Christmas fun!
Christmas snowshoe
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jump for joy... it snowed!

Awoke to more fresh snow and a perfect day to play in the woods on the mountain!  Our guests Kelcey and her mom Karen were up bright and early to welcome in the day!  Hope your day was full of love and fun too!  

Our mountain paradise awaits...

"Truly it may be said that the outside of a mountain is good for the inside of a man."  ~ George Wherry, Alpine Notes and the Climbing Foot, 1896

Renew your spirt.  Seek the beauty of nature.  Surround your being in calm stillness.    Join us at MHL this winter.    Wishing you peace this Christmas season and joy in the new year.  Brad & Kathy Schmidt 

Renew your spirt.  Seek the beauty of nature.  Surround your being in calm stillness.  

Join us at MHL this winter.  

Wishing you peace this Christmas season and joy in the new year.  Brad & Kathy Schmidt 

Santa Claus is coming to town...
Meet Clarisse... one of Santa's winter does at the Lodge!  

Meet Clarisse... one of Santa's winter does at the Lodge!  

Welcome December and the Christmas Lighting Festival in Leavenworth these first 3 weekends of the month.  The village is exploding with lights and tourists while the pristine start to winter up on the mountain welcomes our holiday MHL guests!  We have had a little over a foot of snow this season and now await the next round of snow forecasted for the weekend ahead.  Bring it on as we are ready!  Santa's reindeer are currently relaxing here on the mountain too as they prepare for their big debut on the 24th.  Thought you might enjoy seeing this daily visitor as she and her pals sneak in to nab some of the winter bird seed in the feeders!   It's looking like a fabulous winter on the mountain and we hope you can join in the fun!  Space is very limited at this late date for 2018... check the accurate availability calendar online or ring us at 800-414-2378 to assist.  We can also prepare a wonderful  gift certificate for you to ease shopping for that very special someone!  Cheers!  

We are ready for winter...bring it on!
Inspector Cracker checking the woodpile....

Inspector Cracker checking the woodpile....

Ritz inspects stability... rated A+!

Ritz inspects stability... rated A+!

We have enjoyed a little over 5" of snow to kick off the arrival of an early winter these past few weeks.  Looks like the lodge is ready too....fuels have been delivered, pool closed, meadow mowed in anticipation for a speedy sledding hill, wine cellar and pantry stocked and 3+ cords of great wood delivered and stacked for many a warm fire this winter!  The wood has passed the chief inspectors... Cracker & our newest family member Ritz!  All is in order!  Space is limited for the 2017/2018 winter season so make your reservation soon! #Ready4Snow

Welcome Autumn!
Thank you Mother Nature!

Thank you Mother Nature!

Temperatures are dropping and Mother Nature has her paints out and is busy creating another masterpiece ... Fall!  Check out this gorgeous afternoon yesterday shared from our guest T from our meadow trailhead... simply breathtaking!  Crisp days, cold nights and ever changing skies make for great hiking, climbing, bouldering and mountain biking weather.  The lakes are glass and the last of sun filled days make the paddle boarding and kayaking Lake Wenatchee a treat!  Pack your bag and head over the next 6 weeks before winter arrives!   Looking forward to trekking with you... Love,  Millie Vanilli 

Renew your mind, spirit and body with a return to Nature...
Guests shared this amazing view at local Eight Mile Lake... come explore the Cascades and renew!

Guests shared this amazing view at local Eight Mile Lake... come explore the Cascades and renew!

"I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees.  The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets.  It has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day.  it has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful.  Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and benumbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear a coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me - I am happy." - Hamlin Garland, February 1899 (!!!- yes 118 years ago "the city life" took a toll... the remedy, to return to Nature! Give it a try today!) 

 

Bailey Bear!
Bailey Bear!! 

Bailey Bear!! 

This season we have seen more bears on the mountain.  A kind spring guest just shared this great photo of a bear we have named "Bailey" she took when visiting in May.  With the heat of summer most bears are now down at the river on the valley floor, but a few are spotted on the trails each week usually eating wild berries or invading our fruit trees in the orchard!  No cheery jam this year as Bailey and his/her pals took more than their fair share!  Mom says I better get better on my barking duty so she can harvest the plums and apples to come! Will do as I love to chase all my forest friends to show them who is boss of the mountain!  Ha ha!! Love Millie 

Welcome!

Our Mountain Home Lodge family has a new member... welcome Ritz, our new now 10-wek old orange tabby!  He is full of energy, speed and man are his little claws sharp!  Ouch!! This is his second week at the Lodge and he is fitting right in.  He has graduated to being allowed outside on the decks without supervision!  Millie does keep an eye on him and Cracker.... well, she is tolerating his antics and at least no longer hissing at him! In a few more weeks they will all be buds we are sure.

Sadly, Jack, our 10yr old grey tabby had a heart attack June 25th and passed to heaven.  He is in good company joining our other pet pals... Blue the horse, Bailey & Oggie our dogs and Oscar & Ernie our cats.  

Come up and meet Ritz as he is growing like a weed! 

 

Breakfast time!
Morning sunshine! 

Morning sunshine! 

Another beautiful morning!  The guests awoke to the fragrant aromas of Chef's delicious blueberry buttermilk pancakes with fresh berry syrup & country pork sausage this morning which also brought the teenager bear down from  the woods for his/her breakfast cleaning up the fallen seeds at the bird feeders.  Our guest Sheila captured this great photo of a resident hummer enjoying breakfast too!  Life is grand!