Local Family Escape
Winner: Suncadia Resort
A finalist last year, this year’s winner, Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, gives our readers a luxurious getaway in spectacular natural surroundings. Only a 90-minute drive from Seattle, just off Interstate 90, Suncadia offers accommodations in a 254-room lodge, a pool with thrilling waterslides, a day spa, hiking and biking trails, and many more amenities. Of primary importance to families is the Suncadia Junior Rangers program at CampCadia, where kids ages 4–12 can enjoy educational and exciting activities while parents relax.
Alderbrook Resort & Spa in Union, a two-hour drive from Seattle, is a Northwest tradition. Whether you stay in the hotel proper or in one of the cozy cottages nearby, Alderbrook lets families enjoy the views and wildlife of the Olympic Peninsula without the inconveniences of roughing it.
You don’t have to go far to get away from it all. Converted from Bothell’s first junior high school, McMenamins Anderson School is pure fun, with on-site restaurants, a movie theater, a swimming pool and live all-ages shows.
Last year’s winner, Seabrook is a lovely, walkable beach town on the Pacific Coast that’s roughly a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Seattle. Ride bikes on quiet streets and paths, and enjoy the wide-open beach, sports courts, indoor swimming pool, skimboards, pottery painting studio, spa, restaurants and more!
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, perched in the Cascade Mountains near Leavenworth, is a distinctive Northwest destination experience. Marrying creature comforts with alpine beauty, the resort offers visitors access to hiking and cross-country skiing trails, an amazing spa, and delicious, sustainably sourced food (much of which is grown in the resort’s organic garden) at the Kingfisher Restaurant & Wine Bar.