Winter Wanderlust: NYE Celebrations Around the PNW

Sleeping Lady Resort photo by Andy Porter

Ringing in the New Year in ways rockin’, rejuvenating + just plain fun.

Admittedly, we’re not all planners. As December chugs along, if you’re still finding yourself seeking a memorable way to cap off the last few hours of 2017, we’ve gathered several alluring ideas.


Photo courtesy Alderbrook Resort & Spa

Head down to the Hood Canal for some luxe-lodge accommdations in a beautiful waterside setting. Alderbook Resort & Spa celebrates the evening with its “Bon Voyage 2017 Party Cruise,” which takes place aboard the Lady Alderbrook yacht and at a lovely community spot—Union City Market. Advanced reservations are required; buy tickets now. The decadent bash includes bites paired with drinks, music, dancing and a champagne toast during the midnight fireworks show, viewed from the boat.


Sleeping Lady Resort photo by Andy Porter

Rooms have already booked up on the 31st at Sleeping Lady’s dreamy mountain resort, but they’re still taking reservations for NYE dinner. If you plan to be in the Leavenworth area, book a table at the welcoming and delicious Kingfisher Restaurant & Wine Bar. Or, if you’re looking ahead to January, reserve packages that take advantage of the region’s sensational skiing as well as on-site activities like yoga and a Sip, Eat & Paint extravaganza at O’Grady’s.


Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes

On San Juan Island, “Go for the Groove on New Year’s Eve!”spices things up at Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes. This rollicking New Year’s Eve party features live jazz by Brian Nova, an “unforgettable dining experience based on local favorites catered by the Matia Dinner Series” plus lots of dancing and bubbly at midnight. (Rates for Lakedale Resort on December 31 include admission to the New Year’s Eve event. Seasonal packages are available on a first-come, first-served basis and reservations are required. For rates and to make reservations, call 360-378-2350 or visit the website.)


When booking your 2018 travels, consider Skamania’s two brand-new tree houses.

In Stevenson, the Columbia River Gorge’s iconic Skamania Lodge has unveiled its second pair of tree houses—the ultimate spot to rest your head among the towering trees. The new tree houses have an extra sleeping area complete with a queen bed in a spacious nook that overlooks the Gorge and Skamania Lodge’s golf course.

The lodge ushers in the holiday with a New Year’s Eve Concert and Celebration (21 and over, for overnight lodge guests only). With the theme of  “New Year in the City,” the entry price includes admission, light snacks and a complimentary champagne toast. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a concert by 24-7 from 7 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. (Guests must pre-pay; purchase tickets by calling 844-432-4748.)


Courtesy Lodges on Vashon

A stone’s throw from West Seattle, slide into island time at the alluring Lodges on Vashon, where guests enjoy festive gifts including a bottle of bubbles, sparklers and noise makers. Next door, Bramble House is hosting a lovely NYE dinner option.


Courtesy Tourism Victoria

A quick ride on the Clipper (or a flight from Kenmore Air) lands you in downtown Victoria, a highly walkable town where the holiday spirit twinkles with Canadian charm (not to mention great value, thanks to the current exchange rate). Book a romantic night at the luxe-meets-cozy Magnolia Hotel & Spa (recently named the #1 city hotel in Canada in Travel+Leisure’s Reader Survey), and perhaps relish culinary celebrations around town at welcoming spots like Nourish and Fishhook at Mermaid Wharf. For a fancier affair, buy tickets to the Fairmont Empress New Year’s Dinner & Gala.


If you’re sticking around Seattle, kick off festivities on Saturday the 30th with an early fete hosted by Josh Henderson and Jon Staenberg at The Velvet Underground Dining Experience (or The VUDE, find party details here).

Then, on actual New Year’s Eve, consider options from live music (like Bowie Vision at The Triple Door and Artist Home’s Extravaganza at Neptune Theatre) to a swanky speakeasy Black and White Ball at Smith Tower. Trivia takes place at Shelter Lounge Greenlake from 7 to 9 p.m., with DJ Sidlicious taking over afterward. (The night includes a complimentary champagne toast at midnight; reservations recommended.)

Courtesy The Woodmark Hotel

On the Eastside, Bellevue’s new Civility & Unrest invites guests to “celebrate your last night of debauchery in 2017 with featured cocktails and Ketel One, Belvedere and Johnnie Walker” (make reservations here). In Kirkland, The Woodmark Hotel offers a getaway just 15 minutes from Seattle that means champagne upon arrival, complimentary late-night snacks and 18% off the venue’s best available rate.

Or, for the ultimate culinary and staycation experience, enter a Facebook contest to win a night to remember at downtown’s swanky Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. Eligible entrants have the chance to win two tickets to the Moët & Chandon New Year’s Eve 2017 Bash at Goldfinch Tavern and an overnight night stay in a “Seattle View” guest room on December 31 (plus breakfast for two the next morning).

The contest—now live—will end on Friday, December 29, at 10 a.m. PST. Fans and followers of the hotel’s Facebook page can enter for a chance to win by liking the post about the contest and commenting with a GIF that describes how they would feel if they won.


Regardless of how you end the year, it seems like a good time to start planning new adventures for 2018. One high-flying idea? A ride with Seattle Ballooning, which lifts out of Snohomish and Bonney Lake, both 40 minutes from Seattle.

Here’s to soaring into the New Year with gratitude for what has been and hope for what is soon to come.