Winter has just begun and even though we're tightening the hoods of our windbreakers to brace the freezing rain, the Pacific Northwest has plenty of snow-covered escapes for every winter enthusiast. Weather you prefer your wintertime skiing, snowmobiling, or ice skating or relaxing by a warm fire in a cozy lodge we have the perfect getaway for you.
Just a few hours away, Washington's Bavarian backyard has all the necessities for a winter escape that can be enjoyed in a simple day trip. With miles of snowshoeing, sledding, cross-country and downhill skiing, Leavenworth has winter recreation every outdoor enthusiast will love. In addition to Leavenworth's local skiing, Mission Ridge and Stevens Pass are both a reasonable driving distance from Leavenworth making it a wonderful base for a winter vacation. After a long day of winter activities, Levenworth's breweries and distilleries are the best way to relax or try the brats at München Haus if you're looking to indulge in the towns German influences. With the nearby resorts, local restaurants, charming shops you will have a winter vacation that will appeal to a variety of interests.
Methow Valley, WA.
Nestled in the North Cascade mountain range, the Methow Valley is the Northwest’s most popular destination recreation area including the towns of Pateros, Twisp, Winthrop, and Mazama. This breathtaking region is a favorite destination for outdoor adventurists particularly for the cross country skiing and snowshoeing. For a special winter getaway, stay at the world-class Sun Mountain Lodge for excellent dining experiences, spa treatments, and even a sleigh ride with toasty hot chocolate that the whole family will love.
Although its a bit of a drive, Whistler is a true winter wonderland worth checking out. Aside from the skiing and snowboarding, you can enjoy an assortment of activities including exploring the pedestrian-only village, ice skating, ice fishing, and even dog sledding. This former Olympic village hosts a variety of accommodation options for the perfect place to unwind after a day of snow filled fun.
Government Camp, OR.
By Mt. Hood Territory (Government Camp at night - horizontal - 237) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
We can all thank the Mount Hood glacier for the year round ski-season at Government Camp. With a reputation as an ideal destination for hikers, bikers, and campers Mount Hood appeals to adventurers all year around. During the winter, Government Camp transforms into a Swiss inspired winter wonderland providing guests of all ages with snowshoeing, skiing, ice skating, and sledding. But if you're looking for something a little easier, or less expensive, snow tubing is the winter activity for you. No skills, coordination, or pricey gear is needed, which is why it's one of the most favored activities, especially for families. Look for the Public Sno-Parks located throughout the forest and you will find hills perfect for tubing. Make sure to bring your own tube or sled for free tubing and a parking permit at one of the stores in town. From the breathtaking views to the quirky village, Government camp is guaranteed to be an ideal winter excursion fit for the whole family.
Seattle Refined: Last Minute Winter Road Trips http://seattlerefined.com/travel/last-minute-winter-weekend-road-trips
Trip Savvy: Winter Vacations in Washington State https://www.tripsavvy.com/winter-vacations-in-washington-state-1609221
Seattle Magazine: Best Northwest Winter Getaways http://seattlemag.com/article/best-northwest-winter-getaways