Our Founder

“The strongest emotion anybody has is their sense of place” - Harriet Bullitt

“The strongest emotion anybody has is their sense of place” - Harriet Bullitt

Harriet Bullitt, founding developer, owner and CEO of Sleeping Lady Mountain Retreat, is a multi-talented entrepreneur and supporter of the arts and environmental conservation.

She is the daughter of Alexander Scott Bullitt and Dorothy Stimson, early Northwest community leaders. With her sister Priscilla, she assumed leadership of the KING Broadcasting Company, founded by her pioneering mother, Dorothy Stimson, in the mid 1940s. King Broadcasting was the first television station in the West, and grew to a chain of radio, TV and cable stations throughout the Northwest. Ms. Bullitt also founded Pacific Northwest Magazine (now Seattle magazine) and Pacific Search Press, which she sold in 1990.

Bullitt purchased the land for Sleeping Lady, adjacent to family property owned since the 1930s, to protect the land from over development. In 1999, Ms. Bullitt returned to her interest in broadcasting by founding Leavenworth’s own KOHO FM radio, purchasing Lake Chelan station KOZI, and creating the Icicle Broadcasting Company.

Also in 1999, she founded the Icicle Fund, a charitable foundation to support the arts and environmental protection in the upper Wenatchee Valley.

Her varied interests have included seaplane and glider flying, competitive fencing (New England champion and US national finalist in the 1950s), scuba diving, Icelandic horses and flamenco dancing. She celebrated her 60th birthday by finishing an Iron Man race in the Lake to Leavenworth Quadrathlon. Her civic activities have included board membership with the Seattle Pacific Science Center, Oregon Museum of Science & Industry, The Nature Conservancy, Reed College, Volunteers for Outdoor Washington, Icicle Creek Music Center, the Icicle Creek Watershed Council, the Bullitt Foundation and the National Audubon Society.