Eight Reasons to Visit the North Cascades in Spring | Sun Mountain Lodge

 

Winthrop, Washington, is a charming destination year-round, but spring adds a special touch to its incredible appeal.

Here are eight reasons why you should consider visiting the Methow Valley in the spring.

 

1 | Wonderous Winthrop Wildflowers

Spring brings a burst of color to Winthrop’s landscapes as bright yellow arrow-leaf balsam root, and purple lupine carpet the meadows and hillsides. In late May dinner guests will see broad patches of yellow covering whole sections of the hillsides across the valley. Take a hike or drive through the Methow Valley to witness this natural spectacle.

2 | Milder Spring Air

Spring in Winthrop offers pleasantly mild temperatures, making it ideal for outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, and exploring the area without the heat of summer or the chill of winter.

Many wide open hillside hikes like the Meadowlark Area are best experienced in spring before the harsh sun leaves hikers exposed.

Spring is the best time to see Pipestone Canyon for yourself, before the rattlesnakes wakes up as the summer sun warms the canyon.

3 | Outdoor Adventures

With the snow melting away, spring opens up opportunities for various outdoor adventures such as hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and horseback riding. The Methow Valley boasts an extensive trail network suitable for all skill levels.

The Sunflower Marathon takes place each spring during the peek of wildflower season. Be sure to sign up early before it sells out.

4 | Birdwatching

Spring is the season of bird migration, and Sun Mountain Lodge is a haven for birdwatchers with thousands of acres to explore. Grab your binoculars and head to nearby birding hotspots like Patterson Lake or Big Valley for a chance to spot a diverse range of avian species.

5 | Festivals & Events

Sun Mountain Lodge hosts several wine dinners, concerts, and events in the spring, offering visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the local culture and cuisine.

Keep an eye out for other local events like the Winthrop Balloon Festival or the Winthrop ’49er Days Celebration, which typically take place during this time.

6 | Scenic Drives

Spring is an excellent time to embark on scenic drives around Winthrop and the Methow Valley. Cruise along the North Cascades Scenic Byway or the Cascade Loop Highway to admire breathtaking mountain vistas, cascading waterfalls, and vibrant spring foliage.

 

Our favorite local loop from downtown Winthrop, around Pearrygin Lake State Park and back to town by way of Bear Creek Golf Course. You’ll see stunning snow capped mountains over fields of spring time life with a few surprises along the way.

7 | Delicious Cuisine

Indulge in the flavors of spring by dining at at the Wolf Creek Bar and Grill or the Dining Room at Sun Mountain Lodge both of which emphasize seasonal ingredients sourced from nearby farms and producers. Savor farm-to-table cuisine, artisanal cheeses, and locally crafted beer and cider at the Lodge.  Dine in in Winthrop while soaking in the town’s rustic ambiance.

8 | Relaxation & Rejuvenation

Spring offers a quieter and more laid-back atmosphere compared to the bustling summer months, making it an ideal time for relaxation and rejuvenation. Book at massage in the Spa. Unwind at a cozy Patterson Lake Cabin, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the hillside, or simply bask in the tranquility of Winthrop’s natural surroundings.

Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventure, cultural experiences, or simply a peaceful retreat amidst scenic beauty, Sun Mountain Lodge in the spring has something to offer for every traveler.

 

Find lodging specials during this slower time of year.

Where history, nature and romance intersect in the Cascades

Written by
Laura Cross
Original Post

Nestled in the heart of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State, Sun Mountain Lodge invites couples to celebrate their nuptials surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of the Methow Valley. Recently honored by Fodor’s Travel as one of the Top 100 hotels in the world, this mountain retreat has evolved into a premier destination for weddings, offering a perfect blend of luxury and natural beauty.

Sun Mountain Lodge has a storied history, dating back to its founding in 1968 by Jack Barron. The lodge’s spectacular dining room, designed by renowned Pacific Northwest architect Roland Terry, immediately set the stage for a unique and memorable destination. In 1987, the Haub family of Germany acquired Sun Mountain Lodge, injecting new life and vision into the property. The lodge underwent significant expansion, leading to the opening of the new Lodge in 1990. This expansion included a full-service spa, exercise room, recreation center, gift shop, library, and updated guest rooms, enriching the guest experience.

The seasons paint a vivid tapestry of experiences at Sun Mountain Lodge, each offering its own unique opportunity to capture the magic of nature’s ever-changing beauty. No matter which season you choose to wed, each presents its own allure. Winter transforms the valley into a powdery wonderland, while charming towns offer cozy cabins for warming up by the fireplace. Couples can add a touch of romance with horse-drawn sleigh rides, enhancing their wedding celebration with the enchantment of the season. As snow bows out, spring introduces a sense of renewal as flowing rivers and vibrant wildflowers blanket the landscape, creating an ideal backdrop for weddings inspired by the beauty of nature. Summer welcomes warm temps, clear skies and starry nights, offering a plethora of outdoor activities that allows couples and guests to fully immerse themselves in the vibrant and picturesque setting. Finally, fall at Sun Mountain Lodge unveils a breathtaking display of foliage along the North Cascade Highway. Peak hiking, fly fishing and lingering summer activities create an ideal backdrop for weddings that not only celebrate love but also capture the magical transition of seasons throughout the year.

