About the property
- Half Baths3
- Minimum Stay2 nights
9 Bedrooms, 3 Full Bathrooms, 3 half Bathrooms, Sleeps 25
The place to go to get away from it all... Situated in the renowned Methow Valley at the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains, this private eco-retreat is nestled in a secluded basin of its own, at the end of the country road. The property's 160 acres is surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest wild lands, with the nearest private property over a mile away.
The non-smoking Lodge features a charming, rustic wood interior with a handsome rock surrounding a fire stove. Recently remodeled, it now boasts a radiant heat floor covered with beautiful bamboo flooring. The deep, covered porch catches a breeze on hot summer days and is a great place to sit and relax. The cathedral ceiling and skylights in the 800 square foot living room provide an inspiring atmosphere for rest and renewal. There is an ample space for family and friends, but it is also a cozy setting for a quiet romantic get-away.
There are three bedrooms in the Lodge (two with queen beds, and one with 3 twin beds), and 6 bedrooms (two twin beds in each) in the new passive-solar Bermhouse (two beds can be pushed together to make king-size bed, and modern IKEA cots to increase sleeping space by six more twin beds).
There are three full bathrooms in the Lodge: one inside the lodge, and two with outside entries, one of which is with disability access; and three half-bathrooms in the Bermhouse.
The wood-fired sauna offers a great way to recover from a day of hiking or skiing. Our two tents (small party tent next to the Lodge seats 25 people, large sky-lodge tent seats 100) offer additional space in summer, making it a perfect place for a picturesque wedding or a fun-filled family reunion.
We have a fun selection of new and old table games to bring family and friends together. We do offer modern media-amenities such as small TV, DVD player, and WIFI access, although we encourage you to really unplug here.
Hikes right from your door take in views of snow-capped peaks, and miles of private groomed ski trails wind through the property in winter. There are numerous slopes to choose from for backcountry skiing, snowboarding or sledding. Nearby is the friendly Loup Loup downhill ski area, and the beautiful Methow River offers prime whitewater rafting. Springtime brings a magic carpet of wildflowers covering the land. Choose from several local swimming holes for cooling off in the summer.
The town of Twisp offers live theater and a thriving Farmer's Market in the summer, natural food store, music throughout the year, an art gallery, restaurants, and more. Located on the sunny side of Washington State, close to mountain lakes and whitewater rivers, recreational opportunities abound.
Our guests appreciate the silence this property has to offer. They say that although many places say they offer seclusion, this is the only place that really delivers. We have also been told that the photos don't really capture the place; it usually exceeds peoples' expectations! We only book one group at a time, so you always have the whole place to yourself!
Note: This eco-retreat is completely solar-powered! It operates just like normal for the most part, except we can't handle crock-pots, hair-blowers and curlers, and we have non-electric means to make coffee, with thermoses to keep it warm through the day. We strive to be environmentally friendly, by recycling and composting food waste, and we encourage our guests to do the same!
Property managers live in the cabin on the property, around the corner from the Lodge. Their main objective is that you have a very quiet, joyful and peaceful stay!
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 18, 2018
I have always been a very nature-oriented person, having degrees in both Geology and Geography. I traveled extensively for many years, interested in experiencing lots of different landscapes.
Lindsey purchased this Lodge in 1999
Why Lindsey chose Okanogan County
I lived in Seattle for numerous years and did lots of retreats in various places nearby. While the retreats were beautiful in their own way, they always felt somewhat suburban, with neighbors fairly close by. I was looking for somewhere where people could really feel they had left the world behind.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Great for big groups. Not so great for families and kids
I stayed here with my family over a winter break. The snow was wonderful and it was great to have a private area to enjoy all to ourselves. We ended up killing dozens of wasps that found their way into the cabin. My son and mom both got stung. The staircase was dangerous for little kids and the wood burning stove was the only source of heat. Not ideal for a family vacation.
when we first started renting over 10 years ago we made a point of mentioning the staircase to families with little kids. Since then we have hosted so many families who didn't have a problem with it that we have let that fall by the wayside, perhaps we should put it back on the list. We do have a baby gate to put across the bottom of the stairs, maybe you didn't see it?
I am surprised about your response about the wood stove, we had a whole conversation about the radiant heat floor which is another heat source. I know during your visit the temperatures were down below zero, which does make it hard to keep any building warm! Luckily those temperatures are not the norm for us, typically the floor does well at keeping things comfortable.
We checked in with you a couple of times during your visit to see if everything was ok, you never mentioned the wasps. We could have helped you manage them if we had known. February is the worst time for them, they wake up from their winter nap, but there are ways to deal with them. Why didn't you say anything at the time?
