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David Meier/Lynn Chamberlain

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

Beautiful Riverfront Getaway In The Cascade Mountains

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Overview

Index Cabin Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath Private Home With Hot Tub

A Cabin On The Sky is a fully furnished riverfront home located directly on the bank of the North Fork of the Skykomish River in the town of Index, WA.

In addition to the unobstructed world class river and mountain views found at A Cabin On The Sky we have provided our guests with an outdoor hot tub, fire pit, charcoal BBQ, picnic table, satellite beamed flat screen television with blu-ray dvd player and HBO, free WiFi connection, unlimited long distance telephone, stereo w/ CD player and iPod/mp3 dock, washer/dryer, board games and a propane fireplace for their comfort and convenience. All bed and bath linens are provided as well as bath soaps, shampoo and a hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Sleeping quarters for up to 4 persons are a master suite with a king size bed and an additional bedroom on the main floor with a queen size bed. There is a 1/2 bath in the upstairs master suite and a full bath on the main floor. In addition to the comfortably furnished living room there is also a dining room and a sun room, a cozy space where many guests spend a lot of their time while at the cabin. Sipping a hot beverage in the morning with the river flowing just out the window is a great way to start a day of relaxing. Fine art prints adorn the walls throughout the home as well as hand-crafted stained glass windows. The kitchen is fully furnished for our guests to prepare most meals. Kitchen amenities include a full-size refrigerator and stove, coffee maker, coffee grinder, French press coffee maker, pots and pans, flatware, dinnerware, microwave, blender, cooking utensils and glassware.

The 972 square foot home is on 150’ of riverfront.

Views upstream from the property are some of the peaks in the Wild Sky Wilderness Area (before it was designated a Wilderness Area we supported that effort as a business when it was before the U.S. Senate and Congress), downstream you will see Mts. Index and Persis. Looking south out from the living room to the tree line beyond the river is the newly developing Heybrook Ridge County Park and to the north is the Index Town Wall, a mecca for rock climbers, located in the Forks of the Sky State Park and is also home to Peregrine falcons. Steven’s Pass Ski Area is about a half hour drive away. Other outdoor activities include river rafting, kayaking, hiking, biking, fishing, photography and plein-aire painting. It is also a great place to just relax and renew yourself. In the Fall and Winter months resident bald eagles often perch in the trees across the river and snack on a salmon on the shoreline across from the cabin.

In addition to our many local guests and those from throughout the U.S. others have stayed with us from all around the world including Europe, South America, Canada, Australia and China.

Come and stay at this owner-maintained and cleaned home where you will feel hugged by the mountains and be whispered to sleep by the river.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
David Meier/Lynn Chamberlain (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About David Meier/Lynn Chamberlain

Having pretty much grown up in the Skykomish Valley, I, David, moved to the cabin in 1976 and eventually purchased the property in 1978. A Cabin On The Sky is not just a business for me, it has also been my home and that pride of ownership shows throughout the property. I have operated A Cabin On The Sky as a vacation rental since 2002. Lynn and I met, here in Index, in the late 1970's, fell in love and eventually married. We currently reside a few blocks from the cabin with our canine companion Charlie. We both have extensive experience in the hospitality business in that Lynn worked as a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines for many years and we operated A Stone's Throw B&B out of our home for ten years. We have recently re-opened our B&B after taking a hiatus for a few years. I worked in the timber industry for nearly 2 decades and after the sawmill closed in the early 1990's, I went back to school to become a cabinet maker. In addition to woodworking and remodeling, I also spend parts of my summer working as a Wildland Firefighter. Wearing these different hats allows me to live and work in this beautiful place. Lynn retired from the airlines and spends much of her time pursuing her interest in gardening and painting. We have hosted plein-aire artist workshops at the cabin and our home. We have traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Mexico and Europe and believe that Index is located in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Community is very important to us. I served in the local fire department as a volunteer and commissioner for nearly 20 years. I currently serve on the Boards of Directors for the Index Historical Society and the Friends Of Heybrook Ridge, a grassroots organization that saved over 100 acres from being clearcut and is now a county park. We open our homes to our guests with the hope that they can come away with a taste of the life we have found in this beautiful valley.

