Index House Rental Photos and Description
2 Bed/1 BA Riverside Home, HUGE VIEWS, Sleeps 6, Hot Tub, Full Kitchen, Wi-Fi
A Riverside Retreat is vacation rental home located on the Skykomish River in the scenic town of Index, WA, only one hour from downtown Seattle, and 29 miles from Stevens Pass. This area has recently been designated as the 'Wild Sky Wilderness Area.'
With only 150 residents, Index is the smallest town in western Washington, and it is blessed with amazing views of jagged snow capped mountains, huge granite cliffs, a crystal clear mountain river that runs right through town, and an awesome rain forest right out of the movie 'Twilight.'
This just-remodeled 2 bedroom home sleeps up to 6 in absolute comfort with new World-Class Simmons Beautyrest Pillow Top mattresses and luxury linens. In addition to the bedrooms we have just received (Oct 2013) our queen size American Leather Comfort Sleeper - a $5,000 platform bed with a tempurpedic-style memory foam mattress that doubles as a sofa. So, we can now accommodate up to 6 guest in luxury bedding.
Fully equipped to satisfy all of your needs, our vacation home includes a hot tub, high speed wireless Internet, plenty of entertainment options (see below), a full-size washer and dryer, fully equipped kitchen, outdoor gas grill with rotisserie, and much more. We even include complimentary coffee, popcorn, and long distance calling. What are you waiting for? Contact us now to reserve your perfect dates!
Located right along the Skykomish river at the west end of town on a giant 5 lot property, you'll enjoy the 'best view in town' right from your covered front porch or cozy leather coach and overstuffed reading chairs. This is not your typical 'funky' cabin in the forest, but a newly remodeled, tastefully decorated retreat - at an incredible value. Think 'Calvin Klein beach house' but in the mountains with a touch of mid century modern. Warm, inviting, and perfect for a weekend getaway for a couple, two couples, or a small family.
Remodeled in 2010, you'll find all the comforts of home including high-speed wireless Internet, a 50' plasma TV, HD cable, Blue Ray DVD player, Wii Video Console, Bose Wave Radio with MP3/iPod connection, a dozen board games, and an open floor plan with new hardwood floors throughout.
Though the house is brimming with entertainment options, it's also an amazing place to just relax and do nothing but watch the river go by. With resident bald eagles soaring overhead, the mountain river rushing by, the amazing fresh air purified by the surrounding forest, the hot tub to warm your bones, the spring fed water right out of the tap - you won't find a better place to rejuvenate your body and mind.
Index and the surrounding area is a sporting paradise with excellent access to hiking, biking, kayaking, river rafting, fishing, skiing (cross country and downhill), ATV riding, horseback riding and more. In the winter months, nearby Stevens Pass is a big draw as one of the top skiing destinations in the Pacific Northwest. In the summer, the wild Skykomish River is the star of the show offering adrenaline filled whitewater challenges, or a lazy float on a hot summer day. The Skykomish is also widely know for it's excellent fishing with the top draw being the world renowned Steelhead. Known as the fish of a thousand casts, they can be extremely challenging to hook and even more so to land - but when you do, you'll have accomplished a major fishing milestone of which you can be very proud.
Things to see in town:
The town of Index is very small and you can walk the entire town (every street!) in under an hour. Along the way you'll find lots of things to see. In the center of town as you cross the bridge, you'll find the index General Store which has been serving Index residents for longer than anyone can remember. Inside the store, you'll find a very old-school post office.
Across from the store is the Outdoor Adventure Center which is a rafting and kayaking outfitter where you can rent equipment, take lessons, and join a whitewater trip. Their headquarters, the River House, doubles as a coffee lounge offering hand crafted coffee drinks, fresh baked goods, Internet access and good information on what's happening in town.
Also in the center of town is Doolittle park, named after one of the pioneers of the area. The park offers a covered picnic area as well as a tennis court, basketball court and public restrooms. On display is a giant saw blade that was used to cut granite at the local quarry. The granite steps of the Washington state capitol building were cut right here in Index.
To learn more about how Index came to be, be sure to visit PIckett's Museum where you can see amazing photographs and artifacts of an era gone by. You'll be shocked to learn the Index once had 2000 residents when it boomed, and you can see photographs of the giant trees that were harvested from the area.
