The Lodge

The Lodge

A mountain resort for every season

With over 3,000 acres of magnificent wilderness as your private playground, Sun Mountain Lodge offers fun-filled activities for every age and ability. Described as a “recreational fantasyland” by the Lonely Planet, we invite you to create the family vacation of your dreams. Explore all of the activities!

Spring

Rivers run wild, and life emerges everywhere. The month of May brings the most spectacular show of the season, with brilliant yellow wildflowers covering the hillsides and wildflowers of every color. Hikers and cyclists are out enjoying the first hints of warmth, and rafters are treated to the thrills of a lifetime on the Methow River. Everything is alive.

Summer

Warm, sunny days, starry nights. Welcome to summer in the mountains of the North Cascades! Hiking trails in the Valley and foothills are open by June, and most of the high country trails are accessible by July. Mountain lakes are teeming with fish, mountain biking is ready for you, as are horseback riding, trail running, road cycling, rock climbing, swimming and boating.

Fall

No need to travel to Vermont to see fall colors. There is nothing quite like our deciduous firs, the larches, bursting with golden hues throughout the mountains. Hiking this time of year is at its peak, fly fishing is in season and most all of the summer activities are still in full swing at least through October.

Winter

A quiet time in the Valley, when the crowds have faded, and a blanket of snow hushes life’s dull roar to a whisper. The mountains beckon backcountry skiers, while cross-country skiers make their first tracks in the newly groomed snow. Families strap on their snowshoes for a walk in snow-covered woods or climb aboard a horse-drawn sleigh just to see what dashing through the snow really feels like.

The Lodge

Inspired by the enduring beauty of nature, Sun Mountain Lodge reflects harmony with its surroundings down to the last detail. Enjoy your stay.

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Lodge Amenities

Sun Mountain Lodge has two outdoor heated swimming pools open during the summer season and two smaller outdoor hot pools open year-round.

For those rainy days or when you feel like spending an afternoon in the Lodge, enjoy the Cascade Room equipped with pool tables, ping pong, foosball and more to appeal to all ages.

You’ll also find a spa, two restaurants, pickleball, tennis, a library, trailheads, a private lake beach front, a petting zoo, EV Charging stations, and two playgrounds on the grounds. Book a horse ride, rent a canoe, or borrow a sled to enjoy our sledding hill during your stay.

Lodgings

From the elegant rooms and breathtaking views of the North Cascade Mountains, to the cabins nestled along the shores of Patterson Lake provide a peaceful retreat surrounded by the region’s wilderness. Sun Mountain Lodge ensures an unforgettable stay that captures the essence of the awe-inspiring North Cascades.

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Patterson Lake

Patterson Lake Cabins and trails! Swimming, Boating, Fishing, Sun Mountain Lodge has 16 family (and doggy!) friendly cabins on the gorgeous, 1.5-mile-long Patterson Lake.

Activities on the lake

Boating options are available throughout the spring to autumn seasons in the Methow Valley. One mile from the Lodge is Patterson Lake, open year-round for fishing. Rent a rowboat, paddleboard, or canoe from our Adventures Shop mid-June through early September. Fishing rods are also available.

Questions?
You may reach us by e-mail at adventures@sunmountainlodge.com
or phone us directly at (509) 996-4735

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Sun Mountain Ranch

Adventure all year long

Join us at Sun Mountain Ranch, nestled within the scenic Sun Mountain Lodge grounds. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a first-timer, our well-trained horses are here to make your adventure memorable. The Sun Mountain Ranch also offers a charming petting zoo. Get up close and personal with various adorable animals, including pigs, goats, chickens, guinea pigs, bunnies, and even a pheasant. It’s an experience that’s perfect for animal lovers of all ages. Stop by anytime or reserve a horseback ride through the Adventures Shop.

Horseback at the ranch

Horseback riding at Sun Mountain Lodge is an experience showcases the heart of the  Cascade Mountains. Guided by experienced wranglers, visitors take a scenic journey. Horseback riding at Sun Mountain Lodge an unforgettable escapade into nature’s embrace.

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Awards

2022

  • Four Diamond Award for the Dining Room
  • Open Table’s “Diner’s Choice Award”
  • “Best Mountain Resort” Evening Magazine’s The Best Northwest Escapes Awards 2022

2021

  • Four Diamond Award for the Dining Room
  • World Travel’s Award Winner for: Washington State’s Leading Resort

2021

  • Loved by Guests 2021 Hotels.com award.

2020

  • AAA Four Diamond Award for the Dining Room

2019

  • AAA Four Diamond Award for the Dining Room
  • AAA Sun Mountain Lodge has been named a 2019 AAA Inspector’s Best Of Housekeeping hotel, an award that indicates our property’s cleanliness and condition rank in the top 25% of the 27,000 AAA Inspected & Approved hotels.
  • Evening Magazine’s Northwest Escapes Awards: Best Mountain Resort

2018

2017

  • AAA Four Diamond Award for the Dining Room
  • DiRoNa: Achievement of Distinction in Dining

2016

History

Sun Mountain Lodge was founded in 1968 by Jack Barron with a spectacular dining room designed by renowned Pacific Northwest architect Roland Terry.

