Another Washington winter is upon us, meaning it’s time to move inside and stay cozy. And we can’t think of better spots to enjoy the winter landscapes (from inside, under a blanket) than the towns on this list. They all have plenty of fun seasonal activities as well as plenty of places to warm up.
Snoqualmie is home to the annual Santa Train, not to mention a gateway to some amazing outdoor activities. And once you've explored the scenery, you can take in the views of Snoqualmie Falls from the cozy, welcoming Salish Lodge and Spa.
During the summertime, the little island town of Langley is often packed with tourists. But in the winter, the streets stay peaceful. And once you've enjoyed your quiet stroll, duck inside Prima Bistro or Village Pizzeria to warm up before retiring to the Inn at Langley.
From the sparkling holiday decorations to the tempting shops and bakeries, Poulsbo is a perfect winter destination. While winters here tend to be somewhat mild compared to Eastern Washington, the cold nights will still have you cozying up by the fireplace at Sogno di Vino or your hotel of choice.
4. Walla Walla
The preferred way to keep cozy in Walla Walla seems to be through wine tasting. Their annual Holiday Barrel Tasting is December 7-9, and their tasting rooms stay open all winter. But even if you don't enjoy vino, you'll love visiting this charming city when it's dusted with snow.
Whatcom County's calendars are always packed with winter events, and you'll be in the perfect area for a show shoeing or sledding adventure. And once you've enjoyed some time in the cold, warm up to the sounds of holiday tunes from the Whatcom Symphony or spend a quiet evening at the romantic Temple Bar.
Due to its central location, Ellensburg is often a jumping off point for many snow sports and other winter adventures. But there's something to be said for sticking around and enjoying the historic downtown area, especially when it's decorated for the holidays.
Many people think of Lake Chelan as a summer destination. But don't overlook the possibility of a winter trip — January's Winterfest is always amazing, and you'll find plenty of outdoor and indoor activities all year round.
Whether you're watching the shimmering Christmas ships or catching an early winter sunset at Kirkland's Carillon Point, the views will amaze you. And when you're ready to warm up, head inside the Woodmark Hotel and enjoy dinner with a view at one of the onsite eateries — or better yet, book a cozy room.
If it's been awhile since you've experienced Olympia, enjoy a winter getaway to our state's capital. Not only do they offer a year-round farmers market and lots of charming shops, but there are plenty of places to warm up inside, like the 222 Market or the family-friendly Three Magnets Brewing Co.
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