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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.