Not everyone can have their own getaway in the woods like our recently-finished Camp Peavey, but most of us are just a few hours away from a wealth of relaxation-inducing spots within Washington state. Even with this gem just an hour-and-forty-minutes from my front door, I’m forever planning jaunts around the Pacific Northwest for new views, new experiences, and (best of all) relaxation. (Heading to Leavenworth? My tips for tasty nibbles in Der Town are HERE.)
I’ve curated a list of a few favorites from the last two years – let these inspire you to grab your favorite person, hop in your car, and make a spontaneous weekend happen!
Boreas Inn – Long Beach Peninsula
Just 4 hours from Puget Sound – tucked in the farthest southwestern reaches of Washington State – sits the Boreas Inn. This bed and breakfast is situated just a few blocks from the sea, and from a sea of activities, in the charming town of Long Beach. With five stunning rooms, hosts Bill and Susie ensure a warm welcome, a spectacular breakfast, and an opportunity for relaxation. Whether you’re walking the miles of Pacific coastal beaches (they don’t call it “Long Beach” for nothing!), or soaking in the hot tub while watching nearby deer grazing through the dunes, Boreas Inn will shed layers of stress in an instant. If you’re an explorer, neighboring communities of Seaview and Ilwaco (near Cape Disappointment State Park) not only have restaurants worthy of the drive, but you can fill your cooler with fresh seafood share when you return home. (More on the Boreas Inn and the Long Beach Peninsula HERE. )
Insider Tip: The Salt Pub in Ilwaco has a friendly bar with handmade food and spectacular views. The Depot Restaurant in Seaview marries chef Michael’s colorful history with the region’s freshest ingredients.
Alderbrook Resort on Hood Canal
This is definitely not your typical waterfront getaway! Alderbrook Resort, located less than 3 hours from downtown Seattle, sits smack-dab on the historic water of Hood Canal. From jaw-dropping views, to miles of trails, to world-class dining, this place is really something special – and has been for years! With more than 100 years of history, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a new world whether deeply breathing the fir-tinged aromas, or snuggling up to a crackling fire waterside. Have a furry friend? A few rooms are available where Fido will feel as welcome as you are. (Click HERE to read more from my last trip to Alderbrook.)
Insider tip: Enjoy dinner under the care of chef Ben Jones, while savoring season tastes of the Northwest. Roam the grounds, or take a short drive to adorable Union City Market to find a little piece of the canal to go back home with you.
Twisp River Suites – Twisp, Washington
A bit more of a trek, but worth the drive – Twisp River Suites sits right on the river just a block from the downtown core of Twisp, Washington on the stunning Highway 20 Cascade Loop. Suites are outfitted with full kitchens ready to prepare your own meals, or join in happy hour or breakfast in their friendly main lobby. Stretch your legs on their riverfront beach (there’s a hammock perfect for a summer siesta and Fall colors are spectacular!) or just relax on your own private deck and take in the sounds of the rolling river, watch deer frolicking shoreside, or take a walk through the town and shoot the breeze with a friendly local. Wake up early and savor a full-on breakfast of frittata, house-baked scones, and an assortment of locally-sourced fruits and a yogurt-parfait bar a mile long!
Insider Tip: Twisp River Suites has a sister-property directly across the street – the Paws Awhile Pet Suites. These perfectly-appointed suites offer everything Fido needs to relax, as well as comfortable accommodations for you!
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort
Nestled at the mouth of the Icicle Valley, Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort brings a luxury-meets-Pendleton getaway that’ll satiate even the most finicky of travelers. With an all-inclusive deal (breakfasts and dinners are included in pricing), there’s really no reason to wander further. Activities are everywhere – from walks through their on-site organic gardens, to fly-fishing further up Icicle Creek, to horseback riding and cross-country skiing, this four-seasons resort. Cabins are clustered in pods, thus the resort is a perfect retreat for families, friends or reunions, too.
Insider Tip: Sit by the fireside and enjoy Leticia’s coffee at O’Grady’s pantry after breakfast – this public restaurant/gift shop is at the entrance of the resort.
Have a favorite PNW destination you think I’d enjoy? Leave a comment – I’m always looking for new gems for my travel list!