leavenworth
800-961-0162
www.iciclevillage.com

Story by Kevin Unruh

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