The winter months in the Pacific Northwest can be a drag. Sure, temperatures are significantly higher than those found on the north Atlantic coast and although there is little snow to shovel, there is rain. Lots and lots of rain. Living in the Pacific Northwest now for almost 7 years I have learned to cope with the grey and wet days. The key is to capitalize on the dry days and know where to hibernate on the rest. With that in mind here are 5 Pacific Northwest cities and how to cope in them while visiting thanks to these great Hipmunk hotels.
Sleepless in Seattle?
A great rainy day escape from Seattle lies just minutes south of the city. The Cedarbrook Lodge is a great place to escape year-round. Rooms offer premium bedding for those looking stay in and relax, and private yards for those looking to enjoy the fresh wetlands air.
If these dreary days are too much for you to handle, this SEA-TAC hotel is minutes away from the airport. With daily flights to sun destinations like Hawaii and California, escaping to warmer climates is a click away.
Bed down in Bend
Heading south you will find Bend Oregon, an outdoor lovers paradise. Mt. Bachelor, central Oregon’s best ski and snowboarding mountain, is minutes away. If you would rather pull the sheets over your head and stay in, there are several hotels in Bend happy to accommodate your “do not disturb” request.
With cozy hotels in Tacoma like the Hotel Murano you could easily spend a winter weekend sleeping in and being pampered. The on site spa and close proximity to everything downtown Tacoma has to offer makes it a great rainy day retreat. Those looking to experience Tacoma’s surrounding abundance of nature should head to Point Defiance Park, the 2nd largest urban park in the nation. With plenty of hiking trails, a zoo, and an aquarium, this Tacoma highlight is great rain or shine.
Spokane is the exception on this Hipmunk Hotels of the PNW list. Located inland, the winter months bring plenty of powder to its nearby (and comparably quiet) ski resorts. So wake up sleepy head, there is much to see and do outdoors. With plenty of great Spokane accommodations that range from budget to boutique, there is something for everyone here. Not a ski bum? No worries. Those looking to enjoy Spokane’s charming downtown core should consider the Montvale Hotel. Established in 1899, this historic hotel is steps away from the best restaurants, shopping, and entertainment options in Spokane.
Although relatively small for a state capital, Salem does offer visitors plenty to see and do year-round. A tour of the State Capital Building offers guests a scenic view of the city and its surroundings…on a clear day that is. If it is raining, the scenic coast is still a great option. Experiencing the Oregon coast during the storm season is as stunning as it is refreshing. You can expect very few crowds in comparison to the summer months. Also, Salem hotels can be found at a significantly reduced rate with plenty of options great for sleeping in.
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