Want to enjoy a longer visit? Washington has a number of outstanding resorts located in top recreational areas. Traveling with my video crew around the State, I’ve enjoyed stay in great sites. Here are a few favorites.
SUN MOUNTAIN LODGE
3,000 acres of wilderness on the east slopes of the Cascades give Sun Mountain Lodge my vote as the best place for an outdoor holiday. Choose from three lodges with Gardener Mountain and Methow Valley views plus dining on ‘farm to table’ cuisine at the lodge. Look for summer biking, horseback riding and winter cross-country skiing and snowshoeing over miles of trails. Fly fishing, river rafting, canoeing, tennis, golf, and bird watching round out an active, fun packed stay. www.sunmountainlodge.com
You’ll find this Northwest-style lodge with panoramic river and mountain views is only 80 miles east of Seattle on I-90. Suncadia is on the sunny side of the Cascades and features two championship golf courses, horse and mountain bike trails, fly fishing the Cle Elum River and a mountain Spa retreat. www.destinationhotels.com/suncadia-resort
For a great Seattle getaway Alderbrook Resort on Hood Canal is just right. Come by car, boat or plane to find the historic resort and spa where you can dine on local seafood and sample northwest wines. A waterfront pool, marina, a PGA-Class golf course, beach walks and forest hiking trails round out the attractions at Alderbrook. www.alderbrookresort.com
Skamania is "swift water" the Chinook Indian language and this rustic resort sits on the banks of the Columbia River Gorge. A Skamania Resort highlight is dining in the Cascade Room over looks the River. Volcanic Mt. Adams in the Cascade Range sit behind the Lodge, whitewater rafters, windsurfers and kayakers catch a Gorge wave, hikers and bikers follow forest trails and salmon and steelhead fisherman complete this areas recreation picture. Skamania is 3 hrs south on I-5 and east on SR 14 to Stevenson. www.skamania.com
Golf is the big attraction at Semiahmoo Resort, golf and spa. Take I-5 90 miles north to the Canadian border town of Blaine to test the courses. Semiahmoo Golf and Loomis Trail courses are known for their award winning designs. After a round of golf, head over to the Resort for dinner and lodging in the hotel. Enjoy the pool, salt water beaches and the marina where you can charter a fishing or whale watching trip. www.semiahmoo.com
LAKE QUINAULT LODGE
Ever stay in a rainforest? Well you will when you stay at Lake Quinault Lodge. Overlooking the lake, guests at the rustic lodge will find boating, swimming and hiking the Quinault Rainforest Trail to enjoy. Be sure to bring your rain gear because the Pacific Ocean side of the Olympic National Park has an annual rainfall of over 140 inches! www.olympicnationalpark.com.
ROCHE HARBOR RESORT
Go north to the San Juan Islands and you’ll be in a boater’s paradise. I like staying at Roche Harbor Resort on San Juan Island. Come by plane, boat or car ferry. The Resort has a colorful history with shoreline accommodations overlooking the busy marina and sunsets from the deck of the gourmet restaurant. There’s great Orca Whales watching just up the beach at Lime Kiln State Park. From Roche Harbor go island hopping in your cruiser, try salmon fishing, kayaking quiet island coves or hiking the forest trailarbor.H. www.rocheharbor.com.