Where to find getaway cabins in Washington’s Puget Sound

If you’re planning an escape to the Pacific Northwest, consider a destination around the Puget Sound, a vast network of waterways along Washington’s northwestern coast. You can enjoy urban pleasures within Seattle’s glittering cityscape, visit Bavarian-inspired Leavenworth in time for Oktoberfest, or explore a late-1800s fort on Whidbey Island. These destinations are plenty diverse, but they all have one thing in common—each is surrounded by spectacular natural scenery. You can enjoy lovely views from the comfort of your Washington cabin rental, whether you want to look out at sparkling rivers or forested mountains.

Getaway cabins in Seattle

Featuring a modern skyline that includes the iconic Space Needle, Seattle is also flanked by sparkling waters, evergreen forests, and mountains looming large in the background of Washington’s largest city. If it’s your first visit, your itinerary will likely include checking out the cool exhibits at the Museum of Pop Culture, then snapping photos of the neighboring Space Needle, a 605-foot-tall observation tower built for the 1962 World's Fair. You can go up to the observation deck for unbeatable views of the city, Elliott Bay, and the surrounding Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Families with kids can visit Woodland Park Zoo and the waterfront Seattle Aquarium. The broad selection of rental cottages and cabins in Seattle caters to all kinds of budgets and preferences. You can bed down in a modern, purpose-built treehouse that’s wrapped in a canopy of cedar and maple leaves, or opt for an airy vacation home with a deck overlooking the Puget Sound. Some Seattle vacation home rentals are set in snug carriage houses just a few miles from the downtown core. The bustling Pike Place Market is a beloved Seattle institution—after grabbing a quick bite or staying for a few beers, pick up farm-fresh ingredients so you can whip up the next day’s meals in your cabin rental’s well-equipped kitchen.

Whidbey Island vacation homes

If you’d rather skip the big-city thrills and enjoy a quiet cabin getaway, Whidbey Island might be the Puget Sound destination for you. The rugged landscapes here include verdant forests, rolling hills, and fertile farmland, not to mention miles of sandy beaches for tons of fun in the sun. On the island’s northwest tip lies Deception Pass State Park, where you can see old-growth forests and rugged cliffs. Activities there include hiking, fishing, swimming, shelling, and bird-watching. Meanwhile, Fort Casey Historical State Park features a 1903 lighthouse and a cliffside gun battery that dates back to the late 1800s. No matter which part of Whidbey Island you choose to stay in, scenic views from your cabin rental are pretty much guaranteed. There are tons of coastal vacation homes with furnished outdoor decks that look out onto the calm waters. Some Whidbey Island cabins even offer direct beach access, so the kids can build sandcastles and splash around in the water while you work on your tan or enjoy a summer read. You can also stay in a vacation home with a private dock, or choose a more remote cabin tucked in a pocket of woodland.

Cabins for rent in Leavenworth

The Cascade Mountains provide the scenic backdrop for alpine adventures in Leavenworth. Buildings in the center of this Bavarian-style village feature roof overhangs, decorative window shutters, and balconies with colorful flower boxes. These quaint structures house restaurants and bars serving German beers and dishes, as well as boutiques where you can try on traditional dirndl and lederhosen. Home to the town’s maypole, Front Street Park plays host to various events throughout the year, not the least of which are its lively Oktoberfest celebrations. Leavenworth Ski Hill is the local winter playground, but if it doesn’t quite slake your thirst for action on the slopes, you can drive the 40 minutes to the 1,125-acre Stevens Pass Ski Area. When it comes to lodging, there’s a wide range of Leavenworth cabin rentals to choose from. You won’t have a hard time finding an idyllic riverside retreat with forest and mountain views where you can fire up the grill and have a BBQ lunch or dinner on the deck, or enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot tub while taking in the picture-postcard scenery. Leavenworth cabins cater to groups big and small, and there are plenty of pet-friendly options so the 4-legged members of the family can join in on the fun, too.