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Savor Northwestern Lifestyles at New Suncadia Resort

by Bernard Burt

Seattle’s glistening towers morph into snow-covered mountains as you head east from SeaTac airport.

In the 1950s, when I lived near Seattle, my most vivid memories of Washington State’s “Inland Empire” include apple and cherry tree farms in the Wenatchee valley, and Spokane’s lilac festival. But there were no great resorts along Interstate 90. That changed a few years ago with the development of Suncadia, a 6,400-acre community in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains along the Cle Ellum River. Now this year-round resort sports the Northwest’s first true destination spa.

Glade Spring Spa at Suncadia opened in July 2008, adjoining the new Lodge and fitness center.

Focused on mind and body, the spa program renews contact with sensuous elements of the earth. Nestled in a grove of pine trees amid rocky pools, and crafted of lumber from local forests, this rustic retreat has fourteen indoor treatment suites, four outdoor soaking pools with varied temperatures, and two freestanding wooden saunas. There’s even a women-only garden.

Start your spa experience by communing with nature while enjoying a treatment on one of the outdoor decks. Featuring premium organic indigenous lavender, honey, and wine, therapists follow traditions of Native Americans. And naturalist Jimm Harrison adds his own flavor to therapies, providing the spa with herbal oils from his farm on Puget Sound.

Bringing nature indoors, the cathedral-like central space and treatment rooms are lit by natural light. Meandering creeks create stimulating sensory experiences to cultivate balance, stress relief, and a sense of well-being.

Just ninety minutes east of Seattle on the sunny side of the Cascade Mountains, Suncadia gracefully links past and present. The year-round mountain resort community offers guests fifty miles of hiking and biking trails, a golf course, and the Suncadia Club Swim & Fitness Center. Lodging options range from B&B rooms to private home rentals clustered in a nature preserve. Guests can swim at the fitness center, join scheduled exercise groups for yoga, Zumba, and spinning; or play outside cross-country skiing, and ice-skating.

Historic memorabilia throughout the Lodge document pioneer families who came to this valley to work in coal mines and build the railroad. Just down the road in Roslyn, the tavern seen on TV’s “Northern Exposure” serves hearty country fare. Railroad history is nearby in the town of Cle Ellum, and the college community of Ellensburg offers entertainment.

Suncadia is a vision of the future, built to environmental standards, rooted in Northwestern family lifestyle.

For more information call (866) 904-6300 or visit

Media Contact: Kristin Rieffin, Richmond Public Relations: 206/682-6979


Based in Washington, D.C., Bernard Burt authored “Fodor’s Healthy Escapes” and “100 Best Spas of the World.” His upcoming book “Spectacular Spas” documents design trends worldwide. Online:
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