For Adventure

Skiing on Crystal Mountain
Making tracks at nearby Crystal Mountain

Alta Crystal Resort | Mount Rainier

Your seat heater will barely have time to warm up in the seven miles between Alta Crystal and premier Rainier ski area Crystal Mountain. Not that you want to get too comfortable, anyway: with 2,600 skiable acres and the Northwest’s first ski gondola (opened in 2011), Crystal Mountain beckons powder hounds from across the country. When you finish snagging turns, Alta’s 104-degree muscle-mending hot tub—the only one in the area—awaits. altacrystalresort.com; from $179 
Book It! Splurge with the super-private Honeymoon Cabin, hand-built by a man named Jack Frost. Really.

Collins Lake Resort | Government Camp

In just 10 years, swanky Collins Lake Resort has helped transform Government Camp from a no-frills roadside village to a bustling base camp for all things Hood. Your stay here comes with up to 35 percent discounts on lift tickets to area ski resorts, a porch-to-powder shuttle to Timberline and Skibowl, and 28 acres of trails inside the resort in case your ski bummin’ doesn’t extend beyond city limits. collinslakeresort.com; from $189
Book It! Only one room at the new Grand Lodges has a balcony Jacuzzi: Suite 15.

Husum Highlands | White Salmon, Wash. 

Part of the adventure at Husum Highlands is simply getting there—the last four miles to this four-room B&B follow a steep gravel road to 1,800 feet. But there’s good reason to search it out: besides the sweeping views of the Gorge, you’ve got prime access to snowshoeing stashes and more “high lonesome” than Louis L’Amour could shake a fountain pen at. husumhighlands.com; from $155 
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Top-floor Melanie’s Suite affords a spectacular view of Hood.  

Freestone Inn | Mazama, Wash. 

Set in north-central Washington’s Methow Valley, Freestone Inn provides click-in-and-go access to some of the nation’s best cross-country trails from its 12 lakeview rooms. Up the adrenaline factor with a backcountry tour courtesy of North Cascades Heli-Skiing, Washington’s only heli-skiing operation, which launches from a pad at Freestone. Post-piste, the floor-to-ceiling river-rock fireplace provides a fitting spot to ride out the endorphin high. freestoneinn.com; from $155 
Book It! Rooms 6 and 12 are the only suites with fireplaces and jetted tubs. 


Winthrop boasts the West’s oldest legal saloon (or so it claims), within skiing distance of the Methow Valley’s 120 miles of groomed cross-country trails. The Bar has changed names since opening in the late 1800s: today it goes by Three Fingered Jack’s, in honor of a Wild West butcher who lost two digits to his trade.