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Romantic Riverfront Property by Stevens Pass & Pet Friendly

Bedrooms 1
Space 650 sq ft
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Studio, 1 kingsize bed and one queen sofa sleeper. sleeps 4

Come up, visit and stay at South Fork Lodge and let nature wrap its arms around you. Drive through breathtaking views of Mt Index, Sunset Falls, and the beautiful rolling Skykomish River. This is a two story building with two separate full furnished studio's. The upstairs unit is # 966159 called the Eagles Perch. This Washington River Front Cabin Rental is your home away from home on your Cascade Mountain Vacation. South Fork is an easy drive from Seattle, about 55 miles; Redmond, about 42 miles; Bellingham, about 98 miles; and Leavenworth, about 65 miles.

This little piece of paradise offers tons of activities close by! In the summer there are numerous hikes, lots of fun fishing holes to find. Terrific kayaking, rafting, and swimming, biking trails and rock climbing just name a few. Or just sit back in your own oasis and enjoy the serene views at this River Front rental. In the winter there are just as many fun thrills with down hill skiing, cross country skiing, snow boarding, snowmobiling, and sledding up at Stevens Pass Ski Resort which is about 20 minutes away.

Immerse yourself into this newly remodeled and decorated studio that accommodates one or two comfortably. Let the soothing sounds of nature allow you to soar into blissful pleasures. Enjoy the view from all the windows that face out on the bend of the river. Sit and relax in the comfy furniture, before a rustic rock framed propane fireplace and watch tv or read a great book. There is also a split heater/AC unit. Put up your feet outside on the deck that spans the whole studio and read, write, relax and enjoy the view. Bring up your food and cook inside in the fully furnished kitchen or barbeque on the deck.

Soak in the hottub at night and watch the stars, hear the river, get lost in this sweet paradise. Sink into the fluffy comfort of the king size bed and let the sound of the river take you away into sweet slumbers.

This is a hideaway for a one to four people. Terrific for that busy person who needs some quiet time to get away, think and pursue big dreams, or a couple who wish to get away from it all and enjoy a romantic weekend, or anyone that just wishes to be close by all the wonderful scenic beauty the Index area has to offer.

Open the door to the spectacular 650sq ft ground floor rental apartment, that has just been renovated. With large windows offering an unparalled view of the Skykomish River and Philadelphia ridge. Knotty pine, hardwood floor and a stone fireplace provide that beautiful rustic cabin feeling, but with modern conveniences.

This is a perfect hideaway for anyone to just think, dwell, be inspired, connect, and get away from the monotony of life. Come on in, put away your luggage, hang up your coats, and put your feet up after a long day of hiking or skiing.

Come in to comfy furniture to sit in and a tall dining table one can sit at and enjoy the view of the river. With a full kitchen that wraps around and all the windows look out on the river, you'll have great views no matter where you are and what your doing. With a great propane barbecue on the deck you can just immerse yourself into the peaceful scene and cook here. Or head out within 8-20 miles and enjoy some eating out at various restaurants in Gold Bar, Start Up and Sultan.

New pillow top king size bed will allow you that deep sleep you've been needing. Large bathroom with shower, sink, toilet and washer/dryer will give you those needed amenities, which make it nice for longer than a nights stay. Also a new leather queen sleeper sofa if you wish to come with children or another couple or family members. It is a Studio, so all one space but roomy. If you need more room you can rent the upper unit too which sleeps 4 more, check out # 966159 on VRBO.

The deck spans the river and has a hot tub and seating and a barbecue for grilling.

South Fork Lodge is close to many hikes, Lake Serene Trailhead and Bridal Veil Falls are just down the road and offer some pristine beauty. Wallace Falls is in Gold Bar and a great hike to 3 waterfalls. There is a book in the lodge that goes over many other hikes and some maps to get you where your going.

Rock climbing is all around but the most famous is in Index at the Index Wall.

Rafting and Kayaking is very popular and many companies can give you one wild ride down this river.

Fishing along the Skykomish river is popular with lots of fishing holes!

Stevens Pass is home to all that winter fun activity and is just 25 minutes up Highway 2 from your lodge.