Sun Mountain Lodge was purchased in 1987 by the Haub family of Germany and greatly expanded. The new Lodge opened in 1990 with a full-service spa, exercise room, recreation center, gift shop, library, and updated guest rooms.

Sun Mountain Lodge has undergone much renovation and refurbishment over the years, including the transformation of the pool and hot tubs and the expansion of the Wolf Creek Bar & Grill with its magnificent deck. New cabins designed by Boe Architects of Tacoma and built by local craftsmen were added at Patterson Lake in 2002.

The conference facility capacity was doubled in 2007 to more than 4,000 square feet and accommodation for up to person 300 weddings and banquets. The Pasayten Room features vast windows overlooking the Methow River Valley and the Okanogan National Forest, equipped with the latest audio-visual technology. Sun Mountain Lodge has a rich history; many new and old handcrafted items add to its unique atmosphere.

Internationally renowned architecture firm Olson Kundig led the refresh of the guest rooms, lobby, and conference spaces in the Main Lodge in 2023. While rooms and public areas were updated, the Lodge’s rustic and serene appeal was preserved.

High-speed Wi-Fi, including the 16 cabins along Lake Patterson, is available throughout the property.

Travel Info

Driving

From the Seattle/Tacoma Area:

Take I-5 North.  Merge onto I-405 S via EXIT 182 toward Bellevue/Renton.  Merge onto WA-522 E via EXIT 23A toward WA-202/Monroe/Wenatchee.  Merge onto US-2 E/Stevens Pass Hwy toward Wenatchee.  Stay on US-2 for about 95 miles.

At Wenatchee, merge onto US-2 E/US-97 N toward Okanogan/Spokane, crossing the bridge over the Columbia River.   Turn left at the junction with Hwy. 2/97 and continue north to Okanogan/Orondo/Brewster/Pateros for approximately 52 miles. This route follows the east side of the Columbia River and is a faster route than 97A. Continue on Highway 97 towards Okanogan bearing left at the “Y” junction at Orondo, where Highway 2 turns right to Spokane. Approximately 52 miles north of Wenatchee, turn left at Pateros onto Highway 153 (20) to Winthrop. Drive approximately 31 miles west through Twisp, and at about 6 miles west of Twisp, just past milepost 196, turn left onto Twin Lakes Road. 1.6 miles up Twin Lakes Road, turn left onto Patterson Lake Road, and continue up past the lake for 6.4 miles to the Lodge.

This route is marked with Sun Mountain Lodge signs from Twin Lakes Road.

Alternate Route:

Follow I-90 east over Snoqualmie Pass to the junction with Highway 97 at the WA-970 N exit, EXIT 85, toward WA-903 N/Wenatchee.  Continue over Blewett Pass to the junction with Highway 2, 4 miles east of Leavenworth. Turn right onto Highway 2 East to Wenatchee and follow the directions above from Wenatchee.

 

North Cascades Route:

From I-5, approximately 65 miles north of Seattle, turn east at Exit 230 onto Highway 20 (the North Cascades Highway) at Burlington. Follow Highway 20 through Sedro Woolley, Concrete, Rockport, Marblemount, and Newhalem, approximately 132 miles east of Winthrop.

Continue on Highway 20 into Winthrop, crossing the bridge, and turn right at the 4-way stop downtown. Continue through town for approximately 1 mile. The road then curves to the right, crossing another bridge across the Methow River, and immediately after crossing the bridge, the road will “Y” – turn right onto Twin Lakes Road. Follow this road 3.2 miles to Patterson Lake Road. Turn right onto Patterson Lake Road, and follow the signs 6.4 miles to Sun Mountain Lodge.

This is the most popular and scenic route to Eastern Washington 

** however **

this pass is closed from approximately mid-November through mid-April from 17 miles west of Winthrop to just east of Newhalem. It may close during the summer season due to rockslides. Please check the Mountain Pass Road Information Reports to verify the pass is open.

 

From the East – Spokane:

Drive west on Highway 2 through Reardan, Davenport, and Creston to the junction with Highway 174 just west of Wilbur. Turn right at this junction, and proceed NE on 174 through Grand Coulee to Leahy and Bridgeport. Continue west on 173 past Chief Joseph Dam through Bridgeport, cross the Columbia River, to the junction with Highway 97 at Brewster. Turn left and follow Highway 97 down the west side of the Columbia River, approximately 7 miles to Pateros. Just after crossing the bridge at Pateros, turn right onto Highway 153 (to 20). Drive approximately 31 miles west through Twisp and about 6 miles west of Twisp, just past milepost 196, turn left onto Twin Lakes Road. 1.6 miles up, turn left onto Patterson Lake Road, and continue up past the lake for 6.4 miles to the Lodge.

