This experience was worth the adventure through snowy roads and hills to get there. We felt we were transported to Middle Earth and into this wintery, wonderland above the clouds. It was a magical, one of a kind, unforgettable experience that we can't wait to keep coming back to. One night wasn't enough! I'm so grateful for having this little gem close enough to home. It was the best experience for LOTR/Hobbit fans like myself to nerd out on the special, little details everywhere. It was the perfect way to cap my birthday month and welcome December with snow! We saw another hobbit hole structure in the making next door which we are so excited to be able to stay in once completed. It's going to be amazing once the planned English pub is also put in.
We checked-out Downtown Chelan about 15 minutes away where we recommend trying the freshly made candied almonds at the Culinary Apple and the delicious pnw (as usual) beers and grub at Stormy Mountain Brewing. Leavenworth was also another amazing German town only an hour away from Chelan.
Some tips from our stay:
- Our FWD vehicle got stuck on the turn going up the hill, but was able to get out, make it to the Hobbit Inn parking lot at the top of the hill and back down with chains on. This was only at the end of November. I can imagine they would get more snow in the winter so AWD is definitely a must. Thanks to the Inn caretaker, Andrea, for bringing us chains and helping us get to our car and back.
- This is an off grid experience so reception is poor and you will lose service. It is helpful to download the map/directions to the Hobbit Inn offline through (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) Maps since it will take you directly to the Inn. It was nice to have Maps access when we hiked up the hill since there aren't a lot of signage.
- Open the front door wide open when turning on the propane fireplace. We had the bathroom fan going and the speakeasy window open and the carbon monoxide detector still kept going off about 6x. It's pretty cozy and warm in the Inn though so we didn't end up using the fireplace that much.
- I took one of the previous reviewer's tip on here about bringing a cooler of food/drinks. We also were so glad we brought our backpacking stove to make hot meals with. The Inn was so nice and relaxing that we did not want to leave to go out to eat in town.