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Riverfront Home, HUGE Views, Hot Tub, Sleeps up to 6 in Luxury

Ken Mahar

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, Basic Spanish
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Ken Mahar

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Speaks: english, Basic Spanish
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Riverfront Home, HUGE Views, Hot Tub, Sleeps up to 6 in Luxury

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


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

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:


Day Trip(s)


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

We hope to hear from you soon!

Molly and Ken

206 429-5210

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Ken Mahar (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, Basic Spanish
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Calendar last updated:
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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.

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Riverfront Home, HUGE Views, Hot Tub, Sleeps up to 6 in Luxury
average rating of 4.888889 based on 27 reviews


  • 5 of 5

It's one of those rare vacation rentals that you might find that is perfect and worthy stating in. The location is quite and everybody is friendly. The house is pretty much has everything you might need from cookware to just chilling. The owners are helpful folks. I would differently stay there the next time I'm around Seattle.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. You were wonderful guests and we would love to have you back the next time you're in the area!
Washington state

Charming and cozy riverside retreat in the Cascade Mountains

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to review! Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We certainly love Index as well! Please come back and visit soon. (Also, we will have a new cork screw for you waiting. Thanks also for letting us know about that!)


  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to visit! Index is a great small town with loads of personality. We were able to explore state parks, Mt Rainier, the cascade loop and some of the islands. The best was swimming in the river...very refreshing and fantastic after a day of hiking! It did take a couple of days getting use to the train whistle as it was warm and we had the windows open at night. Your home was an awesome homebase for all our travels. Thanks for some great memories!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your visit! We love it here as well and love to hear about others enjoying exploring this beautiful area. Please come back and visit us again!
Sherman Oaks

lovely and cozy home away from home

  • 5 of 5

This Index house is one of a kind. It offers more than any hotel can offer. Magical sleeping experience on the cloud-like bed, and beautiful views of the forest with the snow covered mountain peaks.

We really enjoyed our stay in this cozy house, and regreted that we could not stay longer. For people like us, who likes outdoor activities , this house is ideal: it is surrounded by sights of waterfalls and hiking trails, it has a jaccuzi and mountain river, on top of everything there are plenty of bicycles to explore sight seeings. It felt like luxury camping in the middle of forest. Thank you dear owners:)))

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much, Svetlana! We appreciate your wonderful review but more we are so pleased that you enjoyed the cabin. Please come back and visit again. We will be looking forward to it!

Fantastic, Inspiring Location

  • 5 of 5

We used this rental for a movie shoot, so it was not a typical rental, but the location was just fantastic. You are in between gorgeous river views and a sheer cliff, that seems like something out of a storybook. Cast members noted that they had not seen a location like this outside of Norway, yet this was actually a very easy, brief drive about an hour outside Seattle. I would love to visit again as an actual guest, based on the scenic views. The house itself was very well-kept and homey. It is someone's home, so that seemed to make sense. Definite 5 star rating. Thanks to these guys for being so open to an art project in their home!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: After asking some pointed questions about content and receiving the right answers that this was a legit and family friendly operation, we were happy to have these respectful guests use our location for their movie. We agree that the scenery is spectacular and many people remark that they can't believe such a place exists only an hour from a major west coast city. We hope to see them back when they are not working!

Great place to stay, with all the comforts of home

  • 5 of 5

This is a charming cabin, spacious and cozy with modern décor and super super comfy beds and living room/dining room kitchen area. Loved staying here.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
63 Miles
SeaTac International Airport
Nearest Barpub
Outdoor Adventures
Nearest Ferry
49 Miles
Edmonds, WA
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Monroe's Blue Boy
Nearest Train
38 Miles
Everett, WA
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 2
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Several in Goldbar
Nearest Ski
29 Miles
Stevens Pass
Nearest Beach
Pickets Beach (river)
Car: necessary

A Riverside Retreat is located in the scenic town of Index, WA, only one hour from downtown Seattle, and 25 minutes from Stevens Pass. Index is the smallest town in western Washington with only 150 residents, but it offers some of the biggest views and the nicest people in the state.

Our riverfront 2-bedroom home sleeps up to 6 in absolute luxury with new World-Class Simmons Beautyrest Pillow Top mattresses with 600 thread-count linens. The home also includes a hot tub, fully equipped kitchen, outdoor gas grill with rotisserie, complimentary gourmet coffee (regular and decaf), complimentary popcorn for movie time, and a full-size washer and dryer. There is a phone on site with unlimited calling to the US and Canada. We also have free wireless broadband Internet.

Though we offer a huge array of entertainment options (see below), most people are mesmerized by the natural beauty of the area, the sight and sound of the river, the smell of the air, and the peace and quiet they have been craving. See our 5-star reviews and contact us today!


Rates & Availability

From $159 Per night

Index House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
4th of July
Jul 3 2015 - Jul 5 2015
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 4 2015 - Sep 7 2015
3 night minimum stay
Oct 30 2015 - Nov 1 2015
2 night minimum stay
Nov 26 2015 - Nov 29 2015
3 night minimum stay
Dec 24 2015 - Dec 27 2015
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $39.00 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.6%
Notes Our normal minimum stay is 2 nights, but we do allow single nights if booked within 5 days of your stay for $189. Major holidays require a 3-night min., but we do consider fewer minimum nights for last minute reservations so contact us. Kids under 5 stay (and Ski!) for free with verifiable documentation. All prices listed are for 2 adults, additional guests are $15 per person/nt.

Cancellation Policy

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Index House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • River ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom has been newly remodeled, is sparkling clean, and should meet even the most discriminating guests needs. It features a larger cast iron tub, stand up shower with brand new fixtures located high on the wall for taller guests. There are three shelves where you can store your grooming kit during your stay.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Living Room with Comfort Sleeper - Please see description below - actual luxury mattress.
  • Both bedrooms are furnished with Simmons World-Class Beautyrest mattresses and 600-thread count linens sheets. Crack the window and listen to the sound of the river lull you to sleep. The bedrooms are on opposite sides of the house for privacy and both offer tremendous views of the town wall. They are both on the north side of the house - perfect for sleeping in. In addition to the bedrooms we have just added a Comfort Sleeper made by American Leather which is a $5,000 sofa that converts to an actual queen size bed - no bars, no springs. The sofa easily (only one hand needed) opens up to a queen size platform bed and contains a tempurpedic-style memory foam mattress for a luxurious nights sleep. Google 'comfort sleeper' for a video of this amazing marvel of engineering.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
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  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Singles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
In home massage can be arranged in advance. Ask for recommendations. Water from the tap is mountain spring water and you'd pour out your Evian bottled water and replace it with this water. The square footage of the house is deceptive as it's very open and all square footage is usable. Ideal for 4 people and 6 can be luxuriously accommodated. The gas barbeque offers an electric rotating rotisserie if you are a gourmet BBQ chef. We have over a dozen of the very best board games available. The video game system is the Wii - which can be played by anyone - even grandma. For long term guests (over one week) housekeeping can be arranged for a small fee of $40. Some basic spices like salt and pepper and a couple of others are provided in addition to cooking oil.

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