Cold + rain = not a lot of fun. That’s why this time of the year, we go in search of cozy winter lodges — preferably buried in snow. Because if you’re going to be cold, you might as well have some winter wonderland fun.
SUNCADIA RESORT Over the mountains and into the woods is Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum. Stay at the Lodge at Suncadia, and warm up by a fireplace in your room. Winter fun at Suncadia includes snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, inner-tubing, outdoor ice skating, sleigh rides, and guided winter tours.
ALTA CRYSTAL RESORT Near Crystal Mountain, you can stay in one of the cutest chalets with a wood-burning fireplace, or a log cabin for two or the whole family. There are only 23 places to choose from, so the resort is intimate. Enjoy all sorts of snowy fun, and whether you ski or not, take a ride on the Mount Rainier Gondola — a 10-miniute ride from the base of the mountain to the nearly-7,000-foot-high summit. See Mount Baker, the Cascades, and Mount Adams with the 360-degree birds-eye view. Then enjoy lunch at the Summit House.
STORMKING CABINS AND DAY SPA in Ashford, at the base of Mount Rainier’s Nisqually entrance, is a perfect place to stay and feel cozy in one of the five upscale yurts, each with a private hot tub. Relax after a long day of snow play at the spa, and get warmed up in the sauna.
LEAVENWORTH is like a holiday greeting card in December, full of sweet spots to stay should you desire a romantic getaway or a snowball-throwing, snowman-making, family-fun vacation. Mountain Home Lodge has cozy cabins and a lodge, and they even have warm, baked cookies or other sweet treats in the afternoon.
SALISH LODGE & SPA is usually not covered in snow, but you might get lucky and see a dusting of the white stuff. But with the spa, the fireplaces, the Honey From Heaven country breakfast, and that waterfall view, it was too close to home and too darn cozy not to make this list!