Saturday April 19, 2014
No matter where you start in Washington, you don't have to go too far to find yourself in the mountains. Mountain resorts make great getaway destinations, whether you're looking for a quick weekend escape with your sweetheart or a week-long family vacation. Washington's best mountain resorts, located up and down the Cascades, are all next door to at least one National Forest. Most offer year-round recreation, from on-site golf courses and trail systems to nearby rivers, parks, and forests. Fabulous views are a given, and can be enjoyed while dining on Northwest cuisine, while relaxing on outdoor porches and lawns, or from your very own room. Here are my picks for resorts where you can enjoy a mountain getaway in Washington State.
Saturday April 19, 2014
Looking for a world-class golf getaway in the Pacific Northwest? A fun family vacation? Perhaps a storm watching adventure? You have the opportunity for all these, and more, in the Oregon Coast town of Bandon. Crashing ocean waves, interesting rock formations, and sand dunes combine on the South Oregon Coast to create a fabulous landscape for hiking, beach combing, and wildlife watching. With four courses, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort ranks among the top in the nation. Here are some resources to help you plan your own Bandon adventure:
Thursday April 10, 2014
There are 31 different officially-designated scenic byways in the state of Idaho. You can find out more about each of them by visiting the Idaho's Scenic Byways website, which features interactive road maps. You can click on each highlighted byway to learn the details of that scenic drive, including location, length, road description, services, and points of interest.
Wednesday April 9, 2014
Located a few miles off of I-90 just on the east side of Cascades, Suncadia Resort is easy to get to, yet feels worlds away. The grand and gracious lodge, overlooking the Cle Elum River and the forested mountains, provides a wonderful setting for rest and relaxation. Yet you don't have to go far to enjoy outdoor fun. Suncadia Resort boasts 2 golf courses, miles of paved trails, and a well-equipped Swim & Fitness Center complete with indoor and outdoor pools, water slides, exercises rooms and fitness equipment. Kids will enjoy paddling around the little Village Lake located adjacent to the center. I spent a couple of nights at Suncadia Resort and was particularly impressed by the Glade Spring Spa, which I recommend highly to spa aficionados. To learn more about the kind of getaway you can enjoy at this conveniently-located mountain community, read my review of Suncadia Resort.