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Sun Mountain Lodge Wins the Trip Advisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence Award

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Sun Mountain Lodge and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor. There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”
Brian Charlton, General Manager
Sun Mountain Lodge


FodorsLogoSun Mountain Lodge Selected for the 2013 Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards Honoring the Best Hotels Around the World 

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 guest rooms, 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

About Fodor’s Travel

Fodor’s Travel  is one of the world’s leading providers of travel information.  Covering over 7,500 worldwide destinations, Fodor’s guidebooks and website,, have provided the most up-to-date, accurate information for travelers since 1936. Written by a vast team of global correspondents, Fodor’s provides travelers with engagingly written, locally reported, and absolutely indispensable travel guidance. Visit



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

The Seattle Times published a great article on the Methow Valley’s recovery from the 2014 wildfires.  Read it here.

SNOWSHOE MAGAZINE FEATURED ARTICLE:  Top 10 Snowshoe Adventures for Couples includes Sun Mountain Lodge!  Read all about it here.

Sun Mountain Lodge has been featured in the article Top 25 Adventure Vacations for Couples

Snowshoeing in the Methow Valley, from Snowshoe Mag

 ‘Fat’ bikes and fun times on Methow Valley ski trails

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

USA TODAY, “10 great places to peacefully glide cross-country“.

Driving Washington’s Cascade Loop, from

12 Northwest Escapes: from

The Oregonian:


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 the top 32 in the Condé Nast Ski Poll list, Best Ski Hotels:

The Seattle Times:

Seattle Times/Travel & Outdoor, 2003

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