Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Weekend Away at Suncadia

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This past weekend, I headed to Suncadia for a weekend away. I was graciously hosted by Diamond PR and Suncadia. I could not have had a better time. Suncadia never disappoints.

On Friday afternoon, I left the kids with a sitter and headed east. Traffic was terrible leaving the city and I arrived a bit late which meant I missed out on a tour of the property. Luckily this was not my first visit so I had a pretty good idea of the lay of the land. After settling into my room, I met up with the rest of my group for dinner at Portals, the restaurant on-site in the lodge. I've had breakfast there in the past but not dinner. I ordered the Elk Shepard's Pie and it was amazing. The dish was rich and full of hygge comfort. The portion was giant though so while I wanted to finish the entire plate, I could only fit about half in. After dinner, we all headed back to our rooms to rest up for the busy weekend ahead.

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My room was HUGE. I had a kitchen, living area, giant bathroom and a separate bedroom. I could see my whole family enjoying this space. The room also had a full fridge and a washer/dryer which is a huge bonus when doing so many outdoor activities.

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Saturday morning arrived with a brisk rain which put a slight damper on my spirits. We had a Guided Beer and Bike Tour on the schedule and I wasn't feeling too hip on riding in the rain. Luckily, the clouds parted and we were able to hop on some bikes for a ride to Roslyn. We headed to The Brick to sample some local brews before snagging lunch at Base Camp Books and Bites.

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Afterwards we biked back to Suncadia and then headed to the Glade Spa for spa treatments. I had a facial and for the first time in my entire life, I was told I had great skin. Seriously, that has never happened. I guess my lack of make-up and infrequent moisturizing is going well!

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After our spa treatments we had time to roam the property or relax in our rooms. I decided to head to my room to read and relax. It was such a treat! I rarely get quiet time so I soaked it in. For dinner, we enjoyed a cider tasting sampling with some great harvest tastes. There may have been a Diary Queen run after dinner where I was able to get a beloved blizzard. I don't know why I like them so much. 

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After sleeping a ton, I was up and at it on Sunday morning. I enjoyed breakfast alone at  Portals before meeting up with the group for an excursion into Cle Elum. We stopped by the bakery and Owen Meats. They had a meat jerky vending machine which was so exciting! A MEAT VENDING MACHINE! 

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We explored town and then the group headed out on a hike while I headed back to my room to get some work done. We met up in the afternoon and went to the Harvest Fest for some nibbles. I also got to shoot a bow and arrow! I actually shot an arrow through a pumpkin so basically I'm the next Katniss.

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Later that night, we met up for a final dinner at Smokey's BBQ. I ordered the "World Famous Train-wreck" which is pretty much everything on the menu on one plate. It was so good and definitely gave me heartburn later (totally worth it though). I left the group and headed home. They were all flying out the next day but I needed to get home and let's be honest, I missed my family! I can't wait to get away and then when I do, all I want to do is get back to them. #can'twin!

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Check out the article I wrote for Seattle's Child on Suncadia's Fall Offerings.
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