Summer was supposed to be your chill time, but instead you were running around doing the parent thing. Sound familiar? We’ve got you covered. It’s time for a much-needed mom getaway! Go alone or grab the gals to make it a girlfriend getaway. Either way, these escapes will help you soothe and recharge. Read on to find your zen.
The Chrysalis Inn and Spa – Bellingham
Upon entering The Chrysalis Inn & Spa, guests feel the welcoming and calming vibe instantly. The door to Spa at The Chrysalis seems to greet guests before the front desk staff do, beckoning you to book a treatment immediately. The spa has monthly specials but for serious pampering sign up for the Chrysalis Signature Trio—over three hours of heaven combining a massage, a facial and a hydrating pedicure. The rooms are simple and sleek, some with electric fireplaces and charming window alcoves overlooking the water. The best place to enjoy the languid nautical comings and goings is at the inn’s restaurant Keenan’s at the Pier with fresh Northwest cuisine. It’s a local fave, so plan on whiling away the later afternoon with cocktails (or mocktails) and a sunset.
804 10th St.
Bellingham, WA 98225
Treehouse Whidbey – Whidbey Island
Treehouses, they’re not just for kids! These mystical inventions offer unmatched, peaceful dreams while sleeping among the birds and branches. For serious tranquility, check into Treehouse Whidbey, a sleek, wooden architectural gem, designed for serene 360-degree views amidst a private five-acre forest. This “floating” home is supported by four Douglas fir trees and sits 14 feet above the ground. It’s a perfectly designed tiny house, with functional, elegant décor. Every nook has a cozy place to curl up with tea and a book. Hidden doors in the walls provide coffee, Turkish linens and extra blankets.
Outside swing in a hammock, meander down the path to Possession Beach Waterfront Park or ask superhosts Max & Tatiana to ignite the firepit. Grab wine, charcuterie and a lunch box to-go from Ciao for a picturesque al fresco feast on the treehouse balcony. Then play Whidbey-opoly to learn all about the place you just decided to move to—so you can live in a tree.
8230 Lupine Ln.
Clinton, WA 98236
The Lodge at St. Edward State Park – Kenwood
The Lodge at St. Edward State Park is the region’s new, shiny object with good reason. The Lodge is a perfect blend of historical architecture with modern art and amenities. The impressive façade is home to cozy, luxurious rooms with plush beds, uber-chic mixology magic at The Tonsorium Bar, James Beard award-winning chef-led Cedar + Elm, plus an impressive local fine art gallery set in a sunlit spacious hallway. Let worries slip away at the lodge’s full on-site spa or stroll the park’s entrancing trails with lake views among the foliage. If you decide to escape here alone, you’ll want to come back to share this intriguing venue with the fam.
Insider tip: Sign up for the Signature St. Edward Special for a $50 Lodge credit per night to use on seasonal flavors at Cedar + Elm, craft cocktails at The Tonsorium or spa treatments at Vita Nova Spa.
14477 Juanita Dr. N.E.
Kenmore, WA 98028
Salish Lodge & Spa – Snoqualmie
Escape to the soothing properties of water. Salish Lodge & Spa sits majestically atop the Snoqualmie Falls while the sound of rushing water provides the soundtrack for sheer relaxation. Check into the award-winning Spa at Salish Lodge and indulge in healing treatments, such as Salish Rejuvenation using Pacific Northwest ingredients. Don’t forget to reserve time to soak in the hot pool as well.
This fall guests who book Spa Level Riverview get access to all Club 268 amenities. Those rooms offer a gift from the spa as well as a keepsake Salish tumbler and access to the upper-level spa soaking tubs, sauna and steam rooms. Bonus! Club 268 benefits also include complimentary wine tasting, cocktails and access to the lobby level Club 268 lounge for reading by the fireplace, playing board games or watching movies on the 75-inch HDTV. Why go home?
6501 Railroad Ave. S.E.
The Woodmark – Kirkland
Convenient Woodmark Hotel & Still Spa perches tranquilly on the shores of Lake Washington. The elegant lobby and rooms sweep guests into East Coast manor flair. Fill your wine glass then saunter down the winding path to hear the water lapping against the shore. Beach cruisers are available for quick rides into town where art galleries, wine tasting and cafés await. Look no further than Still Spa for pampering. Monthly specials of note: Pumpkin Spice Massage and Apple Cider Luxury pedicures are deliciously delightful while the 60-minute Eminence Organic Pumpkin Facial comes with a complimentary skincare “treat.” Enjoy healthy breakfasts at Carillon Kitchen across the way—you can charge it to your room—and the Beach Café tempts with rich and light fare. Don’t forget to Raid the Pantry on your way back to the room. From 9 p.m. until midnight naughty snacks are free for the taking. You deserve it!
1200 Carillon Point
Kirkland, WA 98033
McMenamins Elks Temple – Tacoma
Head south to Tacoma to escape to another time and place. McMenamins Elks Temple is a 1970s magic carpet ride and groovy new (2019) hotel, wrapped up in a lovingly restored 1916 Elks Temple. The building was built in the second Renaissance Revival style and still carries all the elegance of the time period. Once inside, the eclectic McMenamins signature décor takes over. The fun never stops, with seven floors of entertainment, a brewery, bottle shop and tasting room, The Old Hangout, even a tiny secret bar called The Vault. All are welcome but good luck finding it! Doc’s Bar and McMenamin’s Pub are cool diversions for victuals and libations, or climb the Spanish Steps to the Spanish Ballroom for a show. Choose from the Beer 101 Overnight Package with lodging, taster trays and a growler or the Hammerhead Package with lodging, breakfast and a dinner credit.
Insider tip: We recommend staying in a King Commerce room with Romeo and Juliette balconies and water views—the perfect place to center yourself the day after all the revelry.