So come on up for skiing and snow boarding and sledding!

You are just moments away from wonderful activities all around you at this place. Its a very beautiful and warm and cozy newly remodeled place that will take your breath away at the view.

Come up and immerse yourself into this beautiful bit of paradise.

Keywords: Beautiful Riverfront Lodge by Mt Index, on the Skykomish River. Very close to Stevens Pass for skiing and other hiking, The most popular hiking trail in WA is Lake Serene, the trailhead is about 5 min from the lodge. Other Hiking, Skiing, Rafting, Rock climbing and Fishing are just a few of the activities. Deck with hottub and propane bbq looking out over the river, king size bed, and premium queen leather sleeper sofa, pet friendly. There are 3 waterfalls to see that you can walk to. All are about 1 mile walk in either direction from the lodge. There is Canyon Falls, Sunset Falls and Eagle Falls. This was newly renovated in 2011 with flat screen tv, full kitchen, free wifi, washer/dryer.

More Details

Melissa Bailey
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2018

About Melissa Bailey

I bought this bit of paradise in 2001 and have been renovating the property since then. I'm so excited to now share this beautiful site with other travelers. I love to travel and have paid attention to what makes a place feel like home and to try to include those amenities that make a place feel special, warm and cozy. I fell in love with the property because of the view of the river. This location is right on the bend of the South Fork of the Skykomish River and comes right at you while your on your deck and goes by you. So you can look up the river and down the river. You can see Mt Index as you drive into the driveway but can't see it from your deck. But you can see the Cascades from your deck and Philadelphia Ridge. Just down the road is Sunset Falls that I walk my dog down to. I love this area and hope to share it with you.

Melissa Bailey purchased this studio in 2001

Why Melissa Bailey chose Gold Bar

I bought this place because it was just beautiful and I always wanted to live in the woods. The best thing is that its close to town, the ski resort is just 25 min away. Leavenworth ( a cute little Bavarian styled town is just a little over an hour away over the pass). Seattle is about 55 min away if you wish to engage in the nightlife, shopping, or theater. Snohomish is about 45 min away and is quite the Antique town! Lots to do here. I love to hike and walk with my dog and feel like I'm just immersed in nature but yet close by some stores and culture too.

What makes this studio unique

A breathtaking view of the river, since you are right on it. There is a small beach access just up the road and great to put in your innertube and float a bit.

HIking is plentiful here with numerous hikes all around. Lake Serene Trailhead is just down the road. Heybrook is an easy hike up to a fire lookout tower. Barclay Lake is easy with just 2 miles and a gorgeous lake. The Iron Goat Trailhead is terrific for the history of our great railway and some wonderful view points. Plus in the winter Stevens Pass is just 20 min away!

Kayaking and Rafting are plentiful and I'd highly recommend going. Its a full day of super fun. This is a class 5 river and wild at parts. You can walk around the wild parts if rapids have you scared. Its best to bring up your food and grill or cook here but there are plenty of restaurants that are between 8 and 20 miles away.

Fishing and rock climbing and photography also are highlights of this destination.

This is fairly private. I have a few neighbors. I'm close by but tree's and brush keep things private between the buildings.

Satellite TV with new large flat screen tv, dvd player and free wifi makes things comfortable when the weather isn't conducive to being outside. A rocked in fireplace provides heat and ambience, there is also a split multi heater/AC.

For those coffee/latte lovers there are numerous coffee places to get that favorite java up and down Hwy 2. The closest is probably just up the road past Index at The Espresso Chalet.

I also have an electric charging station for those that have electric cars.

