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Spectacular, Secluded Mountain Eco-Retreat

Okanogan County, WA, USA
  • Lodge
  • Bedrooms9
  • Sleeps25
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths3
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

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!

Property Manager

Lindsey

Member Since 2003
Response rate:
100%
Response time:
within a few hours
Speaks:
english, russian
Calendar last updated:
Apr 18, 2018
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.

Amenities

    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • No Smoking

      Bedrooms

      • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
      • Bedroom 9
        1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon, IKEA chair bed; King size can be separated into 2 Twin beds
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        3 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 8
        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 4
        2 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon, IKEA chair bed, twin size
      • Maximum capacity
        2 Queen beds, 1 King bed or 2 Twin, 19 Twin beds.

      Bathrooms

      • 3 Bathrooms, 3 Half Baths
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Disability Access
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 4
        toilet, Composting Toilet, Sink
      • Bathroom 5
        toilet, Composting Toilet, Sink
      • Bathroom 6
        toilet, Composting Toilet, Sink

        Location Type

          • Mountain
          • Mountain View
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          • Rural
            Skalitude Retreat is a destination in and of itself; the property is remote, and feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the cities.
          • Ski-In
            7 miles of corduroy-groomed ski trails right out the door!
          • Ski-Out
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            Theme

              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Budget
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities

                Meals

                  • Guests provide their own meals

                    General

                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Firewood
                      • Free Long Distance
                      • Heating
                        Wood Stove and Radiant Heat Floor in the Lodge; Gas Space Heaters in the Bermhouse
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Local Maps
                      • Ceiling Fans
                      • Paper Towels
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Telephone
                      • Thermos Bottle
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Wood Stove

                        Kitchen

                          • Freezer
                            Gas
                          • 4 Ring Stove
                          • Catering Available
                          • Coffee Grinder
                          • Coffee Maker
                            French Press
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Blender
                          • Grill
                          • Kitchen
                            Fully equipped
                          • Oven
                            Gas
                          • Refrigerator
                            Gas
                          • Stove
                            Gas
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster

                            Dining

                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 25 people

                                Entertainment

                                  • Books
                                  • Books for Adults
                                  • Games
                                  • Games for Kids
                                  • Music Library

                                    Outside

                                      • Barbecue
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                      • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                      • Unscreened Porch / Veranda

                                        Suitability

                                          • suitable for elderly or infirm
                                          • wheelchair accessible

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Sauna
                                                Cedar-Lined, Wood-Fired

                                                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

                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • cross country skiing
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • fly fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • hot air ballooning
                                                              • hunting
                                                              • ice skating
                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • 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!

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                    Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                    35 Reviews

                                                                    Excellent4.7/5

                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    Great for big groups. Not so great for families and kids

                                                                    Maura L.

                                                                    I stayed here with my family over a winter break. The snow was wonderful and it was great to have a private area to enjoy all to ourselves. We ended up killing dozens of wasps that found their way into the cabin. My son and mom both got stung. The staircase was dangerous for little kids and the wood burning stove was the only source of heat. Not ideal for a family vacation.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    HI Maura!

                                                                    when we first started renting over 10 years ago we made a point of mentioning the staircase to families with little kids. Since then we have hosted so many families who didn't have a problem with it that we have let that fall by the wayside, perhaps we should put it back on the list. We do have a baby gate to put across the bottom of the stairs, maybe you didn't see it?

                                                                    I am surprised about your response about the wood stove, we had a whole conversation about the radiant heat floor which is another heat source. I know during your visit the temperatures were down below zero, which does make it hard to keep any building warm! Luckily those temperatures are not the norm for us, typically the floor does well at keeping things comfortable.

                                                                    We checked in with you a couple of times during your visit to see if everything was ok, you never mentioned the wasps. We could have helped you manage them if we had known. February is the worst time for them, they wake up from their winter nap, but there are ways to deal with them. Why didn't you say anything at the time?

                                                                    Amazing place!

                                                                    Lindsey S.-

                                                                    We loved this place! So much space, and so quiet, it was a wonderful break from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world. It's great to see places like this still exist

                                                                    Incredible Remote Cabin Experience

                                                                    Jesse H.

                                                                    We stayed here over the Christmas holiday with our family and enjoyed our time very much. Lots of fun hills to sled on with the kids, a zipline, sauna and space for the dog to run free. Would absolutely stay here again.

                                                                    Stunning Location for a Wedding or Retreat

                                                                    Sarah S.

                                                                    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!

                                                                    A lovely, comfy place, close to nature

                                                                    v m.

                                                                    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.

                                                                    Funky place for family reunion.

                                                                    Jean L.

                                                                    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.

                                                                    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!

                                                                    Location

                                                                    Okanogan County, WA, USA

                                                                    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.

                                                                    Rates & Availability

                                                                    Additional information about rental rates

                                                                    Cleaning Fee
                                                                    $125
                                                                    Pet Fee
                                                                    $25
                                                                    Additional Guest Fee
                                                                    $25
                                                                    Damage Deposit
                                                                    $200
                                                                    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 the desired date Cancelation policy: If canceled 60 days in advance or more - 100% refund minus $100 cancellation fee If canceled between 31 and 59 days - 50% refund For cancelations 30 days or less - we refund ONLY if we re-book the premises

                                                                    $350avg/night
                                                                    35 Reviews
                                                                    Excellent 4.7/5
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                                                                    For booking assistance, call 888-640-7927

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