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Our Story

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Serving as the perfect mountain getaway, Icicle Village Resort has something for everyone. From mini golf that brings family together, to relaxing at our full-service Alpine Spa, we’re ready to welcome you. Escape to downtown Leavenworth with our complimentary bikes for rent, or take a dip in our pools and hot tubs, heated to perfection year-round.

A plethora of quaint shops, wine tasting, and more are steps away from your home base of Icicle Village Resort. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the great outdoors with a hike in the Cascade Mountains or looking to enjoy a culinary adventure at JJ Hill Fresh Grill, we’ll help you curate the adventure you need.

Icicle Village Resort has evolved from a simple 66-room hotel at our opening in 1992 to what is now Leavenworth's only full-service resort.

In 1988, entrepreneurial developer Dick Beselin and his CPA friend Vern Thoreson spotted a 7.5-acre parcel of land at the base of Tumwater Canyon at the west end of Leavenworth. What had once been a local playfield that was now overgrown with weeds was for sale. Standing on the property, taking in the magnificent views of the mountains that felt close enough to touch, they began planning how to develop the property best.

Paul M. Jinneman, a respected Northwest hotel consultant, was hired in 1991 to advise them on the project. In a fortuitous turn of events, that summer German-born hotelier Karl Ruether and his family traveled through Leavenworth on vacation. After falling in love with the village of Leavenworth, Karl saw a sign on the property announcing, "hotel coming soon" and contacted Dick. These four gentlemen, along with Chuck Alm, formed a partnership in December 1991 to develop the Icicle Inn, with Karl serving as General Manager.

They had a dream that together, they could develop a wonderful destination getaway in the heart of the Cascade foothills where guests would be able to relax and renew themselves while enjoying the beautiful scenery and Bavarian theme of Leavenworth. Now, many years later, along with additional partners that are equally committed to the community, that dream has become a reality, and Icicle Village Resort is Leavenworth's premier full-service destination resort welcoming travelers with open arms.



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