Tacoma, WA 98402
Hyatt Regency Downtown Seattle
Channel your inner millionaire and check into a Summit Suite Room on the 45th floor of the Hyatt Regency Downtown Seattle. When the door opens, the room and skyscraper views glitter like gold. More like a famous movie star’s hideaway than a hotel room, these spaces have open kitchens, a dining room that seats ten and two separate sitting areas. Worry not, there will be no cooking, as long as Andare Kitchen & Bar is on call for pick up to-go delicious fare. Pop the champagne with your friends and bust out collector’s board games like Aggravation, Backgammon and 3D Clue. Depending on the indulgence you desire, go across the street for coffee sugar scrubs at Elaia Spa, or $2 happy hour oysters at TIDAL+. Maybe both? The Hyatt Regency’s expansive 24-hour fitness center, outfitted with Peloton bikes and strength equipment, is the perfect way to refresh and restore.
808 Howell St.
Seattle, WA 98101
Four Seasons Seattle
The Four Seasons Seattle has unique draws for mamas who need a break, not least the impeccable service and friendly staff. All those missing “me moments” can be replenished in a few, luxurious days. First, immerse your soul in world-class art, with the largest collection of Northwest art located outside of a museum. Then slip into their coveted Infinity pool, Seattle’s only heated outdoor pool with a view. In the evening sit by the terrace firepit or soak in the jacuzzi while the city lights twinkle. Rejuvenate at the full-service Spa for a facial or the locally-inspired Evergreen Massage. Goldfinch Tavern is a delicious Ethan Stowell restaurant for sipping evening cocktails and delighting the taste buds. Packages abound, including Fall Staycation with 2 p.m. checkout, valet parking and breakfast for two, plus Third Night Free for maximum recharge. October 11th, the hotel offers its monthly sound bath class with local company Healing Vibrations.
99 Union St.
Seattle, WA 98101
You don’t need to get away from it all to have a mini vacation. For those addicted to city life, Motif is the perfect blend of chic and retreat. The rooms are playful and hip, guests love the music pillows made especially for the hotel, printed with local bands’ song titles. Hit up Frolik, the rooftop bar and restaurant for happy hour. Sip your bevvie of choice while musing on the colorful new mural, an abstract take on the PNW from the Visiting Artist Program.
Motif offers creative partnerships and discounts for guests. Receive a 20% discount on Soothe in-room spa treatments, a 30% discount on boxing fitness classes at RowdyBox (time to work out that stress!), a complimentary fragrance fitting at Molly Ray Parfums and exclusive discounts at Four Eleven Wine Lounge in Pioneer Square. Whew! You might need to stay a week just to do it all.
1415 5th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort – Leavenworth
Prost! It’s time for Oktoberfest. If you miss it this year don’t worry, take your girls getaway to the Bavarian village of Leavenworth where it’s a Munich biergarten every day of the year. After shopping, dining and toasting away, head just out of town to Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort. The cabins are scattered retreat-style—choose from lofts or double alcoves, and feel free to bring your furry bestie as Sleeping Lady is dog-friendly. Your group will sleep like babies in “Na-sik-elt,” the canyon where the property nestles among the pine trees. Indulge at Aspen Leaf Day Spa and choose from a wide menu of spa services, including their signature jade spa treatments that harness the power of the stone’s essence and healing. Afterwards, wander the serene property on a self-guided art walk. Look for Shaman Salmon, a sculpture by Richard Beyer, a renowned piece and crowd favorite.
7375 Icicle Rd.
Leavenworth, WA 98826
Kalaloch Lodge & Lake Crescent Lodge – Olympic National Park
If you’re looking to unplug, impressive Olympic National Park transports visitors to another space and time. Check into Kalaloch Lodge with sweeping views of the wild Pacific Ocean. You won’t miss TV or internet as the beach and cozy cabins have everything needed to unwind. Plan on long walks by the shore, reading that book you never have time for and meditation moments. The cabins are preserved time capsules, in the best way, and the onsite Creekside restaurant creates fresh, sustainable dishes. For a lovely lake view stay at Lake Crescent Lodge. Request the Roosevelt Fireplace Cabin #38 for a wood burning fireplace and a stunning natural tableau right outside your window. Each lodge is blissfully peaceful, and has easy access to the Olympic National Park, Hoh Rainforest, Ruby Beach and Sol Duc Hot Springs.
Forks, WA 98331
Lake Crescent Lodge
416 Lake Crescent Rd.
Port Angeles, WA
Waldorf Astoria – Los Cabos Pedregal, Mexico
Who’s ready for a sunny paradise? You are! And Cabo is a short direct flight away. Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal takes the “Escape to Mexico” concept to a whole new level. Guests enter the property through a tunnel carved out of rock, lined with lit torches and chandeliers, until a stunning water and resort view unfolds through the archway. The rooms have fireplaces, plunge pools, ocean views, deep soak tubs, inviting king beds and complimentary tequila—muchas gracias! Choose from two different pool areas or the Baja beach to lay out your towel and soak up the sun.
Book a treatment at the award-winning Waldorf Astoria Spa. Their Bath Soak Wellness Experiences are inspired by the lunar cycle. Offerings include: The Sea—A smoothing seaweed bath with sea salts and bath oils, and The Moon and Earth—a plant and soil-based tub with lemongrass salts and a cleansing mud mask. Stay five days or longer and get 30% off your rate, plus complimentary breakfast, an $800 resort credit, luxury airport transfers, 15% off spa treatments and personal butler service. Jeeves, uno mas margarita por favor.
Camino del Mar 1, Pedregal
23455 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico
+52 624 163 4300
—Natalie Compagno, Abbey McGee & Kristina Moy
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