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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Wellspring Hotel Ashford