We own & rent 3 other cabins in Packwood. You can see pictures of all our cabins at website below.
The Tatoosh Tipi with private HOT TUB – camping at its finest! Come and enjoy an experience of a lifetime in our beautiful and private 22’ diameter tipi, hand painted the native Ceremonial design. Our Tipi is just a short walking distance to the Cowlitz River.
The inside of the tipi is furnished with a Queen bed and 2 twin cots. The floor is made of terra cotta colored stamped concrete with cozy rugs. Turn 'roughing it' into a luxurious experience.
Outside the tipi and just a few feet steps away is your private HOT TUB as well as private bath house complete with shower, toilet and sink. All the comforts of home!
Enjoy your morning, day, or evenings out on the large deck while relaxing at the table, enjoying a meal prepared on your Expedition 2 burner stove with a grill that sits under a covered kitchen area. Then later sit around the outside fire pit enjoying s’mores. For many more pictures of tipi and all of our other cabins, check out our website - address is below.
The Tipi campsite is located on 8 acres of private park-like property that sits along the Cowlitz River and conveniently located to area attractions such as Mt. Rainier, Mt St Helens and Pinchot National Park where hiking trails are bountiful.
Our names are Bill & Tricia Meier and we are the proud owners of these beautiful Cowlitz River Cabins & Tipi. Each is named appropriately, starting with the RAINIER LOG HOUSE, THE ADAMS CHALET, THE ST HELEN’S COTTAGE. And last but not least is our beautiful TATOOSH TIPI.
As far back as our dating years, we had dreamed of moving out of the city of Olympia and building a log house somewhere high in a mountainous area. About 10 years ago, we got serious and started our search throughout Washington and Oregon for land that would be just the right fit for us. Within a year we stumbled onto this piece of ground and it was love at first site. Finding these 8 acres of land was the beginning of making our dreams come true. Within 2-years of our purchase, we packed up our belongings and moved out to our 8 acre piece of Packwood Heaven.
John purchased this lodge in 2011
The first of our cabins to be built was the Rainier Log House. Our plan had always been to purchase a log house kit, but Bill decided he desired an AUTHENTIC log house and he wanted to master the construction himself from top to bottom. So after purchasing a used boom truck and enough logs from a neighbor logging who was logging his property, Bill was on his way. The Rainier Log House was his first masterpiece. Next came THE ST. HELENS COTTAGE and THE MT. ADAMS CHALET soon followed. Then about a year ago, we decided to offer our guest another unique experience by erecting an authentic 22' Tipi complete with all the comforts of home.
It has all been an adventurous labor of love. We hope, whichever of our beauties you choose, you will make memories to last forever.
Hi Bill. We had a lovely stay at your Tipi last Friday. If we were to be interested in booking another stay for Aug 2014, when might you be accepting 2014 bookings? The highlight for our kids was your cat. They have done nothing but talk about “Camping Kitty” since the stay. It was hard to get them to take a short walk to the river in case Camping Kitty went missing in their brief absence. Thanks
We stayed in the tipi over memorial weekend. We had a totally relaxing time. The bed was comfortable. The hot tub was great. Was the perfect secluded getaway.
I have stayed at this Tipi twice, as well as one of the owners' other cabins. The Tipi experience is absolutely wonderful. "Glamping" at its finest! The bath house was clean and novel to use, and the hot tub was in perfect working order, totally secluded, and provided a great venue for watching the shooting stars. The Tipi itself is very comfortable, with a little fire pit right inside. Very spacious and fun to be in. My boyfriend and I love this place and will always have fond memories of being here.
This place is an amazing family getaway the owner are delightful! The showers are hot and the hot tubs are hotter the kitchen comes fully stock with everything you need to cook. The sleeping arrangement are very clean and warm and the tipi feels so roomy.
We recently spent a night in the tipi. We expected a fairly rustic experience, and that is what we had. We enjoyed the bathhouse, it was well designed and nicely maintained. The kitchen area was functional. We expected mosquitoes, but we didn't expect 15 bites each in one night even with a mosquito coil, citronella candle, and mosquito repellant. We also didn't expect the quarter-sized wolf spider under the pillow. We were excited to hear there was wifi, but we could not find a signal during our stay. We walked around the property looking for a signal while trying to stay out of the cabin private areas but could not find one. One thing we didn't know, and wasn't included in the listing, was that the nearest cell signal for AT&T and carriers other than Verizon was 24 miles away. We also didn't know that the tipi came with its own resident cat. Kitty was friendly and generally well behaved, but I have bad allergies, so it was a huge problem for us since the bed covers and pillows were covered in orange cat hair. It was also a problem when kitty jumped up on the bed, startling us awake at 4 am, 5 am, 6 am, and 7:15 am. Without cell service, it was impossible to contact the owners, so we did not stay the second night. I notified the owners via e-mail the evening of 7/14 and have not heard back from them.
Our family just returned from a great weekend stay in the tipi and are already talking about returning next year. The tipi is quite spacious and nicely/simply appointed (the pictures capture it well). It has a very comfortable bed with down comforter and our two kids (ages 2 and 6) slept on the cots with sleeping bags (provided).
The kitchen area was equipped with all we needed, including a new gas stovetop and small fridge (we brought plates, utensils, etc, though much of that was already in the kitchen as well). And the bath house was very clean and pleasant to use with plenty of clean, white towels. We hung out around the fire pit every night and were pleased to find no mosquitos! We are used to tent camping, so this was a fun, less rustic alternative for us.
Bill came by a couple times and was very kind and helpful, giving us good advise on hiking options. We went on some great hikes in the area, including to Packwood Lake, Mt Saint Helens (Windy Ridge) and -- our favorite -- Mount Rainier's Skyline Trail Loop at Paradise Inn. The drive to Paradise Inn was about 1 hour, but it was beautiful taking route Route 12 past Packwood and then 123/Steven's Canyon Road. Fields of wildflowers and stunning views of Rainier and the snow-capped Goat Rocks made for an amazing day of hiking. It is crowded (I would certainly avoid going on a weekend) but the views along the entire trail are fantastic.
There is so much more we want to explore in the area - we can't wait to return next summer. Even our 2 year old is missing it -- so far every night since we've been back she tells us "i want tipi, i want tipi!")
My husband and I just stayed at the tipi with out 8 month old son. We enjoyed the experience very much. The tipi was just beautiful and so impressive. The bathhouse facilities were nice with fresh towels and soap. We really enjoyed the use of the new looking barbeque and had a great time sitting on the little deck watching the stars. Overall the amenities are great. You feel like you are roughing it, but it's not too "rough." I would highly recommend the tipi adventure of a couple or small famly. We brought our own crib for our son and there was PLENTY of room alongside the bed in the tipi. I was concerned about the tipi getting too hot since it was a very warm summer day. This was no issue though. A very fun experience!
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