I hope you'll come up and stay at South Fork Lodge.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so very much for having us! WE had a wonderful time enjoying the waterfalls in the area and enjoyed all the nature very much. Best of luck with all your future endeavors! We hope to visit again some time!
Mar 2016
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Gold Bar Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Nice new shower with seat, front load stacking washer/dryer, with some storage for personal items. Shampoo, body wash, soap, all linens, hairdryer included. Obviously a toilet and sink with cabinet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1) Brand new king size pillow top mattress and box spring. Also there is a queen size premium leather sleeper sofa. There is no separate bedroom, all the sleeping area is in the studio. If you need more room, rent the upper unit too! # 966159 on VRBO.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Private location, but with owners close by. Riverfront property. Closet with bathrobes provided, luxury towels, crystal glassware provided for your special drinks. Studio all done in knotty pine and newly remodeled. Close by skiing, kayaking, rock climbing, swimming, nature viewing, or just relaxing. This is a pet friendly place but with the wood/laminate flooring and rugs its easy to clean and keep up for those that are allergic to pets. If you need more space you can rent the upper unit as well which has its own kitchen, bathroom, everything and sleeps 4 more. Check out # 966159


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Romantic Riverfront Property by Stevens Pass & Pet Friendly
average rating of 4.972973 based on 47 reviews
Snohomish Wa

Amazing Stay

  • 5 of 5

The place makes you say " Oh Wow" when you walk in. It sits right on the river with an incredible view. Sun rise, Sun set. So pretty. The place has all the accommodations to have a beautiful time. Great Hot tub! Sit on the deck and listen to the water. Doesn't get better than that!

Will be back in the summer for this deck and all the sounds of nature. Love it! Thanks again, Diana and Scot

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Diana and Scot for coming up and staying here. So thrilled you enjoyed every thing in the lodge and 0ut! It’s a great pleasure sharing this little wonder with many! See you in the summer! Melissa
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  • 4 of 5

Beautiful view. Really great layout in the cabin design. Loved the champagne gift. The hot tub cover is very heavy and clumsy. If you are injured or not strong - you may have trouble getting it off and back on.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kitty Baby, Thank you so much for staying here at South Fork Lodge. So glad you enjoyed the cabin, design and view. Sorry you had issues with the top of the hottub. I'll look into it and see if I can find an easier way to instruct guests how to get it on and off easier. Thanks so much for your review. Hope to see you again! Melissa
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Breathtaking views! So relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

This was a last minute surprise trip for my boyfriends birthday. This was the perfect spot. The view of the river and mountains is amazing. It is even better from the hot tub on the deck. It was fun bbqing from the deck with the beautiful view. Thank you for making the place so cozy and comfortable. We didn’t want to leave!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything and then some!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have had a better experience at South Fork Lodge for our weekend getaway. It was such a gorgeous setting for our anniversary and being able to bring our dog along with us made it just perfect! Melissa is an absolutely fantastic host! If you've forgotten to bring anything from home, chances are Melissa has you covered. She has literally thought of everything. As a result, we felt at home as soon as we arrived. The weather was rainy/cloudy all weekend, but we didn't care! We enjoyed the incredible views from the hot tub, sat in front of the roaring fire, cooked our favorite meals, and just got to enjoy nature and "unplug" for a change!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The cabin is verly lovely and the deck and hot tub were a treat. The area is beautiful with the mountains and river. Pretty incredible. Location is not too far a drive from the city, with tons of opportunities for day trips for hiking and other activities. Or you can just hang out on the deck and enjoy the quiet and watch the hummingbirds. We would love to come back!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sheryll Thank you so much for your review. So thrilled you enjoyed the view, the lodge and all that this little piece of heaven can provide. I do hope to see you again up here! Its great year round! Melissa
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  • 5 of 5

A beautiful cabin in a gorgeous setting

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lance for your review! It was wonderful having you here. So glad you enjoyed your stay! Please come back again! Melissa
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Nearest Airport
68 Miles
Seattle Tacoma International Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Gold Bar, WA
Nearest Ferry
58 Miles
Edmonds Ferry
Nearest Golf
40 Miles
Kenwanda Golf Course
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Everett Train station
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
La Hacienda
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Stevens Pass Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
55 Miles
Mukilteo, Everett
Car: necessary


If putting your feet up and relaxing isn’t what you came up here for, there are plenty of activities to get your blood pumping and your body feeling exhilarated.

Also if you have a

Summer fun:

Just up the road from the lodge is the town of Index, which is a charming little historic town with a small grocery store, post office, museum and the famous Index Wall for those rock climbing aficiando’s. Some classic routes offer a 3 star climb, with the names Godzilla and the Town Crier.Check out this website for more details. If your not up to scaling the wall, its fun to sit down below and watch them scale that sheer rock face.

