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10 Marvelously Unique Places to Stay in Washington State

by Brittany Varano
Updated September 29, 2022

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With a number of exciting vacation rentals and hotels taking Washington by storm, it’s not just the destination that’s worth visiting. Finding an incredible place to stay makes for an extra memorable adventure.

What sets these unique places to stay in Washington apart are the exciting amenities they offer. Amenities like treehouse-esque architecture, wine barrel bedrooms, and mountain top villas — all of which only scratch the surface. Many of these fabulous accommodations also rock luxury extras like hot tubs and swimming pools, only sweetening the deal.

Where these exciting places are located ain’t too shabby either. Home to lush river valleys, snow-capped volcanic mountains, and coastal islands, Washington is a playground for nature lovers. And now you can easily relish the beauty of The Evergreen State in the comfort of epic lodging.

So strap in for a killer adventure with one of these incredible places to stay in Washington.

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1. Beachfront Treehouse

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Why you should stay: A quaint, oceanside treehouse near downtown Vashon with a rustic beach cabana.

  • Location: Vashon Island
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates start from: $250/night

Immersed in the serenity of a seaside apple orchard, this beachfront treehouse provides a much-needed respite away. The shores of the Puget Sound are within walking distance from this little cabin, where you can take a dip or simply gaze out onto the calm waters. The property also has a paddle board and a canoe for those interested in a paddle.

The layout of the treehouse is quite unique, and is made up of various separate buildings, including a bathhouse, bedroom, and a living space with a kitchen. All are connected via a deck walk and stairs. As for places to sleep, there is a primary bedroom, a lofted sleeping space, and a pull-out sofa to accommodate your group. The hosts have also outfitted the home with an excellent selection of board games, books and complimentary firewood.

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Related Read: 10 Magical Treehouse Rentals in Washington

2. Earthlight™

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Why you should stay: A contemporary villa with a hot tub situated high above the Columbia River Valley at an elevation of 6,500 feet.

  • Location: Orondo
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $450/night

At Earthlight™, modern convenience and a focus on nature are at the heart of this Washington vacation rental. Inside, the home boasts an open floor plan complimented by glass walls that allow sunshine and mountain views to make a statement. Other noteworthy features include the free-standing soaking tub, stylish decor, and Keurig coffee maker.

Out on the deck, you’ll find the hot tub, where you can take a dip and soak up the beauty of the passing Columbia River. Not to mention, there are two rope swings and a swinging bench that offer front-seat views to the natural surroundings.

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Follow ‘em: @EarthlightVillas

3. The Society Hotel – Bingen

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Why you should stay: A trendy hotel and hostel with a spa, located a 15-minute walk from the Hood River.

  • Location: Bingen
  • Sleeps: 1-4
  • Minimum stay: 1night
  • Rates start from: $44-$125/night

Housed in what was once an old school, The Society Hotel provides a warm welcome to those itching to explore the Columbia River Gorge. The hotel offers private cabins, standard hotel rooms, and budget-friendly bunks in communal dorms so everyone from large groups to solo travelers can enjoy a visit.

However, no attention to detail has been spared, and trendy decor and high-end touches fill every space, even in the hostel. After a long day exploring the nearby landscape, a visit to the onsite spa is a must, which is equipped with a hot tub, sauna, plunge pools, and more. Portland is only about an hour southwest of the hotel.

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Follow ‘em: @SocietyHotel

4. Waterfall Sanctuary

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Why you should stay: A rustic farm stay with glamping accommodations bordering the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

  • Location: Carson
  • Sleeps: 2-5
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $89/night

Take your pick from safari tents, fun yurts, or a tiny cabin at the scenic Waterfall Sanctuary. This little farm is home to roaming chickens and goats and boasts an ideal location to some of southwestern Washington’s top attractions. Water lovers will appreciate the nearby swimming spot with a rope swing at the Wind River as well as the close proximity to the Columbia River.

Guest Jennifer shares, “The kids in our group had a blast exploring the property (and nearby Panther Falls) despite the chilly misty weather. The tents were clean and absolutely beautiful (snag the Stargazer if you can!) and much bigger than we anticipated.”

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5. Getaway Mount Adams

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Why you should stay: A pet-friendly tiny cabin resort that puts the glam in glamping not far from Mount Adams.

