This holiday season we are spending 1 week in Seattle, WA and 1 week in Fairbanks, AK. Both trips are to spend time with our families. We did get away for 2 days to the Sleeping Lady Lodge in Levenworth, WA. Sleeping Lady is just about 10 minutes from Levenworth's main drag - a Bavarian village with small shops, wine tasting rooms, and eateries. There was at least a foot of snow up there and the drive thru Stevens' pass was impressively snowy. I was most excited about the warm temperatures, ~30 degrees F, that allowed us to go cross-country skiing without getting frostbite (not all that uncommon for me in Fairbanks).
The lodge was beautiful and we stayed in a cabin called Eryie. They serve buffet style dinner and breakfast that we took advantage of despite the 7:30 am breakfast call. We arrived in the later afternoon, visited the shops for some wine, played 21 Bakerstreet in the library cabin and took a late night dip in the outdoor hot tub. Breakfast was darn early but the view out of the dining hall was of Dale Chihuly's only outdoor installation called Icicles. Back at the cabin I stoked up a huge fire and jumped on the bed in my argyle knee socks. It was cozy and a great start to a whole day of classical skiing. We skied 13 kilometers before starting the drive back to Seattle.
photo credit: TEB 12.19.07 and 12.20.07