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10 Serene Cabin Rentals Near Seattle, Washington

by Jacklyn Grambush
Updated December 11, 2022

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 In the Evergreen State, a cabin can feel right at home among the towering fir trees and colossal mountains.

It can also be a welcomed break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Whether it’s a romantic getaway, a family gathering, or the serenity of seclusion, sometimes the cabin life is exactly what you need.

Like the diverse range of ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest, cabins in the area come in all shapes and sizes, complete with a range of amenities. Best of all, many of these cabins are just a few hours from Seattle! Whether you’re flying in for a visit, or are a local in need of an escape, these are some of the best cabins you’ll find near the Emerald City.

1. Iron Springs Resort

 

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Why you should stay: A cabin resort on the Pacific coast with private beach access.

  • Nearest town: Copalis Beach
  • Sleeps: 2-10 depending on the cabin
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $229/night

Historic charm and modern amenities combine to create a cabin getaway that’s both rustic and luxurious at the Iron Springs Resort. Only 2.5 hours away from Seattle and less than 2 hours from the Hoh Rainforest World Heritage Site, the resort sits on the Pacific coast with the Olympic Mountains serving as its backdrop.

The cabins themselves include a new deck with a barbeque and water spigot to rinse off you and your furry friends on your way back from the beach. Inside is made cozier with either a fireplace or wood-burning stove (and one bin of firewood provided per day).

Conveniences range from the Bluetooth speaker in every cabin to the General Store stocked with everything you might need — including clamming and fishing licenses. Plus, if you can believe it, some of the cabins here are the most affordable (per-person) on this list!

There’s a little something for everyone here, from hiking forested or beachside trails to checking out the Museum of the North Beach, roasting marshmallows around the fire pit at sunset, and more.

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2. Sky Cabin

Why you should stay: An intimate and Insta-worthy setting in the forests of the Cascade Mountain range.

  • Nearest town: Skykomish
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $180/night

About an hour and a half from Seattle, off of scenic Highway 2, the striking SkyCabin makes a statement among the surrounding ferns and towering trees. Between the angular design accentuated by floor-to-ceiling windows, and simple, modern decor, it resembles a Pinterest board brought to life.

The barbeque grill and fire pit invite guests to gather outside while the gas fireplace inside adds both heat during the chilly months and a good dose of cozy ambiance. The host has also added tons of thoughtful amenities, from a boot dryer to a guest book and even earplugs for light sleepers who might be awoken by the occasional and distant sound of trains.

In the nearby mountains, there are opportunities for a myriad of activities, including skiing, kayaking, and hiking. Whatever you choose to do, the welcome mat is right: Adventure Awaits!

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3. River’s Edge Retreat

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Why you should stay: A riverfront lodge-inspired home for the whole gang midway between Seattle and the Cascade Mountains.

  • Nearest town: Fall City
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $390/night

The River’s Edge Retreat feels simultaneously luxurious and outdoorsy, with vaulted wooden ceilings and timber trim that make common areas light and open. Some of the rooms offer deep, rich color palettes, with stone decor and several fireplaces throughout. When the weather is nice, lounge on the covered patio in front of yet another fireplace and enjoy stunning views overlooking the Raging River. Later, meander along a private path to explore over 500 feet of riverfront.

The retreat also has ample space, thanks to its 4 bedrooms. Family and friends can also enjoy the game room that’s stocked with a full billiards table, darts, and a game console. There’s also a travel crib and high chair for the newest members of the family.

If you get tired of staying in, enjoy the nearby wineries, hiking trails (including Snoqualmie Falls), or even downtown Seattle, which is only 30 minutes away, making this the closest cabin to Seattle on this list.

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4. Underground Hygge

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Why you should stay: Unplug in a hobbit hole tucked into a Columbia River Gorge mountainside

  • Nearest town: Orondo
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: none
  • Rates from: $371/night

This passion-project-turned-Airbnb is not just a place to stay, it’s an experience. Up a short but steep path, this cabin a la Tolkien is off the grid and out of this world. The trademark round door invites you into a space primarily underground, keeping it around 55 degrees year-round. But not to worry, the beautiful stone fireplace will keep you cozy.

From the charming patio garden to the cordwood floor, and a chandelier made of lanterns, you’ll be enchanted by creatively upcycled materials, locally-made furniture, and antique decorations. Without the distractions of TV or Wifi at the Underground Hygge, you’ll notice the driftwood sink, the cable spool door, and the birdseed on hand for those who’d like to make some feathered friends.

There’s no kitchen, so plan accordingly. Otherwise, enjoy the stunning views of the Columbia River Gorge and the six surrounding acres to explore. Good news for dog owners, it’s also pet-friendly!

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5. Sky Haus

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Why you should stay: A unique A-frame cabin with a hot tub in the mountains.

  • Nearest town: Skykomish
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: none
  • Rates from: $275

Sky Haus takes a classic A-frame cabin and turns it into a wonderfully luxurious abode. The cozy downstairs offers a living space, bathroom, and kitchen, with 4 beds tucked together intimately in the loft. The best feature though is the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the woods, perfect for gazing out of while snuggled up near the wood-burning stove.

