State park cabins are popular -- and cheapIf you don't have an RV and haven't tent-camped since you were a teenager, there's another way to enjoy an overnight stay at a Washington State Park -- in one of their cabins or yurts.
In recent years our Washington state parks have become more than great camping spots. The Washington State Park system now has dozens of parks that offer cabins or yurts, not just camp spots. They're economically priced with families in mind.
The state park system is really a big plus for Northwest residents and the parks are spread to all corners of the state. They're each located in spots that are filled with recreational opportunities from hiking and biking to boating and other activities.
The state park reservation system allows you to choose just what cabin you want to reserve and all the pricing is available online. What's even better is that you often can find a great place to stay at a state park for considerably less than a major hotel or condo rental.
These cabins are especially great for families. Generally there is plenty of room and the state parks always have fun activities for the kids. Here are some sample offerings at Washington State Parks:
Lincoln RockThe newest cabins in the system were just built at Lincoln Rock State Park, located just four miles north of Wenatchee on the Columbia River. This is an 80-acre camping park on the east side of the river and it's a popular place for swimming and water-skiing and relaxation in a scenic location.
New cabins were added for the 2016 camping season and there are a couple of different types of cabins. They each accommodate up to five guests. The larger cabins have covered porches and are furnished with queen-size futons, bunk beds, dining tables and chairs and a kitchenette with a mini-refrigerator and microwave.
The larger cabins also have a bathroom and on-demand hot water, while the smaller cabins are more basic. All the cabins have outside picnic tables and fire pits. Depending on the cabin size and season, the cabins range from $45 to $125 per night.
Cape DisappointmentCape Disappointment State Park is near Long Beach on the Washington Coast. This park is quite large -- 1,882 acres altogether. It's located on the Long Beach Peninsula where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. The park offers stretches of sandy beaches and wind-blown forests, while history buffs will love exploring the old coastal fort, two lighthouses and the newly expanded Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.
The park's cabins are tucked into an alder forest on the shore of Lake O'Neil and each cabin has a bunk bed that sleeps three, and a full-size futon. The cabins come with a covered front porch and a picnic table, electric heat, lights and a fire pit. There are bathrooms and showers nearby and pets are welcome in some of the cabins. Prices are between $59 and $69 per night.
Pearrygin LakePearrygin Lake State Park is a 743-acre camping park in the Methow Valley in North Central Washington, and features expansive green lawns leading to 11,000 feet of waterfront. The lake offers swimming, fishing and boating. Mature willow and ash trees provide shade on hot summer days.
The cabins at Pearrygin Lake all feature kitchenettes. Each cabin has a picnic table, air conditioner, electric heat, lights and bathroom with sink and toilet. Showers are nearby in the park. Each cabin is furnished with a full-size bed, full-size fold-out couch and small table with four chairs. There's a small kitchen with a refrigerator and, outside, the cabins include a fire pit and a deck. Altogether, the cabins accommodate up to four guests. As with most state park cabin rentals, the bed linens are not provided and pets are allowed only in certain designated cabins. Depending on the season, the cabins rent for between $69 and $79 per night.
Dash PointDash Point State Park is located on Puget Sound about a 45-minute drive from downtown Seattle in South King County. This is a popular destination for water recreation and has a great beach area with incredible views of Puget Sound and Vashon Island. Altogether there are 3,300 feet of saltwater shoreline. This is also a popular day trip destination for people who live in the Seattle area -- it's just a gorgeous piece of property that's easily accessible.
Each of the cabins at Dash Point is furnished with a queen-size futon, bunk bed that sleeps three, table with four chairs and small end table. They also have picnic tables and fire pits. Bathrooms and showers are located nearby and each cabin can accommodate up to five guests. Prices range from $65 to $80 per night.
State park cabin reservations may be made year round at Washington.goingtocamp.com or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. Reservations may be made nine months in advance of the arrival date.
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