Do you ever find yourself longing for the days when you were only responsible for yourself? You could eat when you wanted, sleep when you wanted and even go to Target when you wanted…all by yourself (can you even imagine?!). If those days are but a distant memory, it’s time to grab your best gal pals and book a mommy getaway. To get this getaway started, we’ve handpicked 11 local destinations that offer something for every mom – from the active adventurer to the leisurely lounger – looking for kid-less R&R.
Alderbrook Resort & Spa - Union, Wa
Just two short hours from the Seattle area, Alderbook Resort & Spa sits on the shores of Hood Canal, surrounded by the Olympic Mountains and our incredible Northwest wildlife. Alderbrook is all about luxury with thoughtfully appointed amenities like premium linens, comfy duvets and soaking tubs. If a private beach house is more your style, book one of 15 cottages that comfortably sleep six guests. Round out your visit with an afternoon at the world-class, full-service spa and treat yourself to a Signature Massage, a visit to the herbal-infused steam room or a hydrating Marine Algae, Sea Brine and Aloe body wrap. The Restaurant at Alderbrook features a changing seasonal menu that showcases local seafood, produce and wines and will take your taste buds to a whole new level.
Good to Know: For a $15/night resort fee, you have access to endless activities including a waterfront pool, fitness room, sauna, guest activities including yoga and cooking demos, a nightly fire pit, lawn games, and over four miles of hiking trails.
10 E Alderbrook Dr.
Union, Wa 98592
Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan – Lake Chelan, Wa
For over 100 years, Campbell’s Resort has been the go-to destination at Lake Chelan. Located on Chelan’s historic downtown waterfront, the resort features award-winning dining, a day spa, and a relaxed resort atmosphere. Walk to downtown shops, parks and trails or drive the short distance to Lake Chelan’s wineries that offer great wines and stunning views. Our favorite tasting rooms include Tsillian Cellars, Siren Song Vineyard Estate and Winery, Karma Vineyards or Benson Vineyards Estate Winery. Stay in and enjoy upscale pub cuisine with a seasonal twist at Campbell’s Pub & Veranda or head out to one of the local eateries. Enjoy a nice, juicy burger at Tin Lilly, a specialty pizza pie at Local Myth Pizza or some country home cookin’ at Blueberry Hills Farms.
104 W. Woodin Ave.
Chelan, Wa 98816
Cave B Estate Winery & Resort – Quincy, Wa
Located in the heart of the Columbia River Wine Country, with the Gorge Amphitheater as its neighbor, Cave B Estate Winery & Resort is a working farm anchored by its estate winery and surrounding vineyards. Cave B Resort offers four diverse accommodation options to choose from to personalize your experience: private Cliffehouses, Cavern Rooms built into the cliff face, gorgeously-appointed Inn Suites or rugged Desert Yurts among the vineyards. Dine at Tendrils Restaurant and enjoy creative cuisine crafted from ingredients grown in the onsite vineyards, orchards and gardens. The Spa specializes in its signature "Treatments from the Cave," which use materials indigenous to the Cave B like lavender, basalt, river stones and grape juice. Hike through the gorge to the banks of the mighty Columbia River with a side trip to a lovely waterfall, lounge by the one-of-a-kind cliff-side swimming pool (in the warmer months) or stop by Cave B Estate Winery Tasting Room to learn about their award-winning wines.
Good to Know: Bring your bike or rent one from Cave B and pedal your way through the Columbia River Valley enjoying stunning panoramic views. Two-hour bike rentals are available on a first come, first served basis.
344 Silica Rd. N.W.
Quincy, Wa 98848
Earthbox Inn & Spa – Friday Harbor, Wa
Just four blocks away from the Friday Harbor ferry landing and in the heart of downtown, Earthbox Inn & Spa is the ultimate island retreat. Leave your car at home and walk onto the ferry. Once you step foot on the island, the stress of mommyhood will melt away. San Juan Island is packed full of delicious restaurants, eclectic shops and waterside charm. A stay at Earthbox is super comfortable and casual, making it easy to kick back and relax on vacation. Get pampered at the on-site spa or head out for some island adventures. Jump on one of the complimentary beach cruiser bikes and see the town or cycle out to the nearby winery for an afternoon of tasting. Rent a kayak and search for sea life, including whales, seals and otters, swing amongst the trees with Zip San Juans, or take a stroll around the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park near Roche Harbor.
410 Spring St.
Friday Harbor, Wa 98250
Kalaloch Lodge – Olympic National Park, Wa
For the PNW mom who prefers a more rustic getaway, Kalaloch Lodge on the Olympic Peninsula is the perfect destination. The Olympic National Park is right out your front door, giving you full access to National treasures like The Hoh Rainforest, Ruby Beach and Sol Duc Hot Springs. Bring raincoats, hiking boots and your favorite books – and prepare to cozy up with great friends in a studio-style or larger duplex type cabin overlooking the ocean. Large windows and exquisite woodwork frame expansive views of the Pacific Ocean, Kalaloch Creek or towering forests. Cell phone coverage is super spotty and there is no TV or Wi-Fi access, so this is not the place to go if you need to stay connected to life back home. Some cabins have kitchenettes; there is also a lovely restaurant on site.
Good to Know: Kalaloch is among the best places in the world to watch one of nature's biggest attractions: whales! May is designated Whale Watching Month at Kalaloch Lodge (although you can spot the majestic creatures during other springtime months, too), and it's not uncommon to spot gray whales within full view of the property.
