Go back in time and relax riverside at “Chiwa Lodge,” nestled on five acres with 150 feet of pristine Yakima River frontage. Chiwa (pronounced chee way) is a Yakama word for the trout that inhabit the river, sharing the environment with salmon, deer, elk, beaver, river otter, and a extensive variety of birds. The lodge’s unique architectural design salutes local history with storefront facades echoing the frontier coal mining town of Roslyn, just miles away.
Featured in Pacific magazine and Mountain Living magazine, the home,showcases family and local memorabilia and pieces of furniture-art designed and built by the owner. The main lodge and a guest cottage, linked by a “boardwalk” deck running the length of the two structures, make Chiwa a great getaway for 2 or more families.
Tastefully decorated in a hunting and fishing theme, the main lodge boasts 3 Bedrooms and 2 ½ baths in 2,000 square feet. In the 24x32 foot great room, your evenings will center around the two story river rock fireplace and leisurely dinners and rousing board games at the long teak dining table which seats 14. (Or gather around the outdoor fire pit for fish tales and a barbecue!)
The guest cottage is a studio with a private bathroom and provides an additional 500 sq ft of living space. In the main house the 3 bedrooms are equipped with 1 King, 1 Queen, and 3 Twins including a set of bunk beds. The guest cottage offers 1 Queen plus two couches.
A separate TV room in the main house sports a 47 inch flatscreen TV with DVD player. Other amenities include an IPod Player, and a gas BBQ. The master bathtub includes jacuzzi jets for a relaxing massage after a day outdoors. The kitchen is fully equipped for the most ambitious meal preparation.
From the front door of the lodge, a 100 foot stroll through majestic evergreens will take you to the scenic banks of the river for water sports and foot fishing. For drift boaters, the lodge is conveniently located between the Nelson Siding (Bullfrog Road) put-in and the take-out in South Cle Elum.
Chiwa Lodge is a 75 minute drive from downtown Seattle, 30 minutes from the Summit Ski Area on Snoqualmie Pass, and even closer to golf at Sun Country Golf Course or Suncadia Resort. In 30 minutes east bound, you are in Ellensburg for Jazz in the Valley, the Ellensburg Rodeo, and other attractions. For history buffs, a visit to Roslyn (setting for the Northern Exposure TV series) must include the unique cemetery and the Coal Miner’s Museum. Other local attractions include the Burlington Northern Railroad museum in South Cle Elum, and the Telephone Museum and the historical Carpenter House in Cle Elum.
Fishing, swimming, bird-watching, reading, gaming, golfing, touring, hiking, and skiing can all be enjoyed at or near this riverside paradise. In any season, you’ll enjoy the privacy and serenity of the park-like setting and the recreational opportunities it offers. Come and embrace the natural beauty of the Yakima River at Chiwa Lodge!!