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Cedarbrook Lodge: An escape within the city

Cedarbrook Lodge: An escape within the city

Imagine a lush green landscape, acres of wetland, an organic graden, blooming trees and bubbling ponds. Sounds nice, right?

It can all be found in an oasis in SeaTac. That's right, SeaTac.

Cedarbrook Lodge was originally built by Washington Mutual as a retreat center for employees. Today, it serves as a convenient destination for travelers and a tranquil destination for nearby residents.

Today, the lodge offers a refreshing escape for visitors from near and far. The building suits its northwest setting with cedar beams, floor to ceiling windows and 18 acres of wetland. Guest rooms are tucked between cozy community "living rooms" with fireplaces and 24-hour, complimentary snacks.

Despite being located near the airport, visitors are more likely to notice birds chirping or trees rustling than planes passing by.

Among the wetlands is an organic garden where much the the produce for the lodge's restaurant, Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar, is grown. Culinary Director Roy Breiman says the restaurant focuses on providing locally-inspired cuisine, and locally crafted wine and beer.

Whether you are staying the night, or just dining at the Copperleaf, once you are inside Cedarbrook Lodge it is easy to forget about the busy, bustling world around you.

Not sure you're ready to commit to an overnight stay?

This Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13, Cedarbrook is hosting a brunch buffet in Tamarack Hall. Treat mom to a "time out." From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Executive Chef Mark Bodinet and his culinary team will present a scrumptious and bountiful buffet menu featuring traditional breakfast brunch items, sumptuous omelet and carving stations, a grand seafood buffet, array of fresh Spring salad favorites, chef's specialties, grand dessert buffet and a Theo's Hot Chocolate Fountain.

Cedarbrook Lodge will also host its summer series "Jazz on the Lawn" from July 6 to August 31 with artists like Pearl Django. Plus, attendees can enjoy farm-to-table appetizers and local wines and beers from Copperleaf Restaurant and Bar. Tickets to each show are $20 advance, or $25 at the door.

Call Kendal at 206-214-4282 to make Mother's Day brunch reservations.