This route is marked with Sun Mountain Lodge signs from Twin Lakes Road.

From the North – Vancouver, British Columbia:

From the border crossing into Washington State, drive approximately 46.5 miles south on I5 to Exit 230 toward WA-20/Burlington/Anacortes.

Summer travelers:  Follow North Cascades Highway (20) directions above.

Winter travelers (or whenever the North Cascades Highway (20) is closed:  From the border entering Washington State, drive approximately 82 miles south on I5 to Exit 194.   Merge onto US-2 E toward Wenatchee/Snohomish.  Stay on US-2 for about 95 miles.  Follow the directions above for “From the Seattle/Tacoma Area” from Wenatchee.

From the east side of the mountains — Kelowna/Penticton/Osoyoos area:

From the border crossing into Washington State, follow US Hwy 97 approximately 50 miles south to the junction with Highway 20 towards Winthrop.  Turn right onto Hwy 20 and follow it over the Loup Loup Pass, approximately 28.7 miles to the junction with Hwy 153.   Turn right and follow Hwy 20, approximately 2.5 miles to Twisp.  From Twisp, continue on Hwy 20 to about 6 miles west of Twisp.  Just past milepost 196, turn left onto Twin Lakes Road.  1.6 miles up, turn left onto Patterson Lake Road, and continue up past the lake for 6.4 miles to the Lodge.

This route is marked with Sun Mountain Lodge signs from Twin Lakes Road.

ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING STATIONS:

Sun Mountain Lodge now offers an electric car charging station for Sun Mountain Lodge overnight guests.

Centrally located at the south end of the Gardner Building, the three chargers are under a small roof covering. Two Level II chargers, and a ClipperCreek, Inc. HCS model. The EV charging area is lit from dusk to dawn. There is no charge for guests to utilize the EV charging station; it will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

More information and maps are available here:

Cascade Loop EV Charging Station Map

PLUG-IN EV Station Map

Mountain Pass Info

Toll-Free (800) 695-7623 or (206) 368-4499

Online at: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/passes (valid October 15 – March 31 or as conditions change)

Find updated pass reports below:

Ground Transportation

The “Methow Motion“ shuttle service, Winthrop/Twisp, WA – Located in the Methow Valley, nestled in the heart of the Cascade Mountains. Methow Motion is currently the only local shuttle service operating under USFS special use permit. We provide recreational trailhead drops/pick-ups within the Okanogan – Wenatchee National Forest areas for access to the Pacific Crest Trail System.
509 996 2894, or reservations@methowmotion20.com

Wenatchee Valley Shuttle Charters (509) 293-5773, or wvsstaff@gmail.com

Starline Luxury Coaches: Coaches serving guests from 16 passengers up to 56 passengers. (800) 407-7154

Lakeside Limousine of Chelan (509) 470-0333

Charter bus information, from Seattle: http://charterbusamerica.com/

Air Transportation

Flying in from out of state?

Most major carriers serve SeaTac, and nearly as many serve Spokane.

To reach Sun Mountain Lodge from Seatac, we suggest flying into Pangborn Memorial Airport in Wenatchee via Horizon Air, then renting a car for the 1 1/2 to 2-hour drive to Sun Mountain Lodge. Pangborn in Wenatchee offers two daily departures via Alaska to Sea-Tac (6:00 am or 1:50 pm), and two daily arrivals via Alaska from Sea-Tac (1:09 pm or 11:55 pm)

Bellingham International Airport is an excellent option when the North Cascades Highway opens.It is 168 miles from Sun Mountain Lodge, about a 3.5-hour drive. The airport offers direct flights to and from eight destinations via Alaska, Allegiant, and Southwest Airlines.

Or, rent a car in Seattle and drive over one of the Cascade Mountain passes. From Spokane, rental cars are available for the 3 1/2 to 4-hour drive to Sun Mountain.

For private pilots, the Methow Valley State Airport is at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base (509) 997-2031 near Winthrop. It is a 5,050-foot long hard-surfaced, lighted facility with fuel service available. They now have webcams available here. FAA Identifier: S52.

For more information: http://www.airnav.com/airport/S52
Our other local airport, 2S0 located at Twisp, is also available. Visit their website at www.twispairport.com or visit AirNav for more information: http://www.airnav.com/airport/2S0

Charter services available: Catlin Flying Service, Twisp, (509) 997-4602 features a Piper Cherokee Six comfortably seating five people.

Sun Mountain offers complimentary van service to and from the Methow Valley State Airport for groups of five or less. For larger groups, please contact The “Methow Motion“ shuttle service, Winthrop/Twisp, WA – (509) 996-2894,

info@methowmotion20.com

Information on this page was compiled for informational purposes only ~ not intended as a recommendation.

We look forward to welcoming you. (509) 996-2211

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