Community July 29, 2021

7 Unique Retreats in Washington

If you’re in need of a vacation to relax and recharge, here are seven of our favorite unique retreats. From family-friendly vacations to adults-only spa retreats, we’ve included something for everyone. Washington state has so many beautiful places to enjoy and these seven are sure to amaze and inspire.


Alderbrook Resort and Spa in Union


Situated on the shore of the picturesque Hood Canal, the Alderbrook Resort is tucked away in nature. Available activities include yoga on the beach, boat excursions and kayak rentals, guided hikes, and forest meditation. Guests have the choice of rooms or cottages, some of which are pet-friendly. Live music enhances the weekend atmosphere, and available activities change with the seasons. 

Travel Time from Bainbridge Island: 1 hour and 20 minutes (59 miles)

Post Hotel in Leavenworth


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This adult-only retreat brings the Alps’ wellness concepts to the mountains of Leavenworth. Throughout the hotel, you can enjoy multiple relaxation lounges, saunas, steam rooms, pools, and a truly luxurious feel. A European breakfast, light lunch, and coffee and tea are all provided. If you want to explore the outdoors, you can rent bicycles, snowshoes, or cross-country skis. Or, check out the putting course nearby. For an upgraded experience, spa services are available.

Travel Time from Bainbridge Island: 3 hours and 20 minutes (130 miles + ferry)

Rosario Resort on Orcas Island


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A gem along the Eastsound of Orcas Island, the Rosario Resort is on the National Register of Historic Places. The resort is spread out over 40 acres with incredible views around every corner. The Moran Museum provides a colorful history of the resort as well as the history of famous shipbuilder Robert Moran. Self-guided tours are available. There are multiple pools on-site, three restaurants, a spa, and activities in the marina. 

Travel Time from Bainbridge Island: 4.5 hours (125 miles + 2 ferries)

Ross Lake Resort in Ross Lake, Northern Cascades

A true “away from it all” experience, Ross Lake Resort is a floating oasis in the middle of the Northern Cascades. It is open seasonally from mid-June to October. Although you must book far in advance, this floating resort is worth the wait. Established in 1952, the Ross Lake Resort was constructed on what was formerly a floating logging camp. You can stay at the lodge, camp, or visit for a day trip. There are no on-site restaurants or stores, so bring your own food and supplies.

Travel Time from Bainbridge Island: 3.5 hours (135 miles + ferry + boat)

Salish Lodge & Spa in Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls is one of the most iconic landmarks in Washington, and this lodge is perched just above it. Being a guest of Salish Lodge means you have exclusive access to golf at the private Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Course in Washington. A full-service spa and pools round out the retreat vibe of this local gem. This is also a great setting for meetings, weddings, and events, and the restaurant and falls view make for a great day trip destination.

Travel Time from Bainbridge Island: 1.5 hours (38 miles + ferry)

Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine

A getaway for the whole family! Semiahmoo offers kayak, standup paddleboarding, and bicycle rentals. Additionally, you can enjoy all kinds of activities on-site including live music, lawn games, outdoor movies, beach bonfires, fine dining, golf, a heated pool, and a spa with an array of treatments. Near the Canadian border, this resort has something for everyone. If you’re planning a trip there, be sure to check out their Resort Guide (PDF). It’s a helpful reference tool. 

Travel Time from Bainbridge Island: 3 hours (120 miles)

Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum

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One of the largest resorts in our state, Suncadia sits on 6,000+ acres of beautiful forest with three golf courses, multiple restaurants, miles of hiking and biking trails, and tons to see and do. Their summer activity guide is a great resource for everything available from kayak and ATV rentals to guided fishing excursions, concerts, and art. Winter activities include skiing and tubing. This resort is a true way to experience so many of Washington’s best recreation options.

Travel Time from Bainbridge Island: 2.5 hours (93 miles + ferry)