Seattle Staycations: Cedarbrook Lodge

Courtesy Cedarbrook Lodge

We’ve found the ideal temporary home at Cedarbrook Lodge, whether you simply take advantage of a few days “away” at this South Seattle oasis this summer — or use it as a jumping off/returning point before or after farther-flung travels. We recently used the welcoming lodge to bookend an extended trip overseas, and we can genuinely report that it made the departure smooth and calm — and the jet-lagged landing back on U.S. soil feel soft and seamless.

We’re a fan of this property for many reasons, including its dreamy restaurant patio (think soothing water feature in the midst of copious calming green), its proximity to the airport (and a complimentary shuttle to get you there!) plus its longtime dedication to sustainability.

Courtesy Cedarbrook Lodge

The lodge, which has a surprisingly remote feel thanks to its nature-fueled surroundings, has 167 guestrooms and suites with amenities that would appeal to any traveler. Aside from providing a comfortable place to rest one’s weary head, the hotel boasts a spacious fitness center, outdoor hot tub and communal lounges stocked with a couple snack offerings.

Courtesy Cedarbrook Lounge

Mealtime at Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar means seasonally-inspired Northwest fare, with ingredients sourced from small local farms, fishermen and ranchers, plus ingredients from the on-site chef’s garden. While the cozy dining room and alluring garden terrace prove lovely spots to savor your food, in-room dining is available, too.

Courtesy Cedbarook Lounge

The night before your big adventure, “cheers” with a celebratory glass of Washington wine, and fuel up with dishes like the kale Caesar salad, pan-roasted halibut or honey-roasted duck breast. In the morning, start the day with a fresh smoothie, avocado toast, spinach omelet or hearty breakfast of eggs, meat and potatoes.

No matter where you’re going — or where you’ve just been — Cedarbrook reminds you why it always feels good to step back into the beauty of the Evergreen State.