Looking for someplace nice and quiet, where you can leave behind your everyday worries and indulge in the stunning natural beauty of Washington's North Central Cascades ? Look no further than one of our vacation rentals in Cle Elum! With a population of less than 1,900, this town has a peaceful, sleepy atmosphere, which makes it a great place to come back to after experiencing the abundance of seasonal activities all around you.
Just 83 miles southeast of downtown Seattle, this Kittitas County town sits along the banks of the Yamika River, with the towering Cascades and several lakes lying just to the west. Cle Elum is only 65 miles from the forests of Wenatchee, and a mere 13-mile drive from the lakeside town of Easton.
After starting the day with a piping hot mug of hot cocoa from Gunnar's Cafe, you'll be all set to head out and treat your family and friends to a fun day in the snow! Many activities lie at Suncadia Resort, just five miles west of town. In addition to a soothing spa for getting nice and pampered, the resort's 6,000 acres of Pacific Northwestern mountain forest make for the perfect wintertime playground.
You can venture forth and explore for yourself with miles of trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, or have a more guided experience with a soothing horseback sleigh ride or an exhilarating snowmobile tour. Families should be sure to check out more low-key activities, like tubing at the hill on Rope Rider Road, or ice skating at the village pavilion. If you're looking for more wintertime fun, amazing downhill skiing and snowboarding awaits at Snoqualmie Pass just 30 miles away from your cozy vacation rental!
Once the winter snow melts, you've got a whole new world of possibilities open for you to experience. Suncadia Resort, for example, offers bike, boat, paddleboard, and moped rentals, along with guided excursions for fly-fishing and birding. Also nearby is Prospector Golf Course, open for over a decade and offering an excellent 18-hole experience.
Don't forget about Teanaway Community Forest! Only 18 miles north of town, you can bring your family and friends along for a rich day of hiking through the preserved wilderness, admiring babbling brooks and swaying trees as you go. There's also the Yakima River, with trout, salmon, and perch just waiting for aspiring fishermen. Travel to Kachess Lake and Cle Elum Lake for even more fishing, as well as freshwater swimming to beat the heat.
After a full day of fun, you can head back into town for a hearty meal at Caboose Bar & Grill and a good night's sleep in your incredible vacation rental. In Cle Elum, more adventure is always around the corner!
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