Outside, a private hot tub awaits among ferns and moss-covered trees, or snow if you visit during the winter. Part of a private cabin community, a short walk will lead you to the community’s private riverside beach. Enjoy this cabin in the Cascade Mountain range off of scenic Highway 2, just about an hour and a half from Seattle. If it’s booked, check out Tye Haus, managed by the same Airbnb host.

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6. The Grand River Lodge

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Why you should stay: Treat yourself to an exquisitely luxurious cabin near Bavarian-themed Leavenworth.

  • Nearest town: Leavenworth
  • Sleeps: 16
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $2,000/night

The Grand River Lodge lives up to its name in just about every sense. From the baby grand piano to the 8 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, the 3,300 square foot wraparound porch, and the riverfront views – all on a gated 3-acre property — you’re sure to feel spoiled.

Luxury is the most accurate word to describe the property — from the game room complete with a pool table, poker table, and wall Scrabble; to the home theater that includes a popcorn maker and over 400 DVDs; the grand foyer, adorned with an antler chandelier and buffalo plaid furnishing; and even the hot tub and professional putting green in the front yard — those who stay at the Grand River Lodge are sure to feel like royalty.

During the summertime, head out to the private beach on the Wenatchee River, where you can swim or float. Starting November 1st, the property is filled with Christmas decorations. Any time of year, enjoy nearby Leavenworth, only a couple hours from Seattle.

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7. Stehekin Valley Ranch

 

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Why you should stay: The furthest option from Seattle on this list (at least 5 hours), it’s also the most unique location and the most rustic accommodation.

  • Nearest town: Stehekin
  • Sleeps: 2-9 (depending on the cabin)
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $140 per adult per night

No roads lead to the unincorporated community of Stehekin up in the North Cascades, so you must arrive by boat, by plane, on horseback, or by foot. With no cell service, get ready to unplug and unwind. The nearest usable phone will be 9 miles away.

The Stehekin Valley Ranch, which runs mainly on solar power, offers a few different types of rustic lodgings, from cabins to wagon trailers, and a guesthouse for larger groups. Most have a bathroom, some have electricity, and a few have kitchenettes.

The per-person, per-night rate includes all meals and transportation to the Stehekin Valley Ranch from town. All meals are served buffet style at the dining hall and are prepared with as much local, organic produce as possible. Some of that produce is grown right at the ranch and the eggs are laid there. Bathrooms and showers are also available in the dining hall for guests staying in cabins without bathrooms.

Enjoy the badminton court, ping pong table, or frisbee golf outside, or head to the dining hall’s second floor for books, puzzles, and games. Outdoor activities are also aplenty, with hiking, kayaking, biking, horseback riding, and fishing opportunities all located nearby.

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8. Red Fox Lodge

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Why you should stay: You may come for the array of outdoor opportunities, but you won’t want to leave the chalet-style cabin.

  • Nearest town: Cle Elum
  • Sleeps: 16
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $953/night

Gather your group at the Red Fox Lodge in the Cascade Mountains, just an hour and a half from Seattle. Though it sleeps 16, up to 30 people may join for an event where guests can enjoy foosball, ping pong, and pool in the game room or soak outside in the hot tub.

No matter who you have with you, you’re bound to bask in the view of Lake Cle Elum and the Cascades outside the three-story lofted main room that brings in plenty of natural light. The wood walls, ceiling, and railing and mostly white decor that’s accented with pops of color combine into a modern, woodsy-chic aesthetic, while the astounding views and wood stove make you feel simultaneously close to nature and cozy.

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9. Little Farmhouse

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Why you should stay: For a comfy and refreshing island retreat just an hour’s ferry ride from the city.

  • Nearest town: Bainbridge Island
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $246

Who says you can’t combine cabin life with island life? The Little Farmhouse on Bainbridge Island does just that by inviting you and yours (including those who require a crib and have pets), to relax in this intimate cabin setting. Enjoy the backyard firepit and porch-side Adirondack chairs, or cuddle up inside near the fireplace and heated floors. Explore the surrounding trails, then rest up with your pick of books and board games.

The decor isn’t quite quirky, but it’s not overtly stylish either. It’s clean and light, but not stark or sterile. There’s a warmth here that will allow you to feel at home. Best of all, Bainbridge Island is a popular destination that’s loaded with great restaurants, vineyards, boutique shops, and public parks.

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10. The Leavenworth Lodge

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Why you should stay: This is the place for a massive family reunion or wedding party.

  • Nearest town: Leavenworth
  • Sleeps: 16-19
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $1,456/night

With a crib, two high chairs, a private heated pool, hot tub, ping pong table, pool table, foosball, and a convenient location near a few wineries, The Leavenworth Lodge has something for all ages. The well-lit, open floor plan centers around a massive, brick fireplace and offers a substantial kitchen with two of every major appliance.

Built in rural orchard farmland near the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, and about two and a half hours from Seattle, the surrounding natural beauty is both inspiring and easily accessible. Plus, with 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, and a dining room with enough chairs for almost two-dozen people, it’s the perfect spot to host a big gathering.

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