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“Really nice homespun place to stay” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wellspring

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Wellspring
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Ashford
Certificate of Excellence
Calabasas, CA
Level Contributor
55 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Really nice homespun place to stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2007

We stayed at Wellspring in late June just after the roads opened up into the park. It rained like crazy our first night and we were greeted the next morning with 6 inches of new snow on the mountain and a clear 60 degree day - about all you can ask for. We stayed in the only cabin that is available for kids - the "3 Bears". It is decorated in the theme of the children's story - which makes it a great hang-out for young kids. If I didn't have kids and was there for a getaway I would stay at almost any cabin but that one ( as it is really just a gussied up shack). The owners have gradually perfected their building techniques - building additional cabins each season it seems. Each is fairly unique although clusters have similarities. I'd go for one of the new ones with lofts and jacuzzi tubs - they are pretty awesome looking. The grounds of Wellspring are also quite inviting - with lawns and forest trails - including a maze. It is a very relaxing place - where you feel a sense of artistry and caring from the personable owners while a the same time being left alone to discover it all on your own if you prefer. Really a unique place that I would recommend to anyone seeking a home base near Rainier. The town of Ashford itself should not be mistaken for its namesake in Oregon - it is the definition of "one-horse," perhaps half a horse.

  • Liked — Location and unique attachement to nature
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Stuart Farber
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2007

WellSpring is purely magical! The trees sing and the moss hums and the redwood hot tub soothes your soul. This is a place for those of us who appreciate rustic earthiness and luxury rolled into a cozy forest hide-away experience. The enjoyment includes close encounters with wildlife and cozy cabins and the amazingly warm and graceful hospitality of Sunny, the owner and creator of WellSpring. It is a fully rejuvenating and spiritual experience.

Stayed June 2007
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New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2007

Would have been a charming place to stay (Tuolumne Cabin) if there were not mice around. They chewed on our baby's plastic spoon that was drying on a facecloth and left the feces around as evidence. Mouse droppings were on the rug as well.

Not a place to bring a baby/toddler who tastes everything. GOod for a romantic getaway for a couple.

The food left in a basket on the microwave or outside the door was significantly less appealing after seeing all the mouse droppings in the cabin. We would suggest that the owners add a "mouseproof" cabinet to the place and acknowledge the presence of mice so that people do not leave food out and attract more rodents.

Room was not cleaned each day. This would not have been a problem if there was not a mouse problem.

Bed and the armchairs were very comfortable.
At $160 a night, we expected more.

  • Liked — armchairs, bed
  • Disliked — mouse droppings around the bathroom and the rug
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank bioteachNewYork
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Kennewick, Washington
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325 reviews
91 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 466 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2007

We have stayed here many times over the years and know that Sunny would rather not have internet exposure....sorry Sunny! This is a very different place..from the Treehouse, to the Greenhouse with the Japanese garden, to the A frame cabins, to the new log cabins with jacuzzi tubs to the the theme tents built on platforms, to the 3 Bears cottage (the only lodging that permits children), to the checkin procedure, to the dog that drops rocks into the redwood hottub . I hate to tell you too much...that ruins the surprises! Be sure to book a massage with Sunny, hopefully she won't be out globe trotting in Bora Bora or Tahiti....but her backup is good too. My grandaughter had her first massage here and still talks about it. My sister cried when she had her massage here...it was so good. Something is always being added or changed to the property. Sunny has created a magical place. Sorry Sunny..the word is out!

  • Liked — The massage and the quiet...no phone...no tv
  • Disliked — I wish some of the other properties allowed kids beside the 3 Bears Cottage!!!!
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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5 Thank juliebug52
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Tacoma
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2006

If you are looking for a secluded, rustic, romantic getaway, I can't recommend the Wellspring highly enough. We literally didn't see another soul the entire time we were there, which was perfect for us.

The cabin was comfy and charming, if a bit rustic. Included a coffee maker and fridge in the seating area. We arrived to find logs laid out in the woodburning stove ready for us to light. There is a short walk from the parking area to the cabins, but there is a nice big stash of golf umbrellas in case of rain. We went out for dinner Saturday night and returned to find a little fairy had come, left us fresh towels, and breakfast for the following morning. Breakfast was a simple continental breakfast.

It's a bit hard to rate the service, since we never saw anyone! When you arrive, your name is on a checkin board along with your key and you leave your check or cc number in an envelope in your room when you check out. There was a phone by the check-in board if you needed to contact the owner, but we never wanted for anything.

The only drawback is that the cabins were a little closer together than I would have liked, but, as we never saw another soul while we were there, it wasn't an issue.

  • Stayed April 2003
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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4 Thank karenjlms
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2005

I've stayed at Wellspring, in the cabins and the main lodge. I and the people with me, without exception, loved the setting, the accomodations, and the people who run the place. As to the people who were so freaked out by the "mouse droppings" (see previous review) and the failure of management to promptly discount their lodging price in response to the complaint, I can only recommend they remain in Seattle or Los Angeles, or wherever they're from. This is a great place for people who like comfortable accomodations in a natural setting.

Stayed November 2004
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England
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2005

My husband and I arrived at Mt. Rainier with no reservations. This proved to be a problem in Ashford, as none of the inns had a vacancy. We stumbled upon Wellspring, which, lucky for us, had a cabin available. We stayed in the Grace West room of The Woodland cabin for $125/night plus tax. The room was very nicely appointed. The featherbed was heaven to sleep on, especially after a day of hiking. There was also a refrigerator and a microwave, as well as a CD player with a relaxing CD to listen to. The coffeemaker was accompanied by fresh grounds, no irritating pre-measured filter packs. For the tea drinkers, there were a variety of flavors. The breakfast basket each morning was delicious - pastries, fruit, yogurt, cheese, and juice.

While other guests must pay $5/hour to enjoy the hot tub out back, those staying in Grace West have it all to themselves for free after 9:00 pm until about 11:00 in the morning. The only minor drawback is that the bathroom is "shared" between the hours of 11:00 to 9:00. Not that this was a problem for us, because we never ran across another guest the entire time we were there. But, in theory, we could have had some interrupted bathroom time.

We certainly enjoyed our last minute find and would recommend it to others. We are interested in returning to try out the Greenhouse and the Treehouse. And we didn't get a chance to have a massage from Sunny, but will definitely make time for it on the next visit.

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Additional Information about Wellspring

Property: Wellspring
Address: 54922 Kernahan Rd. E, Ashford, WA 98304-9761
Location: United States > Washington > Ashford
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Ashford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wellspring is a spa and retreat center nestled in a quiet forest three miles outside the southwest entrance of Mt Rainier National Park. Comprised of rustic log cabins, two independent spa facilities, a modest lodge and a variety of outdoor gathering facilities including a 30' gazebo, Wellspring is an ideal retreat for couples, family reunions or commercial group retreats as large as 30. Our forest sanctuary is an incredibly unique and magical setting for a Pacific Northwest wedding. Wellspring hosts fifteen to twenty weddings every year, mostly in the summer. ... more   less 
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Wellspring Hotel Ashford

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