We’ve found perfect Pacific Northwest family resorts for any time of year. You might want a rustic vibe. Maybe you’re in the mood for something more lux. Just know that every one is kid friendly, big on special deals and a great base for exploring the astonishing Pacific Northwest.
Lake Quinalt Lodge, Washington: vintage Pacific Northwest grandeur
Lake Quinault Lodge is near Olympic National Park & Forest. It’s a Pacific Northwest resort that has stayed blissfully disconnected from the modern world. Built in 1926, the grand lodge welcomes families with rustic charm, warmth and comfort. Unwind in front of the majestic fireplace. Dine in the historic Roosevelt Dining Room. Take the kids paddleboarding and fishing. Or go for a hike in nearby Olympic National Park.
Kalaloch Lodge, Forks, Washington: beachfront in Olympic National Park
Kalaloch Lodge nestles between driftwood-lined beaches and soaring evergreen forests. This cozy resort has a laid-back Pacific Northwest vibe and sits inside Olympic National Park. You’ve a range of lodging options from the main lodge to cute shorefront cabins. There are rooms overlooking the ocean too. If kids can’t bear to be parted from pets, Kalaloch Lodge offers a Bring The Dog rate for your entire stay, and the nearby beach is dog-friendly.
Alderbrook Resort & Spa, Union, Washington: a classic Pacific Northwest family resort
Families have been making memories at Alderbrook Resort since 1913. Newly refreshed, it’s an easy two hours from Seattle. But surrounded by the Olympic Mountains, the resort feels like another world. It sits on the edge of Hood Canal, a glacier-carved fjord that’s home to eagles, osprey, salmon and seals. Choose from luxurious family rooms and suites or delightful one and two bedroom country cottages with canal views. There’s also an indoor saltwater pool in its own beautiful glasshouse. And the spa’s worth making time for too.
Paradise Inn, Ashford, Washington: set in Mount Rainier National Park
Paradise Inn is designated as a ‘Great Lodge of the Pacific Northwest’. A title it could earn from location alone. You’ll find it in the peaceful southwest of Mount Rainier National Park. And an elevation of 5,400 feet makes for stunning views. Casual and cozy with a relaxed family-friendly restaurant and big fireplaces, this is a great slice of escapism for kids. Visit in winter and you can rent snowshoes or cross country skis.
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum, Washington: year round outdoor adventure for families
Enormous Suncadia Resort is just east of Seattle. It’s a year round family adventures. Makes as much fun of snow as sun in this part of the Pacific Northwest. And it spreads over 6,400 acres of woodland near the Cle Elum River. Condominium size lodgings are ideal for families. Kids can look forward to a packed activity programme. The resort also has several excellent restaurants, plus its very own seasonal Food Truck (find it tucked by the ice rink in winter). Spring and fall Escape and Play family golf packages are great value.
Lakedale Resort, San Juan Island, Washington: laid back luxury in the Pacific Northwest
The ferry from Seattle to San Juan Island is great fun for kids. But nothing compared to Lakedale Resort. This lux spread includes a 10 room hotel, real log cabins, glamping cabins and family camping. There are three freshwater lakes for swimming and paddling in summer. Nature trails, fishing, horseshoe pits and boat rentals add to the sense of adventure. And if that’s not enough there’s picnicking and barbecuing too. Look out for Lakedale specials year round.
Hallmark Resort & Spa, Cannon Beach, Oregon: seafront with sensational views
Hallmark Resort & Spa sits right on Cannon Beach in Oregon. Many of the rooms have amazing views of iconic Haystack Rock. And if kids need an afternoon boost, they hand out hot chocolate chip cookies – another sweet touch from this family friendly resort. Supplies are always available if you want to have a beach bonfire – complete with s’mores. Plus there’s a fantastic indoor pool and cruiser bikes to borrow. Hallmark’s another Pacific Northwest resort with good packages year round.
Timberline Lodge, Timberline Lodge, Oregon: the iconic Pacific Northwest winter resort
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area offers one of North America’s most exciting alpine experiences. It’s set high on the shoulder of one of the most iconic peaks in the Pacific Northwest. Luxury condominiums make for a fun ‘mountain town’ feel. And if you haven’t tried family skiing in Oregon yet, this is the place to pick first.
Crater Lake Lodge, Klamath Falls, Oregon: the resort in Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake Lodge is a great base for exploring Crater Lake National Park. The lake’s actually a caldera created after the eruption of Mount Mazama round about 5670BC. Hiking in the park is amazing too. Or take a daily boat tour and immerse in the splendour. There are excellent guided walks to try as well. Crater Lodge is open from May to October.
The Suttle Lodge, Sisters, Oregon: heart of Deschutes National Forest
Suttle Lake has drawn families to its fun since the 1920s. It’s tucked in the heart of Oregon’s Deschutes National Forest. And modern Suttle Lodge is a perfect mix of rustic quaintness and cushy comforts. Families will love paddling a canoe around the glacier-carved lake. Or try fly-fishing in a mountain river and trail hiking nearby. The Boathouse restaurant serves up refined Pacific Northwest dishes created with local sourced ingredients.