Our Story

From the very beginning, the success of the Icicle Village Resort can be best attributed to a commitment of following the Golden Rule.

Icicle Village Resort evolved from a simple 66-room Best Western hotel at our opening in 1992 to now what is Leavenworth’s only full-service resort.  How did this happen? Through a combination of dreaming, hard work, and perseverance, all rooted in a value system of truly caring for our guests, team members, and community. The owners were also committed to giving back to the community, including service and monetary donations to the Leavenworth Rotary Club, Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce, Festhalle, SHARE, and Community Cupboard, Cascade Medical Center Foundation, Washington State Hotel and Lodging Association, and many others.

1988

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 play-field that was now overgrown with weeds was for sale. Standing on the property, taking in the magnificent views of the mountains that really did feel close enough to touch, they began dreaming of how to best develop the property. […]

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1991

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. Karl, after falling in love with the village of Leavenworth, saw a sign on the property announcing “hotel coming soon” and contacted Dick Beselin. These four gentlemen, along with Chuck Alm, formed a partnership in […]

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1992

In 1992 five partners joined together to open what was then the Best Western Icicle Inn. 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 fun Bavarian theme of the community. Now, many years later, the Icicle Village Resort is Leavenworth’s premier full service destination resort. But that’s not the […]

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1992

Karl and one of the resort’s current team members, Miguel Gonzales, helped open the Best Western Icicle Inn on August 17, 1992. Karl and Miguel continue to serve resort guests today as the longest tenured members of what really has become the Icicle Village Resort family. […]

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1996

The application of the Golden Rule also applied to the guests of the resort as well. One of the resort’s core values is “Always strive to make things better today than they were yesterday.” The owners dreamed about how they could continue to develop the property and offer more to the guests of the Icicle Inn. Through lots of hard work and significant financial commitments, their dreams began to be fulfilled in May 1996 when the Icicle Junction Family Fun Center opened with a video arcade, bumper boats, and a replica train ride throughout the property. […]

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1998

An addition of 28 rooms to the hotel was completed in July 1998. […]

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2000

The Icicle Junction Cinema, Leavenworth’s only movie theater, opened in May 2000. […]

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2001

JJ Hills Fresh Grill opened in February 2001. […]

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2003

The dream of developing the property as its own small resort village began in 2003. […]

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2005

12 condominiums were opened in August 2005. […]

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2007

An additional 22 condominiums opened in July 2007, along with walking paths, garden areas, waterfalls and a Therapeutic Touch Massage and Wellness Day Spa. […]

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2011

A veranda was added to the restaurant in July 2011. […]

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2012

15 additional rooms, all with fireplaces and balconies offering fantastic views of Tumwater Canyon, were built and added into the resort in August 2012. An amazing transformation of a property that was once a field overgrown with weeds! […]

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2014

14 executive king rooms with fireplaces were added, along with the Enchantment Ballroom. The Junction Cinema area was converted to the Alpine Spa. […]

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2019

8 three-bedroom condominiums were added bringing the total number of condominiums to 42. […]

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