Seeking a Change of Scenery? Let’s Go!

Whether you are looking to unwind (maybe room service and a massage?), or you just want a fresh space to do work and school rather than your home, we have ideas to help you get out of the house for a safe escape.

Note: This article was written and reported prior to new COVID-19 restrictions in Washington state announced Nov. 15. Some spots and/or services highlighted may not be open/available. Please check before you go.

For a Fresh Perspective

Suncadia in nearby Cle Elum is offering work and learn packages for your family to strike a balance between the work you and the kids need to do, and still have relaxation and fun.

Unpack your bags and do work and school in The Lodge, or a luxury home, and when you are ready to take a breather, enjoy socially distanced activities, like hikes and long bike rides. It is also offering extended 14 plus-day stays in The Lodge, The Inn, or the Trailhead Condos.

Suncadia also is offering a remote learning and study hall program — private spaces and WiFi for groups of up to six people for half-days and full-days. There are other educationally supportive programs, like self-led Outdoor- School-in-a-Box, and more activities to help kids further their education and nature knowledge.

“Suncadia Resort is pleased to bring a robust program of working and learning options to our guests,” said Noni Hughes, general manager of Suncadia Resort. “Our goal is to provide support for families looking for a change of scenery and inspire travelers to immerse themselves in Suncadia’s surrounding beauty and not only further their profession and academics, but also learn from the destination and what nature has to offer.

Courtesy of Suncadia Resort

A Weekend in Wine Country

Sip your way through Woodinville’s Wine Country. Book a stay at Willows Lodge, and take your time. Make sure to make time for Molbak’s Garden + Home and get lost in their garden store paradise, all lit up in winter and so happy.

Courtesy of Willows Lodge

Relax & Renew

Pack light and head to the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. The moment you valet your car, the stress will melt away. Get a comfortable room and watch some TV because you can. Later, take your time leisurely shopping — no judgment if you buy everything at The Container Store after bingeing The Home Edit. Take a walk through the Bellevue Botanical Gardens nearby, and sip coffee slowly.

Courtesy of the Hyatt

Head to Hood Canal

Alderbrook Resort & Spa on Hood Canal is a great getaway for families (think geocaching and a nautical flag treasure hunt) and also nice for couples looking for a quiet and romantic vacation from home. Kids and kids-at-heart will enjoy the gaming room. Take a dip in the pool, or make a reservation for yummy brunch.

Courtesy of Alderbrook

Hit the City

There is nothing like a crisp day or two in Seattle, exploring, shopping, sipping, and savoring the city like a tourist. Book a staycation at Charter Hotel Seattle just blocks away from Pike Place Market in the heart of it all.

Courtesy of Charter Hotel

Have Pup, Will Travel

Cedarbrook Lodge in Seattle, The Heathman Hotel in Kirkland, and Semiahoo Resort in Blaine are all pup-friendly. Cedarbrook’s Puppy Paradise packages include ground-floor rooms (for easy potty breaks), a special dog tag, treats, a portable dog bowl, and other puppy-approved accommodations. The Heathman pampers pups with its “A Dog’s Day” itinerary that includes pawdicures, of course. Semiahmoo treats your furry friend like a VIP with a cozy dog bed and more.

Courtesy of Cedarbrook

Escape to Whidbey and Camano

Another fun getaway, or longer stay to do work and school away from home, can be found on nearby Whidbey and Camano Islands. Check out Moonrise Cottage, pet-friendly and on 5 acres on Whidbey Island, with chickens, gardens, and a nearby beach to explore. Keystone Cottage sits on Crockett Lake for the best recess breaks ever. Have a group of people? Spread out on Camano Island at The Alpaca Retreat — a farm stay on 100 acres with luxury accommodations. If you visit Whidbey, get the best selfies thanks to the Allgire Project, an outdoor mural gallery and colorful walking experience at 740 Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor.

Courtesy of Shaw Photography

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