Forks, Wa 98331
Three words: no sales tax! Couple that with great food and exceptional shopping and you’ve got a perfect recipe for a mom’s dream weekend away. Shop ‘til you drop downtown and treat yourselves to restaurants, museums, theater and more. Spend hours perusing Powell’s Books and indulge your sweet tooth at Salt and Straw or Voodoo Donuts (be prepared to wait in line at both popular hot spots). Visit dozens of food carts housed in the heart of the downtown shopping district (S.W. 10th St. and S.W. Alder St.). Our favorite place to stay is Hotel Monaco, a boutique hotel right in the middle of it all. Bonus: Hotel Monaco offers free happy hour cocktails!
Salish Lodge & Spa – Snoqualmie, Wa
Sitting atop stately Snoqualmie Falls, Salish Lodge naturally provides one of the best views around. And this local lodge offers luxurious accommodations just a quick drive out of the city. Once you arrive, you won’t want to leave! Named one of Conde Nast Traveler’s Top 50 Hotel Spas in the United States, the award-winning day spa offers ultimate pampering experience with a range of treatments, including a eucalyptus and cedar steam room, dry sauna and soaking therapeutic pools. The premium guest rooms are outfitted with everything you need to relax and refresh, including a pillow menu featuring six different options you can choose from. Enjoy mouthwatering Northwest cuisine using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. Salish partners with local growers and farms to bring the highest quality ingredients, promising a culinary experience you won’t soon forget.
6501 Railroad Ave.
Snoqualmie, Wa 98065
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort – Leavenworth, Wa
Head to the Bavarian village of Leavenworth and its luxurious resort, Sleeping Lady Mountain, and you’ll really feel like you’ve been transported to another place. The retreat-style resort campus and accommodations are enchanting and lovely, including cabins and loft-style rooms. The Kingfisher restaurant is worth writing home about: all-you-can-eat, beautifully prepared chef’s choice meals featuring local ingredients (many from their very own two-acre organic garden).
Most overnight packages include meals, eliminating the mealtime decision of where-are-we-going-to-eat. The surrounding area offers just enough to do (cross country skiing and snowshoeing in winter; hiking, horseback riding and river rafting in summer) and the resort offers on-site spa treatments designed to relax and rejuvenate tired moms, a fitness room, a game room, a reading library, a pub and a magical outdoor hot pool. Choose from multiple packages to suit your tastes, including the Sip, Nibble, and Paint package to indulge your creative side.
7375 Icicle Rd.
Leavenworth, Wa 98826
Suncadia Resort – Cle Elum, Wa
Located just on the other side of Snoqualmie Pass on the sunny eastern slopes of the Cascades, you’ll find the premier all-season mountain community, Suncadia Resort. During the winter months there’s nearby skiing; fall, spring, and summer offer golf, biking trails or hiking. Stroll through the streets of nearby historic Roslyn, go winetasting at Swiftwater Cellars or grab the latest page turner and lounge by the pool. Suncadia’s luxury lodging offers three distinctive choices: hotel, inn and home lodging to accommodate groups of any size. The Inn at Suncadia offers golf course views and stunning Northwest-style design. The Lodge at Suncadia features majestic architecture, panoramic river and mountain views. And Cle Elum rental homes has a wide selection of custom homes that are perfect for your girls’ getaway. Book the Stay and Spa package for the ultimate getaway: lodge accommodations, Glade Springs spa treatment, and access to all spa facilities.
3600 Suncadia Trail
Cle Elum, Wa 98922
Sun Mountain Lodge – Winthrop, Wa
Nestled in the foothills of the North Cascades, Sun Mountain Lodge sits in the Methow Valley, a year-round playground for all things outdoors. From horseback riding to snowshoeing, hiking to cross country skiing, there is an activity for every season. After a day outdoors, treat yourself to an invigorating spa treatment that rejuvenates both body and soul. Sun Mountain’s accommodation options are as varied as the activities. Choose from an upscale lodge suite or one of the fully-equipped Patterson Lake rustic cabins with large front porches overlooking the lake that accommodate groups from 2 to 11 people. Sun Mountain offers a good combo of quiet relaxation and active adventure with stunning views at every turn.
604 Patterson Lake Rd.
Winthrop, Wa 8862
Willows Lodge – Woodinville, Wa
Willows Lodge is right in our own backyard, but with the backdrop of dozens of nearby wineries, you’ll feel like you’re on a Napa wine vacation. A getaway at the Willows is nothing short of decadent and luxurious – dine at the highly acclaimed Barking Frog, indulge in an unparalleled splurge at the nearby Herbfarm, or just spend the day at the spa. The Spa at Willows offers a range of services – hot stone, Lomi Lomi, body wraps – and they are one of the few spas in the US that offer Carita anti-aging facials. Book the Girlfriends Getaway and enjoy deluxe accommodations, pre-spa mimosas, a $240 spa credit and happy hour in the Fireside Lounge.
Good to Know: If you're up for a little outdoor activity, the lodge offers complimentary bikes on loan. Hit the Sammamish River Trail or go wine tasting at one Woodinville’s many nearby tasting rooms.
14580 N.E. 145th St.
Woodinville, Wa 98072
Have you been on a mom vacation recently? What is your favorite gal pal getaway destination? Tell us in the comments below.
— Abbey McGee & Kristina Moy