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May 28, 2012 / HL

Weekend Getaway to the Alderbrook Resort and Spa

Alderbrook Resort and Spa

We received a gift card for the Alderbrook Resort and Spa as a wedding present, so this weekend we decided to put it towards a weekend getaway to celebrate my 30th birthday, Dub-C completing a program at UW and to kickstart some new life changes we have coming up this year (and, no, that does not include a little one anytime soon!). With Memorial Day this weekend, we thought it was the perfect time for this trip.

Alderbrook Resort and Spa

The Alderbrook Resort and Spa is about a 2-hour road trip from Seattle, by ferry or through Tacoma. Since moving to Seattle, Dub-C has been trying to talk me into going camping which is something I’ve never done. After an episode of TRHoOC where the ladies went glamping (glam camping), I was really interested in a luxurious way to get out into the wilderness and this trip to Alderbrook seemed like a great chance. It’s right in the heart of the Hood Canal and has access to many of the camping-type activities but with the convenience of a lovely comfy room.

Alderbrook Resort and Spa

Look at this view. Isn’t it amazing? The resort has its very own marina and our room overlooked it, with the Olympic National Forest in the background. It’s absolutely breathtaking.

Alderbrook Resort and Spa

On the dock, the Hood Canal Adventures is stationed with access to all types of water sports you would like. We did not do any of these activities, but it would have been awesome to do if we had more time.

Alderbrook Resort and Spa

Alderbrook Resort and Spa

The resort has a lot of amenities. Dub-C and I splurged on spa treatments – I got a facial and he got a massage. Our appointments were soon after we checked in, so it was a great way to kick-off the weekend with some nice relaxation.

Alderbrook Resort and Spa

The service at the resort was pretty amazing. It was probably their first busy weekend of the season, so they were fully staffed and we were always able to get help whenever we needed it. Here are some additional perks of staying: They offer special events (a live band, poker night, etc, during our stay) in the evening. Families with kids have lots of activities from a “gamer’s hideaway” (Xbox¬†lounge) to free childcare to arts and crafts. Each morning, there’s delicious coffee and newspapers in the lounge and refreshing cucumber water during the day. It’s clear that they thought about each guest’s experience and made that a priority.

Alderbrook Resort and Spa

Here’s our lovely room. We were able to book a waterfront king. It was fabulous getting to sit on the balcony overlooking the Hood Canal with a glass of wine listening to the live entertainment during Happy Hour down on the patio below. Though these rooms were a bit pricier, we were glad we got this room since it was so relaxing and the view was lovely. One thing to note is that the walls (or perhaps the windows?) are thin so we would often hear our neighbors and their crying baby. It’s hard to tell if they had their balcony door open and if the sound was coming through the windows or through the wall. Since we did a lot of activities during the day, this did not bother us too much.

Alderbrook Resort and Spa

Another fun thing about this location is getting to see the high and low tides of the canal. During low tide, the water would recede allowing kids and others to roam the banks collecting these skipping rocks and shells.

Alderbrook Resort and Spa

Our room package did include a continental breakfast. Most other hotel’s continental breakfast isn’t too exciting. Here, they make their pastries fresh everyday and their fresh fruit is abundant and delicious.

Alderbrook Resort and Spa

We also got to roast marshmallows to make s’mores on our last evening. The first night, we attempted to buy s’mores kits from the restaurant, but they did not have any sticks, so we passed. The next day, we found the perfect roasting sticks during a “hike” and we picked up groceries to make some yummy s’mores during sunset. We chose the fire pit right next to the canal and it was really fun. It was quite windy, so after 3 s’mores, we called it an evening.

Alderbrook Resort and Spa

During our last morning, we decided to go for an early morning hike on the Alderbrook’s private trails. They have three loops, each being about half a mile long. It was quite leisurely and we were able to enjoy a warm cup of coffee during the hike. The trails were well groomed and the sights were gorgeous.

Alderbrook Resort and Spa

view of the resort from the nature trail

Dub-C and I definitely want to come back for another weekend later this season or next year. It was a great two-nights stay and we also enjoyed other sights that the Skagit Valley has to offer. I’ll be sharing with you some of our eats in later posts.

Again, here are the highlights of the Alderbrook Resort and Spa:

  • Breathtaking and scenic location
  • Great service in all the facilities
  • The amenities – spa, indoor pool and hot tub, marina, restaurant and bar, private hiking trail, golf course – basically everything you would need for a nice weekend. You really could never leave the resort and be perfectly content.
  • This resort is very child and pet friendly, but it also worked for couples like us.
  • The rooms are very comfortable and luxurious. They also offer cabins so that larger groups can stay together.
  • Special events in the evening
  • Fun activities like kayaking, boating, etc plus cozy campfires for s’mores

This resort is named one of the top 20 in the nation, and number 1 in the Northwest. I can see why. It was a lovely visit and we can’t wait to go back. This was a great glamping experience. If Dub-C can convince me that real camping is half as fun, he might have himself a deal!

Alderbrook Resort and Spa | 7101 E Highway 106, Union, Washington

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  1. kimmie / Jul 11 2012 12:09 AM

    I’m just catching up on your blog (just added both to my reader so I don’t have to always remember to check your twitter) and I love your reviews! I’ve heard o alderbrook but didn’t know much about it.. It sounds wonderful! I love that it’s kid friendly :) I absolutely HATE camping. We used to go every summer and I dreaded it. I mean, I guess it’s fun but the communal bathrooms, cold water, dirt that finds its way into sleeping bags, bugs, and having to cook every meal with limited resources was such a pain. I’d rather go to a resort :)

    • HL / Jul 11 2012 12:30 AM

      Thanks Kimmie! And I agree – camp does not sound very fun at all to me, but this was a great luxurious version of camp. We really enjoyed our trip and hoping to return later in the year or next year. I highly recommend it!


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