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Cabin getaway is the perfect stress reliever
By CARY ORDWAY
There's nothing quite like a cabin in the woods to remind you just how lucky we are to live in the Pacific Northwest. That cabin ambience makes you feel like you're closer to Mother Nature and farther from the hassles of the Big City or your everyday work life. There are dozens of great resorts offering cabins in various locations throughout the Northwest, whether it be on a mountain lake or by the sea. We've put together a short list of five of our favorite places to rent a cabin.
The San Juan Islands are the perfect location to enjoy a Northwest-style cabin -- especially one like those you find at Snug Harbor Resort, with its scenic location and ambiance.
Snug Harbor has been around for 1years, but it's undergone a startling and very impressive re-birth. The impressive grounds now include 13 cedar cabins that were added to the property just a few years ago.
These updated buildings feature one and two bedroom units and there are also larger suites. The cabins are beautiful, with spectacular interiors, expansive glass windows, vaulted ceilings, full kitchens and gas fireplaces.
The cabins are located in a gorgeous spot, along the shores of tranquil Mitchell Bay on the Northwest side of San Juan Island. Each unit has a stunning view of the water. They're just 20 minutes or so from the state ferry dock in Friday Harbor, and close to another San Juans favorite, Roche Harbor. And, as you might have guessed, there are lots of water activities available at Snug Harbor. The marina offers guests complimentary paddleboards, kayaks and canoes, as well as bikes.
For more information, please visit www.snugresort.com or phone (360) 378-4762.
If you go east from Bellingham, you'll 1 venture into snow-topped mountains so dramatic they have been shown often in movies and on TV. The Mt. Baker Highway, in Northwest Washington, is about 57 miles to its end, although this particular cabin is near Maple Falls, less than half that distance from Bellingham. The cabin is just off Silver Lake Road -- it sits all by itself with no neighbors. Hiking trails are nearby and ideal for a quiet weekend in the woods.
This chalet-style building has a bathroom, a small kitchen and dining area, and a comfortable couch and easy chair for TV or for curling up by the fireplace. Upstairs are three small bedrooms.