Michelle Elyse Photography

EVENTS SPACES

The Bluff
Capacity: Up to 300 guests
The Bluff, an outdoor venue at Sun Mountain Lodge, offers a breathtaking setting for weddings. Accommodating intimate gatherings to grand affairs, it provides a picturesque backdrop of the Methow Valley. With a flexible layout, sweeping territorial views and the charm of outdoor celebrations, The Bluff ensures a seamless fusion of elegance and natural beauty.

Pasayten Ballroom
Capacity: Up to 400 guests
The grand Pasayten Ballroom (which separates into Pasayten A and B) offers a luxurious indoor space. Accommodating up to 400 guests, it features a beautiful foyer, landscaped courtyard and a cozy patio for intimate gatherings. The state-of-the-art sound system ensures an audio excellence, designed to enhance every moment – from the first speech to the last dance.

Upper Lawn
Capacity: Up to 250 guests
The Upper Lawn is an outdoor haven that exudes elegance, ideal for both intimate gatherings and grand celebrations. This venue space offers a beautiful lake view and flexibility for ceremonies of all scales. A variety of tent sizes and configurations are available, customizing your experience for an unforgettable celebration.

Zachary Winters Photography

Methow Room
Capacity: Up to 56 guests
Perfect for hosting rehearsal dinners and intimate receptions, the Methow Room features picturesque views, a private 1,400 sq ft deck and a charming stone fireplace. Guests can enjoy privacy and exclusivity within this space, ensuring a truly personalized experience for small to medium-sized weddings.

Library
Capacity: Up to 12 guests
The Library offers irresistible charm, with its floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, a wood-burning fireplace and a cozy window seat. Perfect for intimate weddings, this setting creates an atmosphere akin to hosting in your own home.

Wine Cellar
Capacity: Up to 14 guests
Adorned with exquisite local craftsmanship, the Wine Cellar will transport you to Europe’s timeless cave cellars. Featuring a grand cherry wood dining table that can accommodate up to 14, this elegant space is perfect for rehearsal dinners and other intimate gatherings.

CATERING

Sun Mountain’s world-class catering team will take you and your guests on a culinary adventure that evolves with the seasons. Each menu is carefully crafted to align with local partners and emphasize sustainability, promising a sensory experience that will leave a lasting impression.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Sun Mountain Lodge has 112 guest rooms with a variety of room types: cozy cabins on a private beach at Patterson Lake, standard guest rooms in the main lodge and luxury accommodations featuring private patios and jetted tubs. Other amenities include a full-service activities shop, year-round gear rentals, two restaurants including the AAA-four diamond dining room and casual Bar and Grill, a petting zoo, a full-service spa, and a 5,000-bottle wine collection. Activities include horseback riding, mountain biking, pool, tennis, pickle ball, fishing, boating, hot tubs, and cross-country skiing.

From its diverse wedding spaces and world-class catering to a plethora of accommodations and amenities, Sun Mountain Lodge promises an unforgettable wedding experience where cherished memories are created.

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Be on the Lookout for what’s new in 2024 at Sun Mountain Lodge.

 

If you haven’t been to Winthrop recently, it’s time to plan a trip. With so many exciting renovations and updates, our entire team is looking forward to welcoming you.

New Spa Location

view from the new spa

We have some fantastic additions to showcase during your visit to the Lodge. One of the highlights is the construction of a brand-new spa in a breathtaking location. Even more exciting is that it will soon be expanded to a full-service spa! It will be ready to indulge our guests starting Mother’s Day weekend.

The Lookout

Another noteworthy feature is the unveiling of the Lookout, a new building on the property. This charming structure will serve as the halfway point for our sleigh rides, taking hot chocolate enthusiasts to the crest of a hill with panoramic views of Mt Gardner. With its rustic wooden beams and antique windows, the Lookout promises a magical experience. We’re already dreaming of creative ways to use it during warmer months.

Tamarack Dining Room

In addition, we’re excited to announce renamming the Dining Room to the Tamarack Dining Room, coinciding with the announcement of our new executive chef, Jeremy Taisey. Jeremy brings a wealth of experience, incredible accolades, and a repertoire of inventive dishes that will delight our guests.

Motor Home View Spots

For those seeking an overnight escape, we’re excited to share that twelve new Class-A motor home hookups will be ready this spring. Positioned along the drive up to the Lodge, these sites offer breathtaking views of Patterson Lake.

New Modern Rooms

You may have already seen the newly renovated rooms in the Main Lodge featuring walk-in showers with their sleek appearance. You’ll soon find updates on all of our guestrooms and even the cabins as well. Our accommodations will soon be even more comfortable, promoting a relaxing ambiance.

 

You’re also welcome to explore our impressive wine cellar if you haven’t had the chance to do so already. Trust us; it’s truly a sight to behold.

We can’t wait to share these exciting developments with you and create memorable experiences during your visit. If there’s anything specific you’d like to explore or if you have any special requests, please feel free to let us know in advance.

Looking forward to your visit!

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