Just because you’re aching to get away for a little while doesn’t mean you have to go far! Washington’s Suncadia resort is 80 easy miles from Seattle, but it has everything you need for a fabulous weekend trip or a relaxing week away. Here’s what you’ll find at this much-loved, 6,400-acre mountain playground.
Whether you want to hoof it or bring your bike, you’ll have plenty of terrain to explore on Suncadia’s 40+ miles of trails. Paved and unpaved, mostly flat or fiercely rugged, these gorgeous paths give you a chance to lose yourself in the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
In the winter, visitors can ski or snowshoe but this time of year, the trails are great for running, walking, jogging, hiking, strolling, mountain biking and tranquil meandering.
Another highlight is the 1,000 Steps project, which features a staircase that connects The Lodge to the Cle Elum River below. The staircase landings feature art inspired by the surrounding wilderness, and climbing down and back isn’t just a great work out – the trek provides spectacular views of the river, Easton Ridge and Mount Baldy.
It doesn’t matter if you’re not a pro: the gorgeous views surrounding the three courses at Suncadia make it hard to concentrate anyway. Let that be your excuse if you’re over par ;)
- The Prospector Golf Course was designed by Arnold Palmer Course Design Company
- The Rope Rider Golf Course opened in 2011 and was named Best New Course of the Year by Golf Magazine
- Tumble Creek Club was designed by famed designer Tom Doak of Renaissance Golf Design
If your idea of a perfect vacation is playing golf while admiring the rolling pine forests and granite peaks of of the Cascade mountains, the courses at Suncadia will thrill you.
3. Delicious dining
Is it really a vacation if you have to cook? The answer is debatable, but Suncadia has enough options that you won’t have any trouble finding food if your answer to the above question is “heck no!”
Portals Restaurant is conveniently located in The Lodge and offers artisan meals inspired by local food and crafted from seasonal ingredients. Portals serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a special kids menu for little ones. Grown-up palates will enjoy seasonal dishes like a lunch bucket with butternut squash, applewood bacon and sage, or Pacific Chinook salmon drizzled with a pomegranate balsamic glaze.
Looking for something a little more low-key? The Gas Lamp Grille has casual favorites like chicken wings and updated classics including tots with an ale and cheddar fondue, or a Kobe beef hot dog. Cozy and warm and located at The Inn, the Gas Lamp Grille is perfect for a flavorful quick bite without the fuss.
Plenty of other places to get a snack are sprinkled conveniently around the property so that wherever hunger strikes, you won’t have far to go. A definite must is the Swiftwater Cellars Winery, which features a tasting bar and restaurant.
Rent bikes, kayaks, canoes, or stand up paddleboards for a fun and rigorous adventure, or rent a motorized scooter and zoom effortlessly around the scenic roads. You can also relax at the outdoor pools and ride down the water slides if lounging around is more your speed.
The onsite Dawson Park offers a jungle-gym, tennis courts, soccer fields and other areas for recreation, and resort guests can enjoy complimentary equipment rentals for everything from disc golf to badminton to horseshoes. If you dream of a day outside, away from worry and full of fun, Dawson Park is the place to make it happen.
5. Spa and fitness facilities galore
Those in search of a more luxuriant vacation will find plenty to enjoy at the Glade Springs Spa. Get a day pass to explore steam rooms, cedar-paneled saunas and salt soaks, or venture into the outdoor soaking pools. You can also book a massage or facial, enjoy a relaxing body ritual, get your nails done or schedule a waxing service.
Fitness fiends who don’t want to miss a day at the gym can work out to their hearts’ content on TechnoGym™ strength and cardio equipment, enjoy group fitness classes like Yoga and Zumba or partake in personal or small-group training.
Whether your ideal vacation is all about relaxing or adventuring, Suncadia offers elegantly rustic accommodations and tons of amenities to make your vision a reality. They even have opportunities for those interested in owning a vacation home, including homesites where you can build your dream getaway and move-in-ready homes, condos and cabins. To learn more and book your stay, visit https://www.destinationhotels.com/suncadia-resort.