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The Suncadia Resort ( features over 6,000 acres of forested mountain landscape with a wealth of year-round activities from hiking to biking, spa treatments, amazing restaurants, a winery, water slides, an indoor and outdoor pool along with 36 holes of golf all inside the 2.2 million acre Wenatchee Washington National Forest. (Image: Rebecca Mongrain / Seattle Refined)

Sunshine adventure awaits in Suncadia

Every year my husband asks for a weekend away for his birthday. In the past, we've headed to the San Juan Islands but this year we wanted something different. We had a few requirements for our weekend getaway - a short drive from Seattle, affordable, good for children and full of activities. We quickly decided to visit The Suncadia Resort as it seemed the answer to our long weekend dreams.

It didn't take long for us to realize that Suncadia was more than we could have ever imagined. The drive from Seattle to Cle Elm's Suncadia was a short 90 minutes. Neither one of our little back seat drivers had an opportunity to complain about the car trip by the time we arrived at the resort.

The Suncadia Resort features over 6,000 acres of forested mountain landscape with a wealth of year-round activities from hiking to biking, spa treatments, amazing restaurants, a winery, water slides, an indoor and outdoor pool along with 36 holes of golf all inside the 2.2 million acre Wenatchee Washington National Forest. Summer events include their free Summer Nights in the Village concert series featuring acts from the Vaudeville Etiquette to The Slacks and Darci Carlson throughout July and August to a jam-packed Fourth of July Weekend. Check out more information in the June Activity Guide.

We arrived before our room at the Suncadia Lodge was ready so after enjoying lunch at Swiftwater Cellars Winery, we decided to take advantage of the bike rental services. Visitors can rent a variety of recreational mountain bikes, cruisers, youth bikes for all ages, trailers and trail-a-long bike extensions for affordable prices. We snagged two mountain bikes with a bike trailer and headed out to explore the over 10 miles of paved scenic trails. The views were amazing and the trails were easy to navigate. There were signs along the trails which easily directed us around the resort.

I've already decided that on our next visit, I want to try out the Guided Beer and Bike tour which takes you up to the Roslyn Brewery for a sampling of their local brew before biking back to Suncadia.

After soaking in some much needed Vitamin D, we checked into our room at the Suncadia Lodge. Suncadia offers a wide variety of lodging packages for almost any budget. Suncadia also has a wide variety of lodging options from The Lodge at Suncadia with over 254 room options to Trailhead Condominiums and The Inn featuring 14 exclusive guest rooms along with options to purchase homes within the resort. The resort's location high above the Cle Elum River provides spectacular river valley and mountain panoramas and the lodging locations offer the perfect place to grab a fireside chair to sit while taking in a calming view of trees and mountains.

Additionally, Suncadia is very pet-friendly! While we don't yet have a dog, we enjoyed seeing all the dogs around the resort and I made a mental note that when the time comes to get a dog, we'll be able to bring them with us on vacation.

That night we ventured into Roslyn for dinner. Located just 10 minutes from Suncadia, Roslyn is a charming historic spot and former coal-mining town. Back in 1886 when it was incorporated, the town's coal fields fueled Northern Pacific Railroad's trains during the early operation of a direct rail line through the Cascade Mountains. Nowadays this quaint town features a few eateries and boasts the famous mural from Northern Exposure's opening credits. We stumbled upon Village Pizza which was packed with a huge crowd. We had a 45 minute wait for our pizza but it was well worth the wait. This place features old school pizza with thick crusts and jars of parmesan cheese crowding the table.

The next day we all woke up early to take in the water activities at Suncadia. The Swim & Fitness center is huge and features both an indoor and outdoor pool along with two water slides. The kids and I packed up our swim gear and headed out to splash in the pools while my husband went to the Glade Spring Spa to enjoy his birthday present of 80 minutes of Ultimate Unwind. He was treated to a massage, foot scrub, face treatment and scalp massage. He is not a spa guy but he returned after a few hours with a relaxed demeanor and an audible sigh. He reported that the spa was beautifully relaxing and that is masseuse was knowledgable and skilled.

While he was off relaxing, the kids and I were busy playing at the Suncadia Club Swim & Fitness center which features a top-notch fitness facility, water slides, spas, pools, aromatherapy-infused steam room, and cedar sauna. pool. We alternated between the indoor pool, the outdoor pool and the hot tubs. There is even a small area in the outdoor pool for little kids to splash under a fountain. I eyed the dual waterslides, 218 feet and 271 feet in length respectively, with interest but ultimately ended up not riding them as neither kid is tall (riders must be 42" tall) enough for the slides just yet. The pools are not just ideal for children but are also fantastic for adults. The center offers exclusive lap swim time in the morning along with extensive space for people of all ages to enjoy the water facilities.

That night we headed into Cle Elum for Smokey's BBQ which is inside the historic South Cle Elum Depot. The food was authentic, award-winning BBQ and we left stuffed. The kids were treated to free ice cream by the owner which made their night.

On our last morning at Suncadia, we enjoyed a breakfast buffet at Portals Restaurant as part of our lodging package. The view was breathtaking from our table and we all enjoyed the buffet options. We had planned on hiking some of the over 40+ miles of both paved and unpaved trails within the resort before heading back to Seattle but were convinced to return again to what my daughter called, "The Water Place" or what the resort calls The Swim & Fitness center.

After swimming for a few hours, we packed up the car and headed west again. We hit some Memorial Day Weekend traffic on the head home but were still back at our house within two hours with memories of our Suncadia weekend swirling in our heads. My daughter has asked to return to Suncadia every single day since we left and I'm already planning our next trip. I might even attempt one of the slides on our next visit.

For more information about Suncadia, visit their website.