Index, Washington is a charming town! We immediately fell in love with the small-town vibe, wild Skykomish River, awesome fall colors and inspired mountain views. A Riverside Retreat proved an ideal place to both explore - and relax - amid the area's beauty and charm.
Opportunities for outdoor adventures abound and we hiked to nearby Heybrook Lookout. A storm blew in on our second day, cutting our planned rockhounding activities short. Instead, we opted for a drive along the sleepy Index-Galena Road. With wind blowing and heavy rain falling - it proved quite exciting! Leaf after leaf danced from the maple trees, covering the streets in a blanket of autumn color. To our surprise, we easily became used to - and welcomed - the frequently passing trains (we miss them now that we are back home!).
Our time spent at the house was enjoyed. The owners of A Riverside Retreat have gone to great length to ensure your stay will be pleasant. We appreciated the book of information, the wealth of amenities (wifi, cable TV, DVDs, games (nice to see Settlers of Catan among the mix) and books/magazines), thoughtful and tasteful decoration and cleanliness of the house.
Due to weather we didn't make use of the front porch, but the Adirondack chairs would give good place to relax and take in the sound of the river and mountain views. We did enjoy the hot tub (thank you for the directions on removal of the cover) and slept well in the comfortable bed. The kitchen is well equipped and we lacked nothing for preparing meals at home (note: the wine cork is broken, but still usable). During breaks in the rain, I opted to make use of the bikes - but, the one I chose had embarrassingly squeaky breaks so I cut my ride short.
Though there are homes nearby and occasional pedestrian/auto traffic in front of the home - we did not feel a lack of privacy and everyone we encountered was friendly. Thank you for sharing your home with us, we hope we have opportunity to return in the future.