We had been to Sun Mountain Lodge before, but had never taken the kids. This time we took the kids and we had a great time. (ages 15, 13, and 10)
From the Eastside of Seattle, it is a bit of a drive - 4 1/2 hours, but it's so pretty out there. When we were there before there was SO much snow. This time we booked for a time period where it was the case that there wasn't much snow in any of the mountain areas (on the west and east sides of the pass). There was snow, but there was also brush sticking through the snow. We were still able to enjoy ourselves.
We brought some sleds for the kids and had fun doing that. We were planning on snowshoeing, but there really wasn't enough snow, so we just did a hike in our snow boots. Still fun, but a completely different experience from when we were there before and there were feet and feet of snow. We rented fat tire bikes from the bike shop in the town of Winthrop and went biking on the snow. A first for us, and it was fun, and I imagine would be even more fun with more snow. The activities shop at the lodge rents them too. The reasons that we went into town to rent them was because the lodge didn't have a frame small enough for our 10 year old, and it seemed like there was a more extensive fat tire bike trail network in the town versus at the lodge. I'm sure if it fits your situation though, renting from the lodge would be great too.
We went on a sleigh ride. It was nice, although I wish it would have been more of a ride. Basically, the sleigh went the same way that we had hiked the day before, but we had hiked further. The sleigh makes a stop at a little hut for hot chocolate and apple cider, which was nice, but it seemed like we spent a disproportionate time at the stop vs on the ride. We got to pet the horses, which was fun.
Restaurants - we ate breakfast in Winthrop one day at a great café (can't remember the name!) and on the way home one day at a great little place in the town of Twisp called Cinnamon Twisp. We had snacks and dinner at the lodge. The casual bar type restaurant is good - a lot of selection on both food and drink. Kids are allowed in there. We ate at the full service restaurant one night. It was good, but it felt unnecessarily stuffy and I don't think that the food was as good as it should have been given the price.
We checked out a couple of hours before check-out and after we were about an hour away, we realized that we had left a piece of our son's medical equipment in the room. We really didn't want to turn back. We called to see if they had found anything. They had already cleaned our room and found what we were looking for, and they also found a sweatshirt that our daughter left that we didn't even know that she left. They FedExed the stuff right to us. They didn't charge us or even discuss payment for the FedEx, they just covered it. We've had similar experiences elsewhere, and I can tell you that not all places are as efficient, courteous, and wonderful to do this as Sun Mountain.
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- Sun Mountain Hotel Winthrop
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