Winthrop, WA – On September 27, 2013 Fodor’s Travel, the leading name in travel guides for 77 years, recognized Sun Mountain Lodge as a 2013 Fodor’s 100 Hotel Award winner. This distinction designates Sun Mountain Lodge as an outstanding hotel as selected by Fodor’s editors and travel experts, recognizing high style, excellent service and a one-of-a-kind stay for guests.
Each year, Fodor’s Travel invites their roster of 500 local contributors around the world to nominate the best hotels in their destinations. Fodor’s senior editorial team deliberated on over 4,000 Fodor’s Choice picks and new property reviews, poring over the list for months, and narrowing their top selections reflecting 2013’s travel trends.
“At Fodor’s, hotels are more than our lifeblood—they’re our passion. With every stay, we obsess over design choices, service, and amenities,” explained Arabella Bowen, Fodor’s Travel executive editorial director. “To compile the Fodor’s 100 list, we looked at properties within emerging destinations, trends our editors had been seeing throughout the year, new and noteworthy hotels and enduring favorites to create a list that to inspire all types of travel and traveler.”
Brian Charlton, General Manager of Sun Mountain Lodge released this statement regarding the Fodor’s award: “We are deeply honored that Fodor’s Travel, the gold standard in the hospitality industry, has recognized Sun Mountain Lodge for this coveted award. We wish to thank all of those—from prep cook to housekeeper—who have contributed to making Sun Mountain Lodge the special place that it is.”
About Sun Mountain Lodge
Situated on 3,000 acres high above the old Western theme town of Winthrop, Washington, Sun Mountain Lodge is a Cascade Mountain resort with a broad range of both summer and winter activities. Sun Mountain Lodge offers luxurious guestrooms, a full service spa, 5,000 bottle wine collection with private wine cellar, and a AAA-rated four diamond gourmet restaurant. Wedding and conference facilities are also available. For more information on Sun Mountain Lodge, activities, events or reservations, please call 800.572.0493 or visit our website at www.sunmountainlodge.com
About Fodor’s Travel
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SUN MOUNTAIN – “WINE RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR” BY THE WASHINGTON WINE COMMISSION!
WINTHROP, WA ~ April 2010
For the past eight years the Washington State Wine Commission has been honoring restaurants that show strong support for Washington state wines and that practice and excel in high professional standards in wine service. For 2010 the winner of the “Washington Wine Restaurant of the Year” award is Sun Mountain Lodge, gaining recognition for our “tremendous enthusiasm and support” of Washington state wines for more than two decades. Dining Room Manager and Wine Director Don Elsing has put together a collection of 135 different Washington wineries featuring over 375 different varietals and vintages. He has focused on the smaller, boutique style wineries which produce 50- 200 cases of each varietal per year. General Manager Brian Charlton called this award “A great honor for Sun Mountain Lodge. Washington wines are some of the best in the world and we feel very strongly about showcasing them here at the Lodge.” To commemorate the award, Sun Mountain Lodge received a beautiful custom-blown glass sculpture designed by Seattle-based glass artist Jesse Kelly, which will be displayed outside our 5,000 bottle wine cellar. View the full press release here.
SUN MOUNTAIN LODGE /THE METHOW VALLEY – IN THE NEWS
Top 50 Ski Hotels in North America:The best North American ski hotels from the sixteenth annual Condé Nast Traveler Ski Poll
Methow Valley, Washington, is where many an Olympic hopeful trains. Nordic skier and local Sadie Bjornsen takes us on an insider’s tour | By: Jenny Cunningham
“Methow Valley Magic at Sun Mountain”
USA TODAY, “10 great places to peacefully glide cross-country“.
