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Spectacular, Secluded Mountain Eco-Retreat

Sleeps25
Bedrooms 9
Bathrooms3
Half Baths3
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

9 Bedrooms, 3 Full Bathrooms, 3 half Bathrooms, Sleeps 25

The place to go to get away from it all... Situated in the renowned Methow Valley at the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains, this private eco-retreat is nestled in a secluded basin of its own, at the end of the country road. The property's 160 acres is surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest wild lands, with the nearest private property over a mile away.

The non-smoking Lodge features a charming, rustic wood interior with a handsome rock surrounding a fire stove. Recently remodeled, it now boasts a radiant heat floor covered with beautiful bamboo flooring. The deep, covered porch catches a breeze on hot summer days and is a great place to sit and relax. The cathedral ceiling and skylights in the 800 square foot living room provide an inspiring atmosphere for rest and renewal. There is an ample space for family and friends, but it is also a cozy setting for a quiet romantic get-away.

There are three bedrooms in the Lodge (two with queen beds, and one with 3 twin beds), and 6 bedrooms (two twin beds in each) in the new passive-solar Bermhouse (two beds can be pushed together to make king-size bed, and modern IKEA cots to increase sleeping space by six more twin beds).

There are three full bathrooms in the Lodge: one inside the lodge, and two with outside entries, one of which is with disability access; and three half-bathrooms in the Bermhouse.

The wood-fired sauna offers a great way to recover from a day of hiking or skiing. Our two tents (small party tent next to the Lodge seats 25 people, large sky-lodge tent seats 100) offer additional space in summer, making it a perfect place for a picturesque wedding or a fun-filled family reunion.

We have a fun selection of new and old table games to bring family and friends together. We do offer modern media-amenities such as small TV, DVD player, and WIFI access, although we encourage you to really unplug here.

Hikes right from your door take in views of snow-capped peaks, and miles of private groomed ski trails wind through the property in winter. There are numerous slopes to choose from for backcountry skiing, snowboarding or sledding. Nearby is the friendly Loup Loup downhill ski area, and the beautiful Methow River offers prime whitewater rafting. Springtime brings a magic carpet of wildflowers covering the land. Choose from several local swimming holes for cooling off in the summer.

The town of Twisp offers live theater and a thriving Farmer's Market in the summer, natural food store, music throughout the year, an art gallery, restaurants, and more. Located on the sunny side of Washington State, close to mountain lakes and whitewater rivers, recreational opportunities abound.

Our guests appreciate the silence this property has to offer. They say that although many places say they offer seclusion, this is the only place that really delivers. We have also been told that the photos don't really capture the place; it usually exceeds peoples' expectations! We only book one group at a time, so you always have the whole place to yourself!

Note: This eco-retreat is completely solar-powered! It operates just like normal for the most part, except we can't handle crock-pots, hair-blowers and curlers, and we have non-electric means to make coffee, with thermoses to keep it warm through the day. We strive to be environmentally friendly, by recycling and composting food waste, and we encourage our guests to do the same!

Property managers live in the cabin on the property, around the corner from the Lodge. Their main objective is that you have a very quiet, joyful and peaceful stay!

More Details

Owner
Lindsey
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, russian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
December 4, 2017

About Lindsey

I have always been a very nature-oriented person, having degrees in both Geology and Geography. I traveled extensively for many years, interested in experiencing lots of different landscapes.

Lindsey purchased this lodge in 1999

Why Lindsey chose Okanogan County

I lived in Seattle for numerous years and did lots of retreats in various places nearby. While the retreats were beautiful in their own way, they always felt somewhat suburban, with neighbors fairly close by. I was looking for somewhere where people could really feel they had left the world behind.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Three sisters, one sister-in-law and one lone husband spent five glorious

days at Skalitude. Wide open spaces, blue skies, fresh snow and superb

lodging made for a better trip than we could hope for!

Rush hour at Skalitude = x-county skiier, four deer, two dogs, a bald eagle

and a wild turkey.

