Cedarbrook Lodge, Seatac
Urban retreats are all very fine, but a rustic lodge simply cannot exist less than ten minutes from a major international airport. Welcome to Cedarbrook Lodge, an amazing antidote to the long layover or early morning flight. Founded as Boeing’s retreat centre, Cedarbrook sits on gorgeous grounds and wetlands, includes a fabulous Northwest breakfast and several “living rooms” that remind you home is just a flight, or about ten minutes, away. Miraculously, guests hear less overhead plane noise here than in most Seattle neighbourhoods.
McMenamins Anderson School, Bothell
The Portland-based hotel enterprise, McMenamins, makes a habit of converting historical buildings, often schools, into adult playgrounds. But Anderson School is the first traditional brick edifice to receive the makeover treatment in Washington State. The campus, including a saltwater pool set at 33-degrees with open skylights, includes several gathering spots such as the North Shore Lagoon above the pool and the Shed. There’s even a first run movie theatre on-site.
Sleeping Lady, Leavenworth
Two and a half hours away from Seattle, Sleeping Lady’s simple bungalows of exposed knotty pine beams suggest a druidic village. The cabins face inward toward the natural courtyards, the hot tub imitates a natural hot spring and the outdoor sculptures, including Dale Chihuly’s Icicle Creek Chandelier, the artist’s first permanent outdoor sculpture, invite an aesthetic scavenger hunt beneath the ponderosa pines. And then there’s the Grotto Bar, an idyllic combination of fireplace and full bar. A second fireplace awaits in O’Grady’s Pantry, a friendly bakery also located on the grounds.
Written by Crai Bower