While, normally, our overnight adventures include camping, glamping, or other forms of roughing it, we enjoy a bit of luxury now and then too. A few weeks back was one of those times. We had the privilege of being guests at the pet friendly Suncadia Resort near Seattle.
It was a bit of a special occasion because we stayed with our friends from LongHaulTrekkers.com who are, sadly, moving away at the end of the month (read their article about our stay with the dogs at the Suncadia resort).
It was nice to spend time with them without having to focus on how to find the closest campsite in the dark (which we did many times on our previous road trip to Arizona).
Our first day at Suncadia started with a snowshoeing adventure.
We picked up our rental snowshoes and found our way to the trail that goes from the front steps of The Lodge, down through the forest, and along the banks of the Cle Elum River.
The trail began with a sweeping view of the river valley and Snoqualmie Pass. It had snowed the night before so the trees were absolutely gorgeous. We crossed a creek and sat at the picnic tables near the river before heading back for lunch.
We left the dogs in the car while we ate at Portals while enjoying the almost-too-good-to-be-true view from The Lodge.
That evening, we checked out the off-leash dog park. How awesome is that they have one at the resort?
It was just minutes from where we were staying so it was kind of like having our own fenced yard where Gretel and Sora could run free.
The next day we went cross-country skiing.
It was my second time trying it and the first time ever with a dog (note: dogs are only allowed to walk along ski trails when they’re aren’t many people out for the day so weekdays are the best opportunity for this).
We stopped by the rental shop again to pick up our equipment and a map and headed out the front door to one of the beginner ski trails.
I would like to say that it went really well but it didn’t. I had never been on skis except that one cross-country pair before – I’m a snowboarder – so I wasn’t used to going downhill facing forward. It had been several years since I’d been on my snowboard anyway.
I managed to fall something like 6 times in one mile. Gretel was patient each time I floundered to get up. At least I didn’t break anything and was still laughing at the end!
How Pet Friendly is the Suncadia Resort?
Suncadia knows that it’s difficult to leave a furry family member behind when you leave on vacation. They also don’t believe that the best place for the family pet is in a lonely, sometimes expensive, boarding kennel.
That’s why they are happy to let you bring your dog with you as long as you follow their Pet Policy guidelines.
Dogs are welcome nearly everywhere in the community (on-leash of course), aside from the golf course and the restaurants.
About the Pet Friendly Suncadia Resort
The pet-friendly, Suncadia Resort, A Destination Hotel, is nestled in the mountains near the historic town of Roslyn, Washington, is only 80 scenic miles from Seattle.
It’s located on the east slope of the cascade mountains where the sun shines more, and it rains less, than it does on the west side. Precipitation that does fall in the winter is usually in the form of snow.
With more than 6,000 acres of forested mountain landscape, sun-dappled meadows, and rushing rivers, Suncadia Resort offers a wealth of year ’round activities – perfect for a Washington State vacation with your dog, friends, and family.
There are miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails interlaced throughout the resort. There are even more trails to be found in the surrounding 2.2 million acre Wenatchee National Forest (not all are dog friendly though so be sure to check first).
Some unique highlights of the resort include:
There are more than 40+ miles of both paved and unpaved trails throughout Suncadia where you can mountain bike, hike, walk, run, stroll, ski, or snowshoe with your dog to your heart’s content.
One Thousand Steps
The 1,000 Steps project at Suncadia is 21 flights of stairs that connect the back door of the The Suncadia Lodge to the Cle Elum River. Covering an elevation change equivalent to the height of a 19-story building, the 393 steps provide resort guests with convenient access to river activities and a scenic walkway with landings and lookouts.
The steps aren’t just good for a casual stroll though. They’re a great place to get your heart pumping if you’re a runner or training for a big hike.
Dawson Dog Park
Dawson Park is the largest active park in Suncadia. It has many amenities including walking trails, picnic benches, open grassy areas, horseshoe pits, a playground, a basketball court, tennis courts, restrooms and fenced off-leash dog park!
Suncadia Resort Vacation Rental Options
There are several options for your dog friendly stay at Suncadia and this Pacific Northwest resort’s luxury lodging can accommodate groups of any size.
The Inn at Suncadia is an intimate, elegant lodge in the mountains with golf course views and stunning Northwest-style design.
The Lodge at Suncadia is beautiful and features majestic architecture, panoramic river and mountain views, and all the amenities of a full-service luxury hotel and conference center.
A collection of custom vacation rental homes are also available for a getaway with a few friends or multi-family trip.
We stayed in one of these – the beautiful home at 280 Cake Box Lane. I was blown away by how beautiful it was. And big!
The modern and luxurious home was just over 2,500 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms with comfortable beds and TVs, 4 bathrooms with heated tile floors, a large living room gathering space with gas fireplace, a spacious gourmet kitchen, a deck with barbecue overlooking a creek, and a hot tub (which we didn’t use during our stay because we were too busy out having fun).
The 6 of us (4 humans and 2 dogs) had enough room to grab some alone time for napping or working but the home could accommodate up to 13 human guests.
All vacation rentals include access to the swim and fitness center, advance tee time bookings on the golf course, intra-resort charging, resort transportation, and concierge and bell service.
Disclaimer: We were guests of the Suncadia Resort during our stay in exchange for sharing our experience with you guys. However, all views and opinions expressed are my own and would be the same whether we were provided anything in return or not.