As cold weather arrives and winds whistle and whirl, anyone looking for a weekend getaway often has “cozy” among the criteria. Here are 5 cozy getaways around Western Washington (and it’s a good time to enjoy low-season rates).
1. Coupeville inns
Winter is the quiet season on Whidbey Island, but Penn Cove mussels are still fresh and salty in local restaurants and a hike at Ebey’s Landing will wake you up when Strait of Juan de Fuca winds blow. Afterward, cozy up in the pink lady of Coupeville, the Italianate Kineth House, part of the Blue Goose Inn, or one of the rustic madrona-log rooms of the Captain Whidbey Inn.
This funky/delightful historic inn at the upper edge of Willapa Bay has a view of old orchard trees and meadow-grazing deer rather than the ocean, but a 5-minute drive puts you on a sandy beach. Wine and Scrabble in front of the fireplace (beneath the moose head) while chatting with the Seattle ex-pat owners make this like a visit to your sister’s beach house. No TV, no phones. Budget rates.
Rain, rain and more rain grows record-size trees here, and the rainy season is the right time to get cozy with a chess board and a liqueur from the bar in the lodge’s pleasantly-wood-smoky lobby. Dine in the Roosevelt Room, named for FDR from his 1937 tour of the Olympic Peninsula after which he established Olympic National Park.
4. Ashford cabins
When the snow flies at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park, it’s a wintry wanderland for snowshoers and inner-tubers. And at the foot of the hill are enough rental cabins in the woods to suit your inner Thoreau — most with fireplaces, many with hot tubs, all just right for snowy getaways. Try Stormking Cabins (not a bad choice for second honeymoons — or third, or fourth…). Or check other cabin listings here.
This historical collection of bluff-top Mocrocks Beach-area cabins in Grays Harbor County underwent a major makeover a couple years back, so the original 1940s look has gotten a freshening up like there was a shipwreck of interior decorators out front. But the sandy Pacific beach is still classic, with razor-clam digs when the season’s right.