The Best Adult Summer Camp You’ve Never Heard Of: Sleeping Lady Retreat, Leavenworth, Washington

Nestled in 67 forested acres along Leavenworth’s fast-moving Icicle Creek, the Sleeping Lady Retreat sits mercifully beyond the reach of the central city’s Bavarian theme-park requirement. Trade your lederhosen for trail shoes (the retreat neighbors the stunning Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area), a good book (there are no televisions in the eco-minded retreat’s beautifully appointed cabins and rooms), and an appetite (your rate includes breakfast and dinner, prepared with ingredients from the Sleeping Lady’s own organic garden). Oh, and don’t forget your swimsuit: the Sleeping Lady’s enormous outdoor stone soaking tub is always hot and always open.
From $268, includes meals

We adore Black Butte, Sun River, Skamania Lodge, and Salishan as much as the next dyed-in-the-moss Oregonian, making them a regular part of our annual vacation planning. But we also love unearthing lesser known Northwest retreats—almost as much as we love sharing them with you. To kick off our exploration, we highlight a trio of secluded spots that are rich in scenery, serenity … and secrecy. They all require a bit of a drive (Central Washington and Eastern and Southern Oregon), but trust us, when you arrive, you’ll understand just why they’re worth the extra miles.

Find out what they are by viewing our slide show.