The Lodge at Suncadia
Find it: 3600 Suncadia Trail, Cle Elum, Wash.; 509-649-6400
Surrounded by thousands of acres of Ponderosa pine forest and snowcapped Cascade peaks, deluxe Suncadia lodge has plenty going for it, both inside (a grand lobby with fireplace and several cozy nooks, luxury guest rooms with soaker tubs and million-dollar views) and outside (hiking and biking trails, cross-country skiing and sledding in winter). Just a short drive or shuttle ride from the lodge sits Suncadia’s ultramodern swimming pool facility and fitness center, boasting a huge indoor pool with two adventurous waterslides (218 and 271 feet in length; kids must be at least 42 inches tall to use them), a hot tub, steam room and cedar sauna, plus two heated, steamy outdoor pools.
Unless you book a special package that includes the resort fee, there’s an additional cost daily cost (on top of your room rate) which gives your family access to the pool and fitness facilities. It also includes parking throughout the resort, shuttle service and wifi. Suncadia’s Portals restaurant makes the most amazing filet mignon (you’ll remember it for days), and welcomes kids with a bucket of crayons and platefuls of faves, such as mac ’n’ cheese. But if you’re on a tighter budget, Roslyn’s Village Pizza is just a few miles away.
Tip: Suncadia has all kinds of seasonal activities, including a tubing hill in winter. Check the website for info.