Don your winter caps, put on your mitts. The Suncadia Winterfest is on!

For anyone not in the know, Suncadia Resort is this beautiful mountain resort (duh) less than an hour and a half drive from Seattle. Spread over a smashing 6,000 acres, the resort is dotted with trees, mountains, ponds, and farms and has something for every age, personality, and mood. Be it a romantic escape, a relaxing-meets-adventurous vacay, or a kid-friendly holiday, whatever be your need, Suncadia Resort has got you covered. Of course, it’s a hot favorite of ours when thinking of a winter getaway.

Giving us more reason to pack our bags and head straight to the resort is the Suncadia Winterfest which offers stunning views of the Pacific Northwest winter and a slew of fun and festive winter activities. Ahead are 7 of the many reasons why Seattleites (us included) can’t get enough of this winter getaway…

Magical stay

While the beautiful natural setting of the resort alone is what makes the stay here magical, the resort also offers an array of accommodations that are equal parts classy and comfy. There’s The Lodge, which gets you not just awesome hotel suites, but with a view! Then there’s the Inn,  giving you old-school vibes with their intimate suites nested in the mountains (did we mention there’s a fireplace in the room?) And then there’re the fully-equipped Trailhead Condominiums that are the epitome of comfort. Taking it one step further, Suncadia Resort also offers vacation home rentals – that’s over 80 2-6bedroom homes you can rent directly through Suncadia Resort. TBH, whichever you choose, you won’t regret it. 

Lip-smacking drinking & dining


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Thanksgiving dinner? Check. Christmas dinner? Check. New Year’s Eve date night dinner with champagne? Check and check! The resort hosts two restaurants- Portals Restaurant and The Stovehouse- offering specially curated festive menus and delectable delights. And if that’s not enough for you, head to the Fifty-6° Lounge where you can enjoy warm-inducing festive cocktails, your taste buds will thank us later. Whether you prefer to sip on your bevy cozied up indoors or prefer to have it on-the-go during your adventures, the resort has your back. But please drink responsibly, as always!

Christmas tree-hunting


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Frankly, with all those lush and beautiful trees, you will want to bring home the perfect one for yourself. And The Nelson Farm Tree Lot (the resort houses the farm) has your back. You can pick your tree, mistle-toe and wreath but there’s more. Make a day of your visit here with Santa’s workshop, winter archery, axe throwing (yeah you read that right) and maybe spotting a few North Pole residents?!

Fun with Santa

When is a Winterfest ever complete without Santa making an appearance in some form or another? NEVER! And so, the family, especially the little ones, will love every bit of this fest. You can get personalized letters and gifts delivered from Santa, visit Santa’s workshop to grab Gingerbread House Kits, Bear Kits and much more or join the evening story session by the fire. FYI, all of these activities happen at The Nelson Farm so be sure to visit it.

Outdoor adventures

For all your winter outdoor adventures, Suncadia Resort is the place to be. Needless to say they have skiing, snowshoeing and sledding tours for all levels of adventure junkies but for those like us who don’t want to spend all the energy sporting, you can opt for a less intense choice, like winter fly fishing for example.

Spa Life


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We can’t be the only ones who think of spas when talking of vacations. For many like us, there is the Glade Spring Spa that offers both, a variety of services to de-stress and relax and a serene environment. and if you happen to have outdone yourself with the outdoor activities mentioned above, the Spa will soothe your muscles and prep you for your next adventure!

Festive Shopping

There might just be one gift shop at the resort but it’s got enough gift ideas to take care of all (almost) your holiday shopping. Whether you want to collect souvenirs for yourself, friends and family or cross off names from your list, you’ll find plenty of options at the gift shop.

Ready for your winter adventure? Check out the Suncadia website to get all the info you need and make a reservation. See you there!