  • Location: Glenwood
  • Sleeps: 2-4
  • Minimum stay: 1night
  • Rates start from: $129/night

Getaway Mount Adams is a perfect compromise when the itch to camp hits, but you don’t want to haul any gear. This outdoor glamping property features tiny cabins with one or two bedrooms, each of which are furnished with plush sleeping quarters, a kitchenette, and a private bathroom with hot showers.

From your bed, a large picture window makes it easy to gaze out on the serene forest that surrounds you. Every cabin also has a private fire pit and picnic table for evening smores. If in need of any supplies, the outpost store has you covered.

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Follow ‘em: @GetawayHouse

6. Bryant Barn

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Why you should stay: An updated barn with an in-ground swimming pool and a wine barrel bedroom.

  • Location: Walla Walla
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates start from: $262/night

The Bryant Barn not only makes an excellent home base for exploring the famous wineries of Walla Walla but as a vacation destination in its own right. This beautiful home oozes farmhouse-chic style that fills the inviting open floor plan. There’s a cozy fireplace for guests visiting in the cooler months and an in-ground swimming pool for those staying in the summer.

The yard also has a fire circle, large grassy area perfect for pets, and a 1,000-gallon wine barrel turned bedroom for two. What better way to wake up in Washington’s wine country than inside a larger-than-life wine barrel?

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7. Linford-Shire on Bainbridge

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Why you should stay: An eye-catching Hobbit hole across the Puget Sound on Bainbridge Island.

  • Location: Bainbridge Island
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1night
  • Rates start from: $68/night

Whether you’re a Lord of the Rings fan or not, Linford-Shire on Bainbridge is a charming getaway unlike anywhere you’ve probably stayed. Built into a grassy hillside, one step through the circular front door transports you to a storybook glampsite.

The hosts have outfitted the place with a futon bed, coffee supplies, and a fireplace for utmost coziness during your stay. A clean outhouse and hand washing station lie not far from the hobbit hole. And in classic glamping fashion, the property has a fire pit and extras like disc golf nets.

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Follow ‘em: @hobbithouse98110

8. The Captain Whidbey

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Why you should stay: A historic lodge along the rugged shores of Whidbey Island.

  • Location: Coupeville
  • Sleeps: 1-4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $205/night

Nestled on Penn Cove, The Captain Whidbey is a modern yet rustic lodge that dates back to 1907. In consideration of every style of travel, guests can choose between private cabins, Scandinavian-inspired lagoon rooms, and lodge quarters that have been kept as they were, shared bathrooms, and all.

When hunger strikes, the hotel’s onsite restaurant and tavern are fit for a captain and also retain much of the lodge’s original old-world charm. The hotel’s wellness studio provides a relaxing space to do yoga and the opportunity to indulge in a sauna sesh. The island’s Fort Ebey State Park is five minutes from the hotel.

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Follow ‘em: @TheCaptainWhidbey

9. The Cabin on Hunter Bay

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Why you should stay: A log cabin perched atop a bluff that overlooks the San Juan Islands in Hunter Bay.

  • Location: Lopez Island
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates start from: $325/night

The Cabin on Hunter Bay is a remote getaway situated on a quiet part of Lopez Island. This incredible log home has a spacious interior with tasteful decor and upscale elements like a central fireplace and soaking tub. However, the vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, and log walls nail home that cozy, cabin aesthetic.

This Washington vacation rental also boasts numerous outdoor seating areas, including a covered patio, a sunny deck, and a hammock. But it’s from the incredible cliffside deck that you can truly soak up the magnificence of Hunter Bay.

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Related Read: 11 Epic Glamping Spots in Washington State

10. Treehouse Place

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Why you should stay: A fairytale tiny cabin that oozes treehouse vibes near downtown Snohomish.

  • Location:Snohomish
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $320/night

Immersed in the tranquility of an evergreen forest, Treehouse Place welcomes visitors to the outskirts of Snohomish. To reach the tiny cabin, you must first climb a set of stairs through the trees. But the magical mini-hike is well worth the effort thanks to the serene natural beauty and romantic glow of string lights that guide you.

The interior of this cabin may be tiny, but it’s well optimized and boasts upscale amenities like a soaking tub, Alexa operated lights, and a Keurig machine. It also features an eco-friendly incinerator toilet. The cabin is about 45 minutes from Seattle, making it an easy yet exciting staycation near the city.

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