Sun Mountain Lodge Art Work
Washington State Travel News ( Press Release )
Local Artisans Spruce Up
Winthrop, Washington, USA 2003: Decorative wrought iron curtain rods,
hand-planed maple armoires, carved cherry headboards, finely-fashioned
bedding, and colorful sponge-painted walls are some of the luxurious
furnishings and decor local artisans from the Methow Valley are adding to the
112 guestrooms at Sun Mountain Lodge, a AAA four-diamond resort located
near Winthrop on the Cascade Loop in Washington state.
"We are so lucky of have top notch talent right in our own remote backyard,"
said General Manager Brian Charlton, who has spearheaded the room
renovation, investing more than $700,000 in the local cottage industry over a
two-year project period. "The caliber of work found in the Methow Valley is
comparable to craftsmanship from a large metropolitan area."
Charlton expects Sun Mountain Lodge guests will appreciate the new look and
feel of solid woods, earth-tone colors, river-rock texture and true Northwest
lodge ambiance - a further testament to the local artisans'' diligence to quality,
detail and beauty.
The resort's room refurbishment, as well as fresh furnishings in newly
constructed lakeside cabins, are being created by more than 20 local
businesses including construction and production of beds, armchairs,
dressers, side tables, duvet covers, shams, curtains, curtain rods, towel bars,
table lamps, lighting, wall painting, and more. "We are getting a truly local
signature style that brings the great outdoors inside and articulates Sun
Mountain's best attributes: spectacular nature coupled with comfortable
luxury," said Charlton.
Hiring locally is a priority for Sun Mountain Lodge, furthering their mission not
only to be a resort of unusual beauty and ambiance, but also to offer local
employment opportunities first, specifically drawing from Methow Valley
resources and talent (artisan biographies available).
In addition to promoting the artisan's work inside the Lodge, the resort also
markets their signature products through the Sun Mountain Lodge store in
Winthrop, a Western-style visitor destination. Lodge guests, areas visitors,
people with vacation homes, and the local community may visit the store to
purchase the hand-crafted furniture, furnishings and art work found along the
walls, in the halls, and in the guest rooms of the resort. Visitors are also
welcome to watch the blacksmith, D.J. Stull, in his retail workshop in
downtown Winthrop and to purchase his wrought ironware a wide array
from whimsical candleholders to stunning candelabras.
"It is a wonderful partnership," says Charlton. "Our local artisans have an
opportunity to showcase and sell their work, while Sun Mountain Lodge
benefits by being the recipient of personalized craftsmanship that enhances the
unique experience we provide to our guests."
About Sun Mountain Lodge
Set on 3,000 acres in Winthrop, Washington, Sun Mountain Lodge offers a
Northwest resort retreat with a wide range of both summer and winter
activities. Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fly fishing, river rafting,
cross-country skiing, ice skating, sleigh rides and more are just some of the
many outdoor options open to guests. Indoors, the Lodge presents a full service
spa, a 5,000 bottle wine cellar, gourmet cuisine and Northwest atmosphere.
Weddings and conference facilities are also available. For more information on
Sun Mountain Lodge, activities, events or for registration, please call
1.800.572.0493 or via the web at www.sunmountainlodge.com.