The Lodge at Suncadia
3600 Suncadia Trail, Cle Elum • $288 and up (plus resort fee) • 509-649-6400
Surrounded by thousands of acres of Ponderosa pine forest and snowcapped Cascade peaks, this deluxe 250-room 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.
Note: Unless you book a special package that includes the resort fee, there’s an additional cost of $29, which gives your family access to the pool and fitness facilities plus parking throughout the resort, shuttle service and Wi-Fi. 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 plate-fuls of faves, such as mac ’n’ cheese. But if you’re on a budget, Roslyn’s Village Pizza is just a few miles away.
Tip: In December, Suncadia plans a range of holiday activities, from Santa sightings and “elf tuck-ins,” to ice skating and more. Check its website for details.