|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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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 great hiking and skiing right from the door, and a wood-fired sauna to cleanse and rejuvenate you. The Lodge features a rustic, wood interior with a handsome rock fireplace. The cathedral ceiling and skylights in the 800 square foot living room provide an inspiring atmosphere for rest and renewal. There is ample space for family and friends, but it's also cozy enough for a quiet romantic getaway. The newly-constructed Bermhouse has hand-finished artisan interiors. 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.
Winter fun!: in the winter we have about 10km of professionally groomed ski trails winding through the property, with several slopes to choose from for back-county skiing, snowboarding or sledding. For the most part, the only people in this valley are our guests, so there's a good chance you'll get some freshy snow!
Spring, summer and fall: Spring, summer and fall have their own attractions -such as a blanket of wildflowers covering the land, or the joy of swimming in cool, clear mountain waters. There are a variety of hikes right from the door of the lodge, taking in views of the Methow Valley, old-growth ponderosa pine trees and snow capped peaks. Our favorite is a loop hike that takes about an hour, and circumnavigates the valley with views of the Sawtooth Range. You can also hike to the top of Lookout Mountain, with 360 degree views of both Sawtooths and North Cascade Ranges - takes about a half a day. Or sit by the seasonal creek, flowing down from Lookout Mountain into a pristine pool. There is fishing nearby, wildlife to watch, or just hang out in blissful peace and quiet!
There are modern media-amenities - TV, DVD player, wifi access, but we also have some good old-fashioned games, great to bring family and friends together.
Notes:: This property is solar powered! It operates just like normal for the most part, except that we can't handle crock pots, and we have non-electric means of making coffee, with thermoses to keep it warm through the day. We strive to be environmentally-friendly, by recycling and composting food waste, and ask our guests to do the same!
Caretakers live on the property, around the corner from the main house. They are well-practiced at being invisible, and their objective is that you have a very quiet and peaceful stay!
I have always been a very nature-oriented person, I have degrees in both Geology and Geography. I travelled for many years, interested in experiencing lots of different landscapes.
Lindsey purchased this house in 1999
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.
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.
It is great to have a peace place spend for our long weekend. Everyone have a comfortable bed and have enough table for dinner and to parking. The service is good.
We spent a long weekend at Skalitude were delighted to find ourselves in such a nice place. The lodge is quiet, spacious, and comfortable, and the property is in a beautiful setting, with forest, open meadows, and nice vistas all around. It was late spring so lots of flowers were in bloom, and there were many birds to watch. As there are no other residences nearby, the property is also quiet, secluded, and peaceful. Lindsey is attentive and helpful, but also circumspect so that guests feel they have as much privacy as they'd like. We definitely enjoyed our stay and would happily plan another vacation there the next time we visit the Methow Valley area.
I booked Skalitude over labor day weekend for a large family reunion of 9 people and a dog. We were a mixed group, some loving nature and others not so much. In the end everyone loved the experience there regardless of their slant. You have a large valley all to yourself with hiking trails etc and are in the midst of nature with a place that seems most certainly nurtured by people that are in tune with the deeper and mystic elements of existence. While these caretakers are nearby you never see them unless you seek them out. Everyone found their own rhythm and stride here and any tensions a large group might have in smaller place disappeared here. Skalitude is truly off the grid with self sufficient electricity and water. It's amazing that the power is self sustaining over the summer. The only issue we had is that we ran out of water the last morning before leaving. I was warned of this because they have had a particularly dry year this year, not to mention the fires. Not a big deal but if unlimited access to water is a requirement, then skalitude is probably not for you.
Since getting married at Skalitude on Summer Solstice this year, we are still amazed at how amazing a setting and opportunity was provided to us by the hosts. They went completely out of their way to ensure a successful event for everyone involved and worked directly and tirelessly with and for us. Since this beautiful place was thankfully untouched by the Carlton-Complex Fire, we will be able to come back here for years to come- which we plan on doing! There is really no other place with the buzzing sense of serenity, stewardship, beauty, and inclusiveness that we have experienced every time we've visited, and are so thankful we found Skalitude to exchange our vows.
We stayed at Skalitude a few times prior to the wedding to get a general feel for how the big event should go, and every visit marveled at the cleanliness and upkeep of the amenities and the surrounding natural beauty, of which pictures could never do justice. The lodge is the hub of the property with cooking and showering for decent-sized groups, with additional opportunities to relax in the nearby wood-fired sauna and recently built Bermhouse (with the cleanest composting toilets we've ever experienced)! The nearby opportunities for adventure are incredible at all times of year, but the crux of the experience would be staying within and experiencing the Skalitude Valley and it's panorama of intensely beautiful hillslopes blanketed with either warmth & wildflowers, snow, dramatic fall colors, or vivid greens of new plant growth in the spring. The Methow and various towns contained within are worth visiting too, just don't take the time and spiritual replenishment granted by all aspects of Skalitude for granted!
What a great setting in the forest!
Thoroughly enjoyed the easy access to hiking trails. Wildlife abounded as well.
Close proximity to numerous recreational and tourist opportunities.
Everything was clean and well kept. Owner was excellent in explaining necessary information about the lodge and our stay.
As the "old man" of the Swanson clan, I just wanted to comment that as someone who loves being out in the woods, we found the remote character of the resort to be very appealing. I personally really enjoyed the 3 mile hiking loop around the big meadow. At my age (82), that was just the right distance to give me a good workout.
We made the drive to Black Oak Lake twice, the second time to cook a dinner on the charcoal grill. The drive up there is a little hairy, but well worth it as it's a beautiful small lake.
We also enjoyed the delightful town of Winthrop. I had driven through it many years ago on a family vacation and was anxious to get back for a second look. It didn't disappoint me.
Overall, our experience was very positive, and I would certainly recommend Skalitude to anyone looking for that kind of adventure.
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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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest|
|Cleaning||$75 + Tax|
Summer: $200 per night for first 4 guests, $25 each additional adult, $20 per child
Winter: $220 per night for first 4 guests, $25 each additional adult, $20/child (December 1 to March 15)
Two night minimum; three nights on holiday weekends
$25 pet fee per dog; dogs may not be left unattended
Deposit required to hold a reservation
Cleaning fee $75; taxes 5%
Rooms rented singly if available on
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