When you look at a map of Washington, Skykomish appears as a tiny dot in a vast sea of green National Forest. It’s one of the many small towns lining U.S. Highway 2 and with unparalleled access to nature. Its population is just over 200, but this remoteness attracts guests to our Skykomish vacation rentals year after year. If you’re craving a bit more metropolitan activity, fear not: Seattle is a two-hour drive away, and you can reach the village of Leavenworth in one hour.
Despite its size, Skykomish offers plenty of unique activities. The local baseball field is a perfect place for a family pickup game, and also hosts the town’s Music in the Park series, Fourth of July celebrations, and Electric Sky. The latter is an annual art and tech retreat that melds together projects from artists, technologists, designers, and more. The Skykomish Open Air Market takes place seasonally in Railroad Avenue Park. May through September, vendors line the promenade and offer handmade crafts and local produce. While you’re there, check out the Great Northern Depot historical site and museum—you can even hop aboard a miniature seven-foot steam engine for the perfect photo op.
But the real allure of our Skykomish cabin rentals is the mist-covered trees and alpine lakes. The nearby river is perfect for whitewater rafting, fishing, and waterfowl watching. Stevens Pass is only a 20-minute drive down the highway for winter skiing and snowboarding, or hiking and mountain biking in the summers. The region’s iconic damp weather is a forager’s delight, and many spend a day in the national forest gathering wild chanterelle mushrooms.
The nearby village of Leavenworth is renowned for its Bavarian-style food, architecture, and Christmas festivities, but it’s also the access point to some incredible hiking trails. The steep trek up to Colchuck Lake is certainly worth the switchbacks, and ends in a pristine, jade-green lake that mirrors the towering granite mountains. Locals’ tip: schedule your Colchuck Lake hike on a weekday morning. There are far less crowds and you’ll easily find a parking spot at the trailhead.
Or, if you’re looking for a day in the city, Seattle is the perfect choice. Experience Pike Place Market, multiple art museums, craft breweries, and restaurants. After all, what would a trip to the Pacific Northwest be without sampling the local seafood? The Walrus and the Carpenter, an oyster bar in the trendy Ballard neighborhood, is a must.
When you’ve had your fill of adventure for the day, be it in nature or the city, return to our Skykomish vacation rentals for a relaxing evening. Toast marshmallows or enjoy a glass of Washington wine, allowing the sounds of the nearby river to lull you into relaxation.