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Getaway Guide: Weekend Trip to Suncadia Mountain Community

September 29, 2012 6:00 AM

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suncadia Getaway Guide: Weekend Trip to Suncadia Mountain Community

(credit: suncadiaresort.com)

Located between the neighboring cities of Cle Elum and Roslyn, Washington, Suncadia is about a 90-minute drive from most Seattle-area neighborhoods. This beautiful mountain community is nestled on the sunny side of the central Cascade Mountain Range, surrounded by the Wenatchee National Forest’s looming Ponderosa pine trees. It is home to an abundant number of recreational activities, rustic lodging options, appetizing restaurants and lively bars and clubs.

Getting There

Traveling from Seattle to the Suncadia Mountain Resort community is fairly easy. You will want to drive east on Interstate 90 toward Spokane. At about the 80-mile mark, take exit 80 to Roslyn and Salmon la Sac. You will then take a left on Bullfrog Road, traveling another three miles. Next, take the second exit from the second roundabout onto Washington Highway 903 and travel the last 1.5 miles to Suncadia.   

Most Seattle residents will recall the city of Roslyn, Washington, as being the location where the 1990’s TV show “Northern Exposure” was filmed. Some people still travel to Roslyn to catch glimpses of stores, streets and restaurants actually used in the television series. But the bigger draw these days is Suncadia’s full-service resort, which is not only a favorite with golfers and outdoor enthusiasts, but families and couples too.

A Stop Along the Way

Snoqualmie Falls
6501 Railroad Ave. SE
Snoqualmie, WA 98024
(360) 421-5849
www.snoqualmiefalls.com

During your road trip from Seattle to Suncadia on east I-90, consider making a stop to see Snoqualmie Falls near the city of North Bend. At over 260 feet high, these breathtaking waterfalls flow into the Snoqualmie River below. The falls sit right next to a well-known resort accommodation, The Salish Lodge, which was made famous by the television series “Twin Peaks.” This stop is well worth the trip as you can get out, walk around the lodge and take in spectacular views from the upper observation platforms. At certain times of the year, the lodge’s hiking trail is open, which leads down to the river and provides even better views of the falls themselves.

Where To Stay

Suncadia Resort
3600 Suncadia Trail
Cle Elum, WA 98922
(509) 649-6400
www.suncadiaresort.com

As of 2012, the Suncadia Resort offers lodge guest rooms and suites starting at $199 per night. For visitors interested in staying at the resort during summer, consider the mid-week deal starting at just $99. To qualify for this low rate, guests must spend at least another $99 on their favorite activities within the resort. Suncadia honors both AAA and senior discounts. When staying at the Suncadia Resort, guests are privy to amenities such as a 36-hole golf course, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, two waterslides, a spa, children’s playgrounds, boat rentals and hiking trails. Suncadia also has its own winery for adults only.

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Huckleberry House
301 Pennsylvania Ave.
Roslyn, WA 98941
(509) 649-2900
www.huckleberryhouse.com

Stewart Lodge
805 W. 1st St.
Cle Elum, WA 98922
(877) 233-5358
www.stewartlodge.com

Other nearby lodging accommodations include a quaint bed and breakfast called the Huckleberry House in Roslyn, or the rustic-style Stewart Lodge in Cle Elum. Each offers lodging for about $75 per night for two people. Although neither accommodation is as close to local activities, each is less than five miles away from the heart of the mountain community.

Where To Eat

Portals Restaurant
3600 Suncadia Trail
Cle Elum, WA 98922
(866) 904-6301
www.suncadiaresort.com/roslyn-restaurants

Several dining options are available at the Suncadia Resort and in nearby Roslyn and Cle Elum. At the resort itself, visitors can dine at Portals Restaurant, a full-service dining establishment that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. For adults-only, casual dining, try Fifty 6°, a contemporary lounge with appetizers, microbrews and wines. The Canary Grill is a seasonal restaurant, open only during summer and special events, and Mulligans is a sandwich and beverage bar on the 9th hole of the resort’s golf course.

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Roslyn Cafe
201 W. Pennsylvania Ave.
Roslyn, WA 98941
(509) 649-2763
www.roslyncafe.com

Homestead Restaurant
801 Highway 970
Cle Elum, WA 98922
(509) 674-5956
www.homesteadbbqsauce.com

If you would prefer to dine at popular Roslyn or Cle Elum eateries, try the infamous Roslyn Café, showcased on the television series “Northern Exposure.” Cle Elum has the Homestead Restaurant, famous for its homemade barbecue dishes and sauce, fresh salads and friendly service.

What To Do

Suncadia Resort Recreation
3600 Suncadia Trail
Cle Elum, WA 98922
(866) 904-6301
www.suncadiaresort.com/family-vacations-resorts

Alpine Adventures
207 Croft Ave.
Gold Bar, WA 98251
(800) 723-8386
www.alpineadventures.com

Whether you travel to the Suncadia mountain community in fall, winter, spring or summer, you will never run out of things to do. There are miles of bike paths and hiking trails. Some can get a bit steep to give you and your family a great workout. For the more adventurous, take on the Yakima River and go rafting, tubing or try your hand at fly fishing with Alpine Adventures. Golf enthusiasts can try out the 36-hole course at Suncadia Resort or try out the smaller Sun Country Golf Course. Other popular activities around Suncadia Resort include horseback riding, jet skiing, boating and snow skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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