Located 90 minutes from Seattle on the eastern slopes of Washington’s Cascade Mountains, Suncadia Resort opened in 2008 just before the economic crisis. It was designed especially as a tranquil retreat for groups like Microsoft and Boeing. As the economy picks up, Suncadia is starting to come into its own, and group rates are very attractive considering the setting and luxurious product.
The property includes a 254-room lodge and 18-room inn surrounded by endless miles of mossy Ponderosa pine trees stretching up the breathtaking valley into the mountains. Indoor meeting space is 16,000 sf; various outdoor spaces host groups up to 500 pax.
Special event options include the Nelson Dairy Farm, a ranch on property used for mountain-themed meetings and social functions. The intimate Nelson’s Cabin is another lodge located in the middle of the property with nice views of the river. The cozy hideaway accommodates groups of 30.
“The whole area is conducive to wellness and relaxing; it’s a great getaway from the urban environment,” says Scott Verrue, director of sales. “The feedback is always about the variety of activities, the dedicated meeting facilities and the location. Groups love that they have no distractions while they’re here; it’s just a really great escape.”
Verrue highly recommends the onsite Swiftwater Cellars winery for events. The venue has a 2,500-seat amphitheater and the Hoist House restaurant with a fireside lounge and private patio. For teambuilding, the pretty Cle Elum River runs through the property so fly fishing is a popular group activity. There are also two top-ranked golf courses onsite.