New Year's Destinations: Sun Mountain Lodge

No one said your New Year’s resolutions had to feel like punishment. Jump-start 2013 with one of these seven spirit-recharging escapes.

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Washington's Sun Mountain Lodge.     Photo: Courtesy of Sun Mountain

METHOW VALLEW, WASHINGTON
Most folks need to unplug to recharge; fortunately, there are few TVs at the 96-room Sun Mountain Lodge, and the energy comes from access to some of the nation’s best cross-country ski trails. Located atop 3,000-foot Sun Mountain, the lodge feels far more remote than it is—just 25 minutes west of Winthrop—and offers panoramic views of the ragged North Cascades and the quiet Methow Valley. Book a Ski More package before March 7 and get breakfast and passes to 30 miles of groomed ski trails that connect to another 90 miles wending through the valley. When your legs need a break, take a horse-drawn sleigh to View Ridge for 360-degree vistas out of a cozy warming hut. Sure, there’s a spa with sea-algae wraps back at the lodge, but a big glass of red by a rock fireplace, followed by a dinner of wild mushroom strudel, will top off the batteries just fine. Ski More package, doubles from $213.

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