things to do

events & attractions to enjoy in spring & summer...

Eat fresh blueberries, play games, and be entertained at the Mossyrock Blueberry Festival, Aug. 4-6.

Attend the Loggers Jubilee in nearby Morton, August 10-13. Now in its 75th year, activities include parades, lawnmower races, and logging competitions with contestants from around the world.

Visit Mt. Rainier National Park, about an hour's drive from the Harmony Retreat.

Take a train ride on the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railway or Centralia-Chehalis Steam Train, just 30 minutes away.

A scenic 1-hour drive past lakes and foothills brings you to NW Trek Wildlife Park.

tour the country setting...

Bike, jog, or walk on scenic country roads that meander through forest and meadows, where you're likely to spot farm animals, fields of flowers, wildlife, birds, and vistas of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier, and the neighboring foothills.

Visit the rural towns of Mossyrock, Onalaska, Cinebar, Morton, Ashford, and Packwood, and drive the backroads of this unique region.

Walk through the show gardens of DeGoede Bulb Farm and shop the nursery store for bulbs, plants, and seeds to take home.

Visit seasonal farmers markets and pumpkin patches.

explore the lake...

The private community dock is just down the road, where you can launch your motor boat for a day of fishing or water-skiing. Or bring your canoe, kayak, or raft to explore 13-mile Mayfield Lake and the Cowlitz River canyon. Wave runner rentals are also available during the summer season and canoes, row boats, and pedal boats are available to rent from the Lake Mayfield Marina. A short walk across the street and through a greenbelt takes you to the secluded community picnic area and dock.

go siteseeing, shopping & dining...

Take a day trip to Mt. Rainier and check out the interactive and highly informative visitors center.

Take the back road through Randle for a different view of Mt. St. Helens.

Head west to see the Pacific Ocean at Ocean Shores, Westport, or Astoria, OR.

Visit Centralia to shop at the outlet and antique stores.

Enjoy tasty, reasonably priced meals at McMenamins in Centralia, El Amigo in Mossyrock, and Great Wall Chinese Restaurant in Silver Creek.

Visit Washington's capital city, Olympia; or head north for a day of exploring the urban environs of Seattle or south to Portland.

visit local wineries...

Visit Wells Winery in Onalaska for wine tasting and tours by appointment for groups of 6 or more. Also check out the spring and fall Chehalis Valley Wine Tour.

enjoy other recreational pursuits...

Hike on mountain and waterfront trails.

Bring your 4WD or ATVs to go off-roading on forest roads.

celebrate a special event...

Planning a special event, such as a birthday, anniversary, reception, small group retreat? Visit our specials & news page for information on how we can help you create a memorable event. For larger events, ask us about nearby lodgings so your group can stay close together.

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Scenic Drives

From Seattle/Tacoma
From southbound I-5, take SR-512 exit east, then SR-7 south through Spanaway. This route will take you through winding forests with views of Alder Lake. Near the town of Alder, look for a turn-off to the north to SR-161 to take a short detour to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, past the town of Eatonville.

Alternatively, from southbound I-5, take SR-512 exit east, and continue to Puyallup, then take SR-161 south past Graham. Northwest Trek Wildlife Park will be on your left, just before Eatonville.

After stopping to see the wildlife, return to SR-161 southbound through Eatonville, following signs to Elbe. Turn left (east) on to SR-7 and continue to the town of Elbe, home of the Mount Rainier Scenic Railway. Rides on the historic steam train are offered summer weekends and there are also seasonal special events (including the “Santa Train”).

From Elbe, continue south via SR-7 to the town of Morton. At US-12, take a right to head west to the the small town of Mossyrock. The Harmony Retreat is 2 miles north.

Return to the Seattle area when you depart via Hwy. 12 east to I-5 then I-5 north, perhaps with a stop in Olympia to see the state capitol building.

From Vancouver/Portland
Go east on SR-14 along the Columbia River through Skamania County to the town of Stevenson. The Washington state entrance point for the Pacific Crest Trail is also near here. Cross the river to the Oregon side via the historical toll bridge, the Bridge of the Gods, to the town of Cascade Locks, which offers such attractions as a marine park and sternwheeler cruises.

From here, take a short detour west on I-84 to see Multnomah Falls. (If you’re coming from Portland, you can take I-84 directly east to this point). Then continue east on I-84 to US-97, to cross the river again north to the Washington side. Soon after entering Washington, you’ll come to the town of Maryhill – home of the Maryhill Museum (open mid-March through mid-November), and the Stonehenge Replica. Continue north on US-97 towards Yakima. Stop in the Yakima Valley to visit some of the area’s famous wineries.

From Yakima, take US-12 west, over the Cascade Mountains via White Pass. In winter, snow sports abound at White Pass Ski Resort. In the summer, take a detour to Mt. Rainier National Park by taking SR-123 north to SR-706 west, following signs to the National Park entrance at Paradise. After visiting Mt. Rainier, continue west on SR-706 to SR-7 at Elbe and follow directions from Elbe via the route above.

If the Mt. Rainier roads are closed, after White Pass continue west on US-12 through the towns of Packwood, Randle, Glenoma, Morton, and Mossyrock. After your stay at the Harmony Retreat, continue west on US-12 to I-5, and south on I-5. For a detour to see Mt. St. Helens, take SR-504 east from I-5 at Castle Rock. In summer, the route below via Longview/Kelso is an alternate route to Mt. St. Helens. Returning to I-5, continue south back to Vancouver/Portland.

From Longview/Kelso
This route is open only seasonally – late spring through early autumn – and offers the closest views of Mt. St. Helens. Go south on I-5 to Woodland, then east via SR-503. Along the way, look for turn-offs to the Ape Cave. At Cougar, follow Forest Road 90 east and Forest Road 25 north. At the turn-off at Forest Road 99, go west to the Windy Ridge Viewpoint and Cascade Peaks restaurant and gift store, open June—September. Back on Forest Road 25, go north to Randle, then west on US-12 past Glenoma and Morton, to Mossyrock.