A Hop, Skip, and Two Left Turns…Winter at Suncadia

With the winter weather halfway over (we hope), it was time for us to get our of town for a little R & R. Suncadia Resort is the perfect getaway for a quick weekend trip. It’s only an hour and a half from Seattle (literally two left turns off of I-90) and you can visit it year round. Though we were hoping to do some snowshoeing, the 30˚ weather and frost-tipped trees still gave us that winter wonderland feeling. Plus, who doesn’t love a good outdoor soak or two in a salt water tub?

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For lunch we stopped in nearby Roslyn, a coal-mining town from the late 1800’s that still retains a lot of the charm from that era.

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At The Brick, we ate a tasty bacon, guacamole, and jalapeño burger and learned about their running water spittoon, a flashback to a time when it was a men only bar and far from ladylike.

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When we arrived at Suncadia a roundabout later, we enjoyed the incredible view from the lodge and an unnaturally quiet evening before the weekend rush.

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This is a shot of the Warm Country Salad from the main restaurant, Portals. It featured potatoes tossed with arugula, frisee, pancetta, Rogue River blue cheese and a mustard vinaigrette.

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For dinner we tried some savory scallops served over a celery root-parsnip puree and a delicious braised lamb stew tossed with pappardelle. For dessert we went for the “Apple Granny,” an apple pie made with creme fraiche and topped with Tillamook white cheddar; it sounds strange, but the flavors were very complimentary. With bellies full, we finished the night sharing stories with our charming server, Jordyn, and crawled into our heavenly down bed.

On our only full day at the resort, we took what was supposed to be an hour long hike along the Cle Elum river, which turned into a much longer adventure through the frosty woods. Lucky for us, Elliott’s boots laid a distinctive trail and we had our trusty thermos full of mocha to keep us warm while we got back on track.

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To close out our day, we headed to the Glade Spa located right next to the Lodge, where we endured three hours of saunas, steam rooms and salt water soaks. We couldn’t take photos but, trust us, it wasn’t a bad way to end our stay!

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