Looking for a cabin getaway? I’ve found the cutest rustic cabin in Leavenworth, Washington.
And it has its own private waterfall AND outdoor hot tub.
A getaway to a cabin in the woods is one of those quintessential American trips you see in movies and sitcoms. You know, everyone wearing flannel, drinking whiskey, going for hikes and playing charades. There’s group bonding and hijinks. Everyone exposes their inner Ron Swanson and then returns to the city, happy and rejuvenated.
It’s something I’d been looking forward to experiencing while living in the US. But last December I found something even better…
The ultimate cabin of my dreams.
And all thanks for my good pal Airbnb.
While organising our trip to Leavenworth for the Christmas Lights Festival, I came across what I believe is the perfect accommodation for a Washington Alps getaway. Now whenever I talk about Leavenworth, this rustic cabin is the first thing I mention. Yes, even before the gluhwein!
Those who know me understand the high level of praise this infers 🙂 .
This is no run-of-the-mill vacation rental. In a truly unique use of the landscape, the small cabin is built directly into the rock face of a mountain. The outside is constructed using stone blocks, and accented by my favourite feature: colourful skis placed along the roof.
The cabin feels remote and secluded, yet is only four miles outside the town of Leavenworth. It’s the perfect home base to explore the town, enjoy one of the many festivals, or get adventurous with snowshoeing, skiing or tubing at one of the nearby parks. Or summertime hiking.
But it’s also far enough away to achieve true peace and quiet, and on a clear night the only lights will be the stars shining above.
Sitting at the gateway to Washington’s famed Enchantments, epic valley views await just steps from the front door.
The cabin itself? I describe it as glamping at its finest.
The cabin is very basic and is essentially one room, with a dining area, fireplace, and sleeping areas accessed via ladders in a ‘loft’ style. It was clean, cosy and comfortably slept our group of five (sleeping mattresses are provided but BYO linens or sleeping bag). Larger groups can be accommodated by pitching tents nearby the cabin, though I’d recommend this only in warmer months.
There is no shower, but an ‘outhouse’ style toilet is just a short walk from the cabin – and even has a heated seat!
The property also features a private picnic area and a wood-fire heated hot tub. The host supplies plenty of firewood for $5 per bundle so there’s no need to bring your own.
Between the fireplace, electric heater and sleeping bags it was very toasty in the cabin – even in the frigid winter weather. We had a lovely warm welcome, and our awesome host had fired up the heater prior to our arrival, which was much appreciated on a day averaging below 17F (-8C).
It’s definitely a rustic property but so absolutely worth it to have a beautiful back to nature experience.
Check out the interior:
The most unique feature of this property is without a doubt the spectacular landscape it’s immersed in.
A private creek bubbles adjacent to the cabin, and a short five minute walk uphill lies the most beautiful waterfall – which I took full advantage of. In December we were truly in a winter wonderland: the waterfall was frozen over, and the torrent of water gave way to huge ice crystals that hung down like stalactites.
The perfect way to introduce my visiting Aussie family to the beauty of Washington.
Though I adored our evening in a life-sized snow globe, I’m sure a stay at this rustic cabin in Leavenworth would be just as beautiful in the summertime, or during the fall when the trees in the valley turn golden.
This secluded, snow covered rustic cabin in Leavenworth was so much more than a place to rest our heads. It was an adventure in its own right.
One I’d happily have over and over again, in all seasons.
Read more from Live Recklessly: A winter escape to Leavenworth Washington, Perfect winter getaways in Washington State, Meet Mt Baker: the hidden gem of America’s ski scene.
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