Also in town is a wonderful rafting and kayaking company called Alpine Adventures. Rafting along the North Fork of the Skykomish offers some wonderful scenery and the exciting boulder drop. I’ve done this rafting trip and its quite exhilarating! They really take care of you and show you the ropes and provide all the equipment and a great meal at the end. also offers some terrific rafting experiences as well, they are located in Sultan.

If your into Fishing, come on up and catch some trout, steelhead and salmon. Lots of various fishing holes to be found on both the North Fork and South Fork of the river. This site may provide more information for your fishing experience.

There are numerous hikes up and down Hwy 2. From Gold bar, which is about 8 miles from our road there is Wallace Falls State Park. This is a 4,735 acre park with many waterfalls, rivers, biking trails, hiking trails and rock climbing.

Heading East from Gold Bar, a very popular hike is, Lake Serene Trail and Bridal Veil Trail. The trail head is just down the road from the Lodge and one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve been on. A gorgeous mineral green lake greets you after a steep 3.5 mile hike, with Mt Index soaring straight up from there. If you want a shorter hike, its just 2 miles up to Bridal Veil Falls. What greets you here is a sheer granite rock face with a cascading white veil of water coming off it. Plus a picturesque view of the valley below.

Other incredible hikes include Heybrook (1.5 miles up) magnificent view from the fire tower at the top. Barclay Lake Trail (2.2 miles up) An easy hike to the serene lake.

Deception Falls (1/2 mile nature loop) Terrific place for a picnic, pit stop, or short hike around the breathtaking falls and crystal clear creek.

Up Hwy 2 further is The Iron Goat Trail, Where the Great Northern Railway used to thunder by through the Cascades is now a wonderful interpretive site with numerous hikes and trails, some for bikes and wheelchairs. There are various hikes along this area. Some are as short as .6 miles round trip, and others are as long as 8.6 miles one way. So come up and get a history lesson and some grand views at all the look out points.

There are plenty of other hikes in this area and you can head up to the Ranger Station, past Skykomish for more maps and details.

A few other waterfalls close by is Sunset Falls and Eagle Falls. Sunset Falls will greet you as you drive by on your way up to South Fork Lodge. Its a nice little .8 mile walk to view it more closely. A nice beach area is just across from the Falls and is terrific to take a dip in during the summer months. Eagle Falls is just up Hwy 2, go about 2 miles East of Index and there is a little area to pull off on the side and hike down to see it. Great swimming holes here too.


Can’t wait for snow and ski season? Stay at South Fork Lodge and your just 20 minutes away from Stevens Pass Ski Resort and you’ll be able to get plenty of time to buzz down that hill and enjoy all that fresh powder. They have at least 37 major runs and various trails and fun for all down hill skiing, snow boarding, sledding, and a lodge to warm up in.

Just down the road 5 more miles is the Nordic Center that offers 25 km of groomed trails for those cross country skiers.


If your not in the mood to cook, there are various restaurants down from the Lodge, in Gold Bar, Start Up or Sultan, or head up into Skykomish for a bite to eat, below are a few of the choices.

Gold Bar:

La Hacienda, Mt View Diner, Prospector’s Steak and Ale house, Zeke’s Drive In, Gold Bar Restaurant, and Rico’s Pizza (Take out).


The Sultan Bakery, Sahara’s Pizza, Peking Chinese Restaurant, Ixtapa Restaurant.


Alpine Drive In


Skykomish: (Up past Mt Index Rd about 20 minutes)

Cascadia Inn cafe and lounge

Sky Deli and Liquor

Leavenworth: (About 1.5 hrs East of the Lodge)

Bavarian themed town, great for shopping, hiking, rafting, and theatre.

I hope you’ll end up feeling like your mind, body and soul finally had a wonderful vacation


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $30 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax

Two night minimums on weekends. Three night minimum for Holidays.
There is a rental agreement I will have you sign either prior to your arrival or at the time of check in.
The rates are for 2 guests, there is a 30.00 additional fee per extra guest, maximum 4 guests can stay.
There is a small cleaning fee of 70.00 per stay, and 100 if 4 guests stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.