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Romantic Mountain River Cabin Close to Seattle Discounted Midweek Rates Hot Tub

Baring, WA, USA
  • Cabin600 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 4 nights

Cozy romantic chalet cabin on scenic mountain river, private hot tub,sleeps 3-4

Whispering Waters is a charming Washington state vacation rental cabin in a beautiful mountain setting on scenic Skykomish River 60 miles (90 minutes) northeast of Seattle.

The cabin's cozy ambiance makes it ideal for a couple looking for a romantic getaway, with soaring cathedral ceiling, river view from the loft king bed, and river rock gas fireplace. The hot tub is strategically located overlooking the Skykomish river with the Cascade Mountains looming above the river. The loft's french doors lead to a balcony surrounded by large moss-covered trees, and also has a river view.

The 600 sq ft vacation rental cabin is perfect for two celebrating an anniversary, honeymoon, or a romantic getaway; but can accommodate up to four people for short stays. Base rate is for 2 people/one bed. This cabin may not be suitable for small children due to the proximity of the river and stairs.

Whispering Waters cabin is also great for a relaxing getaway. The rocking chairs on the cabin's front porch are great for watching the river flow by, bald eagles soaring in the winter, and salmon jumping in the fall.

The 40-jet two-pump hot tub a few steps out the door with river and Cascade Mountains view is terrific for soaking your cares away while the Skykomish River "whispers" by. The hot tub is year-round, and is covered with a translucent roof that provides an outdoor ambiance while protecting you from the elements.

Also outside is a fire pit next to the river bank with a mountain looming above the river. The fire bowl is year-round weather permitting and there is no burn ban. Firewood is not provided but can be purchased at most grocers.

The cabin is on a semi-private lot: two cabins across the river and a full-time residence downstream with fencing and landscaping to provide privacy. The deciduous trees on the river bank are trimmed strategically to provide privacy in the summer without losing the river view.

The king bed in the loft has a river and woods view. A queen bed in the downstairs bedroom provides room for additional people, or if you don't want to climb stairs. Bedding and towels provided.

A small kitchen is set up for simple meal prep, and the dining table seats up to 4 with river view. The kitchen area has a gas range/oven, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, bean grinder, blender/food processor, and hand mixer. Starter supply of coffee, tea & hot chocolate provided. Dishes, pots & pans, kitchen towels, flatware & cooking utensils also provided. Charcoal grill on the porch (bring briquettes). Some pantry items are usually available, but it varies so feel free to inquire.

This Washington vacation cabin is super cozy in winter with the gas fireplace. For entertainment, there is satellite TV, and WiFi provides Netflix. There are also board games, puzzles, a few paperbacks, and Sky Valley area information.

The cabin will be decorated for Christmas with lights and garland.

At 775 ft elevation, there is not a lot of snow in the winter, but a short drive up the mountain will usually get you to snow for skiing and snow shoeing. However, check road conditions and weather report before coming to the cabin Nov-Feb in case you might need AWD.

Whispering Waters cabin is in a beautiful mountainous area 90 minutes northeast of Seattle, half way between Index and Skykomish, Washington, just off US Hwy 2. The cabin is close to three wilderness areas (Wild Sky, Alpine Lakes and Henry Jackson) and Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest that offer year round outdoor recreational opportunities. The popular local activities are river rafting, kayaking, skiing, hiking, snow shoeing, rock climbing, and fishing. There is an ORV area close to Gold Bar.

The area around Whispering Waters is not 'touristy' (i.e. not highly developed), yet attracts thousands of visitors due to the rugged beauty of Washington state's Cascade Mountains and the outdoor recreation provided by the mountains and rivers. There are dozens of great nearby hiking trails with something for everyone - easy family walks through the woods, waterfalls, alpine meadows, historic Wellington train disaster site, trout-stocked alpine lakes with crystal clear water, historic lookout towers, old growth forests, and rock climbing. The numerous close by forest service roads are great for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing when the snow level is 1000ft or below. When the snow level is higher, a short drive will usually get you to snow covered roads.

The cabin is on the south fork Skykomish River, mostly a class II whitewater rafting and kyaking river. A good float is from Skykomish to Baring, approximately 9 miles. Be aware that there are 3 sets of non-navigable waterfalls three miles downstream/west of the cabin. Mid to late summer the river is gentle enough for river tubes, though the water may still be cold. The main Skykomish 6 miles west is a class IV whitewater river, with several local rafting companies providing trips through popular Boulder Drop.

Nearby Stevens Pass ski area (23 miles east) is a popular day-use ski/snowboard area. Discounted ski lift vouchers available for purchase with cabin stay. Whispering Waters cabin is on the west side of Stevens Pass, so you don't have to drive over a mountain pass if coming from the Seattle area. The cabin is at 775 ft elevation, and the roads to the cabin are usually snow free in the winter; but one should be prepared for winter driving when coming to the mountains approx. late November to March.

