Do yourself a favor and take a trip to Vashon Island to stay at the Airstream Lodge! This was the perfect retreat from Seattle - a short drive and a 20 minute ferry ride, and you're transported to peaceful island life. Mario greeted us when we arrived, giving us a quick tour and some history on the airstream, which used to be used for FBI surveillance! He also introduced us to the landowner and was able to give a ton of recommendations for food, wine, and sight-seeing on the island - we're already planning a trip back to try all the amazing restaurants he recommended! The airstream sits on a wide, open piece of land with a beautiful view of the water. It also has a firepit and BBQ outside, which will be awesome in the summer! The interior is spacious and beautiful - Mario has truly paid attention to every corner, adding in details like succulents, cozy blankets, dried lavender, candles, etc. Plenty of seating in the front, with a large kitchen area (full sink, butane stove top, mini fridge, Keurig and French Press, pots, pans, spices, and more) and a bathroom (full shower and toilet) and bedroom in the bed. The KING SIZE bed is heated and has panoramic views of the forest around you, plus a TV! We didn't want to get out of bed in the morning. It rained for our whole trip, but that just made it even cozier! This was the perfect place to hole up & relax, and we can only imagine how great it will be in the summer. We also enjoyed some delicious coffee, food, and window shopping in the main part of town before getting back on the ferry to head home. Will recommend this to everyone needing a peaceful getaway, and will be back ourselves!
What a find! The Tahuya adventure resort is one of our new favorites. The Cromers are doing something really special out on the Olympic. The resort is hand-built to an amazing degree and quality which blew us away, it was so luxurious and still so rustic. As we stayed there in the awesome Cabin 1 we were at the beginning stages of all the awesome things they are doing at the resort, like bringing in many new ATV's to rent and take on the miles of trails near by, and even zip lines through the forest for adults and kids! As of August there were two cabins and multiple RV hook up sites, and those RV sites will each hold a similar cabin by next summer. They are pulling out all the stops way out there at Tahuya and we urge everyone to go and check it out! Did we mention the bathroom? It was legitimately nicer than ours at home haha! Go visit!
Elizabeth is so great and the Farm was really simply amazing to stay at. If anyone is looking to fully experience agrotourism this is the place to do it! We were lucky enough to stay here during the infamous Solar Eclipse of 2017 and saw it in it's totality! We strolled around the farm and were able to pick peppers, berries, and tomatoes, and there are so many other fruits and vegetables and flower grown here to tour through. The farm has it's own food truck too which is absolutely amazing- the fresh smoothies and original dishes were so yummy and well made. Elizabeth and her family are figuring out the best way for them to host campers and which locations are most ideal because the open field is great and there is also a huge area of fully grown tree rows which would be perfect for hammock and shaded camping. I really hope they find which areas work best for them to have campers and are able to share this lovely farm with everyone! Thanks again! - Evan & Charity
Terry and Erin run a great little homestead and farm out in the North Cascades. They are on-the-go tending to the animals and keeping up their property- it was inspiring to see them building such a unique place! The road in is easy and the endless views and exploring that can be had, whether on the farm or up and down the North Cascades Highway, make the stay a true Pacific Northwest experience. The Yurt was perfect, and can hold many people with multiple beds and floor space. It was the perfect "glamping" experience for us, not uptight or spotless, but very cozy and familiar. We can't wait to go back and share Terry and Erin's amazing hospitality again soon :)
Whether you're roadtripping through Washington or looking to explore Mount Rainier National Park, The Arboretum at Bear Canyon West is the perfect stop. Situated in the heart of the Burres' expansive Christmas Tree Farm, the Arboretum is full of diverse plant and bird life, making for a peaceful and private meadow to set up camp. A picnic table, fire ring, cooking grate, and pile of firewood is included. Beautiful views of the mountains and river abound, and the camp host Barb was able to give us plenty of ideas for hikes and recreation in the area. When the sun went down we were treated to clear starry skies with hardly any light pollution to go along with the birds' songs. Can't wait to come back in the summer to explore Mount Rainier and swim in Riffe Lake! Thanks to Barb for the awesome stay. PS: if you have a drone, bring it! Barb is excited about making the farm extra drone-friendly.
