Great getaway spot on one tank of gas

Great getaway spot on one tank of gas »Play Video
CLE ELUM, Wash. -- With soaring gas prices and new fees in air travel, a lot of people are looking for vacations close to home.

The KOMO 4 Problem Solvers are helping with an occasional look at getaways you can take on one tank of gas.

Suncadia is near Cle Elum, just over the mountains. That close drive, as well as the scenery, the service and the sunshine lured Jerry and Graciela Hanson from Kingston to Suncadia on a recent anniversary celebration.

"We have kids," said Jerry Hanson. "So we're glad we're close. But we feel far away at the same time. Nice solitude here."

The Hansons' plans include playing golf. That tops the list for most visitors here.

Since Suncadia started with a premier golf course, a lot of people think that's all there is to do.

But there are 50 miles of hiking and biking trails. A new spa opened in July. And this summer Suncadia opened an aquatic center, complete with two twisting water slides.

There are bike rentals for the whole family and a pond with paddle boat rentals.

This getaway is 80 miles from Seattle.

"Everybody's aware of the prices of gas and to be able to drive here and really from various areas of the state and to be here in just a tank of gas and an hour, hour and a half from many of the larger populations, they're coming here just for the day, even," said Shawn Hannon, Suncadia's recreation director.

Some of the features - including the pool - are for overnight guests only. But day-trippers can get a tee time, hike the trails and tap into nearby fly fishing, river rafting and horseback riding.

And since some people think Suncadia is for golfers only, you might feel like you've stumbled across a secret getaway.

Kendra Sprague had the pool almost to herself on a day when she tagged along with her husband, who had a convention at Suncadia.

"I feel very relaxed and far away. It feels like a little vacation," she said.

And it's a vacation that you can take on one tank of gas.

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