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Staycation getaway

By Keegan Prosser on July 9, 2013 – No Comment

Guests looking for an upscale camping experience can rent one of the canvas-walled cabins at the Bull Hill Guest Ranch in Kettle Falls, Wash. COURTESY PHOTO

By Keegan Prosser

Looking to get away for the weekend? Find out the best places to stay – that are only a few minutes (or hours) away!

Bull Hill Guest Ranch

3738 Bull Hill Road
Kettle Falls, WA 99141
1-877-285-5445, www.bullhill.com
Opened in 1995, Bull Hill Guest Ranch is part of a large working cattle ranch that dates back to 1903. Rich in history and tradition, the ranch is the perfect spot for adventurers looking for an authentic western experience. It’s also a great place for fly fishing and horseback riding. Accomodations include ranch cabins, the deluxe “Bullagio” and “Lonestar” estates and canvas cabins.

Doe Bay Resort and Retreat

107 Doe Bay Road , Olga, WA 98279
360-376-2291, www.doebay.com
Spread over 38 acres on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands, this waterfront resort offers houses, rustic cabins, yurts, a hostel and campsites for your enjoyment. Activities including taking a walk to the tip of Meditation Point, swimming alongside active sea life, hiking up Mt. Constitution (which you can access without ever getting in a vehicle) or relaxing with friends in the sauna or soaking tubs. The resort also hosts intimate concerts throughout the year.

The Five SeaSuns

1006 S. Lincoln Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362
360-452-8248, www.seasuns.com
Built in 1926 by attorney Thomas F. Trumbull, this Dutch Colonial home was one of the first homes in Port Angeles to boast of having two full bathrooms in the upstairs. Opened as a bed & breakfast in 1996, the Five SeaSuns’ Victorian decor provides for an elegant trip to the past. The grounds also included extensive gardens to peruse throughout your stay.

The Jacksonville Inn

175 E. California St., P.O. Box 359
Jacksonville, OR, 97530
1-541-899-1900, www.jacksonvilleinn.com
A charming brick building built in 1861, the walls of the dining area and lounge were built of locally quarried sandstone, and specks of gold are still visible in the mortar. Located in the heart of town, the Inn is an elegant historic bed and breakfast featuring cozy rooms with exposed brick walls, as well as a handful of luxurious honeymoon cottages.

Sylvia Beach Hotel

267 NW Cliff St
Newport, OR 97365
541-265-5428, www.sylviabeachhotel.com
Located near the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, the Sylvia Beach Hotel boasts beautiful views and a unique experience for lovers of literature. Each of the rooms is decorated to reflect the stylings of famed authors, separated into three categories depending on their view of the ocean. Rooms pay homage to authors including Agatha Christie, Mark Twain, Dr. Seuss and J.K. Rowling.

Thornewood Castle

8601 N Thorne Lane SW
Tacoma, WA 98498
(253) 584-4393, www.thornewoodcastle.com
A 500-year-old Tudor Gothic historic site known as “the house that love built,” Thornewood Castle has also served as backdrop for a number of movies. As a guest, you can enjoy elegant common rooms, three acres of grounds and lake front and the 1/2 acre sunken perennial English garden.

Treehouse Point

6922 Preston-Fall City Rd SE
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 441-8087, www.treehousepoint.com
This property offers a space where you can turn off your gadgets, immerse yourself in nature and recharge your batteries – in the trees. All accommodations are well designed treehouses (heck yeah), artfully decorated with touches like handmade beds, original art and charming vintage furnishings.

Turtleback Farm Inn

1981 Crow Valley Rd.
Eastsound, WA 98245
360-376-4914, www.turtlebackinn.com
Another unique stop on Orcas Island, this graceful inn offers seven bedrooms, each with a private bath and decorated with a blend of antiques and contemporary pieces. Highlighted by a spectacular setting, Turtleback Farm is a haven for those seeking comfortable lodgings, breathtaking scenery, varied outdoor activities and delicious food.