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Riverfront Home, HUGE Views, Hot Tub, Sleeps up to 6 in Luxury. Capt. Fantastic!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

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' and was just featured in the hit film "Captain Fantastic" starring Viggo Mortensen.

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.


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.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Molly and Ken

206 429-5210

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Ken Mahar
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, Basic Spanish
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Calendar last updated:
January 24, 2017

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 Central Cascade Mountains

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This was a fantastic, quiet home. The couches were comfortable, the king bed was very comfortable, and they had plenty of kitchen cookware and dishes for whatever cooking plans you have. We wanted to use the hot tub, but it was raining heavily all weekend. There were a lot of little touches that made our stay very pleasant.
Mar 2015
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Riverfront Home, HUGE Views, Hot Tub, Sleeps up to 6 in Luxury. Capt. Fantastic!
average rating of 4.8 based on 37 reviews

Great location and beautiful view

  • 5 of 5

Very nice and clean cabin. The beds were very comfortable and the hot tub was amazing. We would definitely go back.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Scenic Views & Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful time during our stay (2 adults; 2 children). We were amazed by the views of the mountains and river from the property. Everything was a described and the owners also include thoughtful things that travelers might want or need, like just a good book to read. And there was plenty to do in the area in terms of exploring trails, etc. We hope to return again soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Lorena for the kind words. We're so glad that your family had a great stay and got to enjoy the local hikes. The new Heybrook Ridge hike trailhead has just recently opened just across the bridge in the middle of town. We're so lucky to have a world class trail in second growth forrest literally walking distance from our front door. If you didn't get a chance to hike that, be sure to on your next visit.
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  • 5 of 5

Awesome scenery right outside the door. Cabin very clean and comfortable. Kitchen had everything we needed to cook and eat-in. Pit fire was great. We loved the train too.

I hope to come back soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ruth and thank you for spending a whole week with us. You're welcome back any time and glad you enjoyed yourself.
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Home is out dated . Does not feel secure . No easy river access for people with disabilities.

  • 1 of 5

We arrived 1 hour before check in to make sure we were in the right spot and noticed a car in the drive way which was ok because we were early We drove around and came back at 4 pm to find the car still there and music playing loudly we pulled in and it was the house keeper needless to say she did not leave until almost 5pm . First impression is it does not reflect the photos the home is outdated from the 70's theme photos made it appear the river was accessible easily not the case for someone like me with a disability. It just wasn't for us . We did not stay the evening as we had sick kids to go home to anyhow . Regardless the front door doesn't stay shut without locking the deadbolt and the back door is flimsy at best . Like I said for the cost of this I expected more .

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were very sorry to hear of Sean’s experience of having to return home to sick kids. As parents ourselves, we know that it would be impossible to relax knowing our sick kids were in someone else’s hands. They called and emailed and called again to let us know they didn't stay the night. We reached out to Sean to offer a rebooking but our calls were not returned. Unfortunately, it appears that they took out their frustration in this review. To address the issues raised – our housekeeper remembered the guest arriving and reported that she was out the door a couple of minutes after four. She had a same day turnaround so she did need the full 5 hours for cleaning as we have very high standards. Yes, she plays music on the Bose wave radio when she cleans. We don’t care what she listens to because her work is top notch. We’re not sure what Sean meant by “70’s theme” photos so that’s a bit bewildering. Most people remark that the place is way nicer than the photos show, especially after our recent landscaping improvements that have yet to be photographed. We had no notice that anyone was disabled and our photos clearly show rip-rap rocks leading down to the river. There is a beach in town that provides easier access, but it’s a mountain river with strong current so caution is advised for people of any ability. The front door had a misaligned strike plate that has since been fixed. We’re also not sure about the comment on the rear door which is made of solid wood. There is also a screen door so perhaps that was the confusion. We did notice that someone had apparently yanked the doorknob loose apparently not seeing that there is a restraining device below the doorknob, just the kind of security that was obviously important to Sean. We’re not sure if it was Sean or the previous guest, but the doorknob has since been replaced with a new one. Again, we were sorry to hear about Sean’s abbreviated stay. We think that they would have enjoyed themselves had circumstances been different. Our offer to rebook them still stands.
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Beautiful, quiet, relaxing, and just what we needed it to be!

  • 5 of 5

The property was perfect. The house was cute and the right size to accommodate a small family who needs time away from the hustle of everyday life. I was impressed with the commodities the house had. Its simply amazing! We had such a great time!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so happy that you enjoyed your stay! We agree--the cabin is just perfect for getting away for some much needed unplug and unwind time. Thanks for the review. We hope to see you again, soon.
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Amazing views from a bright, charming home!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying at this Index retreat, in late March. The location/views were fabulous....the nearby snow covered mountains and rock walls are way more impressive than the pictures can show. The home felt nicer inside than the pictures portrayed also, with quality bedding and vintage touches throughout. The kitchen had everything we needed-stove, microwave, tea kettle, coffee pot, etc and we made good use of the crockpot too. We ended up not using the BBQ but it was in good shape. The driving directions and overall instructions were helpful and worked out as planned. The home sits on the street rather than directly on the water but we enjoyed it just as well and appreciated that we could fish a ways down without being on someone else's property. We enjoyed the trains but they come directly through town, whistling throughout the nite. I slept through them but people who are light sleepers will want to keep this in mind if wanting to stay anywhere in Index (not just this place). Also, use the dryer during daytime hours as it has a loud squeeking sound. Overall, we found the home and the town quite charming and loved our stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lisa - thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed the amazing outdoors. We agree that the dryer makes a horrible squeak at times and have plans to replace it in May. We paid to repair it, but apparently it wasn't enough. It was the last appliance holdout and we will have replaced every one of them recently; fridge, range/stove, water heater, washing machine. Glad you made use of the crock pot as those easy meals are the best. We currently have an entire renovation of the grounds underway, returning it to it's parklike glory since the flood damage in November. We've also pulled poorly placed trees and have a brand new fence going in property wide. We literally planted grass today after completely regrading the entire property and bringing in new topsoil. Over $6,000 was spent. You may not recognize the place in your next visit. Thanks again for your business and we can't wait to see you back again. Regarding the train we try to make that clear. Most people find it enchanting and during my visit last week I swear the train never came through during the night. It probably did, but like many people, I sleep right through it. Update: The dryer has been replaced with a brand new unit - whisper quiet.
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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!


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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $39 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.6%

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.

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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 ...
  • Toys ...
  • 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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