David Meier/Lynn Chamberlain purchased this cabin in 1978

Why David Meier/Lynn Chamberlain chose Central Cascade Mountains

I spent the first 14 years of my life in North Dakota fantasizing about mountains, forests and clear flowing water. These things were only available to me through the books of Jack London and Saturday matinees. My family moved to Gold Bar, WA in 1967. Even as a high school kid I would drive up the valley to Index to truly be in the mountains, hiking the hillsides and camping along the river. There are few places like this and when I had the opportunity to move here I jumped at the chance. Lynn moved here in 1978 from the Bay Area in California, immediately impressed by the beauty of this valley. Index is a small community, but has a strong core of civic-minded folks that are sometimes the envy of other, much larger communities. We have friends and neighbors that we have known for over 35 years. The river valley and mountains were carved from glaciers and are what limits the growth of this village to what it is today. Few places are blessed with this much beauty.

What makes this cabin unique

The views were what brought us here. A strong desire to create comfortable, personalized homes keeps us happy and calms our spirits. The cabin was a very modest residence when I purchased it and then, with a lot of hard work and imagination, transformed it into what it is today. That ethic continues to this day. We are continually thinking of ways to improve our guest's experience. The same can be said about our own home except you would multiply that by several factors. Even though Index is off the beaten path it is located whereby a person can make the jump over Steven's Pass to Eastern Washington and beyond (we often feel like just driving on to Montana. And sometimes do). It is also close enough to Seattle and the rest of the Puget Sound Area when we need a taste of art, culture, shopping and maybe a ferry ride to the San Juan Islands. An hour either way will take you to another world.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(46 traveler reviews)
Beautiful Riverfront Getaway In The Cascade Mountains
average rating of 5.0 based on 46 reviews
5

Summer Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Perfect cabin to relax and listen to the river. The cabin is very private and quiet. The place is very well kept, clean and functional. We rafted down the river, hiked some of the local trails, fished for summer steelhead, went zip lining in Leavenworth (well worth it) and had a great time relaxing by the river. We will definitely be back to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful vacation! Very peaceful location, nice cabin, and stunning views! We would definitely go back.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Portland
5

It's really true

  • 5 of 5

I've used this site so often, staying a dozens of places through the years; all very nice, but this is the first review I've written. We wouldn't have changed a thing about our weekend at this beautiful cabin. Total relaxation in a small town filled with characters and the nicest folks ever! So if you are lucky enough to have gotten a reservation and have never been here before, just relax, bring whatever you want for food and let the comfort of this home and the beauty of the river/mountains take care of all the rest. We're already plotting a return in the Fall.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, so much, for your kind words and for taking the time to express them. Having lived in this little town for 40 years I can attest that, yes, we have our share of "characters". Sometimes it seems as if we have more than our share. Hope to see you in the Fall.
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Beautiful Peaceful Cabin

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely wonderful time. Nice, clean, charming cabin in a tiny, quaint town. The cabin is right on the river, raised a bit, so you can't get down to the beach directly, but the sound is so peaceful. We love it so much we stay every year.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always nice to be able to host folks that found the cabin, years ago, and they liked it enough to return year after year. For many folks it is a haven and respite from their busy lives. Hope to see you, again, next year.
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Spring Valley
5

Slice of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

We had one of the most relaxing vacations here at "The Sky". Cabin is very cozy and comfortable with everything you need.

The views were so amazing from so many areas of the home that can make it hard to decide where to sit, so I spent some time in everyone with he Master Bedroom one of my favorite

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: When I remodeled my little home, many years ago, I tried to design it to take advantage of the views as much as possible. Looking out the windows of the Master Bedroom and its downstairs counterpart, the Sunroom, are my own favorites. Glad you had a nice time and I hope you took home photos as well as memories.
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Beautiful Cabin in the Mountains

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was amazing, we enjoyed every minute of our stay. The beautiful views of Mt. Index from the cabin windows were stunning!! My husband and I slept so good, the bed was very comfortable and with the sounds of the river made for a wonderful nights rest. Loved the hot tub in the evenings it was very relaxing. Just sitting in the yard in very comfortable lawn chairs reading a book was so peaceful. This is definitely the place to come for peace and rest for the body and soul!! Thank you for making some wonderful memories, and sharing your little piece of heaven!!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words, Diane and Joseph. I am so glad that you found a bit of a respite from the heat of Texas at this time of year. I hope the rest of your trip brings you more comfortable beds and grand views.
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
SeaTac International Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
The Prospector's
Nearest Ferry
47 Miles
Mukilteo-Clinton (Whidbey Island) Ferry
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Blue Boy West Golf Course
Nearest Train
38 Miles
Amtrac Station, Everett, WA
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Washington State Route 2
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Mt. View Diner, The Prospector's, Zeke's Drive In
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Steven's Pass Ski Area
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Pickett's Beach
Car: necessary

