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Cool Airbnbs Near Seattle to Book This Winter

Take a break from it all.

Treehouse-Eagles Perch over the water
Treehouse-Eagles Perch over the water | Courtesy of Airbnb
Treehouse-Eagles Perch over the water | Courtesy of Airbnb

Was 2020 the most stressful year of our lives? Probably, but 2021 is giving its predecessor a run for its money, and we’re only two weeks in. We all deserve a break. As in, a real deal, totally unplugged, definitely-not-doom-scrolling vacation. And while overseas jaunts are still off-limits, the timeless weekend getaway within state bounds is hotter than ever before. Go look at the ocean! Or a river! Or nothing at all! Whatever you do, we wish you tranquility, rest, and a weekend sans Twitter. Ahead, the best places to seek out some serious R&R in Washington State. 

Modern Leavenworth Cabin
Modern Leavenworth Cabin | Courtesy of Airbnb

An Uber-Modern Cabin Overlooking the Wenatchee River

Leavenworth, Washington
1 - 6 guests, $408 per night
Distance from Seattle: ~2.5 hours
If you’ve ever fantasized about upgrading Grandma’s cabin, consider this the result: an ultra-stylish, uber-modern cliffhanger overlooking the Wenatchee River. With a retractable wall to optimize on the duality of indoor/outdoor living, a wood-burning fireplace, and every modern amenity you could dream of, this retreat gives whole new meaning to the phrase “cabin camping.”
What guests say: “The Overlook was incredible. The cabin is stylish, and modern, the views are stunning, and the cabin is stocked with amenities. Very conveniently located close to town, and Tonie was beyond helpful and responsive to any and all questions I had. I would highly recommend staying here, the views while drinking coffee on the porch are enough alone.”

Treehouse in the Columbia River Gorge
Treehouse in the Columbia River Gorge | Courtesy of Airbnb

A Bonafide Treehouse in the Columbia River Gorge

Stevenson, Washington
1 - 2 guests, $235 per night
Distance from Seattle: ~3.5 hours by car 
This 20-foot Octagon-shaped treehouse is built around a single Douglas fir, right on the edge of the Columbia River. Need we say more? Ok, we will: The house, which sleeps 1-2 people, is the ideal romantic getaway (or solo retreat). Fall asleep on the lofted queen bed and wake up in the clouds. 
What guests say: “Amazing experience. Cozy and comforting with great views. Hard to decide whether to stare out the window or at the woodwork inside. Much roomier than expected and a very updated bathroom. Recommending to everyone.”

Hebe's Hideout Wooded Paradise near Mount Rainier
Hebe's Hideout Wooded Paradise near Mount Rainier | Courtesy of Airbnb

An A-Frame Cabin Near Mt.Rainier

Ashford, Washington
1-2 guests, $179 per night
Distance from Seattle: ~2 hours by car
If you’ve ever dreamt of waking up and strolling over to Mt. Rainier after your morning coffee, this one’s for you. This little a-frame cabin, tucked away in the woods, was built in 1956 and remodeled in 2016. Thus, it has just the right combination of old school charm and new school modernity for the perfect weekend away. 
What guests say: “Luke and Amelia's cabin is a fantastic place to come unwind for a few days and enjoy nature. The river is a short walk behind the cabin and provides great views, the trees surrounding the cabin provide great lighting and the cabin itself is perfect to kick back and relax at for your stay. This was a perfect escape for me for a few days to come and do some work remotely, take some pictures, read, drink some tea, and just relax.”

Sequim Lavender Castle
Sequim Lavender Castle | Courtesy of Airbnb

A Medieval Castle Surrounded by Fields of Lavender

Sequim, Washington
1-12 guests, $256 per night 
Distance from Seattle: ~2.5 hours by car
Themed, medieval, and possibly haunted, this lavender castle is precisely as unique as it sounds. Make the drive over to Sequim for a very themed weekend getaway that will “make your fairytale dreams come true.”
What guests say: “Beverly's lavender castle is such a unique stay! The bedrooms are exquisite and all of the decorations make the place feel magical. I recommend!”

Forest Yurt Nature Retreat on Whidbey Island
Forest Yurt Nature Retreat on Whidbey Island | Courtesy of Airbnb

A Forest Yurt Nature Retreat

Whidbey Island
1-4 guests, $104 per night
Distance from Seattle: ~1.5 hours by car
Whidbey Island is barely an hour outside of Seattle, but this forest yurt feels worlds away. Ideal for the reader who likes to: dabble in glamping, sleep surrounded by nature, and is impressed by a 24-acre organic farmstead (who isn’t?).
What guests say: “Wow! I almost don't even want to leave a great review because I don't want others to over book this place so I can come back! My word for the weekend was ‘magical’. I kept saying it over and over describing the yurt and the property. It blew our expectations out of the water and if you get the opportunity to stay here, do not hesitate!”

Holiday Chalet on The Slopes
Holiday Chalet on The Slopes | Courtesy of Airbnb

A True Ski-In, Ski-Out Holiday Chalet 

Snoqualmie Pass, Washington
1-4 guests, $232 per night
Distance from Seattle: ~1 hour by car
It’s skiing season, obviously, and you couldn’t possibly get closer to the slopes that this holiday chalet. Ski in and out at your leisure, then spend evenings in the hot tub (or indoors, by the fire). 
What guests say: “We absolutely loved staying at this cabin. From heated floors in the bathroom to the absolutely stunning location adjacent to Summit West to the staging area in the garage for skiing complete with a gear dryer, the cabin is a dream. If you want a skier’s paradise, this is it!”

Sea Breeze Cottage
Sea Breeze Cottage | Courtesy of Airbnb

A Sea Breeze Cottage Walking Distance to the Beach

Ocean Shores, Washington
1-4 guests, $102 per night 
Distance from Seattle: ~2.5 hours
Imagine long walks on the beach accompanied by drinks with an ocean view. This could be anyone’s fantasy, but it’s your for the taking: just book this Ocean Shores cottage and, voila! Paradise. 
What guests say: “Clean and cozy cottage centrally located close to both beach access and shops. Perfect getaway for two.”

Treehouse-Eagles Perch over the water
Treehouse-Eagles Perch over the water | Courtesy of Airbnb

A Huge Treehouse Perched Above the Strait of Juan De Fuca 

Port Angeles, Washington
1-3 guests, $240 per night
Distance from Seattle: ~2.5 hours 
Another treehouse, you ask? Yes reader, and here’s why: This cedar retreat, which sores 20 feet above ground and overlooks the Strait of Juan De Fuca, is not to be missed. Watch the sunset with a bird’s eye view and cozy up for a weekend of idyllic R&R.
What guests say: “The treehouse is truly stunning! Great views and all the small amenities you need to make your stay comfortable. It's a perfect place to disconnect and watch out over the water. Beverly was extremely communicative and helpful with any questions we had.”

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