This holiday season, instead of gifting presents to each other, the fiancé and I decided to go on a weekend adventure to spend a bit of quality time in each other’s company. We both had been so busy in the weeks leading up to Christmas that we decided we needed a little time away (doesn’t everyone feel like this over the holidays?)! After tossing around a few different destination ideas, we decided Seattle would be the perfect escape that would allow us to “get away from it all” without having to go too far. We had so much fun relaxing, exploring and discovering new things and we are so excited to share our trip with you!
We wanted to take our time on this adventure, so we planned to split up our weekend by spending one night just outside of Seattle and one night downtown. We left for our weekend adventure on a Friday afternoon and within 2.5 hours (from Chilliwack, BC) we were arriving at the grand entrance to our first stop, the Tulalip Resort & Casino! If you’ve ever driven to Seattle via the I-5, you’ve most likely driven right past this gem of a destination. The twelve-story resort truly is a destination all in itself; it includes everything you need for an afternoon, night or weekend away. Since we visited just before Christmas, the front lobbies and lounge areas were warmly decorated and there were festive trees scattered throughout the resort.
Now although the casino looked spectacular, we decided to spend our time this trip at the prestigious T-Spa rather than on the gaming floor. It was worth every penny! The T-Spa is renowned for being one of the best spas in the Washington State and, at 14,000 square feet, it’s hard to compete with. The spa was relaxing, clean and oh-so-comfortable that I never wanted to leave. Before and after treatments, guests are treated to complimentary teas, spa waters and juices as well as fresh fruit and various trail mix snacks. The ladies lounge area was subtler with magazines and newspapers, while the men’s lounge area featured a large television to keep them posted on their sports. We both received RMT massage treatments and will most definitely be returning for additional treatments in the future… if only to experience the lounge areas again! If you book ahead for any type of treatment at the T-Spa, just remember to leave yourself enough time to relax in the eucalyptus steam room or sweat it out in their infrared sauna. At the very least, leave time to take a long hot shower in one of their shower coves, complete with rainfall style facets that are six inches in diameter. Heavenly!
Our second favourite part about Tulalip Resort is their unique atrium pool and whirlpool experience! Designed with natural outdoor elements in mind, the pool area at the resort is accessible from the spa area, as well as the main floor. Access to the pool is included in the cost of your stay or the cost of your spa treatment (if you are not a guest of the hotel), and guests are welcome to stay as long as they wish. The scenery is great, and the temperature of the room is perfect for those of us who would prefer to read a book by the side of the pool after we’ve finished swimming! Beverages and snacks can be ordered poolside and are delivered just like room service (alcoholic beverages can also be ordered for those 21+).
Feeling like limp noodles after our spa and pool experience, we headed upstairs to officially check into our suite for the night. The hotel portion of the resort features 370 rooms, which include cushy extras like luxurious robes, in-room Keurig coffee makers, wine glasses, a fully stocked honour bar and a three faucet shower! The rooms are designed to pay homage to the Tulalip tribe’s roots, and each room contains traditional Northwest Coast Salish artwork and textures. We loved the mixture of modern and traditional – and how plush and comfortable everything looked.
And don’t even get me started on how much I love these bathrooms! I felt like royalty doing my makeup the next morning at the built in lighted vanity, but couldn’t bring myself to actually use the 10x magnifying hand mirror (nobody needs to look that close, ha ha)!
In our downtime while here at the resort, we visited the neighbouring Seattle Premium Outlets (shuttle buses are available), explored the super cute gift and décor shops within the resort and dined at the delicious Eagles Buffet (Mongolian Grill, anyone?). Although we didn’t get a chance to dine at Tulalip Bay, we heard they recently received 4 Diamond certification and we look forward to dining there when we return! Even if you only stop to shop for a few hours at the outlets, we encourage you to head into the casino for lunch instead of dining at the outlet food court. You won’t regret it!
If you do venture over to the gaming section of the resort, be prepared to get lost… in a fun way. The casino floor is approximately 192,000 square feet and filled with every slot and table game imaginable. Plus, there’s a whole selection of entertainment options available once you get tired of gambling! We recommend visiting the Canoes Cabaret on a comedy night for a laid back laugh-filled evening or the Mpulse Lounge if dancing the night away makes your heart sing (open until 2:00am Wednesday – Sunday). If headlining entertainment is more your thing, click here for information on their upcoming ticketed shows like Wayne Brady, Chippendales, John Oliver and Margaret Cho!
After our stay at Tulalip Resort, we packed up our things (and our premium outlet purchases!) and were on our way to the second half of our adventure in downtown Seattle. Stay tuned for updates on Part 2 of our Seattle Adventure.
Tulalip Resort and Casino
10200 Quel Ceda Boulevard, Tulalip, WA
Thank you to Tulalip Resort for providing accommodations for our 2 Days in Seattle Adventure.