2020 has been the perfect time to reflect on what’s important – particularly when it comes to travel. Everyone’s comfort zone is different, and while big cities and hotels are fine for some, 2020 has me craving tucked away gems instead. The term “glamping” is one I generally shy away from. Truly, you make it what it is in most cases. A tucked-away bottle of wine – saved for celebration – coupled with fresh flowers and the sweet smell of cedar in the air is just as impressive as high-end amenities and pomp. With that in mind, and in no particular order, I’ve included my suggestions for private getaways in and around the state:
Yurts at Kayak Point
Nothing fancy. Super inexpensive. Kayak Point‘s yurts are just the thing for a PNW getaway! Originally, yurts were used by nomadic Mongolians and were shrouded in reindeer hides – today’s yurts are more modern (no reindeer were harmed) and boast comfy furniture and roll-up windows. The park itself offers waterfront access, so bring your kayaks, paddleboards and floaties – weather permitted. Nearby bathrooms and picnic enclosures offer more room to spread out (socially-distanced, of course). Yurts are reservable only through Snohomish County Parks’ call center: 425-388-6600.
Go All Caveman!
Just a few miles from the lederhosen-clad hubub of downtown Leavenworth, positioned at the base of Icicle Ridge, nestled under boulders … yes, boulders … may be the state’s most unique vacation rental. ‘C+A+V+E’ is not just a “mancave” – this subterranean AirBnB boasts 2 bedrooms, 4 beds, and has a capacity of up to 8 adults.
Tiki torches line the walkway at night lighting the entry. A massive indoor/outdoor fireplace is the perfect location to make memories – from s’mores to charcuterie with that special someone.
Just like on an airplane, you’ll want to pre-download content on your phone, as caves don’t offer conductivity for cell phones or internet access.
Bonus points: Last minute (>24 hour) bookings can reap up to 25% discounts.
Treehouses Aren’t Just For Kids
Many of us harken back to a time when we ran shoeless in our backyards and climbed into our treeforts as a respite. Now, treehouse accommodations are a thing. Treehouse Point is located less than 45 minutes east of Seattle near Fall City. Home to six unique, rental treehouses, a central lodge (great for larger events), and two cedar-lined communal bathhouses. All bedding and toiletries are included in your stay, along with wifi- board games, and snacks galore. Each morning breakfast is prepared in the lodge for guests with an abundance of locally-sourced ingredients.
Reservations are snatched-up quickly, so keep an eye on their website for specific information on openings.
New-to-the-Pacific Northwest, Roam Beyond brings next-level pods of swanky, glamping campers to out-of-the-way spaces. Summer 2020 accommodations were in the Yakima Canyon, followed by Fall respites on the coast near the Olympic Wildlife Refuge. Decked-out, wood-clad eco-glamper camper/trailers produced by local Kirkland business Homegrown Trailers are set up with comfort in mind, and Roam Beyond’s camp concierge assure guests have everything they need for relaxing, memorable stays. Group events are a specialty with Roam, and naturally-distanced trailers and dining options ensure adventurers are both happy and safe.
Plush Digs At The Beach
Boreas Inn sits at the dune’s edge in the town of Long Beach on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. After the 4+ hour drive from Seattle, via winding roads with stunning scenery, the B&B’s hosts ensure guests are outfitted with expert local knowledge, delicious multi-course breakfasts, and suites that capture the beauty of the Washington coastline. Enjoy a glass of wine in the hottub and watch deer frolic in the dunes, or borrow a clam gun and take advantage of seasonal razor clam digs.
Ready to explore Washington? Email (or comment) your favorite getaways – perhaps I’ll share your gems, too!