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Cozy lodgings
Five examples of extra-special NW getaways
When you think of travel in the Pacific Northwest, often times you automatically conjure up the image of a cozy lodge. Whether on the seashore or in the mountains, a cozy lodge with its unique architecture and wood-burning stove is perfect for couples and for family adventures.

Lodges and other cozy accommodations are just a short drive away, no matter what part of the Pacific Northwest you live in. Here are a few examples.

Timberline Lodge

Oregon's Timberline Lodge is one of  1the most famous hotels in the Northwest, and offers the perfect combination of magnificent scenery and historic, cozy accommodations.

Built during the Depression as a government project to help stimulate the economy, Timberline Lodge is in a location reminiscent of the mountain lodges you find in the European Alps. Ski slopes and an extensive network of mountain trails are right outside the front door.

The hotel features classic wood-beam construction and guests especially enjoy the massive stone fireplaces that are ideal places to enjoy a good book in front of the fire while the snow piles up outside the historic lodge. The exterior of the grand lodge was used to depict a fictional hotel in the movie The Shining. The interior is all warm wood finished with hand-carved details.

And if you are a history buff, ask for Room 107, which was used by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor during the lodge's dedication in 1937. For more information, please visit www.timberlinelodge.com or phone 503-272-3311.

Roche Harbor Resort

The Roche Harbor Resort on San Juan Island is close to the colorful island town of Friday Harbor. This is one of those resorts that offers a variety of luxurious accommodations, ranging from cozy cottages to the historic Haro Hotel.

There are also view homes for rent that are ideal for families and complete privacy. About 25 of the accommodations are considered waterfront, but when you're on San Juan Island, the water is never far away.

Explore the island in a car and you'll be amazed at the photo opportunities that just seem to pop up around every corner.

And of course Friday Harbor is a bustling town on weekends with lots of visitors arriving by Washington State Ferry. You catch the ferry in Anacortes and visit the island with your car, or simply walk on the ferry and use resort transportation to get from the ferry to Roche Harbor.

Your stay at Roche Harbor combines outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking with luxurious fine dining and a luxury resort vibe you won't soon forget.

For more information, please visit www.rocheharbor.com or phone 800-451-8910.

Adrift Hotel and Spa

The Long Beach Peninsula, in Southwest Washington, is a popular getaway both in summer and in winter. During the off-season, the winds can whip up, the rain can pour and the storms are exciting for a lot of visitors.

The Adrift Hotel and Spa has incredible ocean views and offers a variety of rooms ranging from king suites to something as simple as a bunk bed. It seems remote and has the perfect location on the ocean, but you will still have some modern conveniences such as flat-screen TV's and wi-fi.

Part of the fun here is dining at the Pickled Fish Restaurant, which is on the top floor of the hotel and focuses on cuisine made from local ingredients.

When you're not enjoying oceanfront dining, you can hike along the Discovery Trail and enjoy the incredible views along the pristine shoreline. There's plenty to explore, and that beach vibe never gets old.

For more information please visit www.adrifthotel.com or phone 800-561-2456.

Paradise Inn

Northwest residents have come to know that Mt. Rainier National Park really is a great getaway option any time of year. Even in winter, the area is incredibly beautiful -- you just want to be sure and carry chains with you in case you run into a winter snow storm.

The historic Paradise Inn is located within Mt. Rainier National Park. It has comfortable accommodations and a total of 121 guest rooms.

We included this in our list of cozy accommodations because the rooms are basic -- just a bed or two and a hand sink. The bathroom is down the hall and shared with other guests. There is no TV, no telephones and no internet. There is just amazing mountain scenery right outside your window.

Guests are served meals in the hotel's dining room, and it's easy to work up a healthy appetite hiking one of the many mountain trails or, in winter, getting out and playing in the deep snow.

For more information, please visit www.mtrainierguestservices.com or phone 360-569-2275.

Bishop Victorian Hotel

The Victorian seaport of Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula is a popular location for tourists and there is no shortage of cozy accommodations. Among the many options in this historic town is the Bishop Victorian Hotel, located right in Port Townsend's Historic District.

The Bishop Victorian has garnered many awards and offers an upscale atmosphere for the traveler looking for something a little extra special.

There are 16 one- and two-bedroom suites altogether and each is furnished with period furniture that harkens back to the time when Port Townsend was a bustling center of maritime commerce. Each of the accommodations has en-suite bathrooms, yet the suites and hotel retain a rich historic flavor.

The lobby is adorned with period furniture and colorful artwork and is used by guests to mingle, enjoy board games or relax on the couches with a fresh cup of coffee. There is even a vintage piano.

As an added bonus, guests also have access to the Port Townsend Athletic Club which is about two blocks from the hotel.

For more information, please visit www.bishopvictorian.com or phone 800-824-4738.
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