Today is officially the first day of spring! We made it, friends. Although a few sunny days have been sprinkled here and there in the past couple of weeks, we are hoping it's all uphill from here. Even though it's spring, you can still hit the slopes, or find the snow if you're a winter fiend. Here are a few awesome road trips before the snow melts away and the spring flowers take over.
Leavenworth, WA. Drive time: 2 hours, 17 minutes
Head to the Mountains for some true Winter recreation. Leavenworth is just a few hours away and can even be enjoyed as a simple day trip. With miles of snowshoeing, sledding, cross-country (or nordic) skiing and downhill skiing nearby, outdoor enthusiasts will love this destination. After a day of winter fun, Leavenworth’s breweries and distilleries are the perfect destination to wind-down or hit up one of the many museums, spas and yoga studios in town.
Orcas Island, WA. Drive (+ferry) time: 3 hours, 46 minutes
The San Juan Islands are a perennial favorite and are beautiful year-round. Orcas Island provides a nice weekend getaway from the city. Delightful treats from the Brown Bear Baking are sure to fuel your trip to the top of Moran State Park’s Mt. Constitution. Stop at Darvill’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse for a cup of joe and a good read. Stay the night at one of the many cabins or B&Bs for some rest and relaxation.
Vashon Island, WA. Drive (+ferry) time: 58 minutes
Another favorite island road trip is Vashon Island. In any season, this island offers a restful weekend away. Stay at The Lodges for a cozy stay. Walk into town for dinner at May Kitchen + Bar but leave some room for ice cream at Glass Bottle Creamery. Take a drive out to the Port Robinson Lighthouse for breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier on clear days.
Suncadia, WA. Drive time: 2 hours, 38 minutes
While amazing in the summer, Suncadia can be just as fun in the colder months. Snoqualmie Pass and Alpental are just miles away for hours of skiing with Cle Elm nearby for delicious food. The resorts over 6,000 acres of forested mountain landscape affords a wealth of year-round activities from hiking to biking, spa treatments, amazing restaurants, a winery, water slides, an indoor and outdoor pool all inside the 2.2 million acre Wenatchee Washington National Forest. An added bonus is the pet-friendliness of Suncadia so your pooch and come along for some relaxation and fun.
Camano Island, WA. Drive time: 1 hour, 56 minutes
Hike from Cama Beach to Cranberry Lake. The 2.2 mile trail is both family and dog-friendly and heads out from the early 20th century resort for a great way to stretch your legs. Washington State Parks acquired and restored Cama Beach resort’s beachside cabins, bungalows, and boathouse back to their 1930s charm and re-opened in 2008. The popular site books up quickly but are cheaper and have more vacancies before April 1st. Nip into Pierre Fauvet Pastry and fuel up at Camano Island Coffee Roasters. The Matzke Fine Art and Design Gallery showcases talent from the Pacific Northwest and changes their shows often. You’ll find new artwork anytime you stop in.
Whistler, B.C. Drive time: 4 hours, 6 minutes
Though a bit of a drive for a weekend, Whistler packs a lot of fun into a short time. The shops, restaurants, and bars will keep even the non-skiers occupied. For the winter lovers, ski season goes long at Whistler/Blackcomb with the slopes open long into spring. This former Olympic village hosts a plethora of lodging options and tons of spas for major relaxation!