Staying in the Airstream at Crooked Finger Farms was awesome! It was a true rainy afternoon Oregon so being able to cozy up inside the Airstream with it's super modern amenities in a rustic farm setting was perfect. Kristin puts a lot of pride and care into her farm and her units so you can be assured everything will be above and beyond for your stay! We are going to check out the Bali House for sure next time :)
Bandon Farm Stay is the perfect quiet and comfortable retreat when you want to disconnect and just relax in a cozy little cabin for awhile. The Webbs were very gracious and showed us around then let us do our own thing and enjoy their cranberry farm. A short drive into Bandon offered so many local attractions and an amazing beach. The locals were all very pleasant and there was so much to explore! Get the tacos at Wilson's Market~~
The Landing in Index, WA was incredible! Driving up Highway 2 in Washington is one of the nation's best, but being able to stop on the Skykomish River in the heart of the Cascades and camp on 16 acres of private, riverfront, beach access land is a dream come true. In August the river was low and we were able to swim in the warm waters and practically anywhere along the Landing we wanted to. David the land owner was there doing some bush trimming and showed us all around the 16 acres. There are multiple spots you could pitch a tent, from the wooded sites to on large river banks. David was great and plans to expand the camping sites and locations people can pitch their tents. The outhouse was very clean and nice as well! It really was an amazing break from the city and we will be back as soon as possible!
Teal Creek Camp at Turning Earth Farms is a great escape from the city, only about 40 minutes southwest of Salem, and 2 hours from Portland! Off of Kings Valley Hwy heading south, turn right (west) on Gardner Road, and drive about 1 mile up the dirt road, and on the right hand side you will see a driveway with the Turning Earth Farms sign. Stay to the right and go down the driveway to the second house. This is where Don the camp host met us and led us further down the road, through a gate and into the field and animal grazing area. From there we drove past all the happy little goats, chickens and a lama, and into a large plot of acreage comprised of a fully grown tree farm- which created a magical forest in the middle of the neighboring flat fields! It was dreamy and moody and offered great shade and exploring and had multiple campsites within it. We navigated down the cleared forest road to the end where the trees gave way to Teal Creek and it's local fauna. We camped at the head of one little trail to "Dog Beach" and reveled in the warm glowing water of the creak all afternoon (after going and playing with the baby goats for too short a time). In the evening we met Don back up at the house as he was heading to the neighbors land to help pick and collect apples for pressing. We met so many awesome people from all over who happened to be there helping out, forming a fun hardworking little community. We cut, mashed, and pressed apples for cider into the night, until Don hosted us for a quick dinner after which we went back to camp and slept peacefully. In the morning we found awesome little creatures at the creek like frogs and crawfish while sipping coffee. It was such an easy going, fun, and full experience at Teal Creek that we will definitely be heading back through the next chance we can!
The Artfarm Barn was a totally rad place to stay! The hosts Willow and Josh were so welcoming and wanted to make our stay as awesome as possible. In the summer season they mow a huge portion of the wetland the Barn is next to, so there is a huge area to pitch your tent and even drive your car. In the wet season you can camp right next to the Barn or even inside of it! There is a large communal fire pit with seating and also a charcoal grill for cooking. Inside, the Artfarm Barn holds all kinds of wonders, from bunk beds to instruments, to ping pong tables and stages. It is awesome to explore and see all the crafty and funky artwork and crafts. Also at night, you can turn on the black lights and play ping pong! It was life changing haha! In the morning Willow showed us all of the amazingly hard work put into the communal garden growing a wide array of fruits plants and vegetables using innovative and new gardening techniques. We were also lucky enough to be there with a tiny herd of 9 week old puppies running around. It's way too easy to have a great time here so get ready. Thanks again so much to Willow and Josh for sharing there awesome farm and treating us like old friends!
Tom and Jan Ball are absolutely amazing and friendly hosts! Going to Sis Q is like going home. All the pups are sweet and fun, and the environment is peaceful and relaxed. The Ranch itself is capable of hosting numerous guests with plenty of room for multiple tents as well as awesome bathroom facilities. If you want to venture to the neighboring tribal land, there is an awesome swimming hole with a mini natural water-slide. One of the most stunning aspects of Ranch was the star visibility at night! Sis Q has been certified by a light reader declaring it the lowest possible light pollution reading at night. We could see the whole milky way and stared into the sky for hours. Not only will you want to take Carson, one of the Ranch pups, home with you- but you will find yourself wanting to come back to stay with the Ball's the next time you are in Siskiyou County!