"Sometimes you just need to go off the grid and get your soul right."
If you're in the Washington area and looking for a perfect getaway, this place is heaven. We first stayed at Sun Mountain Lodge in the quiet beauty of the mountains of Winthrop in the Methow Valley 5 years ago for our second wedding anniversary. Ryan missed our last 3 anniversaries due to work up in Alaska, and we were facing that happening again this year. But he surprised me with a short visit home, and while I'm still filled to the brim with work, he persuaded me to take two days to unplug and be together to celebrate. Two days of peaceful restoration before we returned to the hustle.
We had a mountain facing room, which was well worth the upgrade, watching the deer in the early morning light and then the breathtaking sunsets painted across the stunning mountain range. The food is exceptional and paired with more spectacular views from the dining room made for great starts to the day. My favorite breakfast was their oatmeal with fresh berry compote & Ryan loved their biscuits and gravy.
Ryan and I both have very physical jobs that are busiest in the summer, so come fall our bodies tend to feel a bit broken. So on our first day we booked massages and they were hands down the best massages either of us have ever had. We've had our fair share at different doctors & resorts, so believe me when I say this is no small compliment. We were euphoric for hours afterwards & it was the most heavenly way to begin our stay.
Another must at Sun Mountain is a horseback ride. Their staff are so awesome & friendly and they have options for all ages & experience levels. Horseback riding is one of my favorite activities & there is no better way to explore the valleys & mountains, especially when everything is bursting with fall colors.
During our second day we ventured into the quaint western town of Winthrop, found some treasures & met more friendly locals. Our final evening there, we hiked to a small spot nearby and watched the harvest moon rise over the eastern ridge.
"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." - F. Scott Fitzgerald