|View of the Cascades from Suncadia Lodge|
Full disclosure: In my eco-warrior days I was involved with an environmental group opposed to Suncadia's development, but I admit they've done a good job being mindful of the local ecosystem as the resort has developed.
Here where ponderosa pine mingle with Douglas fir in this drier climate east of the Cascade crest, Suncadia features activities for most everyone. From two golf courses, a sports and fitness club, swimming pools, tennis courts, hiking trails, to a winery and spa, there's plenty to do. Or maybe you might prefer to just chill with a good book and not do anything at all.
|The grounds behind Suncadia Lodge slope steeply to the Cle Elum River|
However, while my roomie was busy at a Washington National Guard convention at the lodge, I left the resort for part of a day to explore. Just a few miles east, both Roslyn and Cle Elum are box store-free hamlets that retain an authentic small town feeling.
|Downtown Cle Elum|
|Charlie Glondo at his sausage shop and deli.|
|Glondo Sausage Co. coppa cola|
Across the street, the helpful folks at Sahaptin Outfitters [sadly no longer in business] recommend a hike out of town on Tanum Ridge because on this day there's too much snow up above Suncadia to hike. I hop onto I-90 and drive about 10 miles east past classic eastern Washington wide open spaces and then head up the Tanum Creek drainage, where sagebrush and arrowleaf balsamroot crowd the landscape in happy yellow clusters.
|East of Cle Elum enroute to Tanum Ridge|
Later in the day, I enjoy soaking in one of the several rock-rimmed hot tubs and relaxing in a sauna at Suncadia's Glade Spring Spa. On this brisk spring day, I mostly have the outdoor pools to myself, except for a few women on a girlfriends' weekend away. I buy a day pass, which allows me to lounge as long as I want in the numerous pools, saunas, steam rooms, or indoor lounge, where they serve healthful and tasty spa bites and smoothies.
|Glade Spring Spa hot tub|
This quick getaway gave me a taste of Suncadia and what it has to offer. I'm not a golfer, but next trip I'd like to spend more time on the resort trails. I've also heard the restaurant at the Swiftwater Cellars Winery is excellent. And overall the service at the resort is very friendly and helpful. If you've been to Suncadia, what do you especially enjoy there?
When You Go
The Lodge at Suncadia has lots of events and special packages. It's just a few miles off I-90, but feels a world away from the interstate. In the summer, there's lots of hiking close by and much more.
And special thanks to the Washington National Guard for all the dedicated and hard work they do to keep us safe!