AAA Journeys Magazine: Next Stop – Winthrop
Snowshoeing in the Methow Valley, from Snowshoe Mag
Driving Washington’s Cascade Loop, from About.com
12 Northwest Escapes: from Crosscut.com
Westworld BC article: See Page 10
Wenatchee World, February 2010: http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2010/feb/13/setting-the-mood-choosing-the-setting/
The Seattle Times: ”Washington’s Best: 5 top towns for outdoor jocks and nature lovers”
Google Travel Alert: Methow Valley: Washington’s Hidden Gem September 2009
Sun Mountain Lodge made CNN’s list of “Five Great Spots for Cross-Country Skiing”
Sun Mountain Lodge made the top 32 in the Condé Nast Ski Poll list, Best Ski Hotels:
The Seattle Times:
Wenatchee World/Weather Channel article:
St. Louis Post Dispatch:
Mountaintop Resort Offers Many Amenities
Lodge is playing a vital role in helping the local economy of the Methow Valley – particularly the local crafts
people and artists – a group generally hard hit during the current economic downturn. Local artisans are
responsible for most of the furnishings in the guestrooms at Sun Mountain Lodge with
spectacular Northwest signature style. Two furniture makers have crafted beds, armchairs and other furniture
bringing the great outdoors inside. The local blacksmith from Winthrop created curtain rails, towel bars and
door handles as fanciful decorative elements. Fine fabric is pure magic to a local seamstress from Twisp who has
created duvet covers and throw pillows like works of art. The walls have been sponged and fresco-painted by a
local painter and the local artwork (originally commissioned by the Lodge at the time of its grand opening) hangs on the walls.
Washington State. A wealth of natural beauty and generous quality vacation spots and resorts. One such hot
spot is the Sun Mountain Lodge resort, located in the Methow Valley in Eastern Washington. Sun Mountain
Lodge is a place of unusual beauty where events and luxury can be enjoyed year round.
Imagine combining a five-course gourmet dinner in a state-of-the-art wine cellar, while relaxing in a peaceful environment free of the noise and clutter of every day life and distractions. Hiking, horseback riding, mountain
biking and more in the summer and skiing, ice skating, sledding and more in the winter are just a few of the
abundant activities offered. Sun Mountain Lodge is the kind of resort built upon the foundation of Northwestern friendliness and openness of spaces where people can come to recreate and relax on the edge of the wilderness with the service levels of the highest quality. For those who are looking for a true Northwest escape this is the place.
Imagine standing on a bluff in front of a traditional Northwest lodge overlooking breathtaking views of
snow-capped Mt. Gardner and the Northwest’s lush Methow Valley. As you stare down at the tree-shaded shores of Wolf Creek below, your focus returns and you realize it is your wedding and you say “I DO” as a warm breeze gently encircles the bluff.
This dream wedding can be a reality. Sun Mountain Lodge provides the perfect romantic and dramatic location
for weddings, receptions and honeymoons. Whether outside or inside, guests are provided with the very best in
scenery, facilities, meals, wine, personal consulting and more. With its central location in Washington State,
Sun Mountain Lodge is easily accessible to guest traveling from any part of the country.
Whether it is a romantic weekend escape or a fun filled family vacation, Sun Mountain Lodge offers a wide
range of activities for couples and/or families year-round. There are over 100 miles of trails for hiking,
mountain biking and horseback riding.
Guests can participate in activities including fly fishing, river rafting, canoeing, tennis, and nearby golf. As the cold approaches, Sun Mountain turns into a winter wonderland with the second largest cross-country ski trail system in the U.S., ice skating and sleigh rides.
For a romantic touch, couples can relax with one of the many spa services or join the kids for a dip in one
of the hot pools. If you are looking to enjoy a great Northwest escape, Sun Mountain Lodge is the first place
you should look to plan your next getaway.
different things including Women’s Ski and Yoga Retreat, Elderhostel/Exporitas – dedicated to providing extraordinary learning adventures for people 55 and over, Naturalist Retreats and the Methow Valley Nordic Ski Camp.
massage, manicures, pedicures, facials, renewing treatments, “spa for two,” gift certificates and products. Spa
services are available in the spa facilities or massages are offered in the privacy of guest rooms.