Every year, Suncadia welcomes the holiday season with a festival that celebrates wintery traditions for the whole family. The 7-week event kicked off on November 22 with, among other things, a post-Thanksgiving Elk Run, a tree lighting celebration at Dawson Park, and special visit from the North Pole

December started with a bang at the Winter Market, featuring edible, wearable and enjoyable gifts handcrafted by some of the best artisans and vendors in Washington. Haven’t found the perfect gift yet? There’s still time to shop the Winter Market located in the Sentinel Room at the Lodge on December 22.

There’s plenty of hands-on activities to keep little ones entertained at Winterfest during the rest of this month. At the Bear Factory (pre-register here) kids can choose from a variety of outfits and accessories to stuff and fluff their own signature stuffed animal. On December 22 and 23, families can create a handcrafted ornament just in time to hang on their holiday tree. And budding architects can design their own house—out of gingerbread, of course—with a variety of candies and accessories. We provide the pre-formed gingerbread house set on a platform, you and your family bring the imagination and designer’s touch. Pre-register here.

Have you heard of Campcadia? The full-day, evening and 3-hour sessions in this kid-friendly program offers crafts, activities and field trips around the property in the company of talented and experienced camp counselors. Want to celebrate New Year’s Eve grown-up style? Drop off your little elves with us for a good old-fashioned Pajama Party.

Get into the winter wonderland spirit with some outdoorsy fun. Starting on December 26, there will be ice skating under the crisp winter sun or the evening stars followed by hot chocolate and s’mores by the fire pit. Want more? Contact the Concierge to sign up for Snowball Bingo, rope tow inner tubing, Tie-Dye and Snow Art, and ice skating sessions. Don’t forget that all outdoor recreation is weather dependent.

See you at Winterfest!

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson took another step towards ending childhood cancer at his annual celebrity golf tournament, the Wilson Celebrity Invitational, on June 27, 2017. The event raised a remarkable $1,675,367 for the Strong Against Cancer Initiative.

This year’s concert, auction, and golf tournament was hosted at Suncadia’s Tumble Creek Golf Course over two days. “We have been the host resort since inception—for four years now. The foundation, promoters, celebrities, sponsors, and attendees love it up here and are in talks to extend the arrangement for future years,” says Richard Seay, Vice President and Director of Sales and Marketing at Suncadia.

Tumble Creek is Suncadia’s private gated community, exclusive to those who own one of its spacious homesites. Beyond Tumble Creek’s gates lie state-of-the-art swim and fitness facilities, tennis courts, parks, a deluxe members-only camping experience, and a world-class golf designed by Tom Doak of Renaissance Gold Design. The course opened in the summer of 2006 and is best known for the breathtaking scenery that perfectly captures the spirit of the Pacific Northwest.

The event kicked off as attendees arrived for the VIP golf tournament, hosted by Safeway. In the evening, a cocktail party and silent auction followed at the Inn at Suncadia. Party goers enjoyed music, food, and drink, then participated in a live auction with Russell, head doctors from the Children’s Hospital in Seattle, and the head of the foundation.

The Wilson Celebrity event is one of many events and fundraisers hosted within the Suncadia community each year, such as the Sparrow Program, HopeSource, and Habitat for Humanity. “Suncadia and the owners are such giving people that it warms my heart to be associated with such a great community,” says Seay.

In addition to playing host to an array of impressive charitable organizations, Suncadia is passionate about supporting local children and teens by sponsoring art and robotics programs, swimming lessons for 2nd graders, and awards scholarships to local high school students who wouldn’t be able to afford a post-secondary education otherwise.

The funds raised at the Wilson Celebrity Invitational event will be used to help pediatric patients who qualify for immunotherapy research trials to be treated at Seattle Children’s Hospital. “The fact that this event held at Suncadia can raise over $1 million for kids with cancer is amazing, and something we want to be a part of,” says Seay.

About the Why Not You Foundation and Strong Against Cancer
Founded by Russell Wilson in 2014, the Why Not You Foundation is dedicated to creating real and lasting changes in the world by motivating, empowering, and preparing today’s youth to be tomorrow’s leaders.

In addition to financially supporting organizations aligned with the foundation’s mission, Wilson works to extend the foundation’s impact by making visits to Seattle Children’s, advocating for pediatric cancer treatment through organizations like Strong Against Cancer, and many others.

Strong Against Cancer is a nationwide fundraising initiative with worldwide implications for curing childhood cancers, eventually without the need for prolonged chemotherapy and radiation. The organization currently funds clinical trials and immunotherapy research at Seattle Children’s.

If finding the perfect Suncadia property is a dream come true, then finding the right person to make that happen is equally important. At Suncadia, we have a team of brokers who are as passionate about the resort and community they work at as they are about helping families find their dream home. This week, we want to introduce you to Bob Kenney.

A Washington native with a serious fishing habit, Bob leveraged his senior management experience at Fortune 100 companies like Proctor and Gamble and Nabisco Brands to launch a second career in real estate. In the last decade, Bob has sold hundreds of condos, homes and homesites at Suncadia. “The best part of Suncadia is the friendships that have blossomed from people who visit often or have become owners,” says Bob. “Connecting these owners and friends to others, and watching new friendships develop is really the ‘community’ I identify with most.”

Bob is particularly excited about this listing on Powder Cap Court, a spectacular new house designed in a traditional mountain architectural style. Just under 3,000 square feet, it features an open floor plan for living and eating, along with 5 bedrooms and lots of usable outside space. A luxurious traditional mountain retreat, the home features lots of wood, vaulted ceilings and expansive outdoor living area. A massive patio is perfect for an outdoor kitchen and hot tub, and offers plenty of space to entertain.

“This home is perfect for two families since it has two master bedrooms and three others for kids and friends,” he says. Should the owner want to generate some income while they are not there, the house is sure to be a high-demand vacation rental because of its size and location. “From the house, you can see Tipple Hill and the pond that’s adjacent to hole number 10 of the family friendly Roper Rider golf course; you can hear the music from Swiftwater Winery during the summer concerts; and just down the street is the 20-acre Dawson Park where you can fly a kite or play Frisbee golf.”

Bob thinks of Suncadia as “basecamp”—albeit a basecamp with amenities you’d expect at a Four Diamond resort. “The excursions and destinations outside the gates are as valuable and enjoyable as the amenities that are inside,” he says. Indeed, Bob and his recently retired wife are so drawn to Suncadia that they are planning to move here and become full time members of the community. Like the residents who already call Suncadia home—and the future owners of the home on 31 Powder Cap Court—he looks forward to days of relaxation and maybe even just lazing about in luxury. And, of course, for those days when appetite turns to the adventure beyond, there’s everything from hiking and mountain biking to cycling and fishing just beyond Suncadia’s 6,400 acres.

Contact Bob Kenney at 509.649.6124 or bkenney@suncadia.com to schedule a private tour of the home.