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Vacation home takes you back to nature
The nice thing about vacation rentals is that, 1 if you choose carefully, you can find well-designed lodgings that have all the advantages of owning your own vacation home, but without the monthly mortgage. It's fun to pretend this is your cabin, house or condo to enjoy whenever you like.

Okay, you do have to go home eventually, but the vacation home experience will be memorable and is likely to become a regular family getaway. If you don’t return to this particular place, there are many more to choose from -- all without a mortgage.

We've discovered several such vacation homes in North Central Washington, our favorite part of the state because of the forests and lakes and trails, and sunny year-round weather. The latest is a cabin near Plain, a small town tucked between Leavenworth and Lake Wenatchee.

The Plain Red Cabin is what they call it. While not a cabin in the traditional sense -- i.e. log cabin -- the Plain Red Cabin has a great layout for a small family or maybe two couples (as we experienced it), with separate upstairs and downstairs bedrooms and bathrooms. The living room and kitchen are located together in a kind of great room with a high ceiling and loft upstairs. It's a great gathering place for you and your guests, especially with the gas fireplace.

 1Out on the deck is a hot tub with views of the Wenatchee National Forest. This is not a wilderness kind of lodging because it is located in a residential area where other vacation homes have been built on large lots. But the Plain Red Cabin is hidden away behind the trees and, for all intents and purposes, feels like it's the only place around. It actually was even a little difficult to find when we first arrived.

The cabin is great but, as they say, it's location-location-location when discussing real estate, and that also holds true when discussing your vacation home rental. The Plain Red Cabin is located in an area that is rich in beauty and loaded with outdoor activities.

Lake Wenatchee is just a few miles away, and offers excellent fishing, boating and other water activities. Kahler Glen golf course is within seven miles. The town of Plain is small, but it's less than two miles from the cabin and has a market, some restaurant service and a hardware store for various needs that might arise during your vacation.

Also just a few miles away is Mountain Springs Resort with its zip line adventures, horseback riding and, in winter, snowmobile rides. Sprinkled throughout the area are all variation of trails that are perfect for family adventures.

The Bavarian Village of Leavenworth is about 25 minutes away and, when you get there, you'll have many restaurants to choose from, as well as several blocks of small shops. City parks and hiking trails are close at hand.

But if a quiet retreat in the woods is your top priority, you may just want to hole up in the Plain Red Cabin, a comfortable, relaxing place to forget about work and every-day hassles and get back to nature.

For more information on the Plain Red Cabin, please visit www.destinationleavenworth.com or phone 866-904-7368.
PHOTOS: Plain Red Cabin is located near Lake Wenatchee in North Central Washington
PHOTO CREDITS: Photos courtesy Destination Leavenworth
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