Run of the River, a Nature Infused Inn & Refuge

I recently had the pleasure of visiting a B&B that I’ve had my eye on for a couple of years now…the Run of the River Inn and Refuge.  Located in the Bavarian-themed community of Leavenworth, Washington, Run of the River connects guests with nature in the most hospitable and epicurean way.  For starters, the setting encompasses nature in all its glory.  The property is nestled among surrounding mountains with seasonal river views, an abundance of wildlife, and, plenty of nooks to find serenity.

Run of the River sign by

I’ve always felt an inherent connection with nature.  For me, getting outdoors (for a hike, bike ride and/or camping/backpacking excursion) and experiencing what Mother Earth has to offer is extremely exciting and fulfilling.  I just love the adventure of seeing what’s around the next bend. To see rivers flow, unique plants grow and wild animals on the go can be euphoric.  Being in and around nature seems to unite oneself to life. Run of the River does all of this.

When you first approach, you’ll notice from the outside that the Inn looks rustic, eclectic, and even a bit whimsical.  However, once you step inside, you’ll instantly feel life’s tension escape as you settle into the warmth, comfort and luxury of your accommodations.  An analogous depiction might be…Eddie Bauer meets the Pottery Barn.

Mike looking like Eddie Bauer

One of the many things that make Run of the River so special is the attention to detail in bringing the outdoors…in. I stayed in the Ravenwood Lodge, a private cabin adjacent to the main building—I noticed many architectural and design details integrated into the space which nature inspired. For example, the NanaWall and French doors open to a large deck providing sensational views. Inside, you’ll find a river rock fireplace and whirlpool tub.  The river rock is extended into some of the pillars and on the surface of the shower…even as an accent into the slate floors.  The gorgeous canopy bed is built from logs. The towel and clothing racks are made from tree branches.  You’ll notice twigs intertwined into the cabinetry, parlor doors and even the chandelier.  The wastebasket is veneered with the bark of a tree. It’s extraordinary how well the outdoors has been coalesced into the living space.  Most of the credit belongs to a talented local designer, Patti Bosket of Au Naturel.

Ravenwood living area at Run of the Ruver Inn in Leavenworth by

The feeling of being immersed in nature is really an underlying theme and what makes Run of the River Inn a haven for so many returning guests.  I would say that more than half the guests I met had visited the Inn in the past.  As a matter of fact, I was introduced to the Inn by family friends who’ve stayed at Run of the River nearly a dozen times over the years.  The quantity of returning guests is a testament to owner/innkeepers Steve and Jan for maintaining such a desirable escape for refuge seekers.

Whirlpool tub at Run of the River Inn and Refuge in Leavenworth by

Something that will not go unnoticed by frequent guests is the effort put forth to transform the Inn from season-to-season.  During my visit I just missed a 4000lb delivery of pumpkins and gourds, which will be one of the decorative elements used to celebrate the fall season.

Each morning at 9am, guests gather for a five-course breakfast that will tantalize the taste buds and satisfy the appetite.  Breakfast starts with a fruit-flavored yogurt, fresh fruit platter, accompanied by a fruit juice/smoothie of the day.  Those courses are followed by freshly baked goods and a main entree…here are some of the delicious dishes that were served during my visit:

  • Swiss Gruyere and Cremini Mushroom Quiche, Roasted Baby New Potatoes with Herbs de Provence and Apple Croissant Bread Pudding with Homemade Caramel Sauce.
  • Santa Barbara Frittata, Oatmeal Raisin & Pecan Scones and Blueberry Clafouti.
  • Sticky Bun French Toast, Butcher’s Scramble and Triple Berry Crisp.

Run of the River typifies R&R by providing a sanctuary that surrounds the soul with the essence of life…. taking visitors on a brief journey away from the hectic paces of modern life.  Even if the escape is short, your mind, body and spirit will be forever grateful.

Additional features at the Inn include:

  • Private decks with lots of space for relaxing.
  • River rock whirlpool tubs.
  • Fireplaces with leather chairs at the hearth.
  • King beds with high-quality linens.
  • Spacious bathrooms with rain showers.
  • Plush Egyptian cotton towels.
  • DVD player with library collection in the common area.
  • Bikes, hiking gear and other seasonal items available at no charge.
  • There are many, many smaller features that will impress and surprise you during your visit.

If you’ve stayed at this Inn, please leave a comment below and share your experience.

Contact info for Run of the River Inn & Refuge:

Owners/innkeepers: Steve and Jan Bollinger
Address: 9308 E Leavenworth Rd. – Leavenworth, WA 98826
Phone: 800-288-6491
Map/Directions:  Google Map Click Here
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Note: Run of the River is an adult-only and smoke-free inn.

Mike Shubic

Mike Shubic is a seasoned road trip travel video blogger, traversing the byways of the world looking for those hidden gems of the road. From unique destinations, unexpected discoveries, creative cuisine, intriguing inns to exciting attractions…the road is his page. The experiences are his ink. And every 300 miles, a new chapter begins. Whether you live vicariously or by example, Mike will do the exploring so you can have an adventure.


  1. This place sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing this wonderful B&B. Hope to take my husband here one day soon.

  2. Wow, this place really looks wonderful. We’ve been wanting to visit Leavenworth and I think you have convinced us to stay at Run of the River. All the best, Deven.

  3. Run of the River looks and sounds like a wonderful little hide-a-way. The video really helped us make our decision to book a stay here next month. Thank you for sharing this wonderful place, my husband and I are really looking forward to it. Kami & Donnie.

  4. Great post. This place looks fantastic. My wife and I are planning a trip to Leavenworth and they we will book at Run of the River, looks amazing. Enjoyed the video too. Best, Lawrence

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