Between work drama and holiday stress, the only thing you want to occupy is a vacation. Steal away for the weekend to one of these wintry locales.
Ski bunnies should hop south to Crystal Mountain, where a new 23-cabin gondola — the first in the state — promises an easier way to explore Mount Rainier.
What to do: Take in the scenic ten-minute trip up and ski back down. Or stop in for a belly-warming meal at Summit House restaurant, where Northwest-inspired dishes await.
Where to stay: Rest your head at any of the resort’s hotels or condos for a true lodge experience.
The tiny Central Washington town is best known for its role in cult ’90s TV hit Northern Exposure, but its sweetness remains decades later.
What to do: Peruse the quaint shops that line the streets of the one-horse town and grab a bite at the famous Roslyn Cafe.
Where to stay: At Suncadia Resort, just minutes from Roslyn, there’s nothing you can’t do; choose from ice-skating, tubing, snowmobiling, or cross-country skiing. Rather stay dry and warm? Check out its winery, four restaurants, and luxurious Glade Spring Spa.
For hearty noshes and holiday cheer a-plenty, the bustling Bavarian village is your spot.
What to do: Be thankful for an abundance of traditional German fare, sledding in the town center, and an annual tree-lighting ceremony that draws thousands.
Where to stay: Sleeping Lady, tucked away just outside of town, where private cabins dot snow-filled trails along the Icicle River.
Outdoorsy types flock to the Methow Valley for its myriad recreation options, but even nonathletic visitors can sightsee and sup in downtown Winthrop and Mazama.
What to do: Strap on some snowshoes or cross-country skis and burn a few hundred calories trekking along any of the hiking trails.
Where to stay: Perched atop the Valley, Sun Mountain Lodge offers ski lessons, spa treatments, and gourmet dinners.
Winter brings stunning views and the opportunity to enjoy some sun (the area sees 300 days of sunshine per year).
What to do: Bundle up for a day of cross-country skiing and snow play at Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area and Echo Valley Ski and Tube Hill. Cap off the night with a tasting at any of the region’s top wineries (Nefarious Cellars is a favorite).
Where to stay: The newly renovated, grown-people-only Lake View Hotel is a respite for kid-weary weekenders; family-friendly Campbell’s Resort has a few more bells and whistles.
Photos: Jason Anglin / Courtesy of Crystal Mountain Resort; Kathy Quirk-Syvertsen / Getty Images; Sami Sarkis / Getty Images