Thank you for being such wonderful hosts and entrusting your little piece of

utopia to us! (our dogs thank you too!) Your hospitality and stewardship has

made this a truly unique and memorable trip.
Feb 2009
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Amenities

Okanogan County Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 25 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Disability Access
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Composting Toilet, Sink
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , Composting Toilet, Sink
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , Composting Toilet, Sink
Bedrooms:
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , IKEA chair bed, twin size
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , IKEA chair bed, twin size
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , IKEA chair bed, twin size
    Bedroom 7 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , IKEA chair bed, twin size
    Bedroom 8 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , IKEA chair bed, twin size
    Bedroom 9 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , IKEA chair bed; King size can be separated into 2 Twin beds
  • Maximum capacity: 2 Queen beds, 1 King bed or 2 Twin, 19 Twin beds.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
The place to go to get away from it all... Situated in the renowned Methow Valley at the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains, this private eco-retreat is nestled in a secluded basin of its own, at the end of the country road. The property's 160 acres is surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest wildlands, with the nearest private property over a mile away. The non-smoking Lodge features a charming, rustic wood interior with a handsome rock surrounding a fire stove. Recently remodeled, it now boasts a radiant heat floor covered with beautiful bamboo flooring. The deep, covered porch catches a breeze on hot summer days and is a great place to sit and relax. The cathedral ceiling and skylights in the 800 square foot living room provide an inspiring atmosphere for rest and renewal. There is an ample space for family and friends, but it is also a cozy setting for a quiet romantic get-away. We only book one group at a time, so you always have the whole place to yourself!

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Stunning Location for a Wedding or Retreat

  • 5 of 5

I got married at Skalitude last Summer and couldn't have been more happy with the experience. My family and friends were treated to a private, relaxing celebration for an entire weekend and it turned out to be even better than anyone expected. The amenities are basic, but we were never lacking in anything we or our guests needed. The setting is absolutely stunning and created a truly powerful backdrop for our wedding ceremony and photos. We had 100+ guests attend, a majority of which stayed in cabins or camped onsite, and the rest stayed conveniently close by in Twisp/Winthrop. Between family and friends, we had about 8 dogs there and they had a blast as well, romping and playing in the meadow all weekend. Our guests raved about the great experience they had at Skalitude for weeks after. Couldn't be happier with our time there!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely, comfy place, close to nature

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and son-in-law were married on this property and most of the guests said it was the best wedding they had ever attended. The gorgeous setting and hospitable owners made the experience fun, relaxed and welcoming. The lodge and berm house bedrooms were comfortable and perfect for older family and guests and wedding party preparations. The nice meadow camping area and outdoor kitchen gave the younger guests a fun experience and perfect place to prep and serve the rehearsal dinner, breakfast and snacks and get ready for the party and reception. The nearby towns of Twisp and Winthrop offer additional convenient lodging and restaurants, too. The meadow and flag circle, surrounded by woods and blue sky, made for an incredible ceremony – and pictures. Skalitude truly provided a one-of-a-kind wedding celebration.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Funky place for family reunion.

  • 4 of 5

Family gathered here from all over the country for a wedding. The living room is spacious and ideal for getting our whole crew together. Grounds are great for walks and alone time. Owner checked in with us and was helpful, and flexible with arrangements. The pricing, however, was not clear. More people came and we paid an extra $75 per person per night. Needs to be clear up front! Squeezed 11 around the table. Not sure how 25 could fit. (If there were leafs, we didn't find them.) The six berm house bedrooms are separated by curtains in groups of 2, giving 3 private units. Baths in the berm house=composting toilet. Nice, eco-friendly set-up, but again, could be clearer up front. Private bedrooms and bath in main house. Still, a fun place to stay that served our family well.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: HI Jean! thanks for your review, but I think your math is off. If you had paid $75 per person per night for the extra people, the total just for that would have been $1050 ($75x7x2), but you only paid $1300 total - which was $220 for the first four people for three nights ($660), plus $25/person for an extra 7 people for two of the nights ($350), plus tax ($100), cleaning ($75), service fee ($65, goes to homeaway) and late checkout ($50). There are loads of extra tables and chairs for when we have larger groups, they are all on the back porch. But no, you can't fit them all at one table! I will review our listing, I know somewhere it is mentioned that we have composting toilets, most people don't have an issue with them. Thanks again for your visit, best wishes for your family!
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5

A wonderful place to escape to -- beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

This is our ninth visit to Skalitude. We love this place. Our family gathers here every year to find time to just be together. We share meals, play games, swim in the nearby lake, and share the beauty of the surrounding 160 acres. It is a very special place. We love the rustic nature of the lodge where we can all easily hang out together or apart. We love the berm house where some of us sleep in the silence of all that is around us. And we love that we are alone, but if we need anything, Lindsey and Will are nearby and ready to help us with whatever we need. I hate to say how wonderful this place is because I don't want to lose access to it, but... it is a very special off the grid place that is comfortable to stay in and wonderful to escape to.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful location but privacy not as advertised

