ROMANTIC GETAWAYS FOR OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS

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12 February 2016
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DSCN0547Happy Valentine’s Day! And this year the romantic holiday falls on a three day weekend thanks to our Presidents. The only thing I love more than my wife (and son) is the great outdoors! Okay—I love my wife and little boy more—and I love spending time in the great outdoors with them. Now, despite the fact that we love to camp—we are also admirers of warm, cozy, snuggly lodges—especially this time of year! So, here are three picks for you and your loved one for a great romantic, snuggly getaway in some of Washington’s prettiest locales. And as a bonus I have paired your accommodations with a hiking recommendation!

Lopez Farm Cottages

Truly unique, these gorgeous little cabins are located on a 40 acre farm not too far from Lopez Village. They’re quiet, secluded and definitely romantic. Share the grounds with furry rabbits and adorable sheep. Enjoy a soak in the outdoor hot tub. The cabins are a close bike ride from the ferry terminal and they make for a perfect base camp for exploring the island by bicycle.

Pair with a hike to nearby  Odlin County Park and Obstruction Pass–one of the finest beach walks in the San Juan Islands. Find info on it and many other hikes on Lopez Island in my Day Hiking the San Juans and Gulf Islands book.

Scottish Lakes High Camp

You’ll absolutely love these snuggly little A-frame cabins with wood stoves on the edge of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Perched at an elevation of 5,000-feet, DSCN2463head out right from your cabin on miles of excellent cross-country ski trails or venture into the backcountry on your skis or snowshoes. Wonderful hosts and a wood-fired outdoor hot tub make this place even more memorable.

Hiking season here is late summer through fall. So pair this stay with some great snowshoeing and cross country skiing up McCue Ridge where you’ll get some amazing views of the Chiwaukum Mountains. Find info on the great hikes from these lodges in my Day Hiking Central Cascades
book.

Mount Haven Resort

DSC05832 Historic 1920s-built cabins set in an old growth forest at the foot of Mount Rainier give this place plenty of charm. Located just a half mile from the national park boundary, they’re an ideal base for skiing and snowshoeing in the park and the nearby Mount Tahoma Trails Association’s system. Come back to your cabin after a cool day outdoors and stoke up the wood stove. No TVs, no distractions—just snuggle up and enjoy the sounds of a crackling fire.

Pair with a snowshoe or cross-country ski trip at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park. Find all kinds of great snowshoe trips in and near the park at VisitRainier.com.

Looking for more hikes to do on your romantic getaway? Check out my full line of guidebooks with trusted detailed information to more than a 1000 hikes throughout Washington-and a little bit of Oregon and British Columbia too!Day Hiking titles

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