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The Prospector Inn Located in Suncadia, Washington’s
First All-season Destination Resort, Opened
by Destination Hotels & Resorts


Denver, Colo. – July 5, 2005 – Charles Peck, president and chief operating officer for Destination Hotels & Resorts, today announced that the hospitality management company’s portfolio has grown to the largest in its history with the addition of its 33rd property the Prospector Inn at Suncadia in Roslyn, Wash.

“The opening of the Prospector Inn is an exciting milestone for Destination and the Suncadia project,” said Peck. “It marks a high point for our company as we now have more hotels and resorts under our management than ever before. And, for Suncadia, this is the first of many great openings that will shape the resort community into one of the most coveted in the Northwest.”

The Prospector Inn is an 18-room intimate retreat located in Suncadia, Washington’s first all-season destination resort. The Prospector Inn was designed to reflect the rustic flair of a mountain home. The design of the building captures the essence of lodges in the Northwest, while drawing from the area’s rich mining history. A grand two-story stone fireplace welcomes guests into the Inn. Design accents that carry out this distinctive look include copper, rod iron and antique gas lamps. 

Guest rooms are comfortably appointed with comforters, fireplaces and desks complete with rocking chairs to enjoy the panoramic mountain views. The bathrooms at the Prospector Inn also have a unique charm with rustic barn doors that roll open and closed, as well as separate shower and bathtub with shutters separating the bathtub from the rest of the guest room.

“The Inn is the first of two lodging properties, managed by Destination that will open at Suncadia over the next three years,” said Tom Luersen, managing director of operations for Destination. “The resort community is located less than 90 minutes east of Seattle providing easy access to the surrounding mountain region and beautiful Cle Elum River valley.”

Prospector Inn executive chef Brian Koenitzer, whose experiences include the Ritz Carlton in Maui and The Little Nell in Aspen, has created menus that use fresh, local ingredients. The Gas Lamp Grille will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner menus reminiscent of the area's ethnic roots. Guest may also enjoy The Canary Lounge and Great Room, the outdoor wraparound terrace, private dining rooms, a wine cellar and group venues.

"We wanted to go beyond creating a golf course clubhouse and provide something unique that affords guests the opportunity to stay in an inn that feels like a personal mountain home - a place where they can enjoy fine food in a spectacular natural setting, whether they play golf or not," said Sean Cracraft, General Manager, Suncadia Resort.

The Prospector Golf Course, designed by Palmer Course Design Company, opened in 2004 to rave reviews. The 18-hole course meanders through spectacular rolling terrain. It is challenging, but very playable for all skill levels. The pro shop is located in the Inn.

Inspired by history, Rose Capestany of Seattle-based RCI Inc. Design Consultants led the interior design team for the Inn. Working with interior architect Tom Miller and project designer Cindy Schmidt, Capestany and team used rich colors inspired by the natural setting and references to the site's colorful past, including guest rooms named after historic coal mining claims. RCI has worked on a variety of resort projects, including the renovated Sunriver Lodge, and Crosswater at Sunriver, Ore., the Broken Top Club at Bend, Ore., and the Valley Club at Sun Valley, Idaho.

Prospector Inn was designed by the San Francisco, Calif. architectural firm Hart Howerton, whose resort projects have included the renovation of San Diego's historic Hotel del Coronado, The Inn at Palmetto Bluffs, S.C., Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Kukio Bay Beach Club in North Kona, Hawaii, among others. 

The resort encompasses 6,000 acres on the Cle Elum River. Once completed, the resort community will include a village with shops, galleries and restaurants, a grand lodge located on a bluff 250 feet above the river, a state-of-the-art conference center, three golf courses, a 45,000-square-foot village resident complex, luxury condominiums, town homes, cabins, custom homes and custom home sites. All surrounded by 40 miles of hiking, biking, cross country ski and snow shoe trails. 

Suncadia is owned and operated by subsidiaries of JELD-WEN Inc. and Lowe Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of Destination Hotels & Resorts. The resort community was conceived by Klamath Falls-based JELD-WEN, Inc., the world’s leading maker of premium-quality, energy-efficient windows, doors and millwork. JELD-WEN partnered with LA-based Lowe Enterprises to plan, build and manage the project. Lowe is a leading national real estate investment, development and management firm that has developed, acquired and managed more than $7 billion of real estate assets in the past 33 years. A subsidiary of Lowe Destination Development, the firm’s hospitality development operation, is overseeing the development of the resort community, while a subsidiary of Destination Hotels & Resorts manages the hospitality components of the property. 

The Prospector Inn is one of 33 independent, upscale and luxury hotels, resorts and golf clubs in the United States managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. The company, based in Englewood, Colo., features a portfolio of more than 8,000 guest rooms, 14 golf courses and nine full-service spas. DH&R properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Boston, San Diego, Aspen, Phoenix, Palm Springs, Jackson Hole, Maui and Lake Tahoe.


Kristin Yantis
Destination Hotels & Resorts
(303) 268-6819

Prospector Inn at Suncadia
(866) 904-6300

Also See: MountainStar Resort, With Three Golf Courses, 150-room Lodge & Conference Center, Will Forever Change Two Rural Washington Communities / August 2003
Lowe Enterprises Acquires the Dolce Hamilton Park and Dolce Tarrytown House; Properties Will be Renamed and Managed by Destination Hotels and Resorts / April 2005

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