I went camping with just my mom, Robyn, this weekend and it was so. frickin. fun. If anyone is looking for a mom-friendly* camp site in Washington to spend Mother’s Day weekend at, here’s a list of fun activities that I suggest you check out!
- One of the most popular campgrounds in the state, Lake Wenatchee Campground is home to gorgeous lake views, stunning mountain backdrops and campgrounds nestled in the Wenatchee State Forest. Mom and I had a great time sitting by the fire, enjoying the quiet views and taking in the scenery and fresh air.
- Note: this is a paid site. There are several amenities like showers (50 cents), clean bathrooms, and the lake in the summer looks like it’s got a small general store attached to the pavilion. For sites near the entrance, those will set you back $20/night, “moderate use” sites further into the campground are $25, and lake view sites are $30/night. We stayed by the lake and felt that it was well worth the spend.
- This was a spontaneous find off the beaten path near Icicle Creek (literally, the drive in was mostly dirt and rock). That being said, the drive alone to the trail head was stunning. Follow Icicle Creek along until you get to a dirt service road, and about 4 miles in you’ll see a sign for Chatter Creek Trailhead.
- The trail itself seemed to be geared more towards advanced hikers and backpackers. Instead of completing the full 11 miles, we opted to do 2.5 miles up and were still able to see some incredible views. Candidly we would have gone further but we lost track of the trail — as in: it disappeared. Maybe we missed a fork in the trail but there seemed to be an abrupt stop to maintained trail, and not surprisingly, this is where we opted to turn around. None the less, it was a beautiful walk in the woods and a great work out. Chalupa seemed to enjoy herself as well!
- What’s not to love about locally brewed beers in a staged-Bavarian tourist town?! When you’re at this Leavenworth staple, be sure to sit outside in the heated seating area, enjoy the sprawling mountain views and put some water out for your pup. It’s a dog friendly bar so there were plenty of canine friends for Chalupa while Mom and I enjoyed a few pints.
- Tucked away in Plain, WA. just a few miles outside of the campground, Mountain Springs Lodge is home to gorgeous cabin rentals, zip lining, and of course: brunch. Complete with local jams and pastries, omelettes and mimosas, for $35 you can ease into Sunday in a cozy log cabin dining room. On your way out, don’t forget to stop by the coffee stand and shop for cute take-home gifts.
Above all, bring a sense of adventure and a few bottles of wine for the camp site and you can’t go wrong!
*By this I mean: nice facilities, gorgeous views and nearby local attractions in case camping is a bust and you need to find a lodge 😉