  • 1 of 5

Based on the detailed property description and the web site, we thought we would be the only people renting the property during our stay. (From the property web site: "We only host one group at a time, to minimize disturbance or interference from other humans. This maintains the deep sense of peace and silence that is held here, and allows people to connect more profoundly with the energy of the land.") To be sure, we also confirmed this via e-mail before we booked. But during our stay, we discovered that a group of campers was on the property doing a "vision quest" while we were there. They actually arrived at the same time we did, making it difficult for the owner/caretaker to give us a proper welcome and introduction. We expected a secluded, private retreat (as advertised*) and instead we had to work around campers and walkers. We communicated our concerns to the property owner both during and after our stay. We do not feel our concerns were adequately addressed and she is no longer responding to our e-mails. In addition, the owner assured us via e-mail that the property is dog-friendly. (From the property website: "Dogs are welcome! They help connect us to the natural world.") We were told we could pay for our (multiple) dogs upon arrival. When we asked about the campers on the property, she started to take issue with our dogs rather than address the double booking of the property. It's a stunningly gorgeous place and has the potential to be really relaxing, but we did not have that experience. We specifically chose this property so that we could get away from it all for a few days and we were really disappointed.

*"The place to go to get away from it all....Situated in the renowned Methow Valley (foothills of the North Cascade Mountains), this private retreat is nestled in a secluded basin all its own, at the end of the road. The property's 160 acres is surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest wildlands, with the nearest private property over a mile away. There is ample space for family and friends, but it's also cozy enough for a quiet romantic getaway. It's a perfect place for family reunions, weddings, or a quiet break from the rest of the world! To guarantee privacy, we only rent to one group at a time."

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have been in this business for over 10 years, and probably average close to 1000 guests per year. Ms Brothers was the most unhappy and uncommunicative guest we have ever had. She did not tell us she was coming with seven un-socialized and unfriendly dogs, and was then angry that her needs and expectations were not met. Most dog owners tell us in advance the number of dogs and their temperaments to make sure there isn't a problem. We do rent the lodging facility of nine bedrooms to only one group at a time. We learned at the beginning of our rental experience ten years ago not to tell people that they won't see anyone else during their stay, because even though the lodging is rented exclusively, it's a big property and we sometimes have helpers and workers here to help maintain it. For spiritual and meditative retreats we make a point of limiting other activities. On occasion we let non-profit educational groups camp on the property, usually in the woods at the north end, a half-mile, ten to fifteen minute walk away from the lodging. If we had known Ms Brothers was bringing seven dogs we could have managed things differently.
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wonderful remote cabin

  • 5 of 5

Very peaceful and secluded cabin situated on a large meadow surrounded by National Forest Land. Well furnished and very usable with good beds, bathrooms, nice kitchen, and lots of common area.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Our guests appreciate the silence this property has to offer. They say that although many places say they offer seclusion, this is the only place that really delivers. We have also been told that the photos don't really capture the place, it usually exceeds peoples' expectations!

For small groups, you do get the whole place to yourself although we may not have all of the beds made up.

Other Activities: My favorite way to spend the day here is to wake up lazily, maybe read for a while, watch the birds and squirrels, have a yummy meal then go for an interesting hike for a couple of hours in the surrounding hills, checking out the mountain views and old-growth trees. Come back to a cleansing sauna and some wine with dinner, then maybe a movie on the TV or a game with friends. Simple, relaxing, enjoyable!

Ski: Right out the door are about 7 miles of private, corduroy-groomed ski trails, plus numerous slopes for backcountry skiing or boarding. The Loup Loup Downhill ski area is about 25 minutes away, with 1200 vertical feet of family-friendly runs, I think a daily pass is still less than $50! There are also great nordic trails up at the Loup, you just need a Sno-Park sticker to ski there, one of the best deals around. Further north in Winthrop are the famous MVSTA trails, more expensive but always excellent grooming.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $125 + Tax
Pet Fee $25
Tax Rate 10.2%

Two nights minimum; three nights on holiday weekends
Deposit required to hold a reservation
Dogs are welcome, but may not be left unattended
Rooms rented singly if available one month prior to desired date

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.