Stevens Pass summer activities are mountain biking, scenic chair lift rides, hiking, pub, coffee shop, and disc golf Thursday-Sunday.

The south fork Skykomish with it's sparkling clear water is a Washington Scenic River with seasonal (June 1-Nov 30) fishing for trout and white fish. Even though it is a whitewater river, there is a calm area in front of the cabin for cold water swimming on warm summer days. The rapids just past the cabin are mild enough in late summer for family tubing. NOTE: there are three sets of waterfalls starting 3 miles downstream of the cabin. Kayakers and rafters start upstream in Skykomish, 9 miles east. There is a small rocky beach below the cabin and is a good place to enjoy the cool river breeze on the occasional hot day. Chairs can be placed in the cold river water to cool off even more. Western Washington weather is usually mild throughout the summer but there will be some hot days. Even on hot days the night temps drop into the 50's or low 60's which cools the cabin.

There are also horseshoe pits for when you're staying close to the cabin.

We are able to keep midweek rates low, starting at $135/night, while providing quality amenities, as the cabin is owner managed and maintained.

There is not a cleaning charge, so renters are expected to leave the cabin tidy. However, I understand that not everyone likes to clean when on vacation so you can leave the cleaning to me when previously arranged at $20/hr. If not previously arranged, $45/hr. The lack of a cleaning charge does mean a lack of professional cleaning - many have commented on how clean the cabin is.

Single nights are occasionally available between other reservations or last minute. Single night stays, when available, are for two people/one bed only.

Arrival time 3pm or any time after; departure 11am or any time before.

AWD is not usually needed to get to the cabin, but one should be prepared for winter driving conditions approx late November-February.

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Janet Triplett

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Calendar last updated:
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About Janet Triplett

I started purchased my first cabin, Whispering Waters, and established Mt Index Properties dba Sky Cabins almost 2 decades ago. I have owned and managed several cabins in the area, and apply the professionalism I learned as a nurse and professional yacht crew to my business. I love the outdoors and try to hike, raft, snow shoe, and cross country ski whenever I can. Listening to and watching the Skykomish River 'whisper' by brings me daily enjoyment and I want to share it with others. After twenty eight years of living in the Cascade Mountains of western Washington I am still in awe of the beauty of the river, mountains and big trees.

Janet Triplett purchased this Cabin in 1999

Why Janet Triplett chose Baring

There was a need for lodging for Stevens Pass skiers so I obtained the cabin. I remember my husband asking if I thought it would rent enough to pay the mortgage and being a newbie to the business I said "I think so". The cabin has turned out to be a popular refuge for skiers, hikers, summer vacationers, honeymooners, and those seeking a getaway from the city.

What makes this Cabin unique

The soaring cathedral ceiling provides a true mountain ambiance. The cabin is owner maintained with many personal touches. It is also more affordable without the huge cleaning fees charged by property management companies. Because I live close by, I am able to share knowledge of area attractions, as well as respond quickly to any problems.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Loft
        1 king
      • King bed in loft with river and forest view. Loft is open to downstairs area, with sheer drapes to provide privacy.


      • 1 Bathroom
        • small shower/no tub

        Location Type

          • Mountain View
            Mountain view from the hot tub, fire pit area, and from the beach below the cabin
          • Rural
          • Water View
            Skykomish River
          • Waterfront
            25 ft from a scenic mountain river


              • Adventure
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                        $25 linen/cleaning charge if two people use two beds
                      • Air Conditioning
                        portable air conditioner during hot weather. Due to the cool mountain night air, AC is not usually needed. High humidity in the summer is also not normal - the higher the temp the lower the humidity
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Electric baseboard and propane fireplace
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Gas Fireplace
                        Seasonal propane fireplace-off in the summer and during warm weather
                      • Living Room
                        Cozy sitting area has full size sofa with two built-in recliners; glider chair with gliding foot rest
                      • Parking
                      • Parking Off Street
                        Parking for two vehicles
                      • Telephone
                        free USA long distance
                      • Towels Provided
                        One towel/person/day
                      • Wireless Internet
                        12 Mbps


                          • Coffee Maker
                            Both drip and French press
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Kitchen
                            No dishwasher
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            There are usually some condiments and spices left by previous renters. Starter supply of coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar provided.
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Dining table with river view
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people


                                  • Books
                                    Books on local hikes and attractions; a few paperback novels.
                                  • DVD Player
                                    BluRay DVD downstairs; regular DVD player in loft
                                  • Games
                                    Board games, puzzles, horseshoes
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Netflix, Dish Network with sports packages
                                  • Stereo
                                    stereo is for supplemental sound for downstairs TV-no radio reception. ipod cable provided. TV has numerous music channels as well as Pandora.
                                  • Television
                                    32' smart TV w/ satellite and Netflix in sitting area. Loft TV is for DVD only
                                  • Video Library
                                    small collection of DVDs


                                      • Balcony
                                        Covered balcony overlooking a wooded lot with river view
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Front porch with 2 rocking chairs overlooking the Skykomish River
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Weber grill. Bring charcoal. No need for lighter fluid-charcoal chimney and paper provided.
                                      • Ski & Snowboard
                                        Stevens Pass ski area 23 miles east. Discount ski lift vouchers available. Snow shoe and cross country roads close by when snow level is 1000ft or below. 2 sets of snow shoes available


                                          • smoking allowed
                                            smoking ok outside; no inside smoking
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Hot Tub
                                                Covered hot tub a few feet out the front door with river and mountain view. 40 jets and two 5HP pumps.

