For Father’s Day weekend, our family joined two other families for a long weekend in Suncadia in the foothills of the Cascades in Washington. From the Seattle-area, it’s about a 2-hour drive East. A mid-way point just happens to be the North Bend Premium Outlets that offers a Gymboree, Carters, Osh Kosh, Children’s Place, Stride Rite, Gap Kids and Motherhood Maternity. This is a great stopping place to stretch legs and find some good deals! We also went to Cle Elum to stop by Owens Meats to load up on steak, beef jerky, bacon, summer sausage and smoked meats to stock the fridge at our rental house.
We drove into Suncadia around 5pm on Thursday and were in absolute awe of how beautiful and clean the grounds are. The sunshine peaked through the many trees and the cabin-esque homes all looked different. The roads are really twisty-turny, which adds to the remote feel of each home.
We rented a large house for all three families to share. We had previously assigned meals to each family and figured out the room assignments. The house was huge and it had an open floor plan, which was great for the kids to run around and the adults to grab an area to chat. There was also a large patio with a grill, gas fire pit, and hot tub. It was a great home base for our families. It was especially great because the adults could hang out at the fire pit roasting marshmallows and drinking wine while the kids slept inside.
Since we were traveling with our friends, we opted to split up childcare responsibilities so the guys could have a day to hang out and the girls could have the next day. The guys opted to do golf at Prospector on Friday morning. After golf, they went to the Swiftwater Cellars Winery where they devoured fish tacos and beef bourgignon.
While the guys golfed, the girls grabbed the kids and we went for a nature walk. The grounds are absolutely beautiful! It’s mostly lush greenery which makes it feel remote and woodsy. They have paved paths throughout the resort that are easy for strollers or little feet. We especially enjoyed the adorable parks and their wide open fields. The parks had bathrooms and water fountains. We saw some families on bicycles, which looked fun.
The girls opted for spa treatments. The Glade Spring Spa is spendy but fabulous! Since I’m pregnant, the only treatment besides massage that is pregnancy-friendly are facials. I picked the Nourishing Facial and it was so incredibly relaxing. Because we had spa treatments, we were also given a day pass (which can be purchased on its own for $75-$95) allowing us full use of the pools, soaking tubs, steam rooms, saunas and relaxation area. The spa does a great job incorporating landscaped outdoor space alongside the indoor space. One of the best things about this Spa is the outdoor salt-water soaking tubs. We went on a drizzly, overcast day and it was actually perfect for soaking in the tubs. They also have a nice relaxation area with huge Lovesac chairs that are unbelievably comfy. You can also order food and drinks from the Lodge that can be delivered to the Spa. What’s really cool about the spa is that you can come back anytime the same day, so you could relax at the spa in the morning/afternoon and come back after dinner or when the kiddos go to bed.
We also lunched at the Swiftwater Cellars Winery in Suncadia. We took the free shuttle from the Lodge to get over there. The food is phenomenal! They had a great outdoor dining space that would have been amazing on a warmer/sunnier day. I had the mushroom risotto and it was simply divine. It’s definitely a destination restaurant and would be perfect for celebrating a special occasion. Speaking of occasions, there was a wedding going on, so we got to see the lovely bride and her guests quickly move through the Winery.
On Father’s Day, while breakfast was cooking, the guys took the kids out for a walk in their hiking backpacks. The weather was absolutely gorgeous. Our son came back and reported that they saw birds and a mountain on their walk, so that was a win in his book!
Since we had small kids, we spent a lot of time hanging out in the rental house in Suncadia and I’m glad we had the space so we could bring toys for them to play with. We were also able to do all our laundry and cook large meals, which was nice. And we had lots of space to hang while the kids napped during the day. And the kids loved swimming in the hot tub and exploring the grounds picking up pine cones and leaves.
Even though we were traveling with children, this was hands-down one of the most enjoyable and relaxing vacations we’ve taken around Seattle. Suncadia was just far enough away from home but still close enough that the kids weren’t bored in the car. We look forward to returning after our baby is born for either a wintery wonderland or another summer-time adventure!