Great Outdoors
Leavenworth lodge has everything right there
An early spring means Mountain Springs Lodge will  1be busier than ever this year as snowmobile trails have quickly turned into hiking and horseback trails, and the resort’s new zipline gets back up and running following a brief winter hiatus.

Mountain Springs has 122 mostly wooded acres near Plain, just a 20-minute drive from the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, Washington. Owner Bill Newell and his family have built a mountain getaway that combines some of the region’s best scenery with first-rate accommodations – and a whole lot ways to enjoy the Great Outdoors.

Just last fall the resort opened Leavenworth Ziplines, eight lines that take visitors on thrilling rides above the forest canopy for distances of up to 650 feet. The lines are among the highest in the state, at some points flying guests along at 200 feet above the ground.

In its first few months of operation, it became readily apparent that the ziplines were not just for kids or thrill-seekers – 70-year-old grandmas were zipping along the new system enjoying the heck out of it. It proved to be such an all-ages attraction that many days were even busier than the resort anticipated.

The ziplines will open again formally in May, although there will be a “soft” opening in April this year.

The snowmobile trails are already open for hiking and provide an elaborate trail system that takes you over mostly easy terrain and gives you a choice of distances. “If you knew how to get there,” says Newell, “you could hike all the way from here to Chelan.”

In the first part of May, the resort starts to offer horseback riding. Groups of four to six people can take a guided ride along the resort trail system and, during weekdays, top it off with a dinner in the resort’s lodge. (Riders need to be at least 8 years old).

As if that wasn’t enough, the resort this year is opening a new heated swimming pool.

The Mountain Springs Lodge also schedules live musical entertainment every fourth Tuesday. Called Music at the Mountain, it’s a great time for locals to come up and enjoy a fun time with a featured musical guest, micro-brews and gourmet pizza.

The resort does a brisk lodging business and the rooms and lodges truly convey a mountain spirit. The lodge-style architecture is all warm wood with lots of river rock accents, large beams and high ceilings.

There is a variety of accommodations including three larger lodges that are ideal for families. There are also two cabins -- each sleeping eight guests -- that include a main bedroom, loft, full kitchen and a hot tub out on the deck with scenic views of the mountains.

There are three suites in Beaver Creek Lodge that are popular for couples getaways. They are large and spacious and have rock fireplaces and river rock-encased jetted tubs. One of the suites has a hot tub on the deck. Most people who stay at Mountain Springs book packages that include a dinner. The resort serves a variety of fare including Alaska king crab legs, salmon, filet mignon, shrimp scampi, quail, smoked breast of duck, New York steak and Vegetable Wellingham. Guests can have dinner in the dining room or have it delivered to their room.

The resort also offers an elaborate Sunday brunch.

For more information on Mountain Springs Lodge and lodge activities, please go to www.mtsprings.com or phone 509/858-2276.
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