A quintessential (and convenient) Northwest hideaway

 

When you’re staying at Cedarbrook Lodge, it’s hard to believe that Sea-Tac International Airport is only five minutes away.

Nestled on an 18-acre oasis of restored wetlands, Cedarbrook Lodge features the coveted combination of a convenient location, serene setting, exceptional guest services and more than 24,000 square feet of event space ideal for many occasions including social gatherings, weddings, business meetings and conferences.

Cedarbrook is all about hospitality. A lot of hotels make that claim, but Cedarbrook has it down, from details like free Haagen-Dazs ice cream to eco-friendly bath bars and a “pillow menu” featuring your choice of seven different pillow types to ensure a tranquil slumber. Guest rooms are modern yet inviting, each features floor-to-ceiling working windows with views of lawns, patio, pond, lush cedars and natural restored wetlands; original artwork; and queen or king bed with custom bedding wrapped in luxury linens. Relax in the huge soaking tub and then wrap yourself in the soft bathrobes while you sit back and enjoy the 42″ wall-mounted high-definition TV.

Start your day with a complimentary Northwest continental breakfast. Uniquely and exceptionally crafted treats include not-to-be-missed local and international cheeses, sliced charcuterie and fresh cold smoked local king salmon. Plus golden brown specialty pastries baked daily and served with homemade cranberry and pear jams or huckleberry-infused honey from Snoqualmie Valley. Hand-made granola with Willamette Valley hazelnut and tart Yakima cherries is sure to please and is a great accompaniment to fresh-squeezed juices and Starbucks coffee.

For a snack (anytime day or night), the community “living rooms” offer complimentary refreshments, including bottled waters, individual yogurts, string cheese, ice cream bars and a variety of gourmet malted milk balls – a signature of Cedarbrook Lodge.

For lunch or dinner, the Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar, named a 2011 Top 10 New Restaurant in the U.S. by Gayot, is the ideal venue to relish a menu of fresh farm-to-table cuisine. Starting July 6, Cedarbrook Lodge will host the Jazz on the Lawn Concert Series. Each concert will take place, weather permitting, on Cedarbrook’s Evergreen Lawn with a selection of gourmet small plates and local wines and beers.

For Mariners, Seahawks and Sounders fans, Cedarbrook Lodge is a great place to stay before and after the game. Rather than fighting traffic and paying for parking at Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field, take the Seattle Link tram to ballpark and back efficiently and safely. Cedarbrook Lodge has a complimentary guest shuttle to and from the nearby tram station.

 

Cedarbrook Lodge, 18525 36th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98188, (877) 515-2176, www.cedarbrooklodge.com

 

 

Bavarian Ritz Hotel

Your next romantic adventure in Leavenworth begins here

 

Experience romance Bavarian-style at the Bavarian Ritz Hotel in the heart of downtown Leavenworth.

Over two million people visit Leavenworth every year from all over the world to enjoy this quant Bavarian-themed village nestled in the serene, yet majestic mountains of central Washington. There is something for everyone, whether you visit in the summer, fall winter or spring, you will have a totally different experience.

The vast natural surroundings of Leavenworth include the Wenatchee National Forest, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and Glacier Peak Wilderness. For recreationalists, these provide four seasons of activity and adventure. For shoppers, Leavenworth offers stores filled with everything from handcrafted chocolates, soaps and candles to nutcrackers and cuckoo clocks. And don’t forget about the food – if you’ve got a craving for beer bratwurst and sauerkraut, you’ve come to the right place.

As you step out of the Bavarian Ritz Hotel, you are in the middle of all the shops and restaurants in downtown (and you’ll never have to worry about find a parking spot either). Your hosts feel that their guests deserve a little extra luxury and romance. Each of the comfortable rooms and suites is different and uniquely designed and decorated. One of the most loved perks is the third-floor sundeck; perfect for an evening snack or a glass of wine, on what may be the most breathtaking view in Leavenworth of the Wenatchee River and surrounding mountains.

If romance is your goal, book one of the Bavarian Ritz’s relaxing Jacuzzi suites. Set the perfect mood with iPod docking station, CD player, four-poster bed and cozy fireplace. For the ultimate in luxury, The Royal King Spa Suite features a high-tech massage system that maximizes relaxation with a 14 air and whirlpool jets that will cover every inch of your body and give you an unforgettable experience.

For the adventurous at heart, the Bavarian Ritz offers a variety of special packages. During the warm summer months, guests can make reservations for guided whitewater rafting and horseback riding trips, and tasting tours of local wineries. Wintertime is just as special in Leavenworth when the town decorates for the holiday festivities. Guests of the Bavarian Ritz can enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride or hit the slopes at Stevens pass or Mission Ridge ski resorts.

 

Bavarian Ritz Hotel, 633 Front Street, Leavenworth, WA 98826, (800) 854-6365, http://www.bavarianritz.com