Just a few days left until Christmas and Elk Ridge is beginning to look like a winter wonderland! With a little more then 2 new FEET of snow on the ground, it would be hard not to get in the spirit of the season. Lights hung, presents wrapped and a perfect little trail leading to an untouched meadow is just waiting for kids to arrive this weekend!
A few people have reached out via phone or Facebook to inquire what kinds of activities there are here in the winter. So, besides the obvious “play in the snow”, here are a little more specifics for those interested in visiting our area this season.
Elk Ridge is surrounded by several Washington State snowmobile sno-parks and is literally right across the street from the Nile sno-park, commonly known as Bald Mountain. For information about snowmobiling in our area, please see the link below:
Earlier this week we took a 15 minute drive into the town of Naches and stopped at the Little Red Schoolhouse, a produce stand turned sporting goods shop this time of year. In addition to renting skis to be used on the slopes of White Pass (a 50 minute drive from Elk Ridge), you can also rent snow shoes by the day for just $12 and explore countless trails nearby.
If your idea of “fun” is a little less sporty you can hang back at camp, roast marshmallows by the fire and just take in the stillness of the mountain. Or, schedule an appointment for a therapeutic massage in the Spa at Elk Ridge. Short day-trips can be taken to the local feeding stations where big-horn sheep are fed in the late morning, as are Elk in the early afternoon. Afterward take a stroll through town and stop for cinnamon rolls at the bakery or take the family out to pizza. And, don’t forget, the Yakima valley is home to over 100 wineries (and several breweries), many of which host tastings in the winter months.
The list could go on, but we firmly believe that:
- Doing nothing IS doing something
- Your imagination will point you in right direction
- Once you get here, you may not want to leave!
We wish many blessings to each and every one of you this Christmas and New Year. Whether your travels lead you to sunny destinations like Hawaii or Mexico this winter, or you consider a mountain getaway to play in the snow with us, we pray that peace, love and light will follow you.
Happiest of Holidays from all of us at Elk Ridge!
Julie, Tim, Bob and Chloe