Washington State Getaways

The state of Washington has many attractions, from the urban views of the Seattle Space Needle to the majesty of Mount Saint Helens. Spa getaways in Washington State provide a great way to experience the state. The best spa getaways in Washington State combine the elegance and comfort of a luxury resort with the rustic beauty of a scenic location.

Many of the best spa getaways in Washington State are within easy driving distance of Seattle. Leading Seattle spas include the Hothouse Spa and Sauna in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, an affordable spa designed especially for women; the trendy (and costly) Jeremy Todd Wellness Spa and Salon at the Four Season Hotel in downtown Seattle; and Habitude at the Locks, an all-organic spa located near the Ballard Locks by the Pacific Ocean.

Weekends at a spa make perfect romantic getaways in Washington State. Great places for romantic getaways in Washington State include Alderbrook Resort & Spa on the scenic shores of Hood Canal on the Olympic Peninsula, across Puget Sound from Seattle. The resort is only accessible by driving around Puget Sound or catching a ferry. Salish Lodge and Spa, situated atop Snoqualmie Falls, also makes special efforts to cater to couples, with guided tours into the Cascade Mountains and secluded hydrotherapy pools.

Another good choice for romantic getaways in Washington State is Skamania Lodge, situated on 175 verdant acres in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The area is excellent for hiking in Washington; the awe-inspiring Multnomah Falls and dozens of other waterfalls are a short hike away. Rosario Resort & Spa is an even more secluded place for spa getaways in Washington State. Rosario is located in the beautiful San Juan Islands, so is inaccessible except by ferry or floatplane.

For particular unique spa getaways in Washington State, it is hard to beat Cave B Inn. The inn doubles as a winery and is surrounded by Columbia Cascade wine country. Cave B Inn offers tours of the winery and has the well-regarded Sagecliff spa.

Vacations at spas do not always make for inexpensive Washington State getaways. For inexpensive Washington State getaways in the heart of the mountains, try camping in one of the states parks or forests. If staying in a tent is not your cup of tea, you can always rent a yurt or cabin in one of the state's many parks. Yurts are circular, domed tents made of heavy, durable canvas. They come equipped with heaters, lights, beds, and even kitchenettes. These unique structures, which are modeled after traditional Central Asia homes, have found increasing popularity as inexpensive Washington State getaways. Prices start at $50 a night for up to six people. Contact Washington State parks to reserve berths.

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