First, we want to take a moment to thank you, our valued clientele. We are appreciative of our many guests who have continued to enjoy and share their experiences at the lodge on TripAdvisor, Yelp and Facebook with others making us Leavenworth's #1 Hotel. Your patronage is sincerely appreciated as a "mom & pop" business. We will continue to strive to exceed your expectations and make each visit extra special! It is a true pleasure to share the beauty of the Mountain with you.
September is upon us and fall is in the air! Crisp, cool mornings warm to pleasant sunshine filled days in the low 80's and then dip back down as the night temps drop into the low 50's and high 40's. A few of the maples on the road are yellowing up, but the aspens that line the base of the meadow need colder nights. As the month progresses we will see lower temps that will magically transform the foliage into the beautiful hues of Autumn at month end and into October.
Speaking of weather, be sure to check out http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/hdfForecast?query=47.565%2C-120.645&sp=KWALEAVE10 to see our weather station now live on the web! It sure seems to be working well with accurate forecasts these past few weeks.
This is a wonderful time of the year to visit the Cascades, particularly if you can travel Sunday to Wednesday to avoid the bustling crowds on weekends. If weekends work best, be sure to book soon as they are filling fast for the remainder of the season and on into winter. October weekends are particularly busy in the village with the annual Oktoberfest festival. It is lots of fun, but crowded.
The hiking, stand up paddle boarding, golfing and relaxing are fantastic now as the daytime temperatures are ideal for adventures. Guests are enjoying hiking excursions into the Enchantments to pristine glacier fed lakes here in the Alpine Wilderness. The larch trees at the higher elevations will be transforming their needles from green to golden yellow adding to the beauty of an autumn hike. The lakes and rivers are gorgeous for stand up paddle boarding and kayaking here on the valley floor. This time of the year is also perfect for visiting local wineries and enjoying the bounty of fresh apples and pears from local orchards at the fruit stands and farmers market.
Up on the mountain we are enjoying lots of visits from the forest creatures as they ready themselves for winter snows. Our family of deer are nightly visitors to the bird feeders we aptly call our "animal feeders"! The bears have become more frequent visitors to the orchard to enjoy the pears and apples we have left on the trees for them. Carlos has picked boxes of fresh fruit for Chef Ron to feature in his fall menus. Brecklyn has canned lots of fresh plum jam this week and Kathy is finishing up on the peach jam and then will move onto applesauce and pear chutney for treats this winter.
Brad alternates daily from a mountain bike ride out onto our trails to a SUP ride on the river or nearby Lake Wenatchee. It's just too nice to stay inside! Kathy is relishing hiking again after her convalescence. Her goal is Lake Colchuck next spring so her training regiment includes lots of inclines and strength building. We are so happy to have her home on the Mountain again.
If a winter visit is in your future, we recommend you book a room at your earliest convenience. The first few weeks of December still have good space as does the end of February and early March. The holidays on into February are getting picked over, so be flexible on dates and room preference if you are late on confirming a reservation. Remember, cancellations do happen on occasion, so do check our availability from time to time if planning a last minute getaway. Winter is an amazing experience we would love to share with you.
Have a wonderful autumn!
Brad & Kathy, Proprietors
The MHL Crew: Brecklyn, Chef Ron, Carlos, Irma and Linda
The MHL Trail Guides: Millie the dog and Cracker & Jack, the cats!