We loved this place! So much space, and so quiet, it was a wonderful break from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world. It's great to see places like this still exist
Incredible Remote Cabin Experience
We stayed here over the Christmas holiday with our family and enjoyed our time very much. Lots of fun hills to sled on with the kids, a zipline, sauna and space for the dog to run free. Would absolutely stay here again.
Funky place for family reunion.
Family gathered here from all over the country for a wedding. The living room is spacious and ideal for getting our whole crew together. Grounds are great for walks and alone time. Owner checked in with us and was helpful, and flexible with arrangements. The pricing, however, was not clear. More people came and we paid an extra $75 per person per night. Needs to be clear up front! Squeezed 11 around the table. Not sure how 25 could fit. (If there were leafs, we didn't find them.) The six berm house bedrooms are separated by curtains in groups of 2, giving 3 private units. Baths in the berm house=composting toilet. Nice, eco-friendly set-up, but again, could be clearer up front. Private bedrooms and bath in main house. Still, a fun place to stay that served our family well.
thanks for your review, but I think your math is off. If you had paid $75 per person per night for the extra people, the total just for that would have been $1050 ($75x7x2), but you only paid $1300 total - which was $220 for the first four people for three nights ($660), plus $25/person for an extra 7 people for two of the nights ($350), plus tax ($100), cleaning ($75), service fee ($65, goes to homeaway) and late checkout ($50).
There are loads of extra tables and chairs for when we have larger groups, they are all on the back porch. But no, you can't fit them all at one table!
I will review our listing, I know somewhere it is mentioned that we have composting toilets, most people don't have an issue with them.
Thanks again for your visit, best wishes for your family!
A wonderful place to escape to -- beautiful!
This is our ninth visit to Skalitude. We love this place. Our family gathers here every year to find time to just be together. We share meals, play games, swim in the nearby lake, and share the beauty of the surrounding 160 acres. It is a very special place. We love the rustic nature of the lodge where we can all easily hang out together or apart. We love the berm house where some of us sleep in the silence of all that is around us. And we love that we are alone, but if we need anything, Lindsey and Will are nearby and ready to help us with whatever we need. I hate to say how wonderful this place is because I don't want to lose access to it, but... it is a very special off the grid place that is comfortable to stay in and wonderful to escape to.
Stunning Location for a Wedding or Retreat
I got married at Skalitude last Summer and couldn't have been more happy with the experience. My family and friends were treated to a private, relaxing celebration for an entire weekend and it turned out to be even better than anyone expected. The amenities are basic, but we were never lacking in anything we or our guests needed. The setting is absolutely stunning and created a truly powerful backdrop for our wedding ceremony and photos. We had 100+ guests attend, a majority of which stayed in cabins or camped onsite, and the rest stayed conveniently close by in Twisp/Winthrop. Between family and friends, we had about 8 dogs there and they had a blast as well, romping and playing in the meadow all weekend. Our guests raved about the great experience they had at Skalitude for weeks after. Couldn't be happier with our time there!
Our guests appreciate the silence this property has to offer. They say that although many places say they offer seclusion, this is the only place that really delivers. We have also been told that the photos don't really capture the place, it usually exceeds peoples' expectations! For small groups, you do get the whole place to yourself although we may not have all of the beds made up. Other Activities: My favorite way to spend the day here is to wake up lazily, maybe read for a while, watch the birds and squirrels, have a yummy meal then go for an interesting hike for a couple of hours in the surrounding hills, checking out the mountain views and old-growth trees. Come back to a cleansing sauna and some wine with dinner, then maybe a movie on the TV or a game with friends. Simple, relaxing, enjoyable! Ski: Right out the door are about 7 miles of private, corduroy-groomed ski trails, plus numerous slopes for backcountry skiing or boarding. The Loup Loup Downhill ski area is about 25 minutes away, with 1200 vertical feet of family-friendly runs, I think a daily pass is still less than $50! There are also great nordic trails up at the Loup, you just need a Sno-Park sticker to ski there, one of the best deals around. Further north in Winthrop are the famous MVSTA trails, more expensive but always excellent grooming.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Two nights minimum; three nights on holiday weekends Deposit required to hold a reservation Dogs are welcome, but may not be left unattended Rooms rented singly if available one month prior to the desired date Cancelation policy: If canceled 60 days in advance or more - 100% refund minus $100 cancellation fee If canceled between 31 and 59 days - 50% refund For cancelations 30 days or less - we refund ONLY if we re-book the premises