A Cabin On The Sky is located in the North Fork of the Skykomish River Valley in the North Central Cascade Mountains. Index is surrounded by mountains, a river and various parks. The notable parks are: Forks of the Sky State Park, Heybrook Ridge County Park (currently under development), the Mt. Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest & the Wild Sky Wilderness Area. The geological location lends itself to many outdoor activities. During the Spring and Summer months whitewater river rafting, with class IV-V rapids, draws folks from all over the country. There are rafting companies located in Index to serve you. Fishing is popular for some. Quiet roads for biking. There are many hiking trails in the area. Some of the more popular hikes are Wallace Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Lake Serene, Heybrook Ridge Lookout, Lake Dorothy, West Cady Ridge, Evergreen Mountain, Lookout Point and Barclay Lake, a hike that is suitable for kids. Just step outside the cabin doors. It doesn’t get any better than this.

The natural beauty of the area attracts photographers, plein-aire artists, songwriters and authors who stay with us throughout the year. A fun annual event is the Index Arts Festival, usually held in August, that celebrates music and the arts.

The Index Town Wall, just minutes away, is a well known mecca for the international rock climbing community. Index has been called the Yosemite of Washington State.

During the Autumn months an extra bonus is that we are just a bit more than an hour away from Leavenworth, WA and the beautiful drive over Stevens Pass to see the Fall colors. We are an excellent option for visiting that popular tourist destination without having to stay with all the crowds and high-priced accommodations that are associated with that.

The Winter months attract skiers and snowboarders that are headed to the slopes of Steven’s Pass Ski Area, about a 1/2 hour drive from Index.

Many of the attractions of Seattle and Puget Sound are within an hour or two from Index. Out of state guests find that A Cabin On The Sky is a great base for traveling west to the urban attractions of the greater Seattle area and for day trips to the more rural Eastern Washington attractions. Make a day of it and drive the Cascade Loop Trail that includes the stunning North Cascades Highway.

In addition to our many local guests and those from throughout the U.S., others have stayed with us from all around the world including Europe, South America, Canada, South Africa, Australia and China.

While all are welcome, our target group of the population are couples who are just looking for a peaceful, quiet place to relax and regroup in a beautiful setting. One couple has stayed with us 27 times, to date. Other repeat guests refer to A Cabin On The Sky as 'their place'. We have hosted many honeymooners, a small intimate wedding in the backyard and there have been a half dozen marriage proposals made at our cabin that we are aware of.

Whatever your desire, your stay here will be a memorable experience. Come and stay at this owner-maintained and cleaned home where you will feel hugged by the mountains and be whispered to sleep by the river.

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Rates & Availability

Index Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season
Jul 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$165
$950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday Rates
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
$165
$950
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$155
From
$155
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$900
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.6%

While our rates are lower than many other rentals it should not reflect on the quality of our accommodations. We have a much lower overhead in that the cabin is owner cleaned and maintained and we wish to pass that savings along to our guests. We do not charge a cleaning fee unless the cabin is left in state that requires additional cleaning.

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Amenities

Index Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 972 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom also features a skylight and pull chain toilet.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , 1/2 bath has toilet and sink vanity.
  • The full bath is on the main floor and the 1/2 bath is in the upstairs master suite. Hand soap, body wash and shampoo is provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Beautiful views can be had while just lying in bed.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Great upstream river views from this bedroom.
  • The master suite is truly a beautiful, romantic space to retire to. One guest wrote that she felt as if she were sleeping in a treehouse and could just dangle her feet over the side of the bed out over the river. The main floor bedroom alone would be a great place to sleep. Even with the windows closed you will be lulled to sleep by the river in both bedrooms. Down comforters and flannel or fleece sheets in cooler months and line-dried (in the warmer months) cotton or silk sheets are great to slip into. Extra pillows are always furnished. We do not use any fabric softeners or dryer sheets and usually wash our linens in unscented, dye-free detergents. If we use scented detergent it will be a vegetable based detergent with natural scents. Both bedrooms feature a chest of drawers and closets.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
We can provide our guests with contact information for possible on site massage with a Licensed Massage Practitioner. Guests will make their own arrangements, thereby, eliminating us as a 'middle man' and not incur any extra fees or commissions for that service.

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