It can be a real bummer when it’s cold in the South Sound and just on the brink of snow, but not quite. If it’s going to be cold and wet, we prefer to be surrounded by fluffy white snowflakes, with hot chocolate in hand (preferably doused with Irish cream). When you are in the mood to make a snowman, chances are better that you’ll find snow just over Snoqualmie Pass. Suncadia is the premier resort in Cle Elum — choose from stunning rental homes, a cozy inn, or the luxury hotel.
Suncadia Resort offers all kinds of fun winter activities, from cross-country skiing and snowshoeing to an outdoor ice-skating rink. There’s also an inner tube hill with a rope tow, sleigh rides, and guided winter tours where you can learn to fly fish on the Yakima River and snowmobile the back country. Of course, all winter activities are dependent on Mother Nature, so check in with the lodge directly before you start planning your trip. destinationhotels.com
Winterfestis Nov. 29-Jan. 1 at Suncadia. Kids can meet Santa and enjoy more winter activities, like snowball bingo, a visit with Santa, gingerbread house-making, and even Grinch and Elf tuck-ins at night!
Tip! Suncadia has dog-friendly amenities, if you are traveling with Fido.
While You Are There: If you go to Suncadia, make sure to head into the tiny town of Roslyn, which used to be a coal mining town when it was founded in the late 1880s. In the 1990s, it was the scene for a popular TV show called Northern Exposure. Make sure to visit the Brick Tavern, one of the oldest operating taverns in the state. Catch a movie at the Roslyn Theatre, where you can order popcorn with “gravy,” which is actually just butter mixed with Brewer’s Yeast — it gives it an almost-nutty, cheesy flavor and a dose of vitamin B. Also on the to-do list is the Roslyn Brewing Company taproom — open on weekends. Try beer or their #9 Root Beer, an ode to the No. 9 mine that supplied coals to the steam engines going over Snoqualmie Pass back in the day.