                                                Onsite Services

                                                  • Massage


                                                      • churches
                                                      • library
                                                      • playground
                                                      • restaurants

                                                        Leisure Activities

                                                          • horseback riding
                                                          • scenic drives
                                                          • sight seeing
                                                          • walking

                                                            Local Services & Businesses

                                                              • ATM/bank
                                                              • groceries
                                                              • massage therapist

                                                                Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                  • mountain biking
                                                                  • cross country skiing
                                                                  • fly fishing
                                                                  • freshwater fishing
                                                                  • hiking
                                                                  • kayaking
                                                                  • fishing
                                                                  • rafting
                                                                  • rock climbing
                                                                  • skiing
                                                                  • snowboarding
                                                                  • water tubing
                                                                  • whitewater rafting


                                                                      • Rustic wood floors throughout. Outdoor wood burning fire bowl that can be used weather permitting and when there isn't a burn ban. The cabin is in an area with scenic mountain and river views. There is easy access to the river if you want to fish (seasonally), or bring your kayak or raft. Outside smoking permitted. 2 sets of complimentary snow shoes available, owner close by to provide area information. Be sure to bring your camera to capture all the scenic beauty.

                                                                        House Rules

                                                                        Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                        Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                        Cancellation Policy

                                                                        100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                        51 Reviews


                                                                        Latest reviews

                                                                        Perfect relaxing getaway

                                                                        Tara C.

                                                                        Such a serene and peaceful place. Was the perfect relaxing getaway that we needed.

                                                                        Beautiful well taken care of cozy cabin

                                                                        Kat T.

                                                                        I’m a busy self employed mom who needed a place to get away to work on my business taxes and other admin stuff and this place was just perfect. The small towns surrounding the place were fun to explore for coffee and meals, too. The snow capped mountains kocked my socks off it was just a lovely hidden part of the world. Also loved the hum of trains passing and the sound of rain on the roof, just lovely. The biggest shocker was how friendly everyone was in Index and Skykomish, people actually talk to you there and are very warm, a step back in time for sure. Can’t wait to take my kids here to hike!

                                                                        Flawless cabin

                                                                        Clara R.

                                                                        It was a really wonderful vacation. The cabin was cozy, we had all of the basic amenities that we needed, the sleeping arrangements flawless, and the view is absolutely breathtaking. Definitely hoping to plan another trip

                                                                        The Perfect Getaway

                                                                        Cindy B.

                                                                        We loved our 4-day stay at Whispering Waters. The cabin is cozy and has everything needed for a relaxing getaway - a cozy fireplace, a nice hot tub, full kitchen, and gorgeous views of the river right out the back door. And there's so much to do nearby - we snowshoed at Steven's Pass and hiked Wallace falls. The cabin was super clean and stocked with everything needed.

                                                                        Great place to spend Christmas!

                                                                        William S.

                                                                        Thanks for making our Christmas weekend special. The cabin was great and have everything we needed. The hot tub view was awesome.

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        Hello Bill, Happy that your family had a good time at Whispering Waters (and that it snowed just enough for a white Christmas). Thank you for taking such good care of the cabin. Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year.

                                                                        Great views, lovely cabin!

                                                                        Celeste B.

                                                                        This cabin is in a perfect spot right next to a beautiful river with great views of the mountains. The cabin itself has everything you need for your stay! The hot tub was great, a nice peaceful spot to relax. The surrounding areas has great hiking and some towns with plenty to do. Highly recommend!

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        Hello Celeste, I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Whispering Waters/Sky Cabins as part of your trip to Washington state. Janet


                                                                        Baring, WA, USA

                                                                        nature photography-mountains, moss covered trees


                                                                        Additional information about rental rates

                                                                        Tax Rate

                                                                        Base rate is for double occupancy (two people/one bed). There is a $25 cleaning/linen fee if two people use two beds. Discounted weekly rate for additional people $100/wk (after the first two people). Rate adjustment will be made after reservation request submitted. Single night stays (for two people only) are occasionally available between other reservations or last minute. Go to Sky Cabins for more information. Last minute discounts will be on the availability calendar at Sky Cabins. 9-15% service/booking fee charged by VRBO/HomeAway/Expedia is not paid to, nor controlled by, the homeowner.

                                                                        51 Reviews
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