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Washington spas make the most of the great outdoors, with scenic locations in the mountains, on lakes, and right on the Pacific Ocean. Resort spas in Washington tend to have a rustic lodge or dignified "yacht club" feel, and many are within easy reach of Seattle. The southwestern part of Washington (where Mt. St. Helens blew) has a strong hot springs bathing tradition with an old-fashioned flavor many find appealing. Here are the best spas in Washington.
Located in Woodinville's wine country, Willows Lodge and Spa is within walking distance of Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Winery, and Red Hook Brewery. It has a scenic location on the Sammamish River and is just 25 minutes from Seattle. The spa offers Carita facials, a French line available in only a small number of spas in the U.S.
Just thirty minutes from Seattle, Salish Lodge and Spa is the region's top luxury resort. Perched atop the majestic Snoqualmie Falls at the base of the Cascade Mountains, the resort offers gorgeous guided hikes. The Asian-inspired spa has the feeling of a Japanese bathhouse, with a pair of hydrotherapy pools set into natural rock. It makes a special effort to cater to couples.
The Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa is located on the picturesque shores of Lake Washington, just 15 minutes east of Seattle. Set within the Carillon Point waterfront community, it has impressive shoreline views of the Seattle skyline and the Olympic Mountains. The spa has a comfortable, clubby feel.
This hip urban hotel spa is located in downtown Seattle, steps away from the waterfront along Elliot Bay and near Pike Place Market and the Seattle Art Museum. It has 160 sleekly styled guest rooms with state of the art technology. The Spaahh is a serene urban retreat.
You must arrive by ferry or floatplane to reach Rosario Resort & Spa. This waterside luxury resort is located in the beautiful San Juan Islands, a cool location a few hours north of Seattle. The centerpiece of Rosario is a 1909 mansion that belonged to shipbuilding magnate Robert Moran. Besides all the usual spa treatments, there's a fitness studio with a full schedule of classes. It has great programs for kids in the summer.
Set on the northern Puget Sound shoreline in Blaine, Semiahmoo boasts two of the top three golf courses in Washington state: Loomis Trail Golf Club and Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club. It's a cool location a few hours north of Seattle and 45 minutes from Vancouver, British Columbia, and at its best in summer. The spa uses Sothys skin care products.
Alderbrook Resort & Spa is considered the nicest spa on the Olympic Peninsula, which is across Puget Sound west of Seattle. To get here you need to catch a ferry or drive around the Sound. This renovated resort is located on the scenic shores of Hood Canal, a glacier-carved fjord more than 60 miles long.
Skamania Lodge was built in 1993 and is meant to evoke the great lodges of the 19th century. It is set on 175 wooded acres in the spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Skamania is 45 miles east of Portland, Oregon, on the Washington side of the Columbia River. There are over 70 waterfalls nearby, including the famous Multnomah Falls. Waterleaf Spa has nine treatments rooms decorated in natural tones.
Located about two hours due east of Seattle, Cave B Inn is in the heart of the Columbia Cascade wine country. It even has its own winery, making it the Pacific Northwest's first luxury wine resort. This is the sunny part of Washington, with 300 days of sunshine a year. Tour the wineries and return to the inn, which has 30 guest rooms and The Spa at Sagecliff.
Sun Mountain Lodge is perched above Patterson Lake in the Methow Valley in north-central Washington. While it's not easy to get to (it's four hours from Seattle), it offers spectacular views of the jagged northern Cascades. Recreational opportunities include cross-country skiing, hiking, boating, and horseback riding.