Whispering Waters is a charming chalet style cabin in the spectacularly beautiful Cascade Mountains of northwest Washington state. The cabin sits on the bank of scenic Skykomish River 60 miles/90 minutes northeast of Seattle, and 23 miles west of Stevens Pass Ski Mountain.
The cabin is ideal if you're looking for a romantic getaway. The soaring cathedral ceiling creates a romantic ambiance, as well as a river view from the loft king bed, balcony, and seasonal river rock gas fireplace. The loft's french doors open to a view of large moss-covered trees on a wooded lot next to the cabin. The balcony is a scenic place for morning coffee as you listen to the river "whisper" by.
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. The downstairs bedroom has a queen bed. One bath with shower. Base rate is for 2 people/one bed.
Whispering Waters cabin is in a rural nonincorporated area. The closest restaurant is 9 miles away, and there is a grocery store 13 miles away. With the well supplied kitchen, most guests bring food to prepare simple meals.
If you like outdoor recreation, the cabin's nearby location to three wilderness areas and a national forest makes it an ideal base. Nearby hiking is fantastic with trails and roads ranging from easy family walks to challenging. There is something for everyone including many mountain lakes, historic lookout towers, alpine meadows, historic railroad sites, mountain top ridge hikes and the Pacific Crest trail that crosses Hwy 2 at Stevens Pass.
Other local activities are river rafting, kayaking, skiing, snow shoeing, rock climbing, fishing, and off-roading.
Whispering Waters cabin is also wonderful for a relaxing getaway. The rocking chairs on the cabin's front porch are guests' favorites for watching the river flow by and for bird watching - hummingbirds in the garden, mergansers floating down the river, and the occasional eagle or Ospray soaring by. There are also reclining lounge chairs for relaxing, sunbathing in the front yard or possibly star gazing.
To add to your relaxing getaway, and to ease sore muscles after a day on the trails or ski slopes, the hot tub is just steps out the front door. The hot tub has a great view of the Cascade Mountains looming above scenic Skykomish River. The tub is covered with a translucent roof to maintain the outdoors ambiance while protecting you from the elements.
A cabin stay isn't complete without an aromatic warm crackling fire next to the river bank. The fire bowl is year-round, weather permitting and there is no burn ban which is common in the dry summer months. Firewood is not provided but can be purchased at most area grocers.
The cabin is in a semi-private location with two cabins across the river and a quiet full-time residence downstream, with fencing and landscaping to provide privacy. Empty lots upstream and behind the cabin with lots and lots of trees! The deciduous trees on the river bank are trimmed to maintain a river view while still providing summer privacy.
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 the somewhat steep stairs. Bedding, extra pillows, and towels provided. Both mattresses are new, the loft has a high end luxury medium firm king (2018); downstairs a firm queen mattress (2017) with a foam topper. The topper can be removed if you prefer a firmer mattress.
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, drip coffee maker, French press, bean grinder, blender/food processor, and hand mixer. Starter supply of coffee, tea, sugar & hot chocolate provided. Dishes, pots/pans, kitchen towels, flatware & cooking utensils also provided. Some pantry items, but varies so feel free to inquire.
Charcoal grill with charcoal chimney on the front porch (bring briquettes) so you still have the river view when grilling.
This Washington vacation cabin is super cozy in winter with the river rock gas fireplace. For entertainment, there is Dish TV, WiFi, Netflix, board games, puzzles, a few paperbacks, and Sky Valley area information book.
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 rural Cascade Mountains and the outdoor recreation provided by the mountains and rivers.
The cabin is on the south fork Skykomish River, mostly a class II whitewater rafting, kyaking, and the occasional SU paddle boarder, 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 you to bring river tubes. Though the water is still cold, it is very refreshing when the air temperature rises. The main Skykomish 6 miles west is a class IV whitewater river, with local rafting companies providing trips through popular Boulder Drop.
In the summer Stevens Pass offers mountain biking, scenic chair lift rides, children's rope course, 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, 8 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 river 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 mid 50's or low 60's which cools the cabin with "natural air conditioning".
Enjoy a game of horse shoes when you're staying close to the cabin.
Stevens Pass ski area 23 miles east is a popular day-use ski/snowboard area. 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 Puget Sound/Seattle area.
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. 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. Check road conditions and weather report before coming to the cabin Nov-Feb in case traction devices are needed.
For a festive look, the cabin is decorated for the winter holidays with lights and garlands.
We (Sky Cabins) are able to keep midweek rates low, starting at $135/night, while providing quality amenities, as the cabin is owner managed and maintained. We also pride ourselves in providing well maintained clean rental cabins, as well as providing more personal touches than non-local management companies.
We have many repeat customers, drawn back to the beauty of the area.
Single nights are occasionally available between other reservations or last minute. Single night stays, when available, are for two people/one bed only. You will find more information at Sky Cabins.
Arrival time 3pm or any time after; departure by 11am. Because the cabin is usually booked back-to-back, early or late departure is not often available, but feel free to inquire.
This cabin may not be suitable for small children due to the proximity of the river, an unfenced pond, and stairs.
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