No need to travel far — a weekend getaway is just what the doctor ordered.
Take a break from the holiday madness to appreciate the little things: a roaring fire, good company, and the natural beauty of the Northwest. Here’s a collection of local winter lodges for the perfect weekend getaway.
Lake Quinault Lodge
Located inside Olympic National Park, this rustic destination has offered home-away-from-home comfort and hospitality since its doors opened in 1926. The main lodge offers cozy guest rooms with old-fashioned ambiance. Contemporary and family-friendly rooms are available in the Lakeside and Boathouse rooms, which feature private balconies or patios with views of the lake or the surrounding lush rain forests.
During their stay, guests are invited to enjoy a picturesque view of the lake from a private balcony in one of the lodge’s charming Fireplace Rooms, sip a warm drink by the majestic fireplace in the Grand Old Lobby, eat a warm meal in the historic Roosevelt Dining Room (featuring the largest regional wine list on the Olympic Peninsula) and take a dip in the indoor pool.
Lake Quinault Lodge| 345 South Shore Road, Quinault | (360) 288-2900
Salish Lodge & Spa
Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade, this fabulous mountain retreat offers a breath-taking view of Snoqualmie Falls. Each newly remolded room features custom furniture and deluxe amenities, including over-sized jetted tubs, wood-burning fireplaces and goose-down comforters. The resort’s two restaurants, The Dining Room and The Attic, combine seasonal ingredients and indigenous cooking techniques for a sublime dining experience. There is also the famously over-the-top, four-course breakfast, available to guests every day.
Salish also offers an award-winning, full-service spa to help guests unwind after a day on the slopes. Spa-goers may soak in the therapeutic pools and receive a customized massage from skilled practitioners who only use local ingredients. Guests can bring the spa to their guest room when they choose a service from the Salish Bath Butler Menu, which offers a rosemary and mint bath and a signature milk and honey country pampering bath.
Salish Lodge & Spa |6501 Railroad Ave. SE, Fall City | (425) 888-2556
Alderbrook Resort & Spa
Located on the shores of Hood Canal, the Alderbrook offers stunning guest rooms that provide a fantastic view of the surrounding Olympic Mountains. The resort also offers 15 private cottages that feature a full kitchen, luxury linens, a gas fireplace and a beachfront deck. In addition, luxury properties located adjacent to the Alderbrook Golf Club are available for rental; the three-bedroom home is perfect for large family getaways or group retreats.
There is no shortage of activities at this lodge; guests are invited to take a stroll on a private nature trail, swim in the indoor pool, relax in the jacuzzi or sit by a roaring fire in the plush lobby. Techies will enjoy the Xbox Game Room, while sporting types can tee off at four nearby golf courses. At the end of the day, dine at the resort’s renowned restaurant that offers savory, locally-harvested seafood and seasonal produce.
Alderbrook Resort & Spa |7101 E State Highway 106, Union, Wash. |(360) 898-2200
Freestone Inn at Wilson Ranch
Pristine wilderness, powdery snow and fresh air await you at the secluded Freestone Inn at Wilson Ranch, located in the North Cascades foothills. The inn offers 12 spacious rooms, each one complete with a private deck that overlooks Freestone Lake and provides easy access to the lakeside dining room, swimming pool, spa and recreation center. For a more private experience, cabins nestled on the banks of Early Winters Creek are available. Constructed in traditional fashion and outfitted with a river rock fireplace, each cabin can accommodate up to 12 guests.
Surrounded by 200 kilometers of some of the best cross-country ski courses in the nation, Freestone Inn is the perfect destination for outdoor adventure. Activities such as snowshoeing, hiking, horseback riding and hot air ballooning are also available on the 137-acre Wilson Ranch. Visit the recreation center for activity information and arrangements.
Freestone Inn at Wilson Ranch | 31 Early Winter Dr., Mazama, Wash. |(509) 996-3906