As of 2012, the historic Bush House has finally been purchased and is undergoing restoration that will hopefully match it's former glory offering small hotel rooms with shared bathrooms and a much anticipated re-opening of the restaurant. Be sure to stop in for a meal or at least dessert and coffee. Expected to open in 2014.
Across from the Bush House is the Index Elementary school where local students of 6 grades share 2 classrooms. With one of the best student-teacher-ratio's in the state, the school is an excellent place for kids.
In 2008 the huge ridge across the river from town was saved from logging by a local effort known as 'Friends of Heybrook Ridge.' The organization raised enough money to purchase the land from a private company and have plans to make the ridge an eco-tourist and educational destination. Plans include a parking lot and various hiking trails with educational signage. This will be an excellent addition to the town of Index and allow people of all ages to easily access a 100-year-old 2nd growth rain forest and learn about the flora and fauna. To see how you can get involved you can visit their website at http://www.heybrookridge.org
When you stay with us, you will have no limit to the number of amazing hikes in the area. For starters, you can view this website. Be sure to zoom in around Index and you'll see all the green circles pop up indicating local hikes: http://www.trails.com/activity.aspx?area=11836
Depending on the weather, a very popular day trip for visitors is to cross Stevens pass into the eastern side of the state where you'll find yourself in the German styled town of Leavenworth. The streets are lined with tourist-attracting shops and there are several good restaurants to try. One of our favorites is Gustav's at the west end of town offering fantastic bratwurst and cold beer. Try the outdoor deck upstairs when the weather is nice - a great way to spend a couple of hours.
Heading the other direction, Seattle is only an hour away. Check out Pike Place outdoor market where you can grab coffee at the very first Starbucks, watch the fish mongers throw fish, and shop for fresh produce and hand made crafts. It's open every day of the year rain or shine! Or take a ride up the space needle where you can see the whole city, or journey off on a ferry ride to picturesque Bainbridge Island for lunch. There is certainly plenty to do in the Emerald City if you get the itch for city life during your stay. And at only an hour away, getting there and back is half the fun.
Questions - just ask!
We are very excited to share this amazing area with you, and we hope that you consider staying with us. If you have ANY questions about anything, feel free to ask. Contact us by phone at 206 429-5210, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to hear from you soon!
Molly and Ken
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Low Allergen Environment
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- suitable for elderly or infirm
About Ken Mahar
Greetings, We are Molly, Ken and Max.
We love to travel including backpacking around the world in 2007, and touring America in 2010 for 6 months for our honeymoon after getting married in Index! Now we have our new son Max and are slowing down for a year or two.
Right now we have located ourselves on the central coast of California and have decided to rent our home to people like YOU while we're gone.
It seems like we just finished remodeling and haven't even had a chance to enjoy it much ourselves yet, so we hope you'll consider staying here, taking care of it for us, and enjoying this amazing area. If you want to do nothing - you've found the right place. If you want to do everything - you've found the right place. Please review our VRBO listing, or look for our website online for additional information. Regardless of where you stay, we hope you enjoy yourself!
Ken Mahar purchased this house in 2010
Why Ken Mahar chose Index
Ken grew up in Index (and still has family here), and even though we've traveled around the world there are few places as beautiful. The amazing mountains, sheer cliffs, and powerful river are enough to mesmerize even the most jaded. Combine that with the variety of kiking, biking, kyaking, rafting, fishing, skiing to be had - you couldn't find a better place to relax, or seek adventure. The town of Index has only 150 people so it's pin drop quiet at night. All you will hear is the gentle rushing of the river (and an occasional train, though we don't even hear it anymore). This property is at the far end of town, built on 5 lots so there's a huge lawn to spread out on, and even the houses 'next door' are rarely occupied. You'll have all the peace and quiet you need.
As Ken grew up he always marveled at the view from this home, and when it came up for sale we decided to grab it. Since we can't live here full time, but we still want to use it when we visit several times a year - making it a vacation rental was the perfect choice.
What makes this house unique
The view from our home is AMAZING. Every room in the house has a view of jagged mountains or sheer granite cliffs, and the front porch is especially magical. It's a great place for morning coffee watching the bald eagles, or a great place for cocktails on a summer night. Since we added a hot tub to the back porch, it may be a tie as to which will get more use.
The other big advantage of this property is that is sits on 5 city lots - probably the biggest property in Index (though that's not saying a lot). And since our nearest neighbors only use their home for an occasional weekend in the summer we have a ton of privacy.