Discover Suncadia

Find Your Place in Our 11,000-Year-Old Story

Suncadia’s no newcomer — not after two decades as, arguably, Seattle’s most beloved nearby mountain resort. Actually, our story dates back to the last ice age, whose push and pull shaped our beautiful, 6,400-acre landscape. We invite you to learn more about the Suncadia story and, of course, to become part of it.

Life Here Before Suncadia

Before construction of The Inn in 2003, we would have to go back to the era of wooly mammoths to understand the natural forces that left an indelible imprint on Kittitas County and the community that is now Suncadia. This is a magical land, filled with natural wonders and dramatic contrasts. Massive glaciers carved soaring peaks and sprawling valleys. The upper Kittitas region has been the setting for one of America’s longest stories of intertwining lives: the native Yakama, the prospectors who came to pan for gold, the miners who came to dig the coal for the Great Northern Railroad, the pioneers from every corner of the globe, and devoted cattle ranchers, farmers, and centuries of settlers looking for a better life.

The town of Cle Elum (population 1,800, give or take) lies two miles east of Suncadia. In the Native American Yakama language, Cle Elum means “swift water.” This land was the traditional hunting and fishing grounds of the native inhabitants for centuries. As pioneers began to cross and settle the Mountain West, coal was discovered. From the late 1800s through the closing of the historic Roslyn No. 9 mine in 1963, life here revolved around the coal mines.

At Suncadia, we treasure and honor all those who came before and strive to preserve the history of all those who graced this extraordinary land.

Suncadia Development History

Spring 2024 Opening of The Source restaurant in newly renovated Lodge
Spring 2024 Nelson Farm Park and Bike Pump Track
2021 The Great House at Tumble Creek
2017 The Nelson Swimming Pool at Nelson Farm
2016 Nelson Farm Pavilion
2013 New features & amenities at Tumble Creek Golf House
2013 Sasse Mountain Outpost, a glamping site overlooking the Cle Elum River, for Tumble Creek Club members
2013 Entry monument signage for Nelson Preserve and Nelson Creek Conservancy
2013 The Fish Shed and Picnic Shelter
Summer 2013 1,000 Steps Stairway and Lodge-to-River Trail
Summer 2012 Rope Rider Golf Park
Summer 2011 Rope Rider Golf Course and Swiftwater Cellars Winery
Summer 2008 Glade Spring Spa
Spring 2008 The Lodge at Suncadia
Winter 2008 The Village Pavilion & Ice Skating Rink
Winter 2008 The Swim & Fitness Center
2008 Prospector Golf Course and Suncadia’s first homes
2004 The Inn at Suncadia opens
2003 Resort construction begins with The Inn at Suncadia

Let’s Connect

We’d love to tell you more, especially on a private tour of Suncadia. Start by joining our interest list below for email updates about our community. We’ll be in touch soon, but if your question can’t wait, feel free to contact us now at 509.649.6000 or discover@suncadia.com.

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