We have never reviewed anything online but felt compelled to share our thoughts about our wonderful recent experience at North Cascades Basecamp.
The aptly named "Basecamp" is a very cozy, lodge-type setting. Common areas include two large dining tables where we sat every morning while chatting with our hosts and other guests, drinking coffee and enjoying a warm breakfast made from local ingredients. There is also, a comfortable living room with an amazing selection of local interest books, board games and a wood burning fireplace as well as an upstairs loft with toys and books for children.
We stayed upstairs in the Lost River room which has a queen and twin bunk beds, perfect for a small family. It was quiet, clean, basic and comfy. The shared bathroom upstairs was large and clean.
Hiking trails behind house are perfect for smaller children. They are very gentle with plenty of things to keep it interesting...beaver dams, log bridges, and a fish pond all lead to the Methow River where we skipped stones, launched stick "boats" and marveled at the beautiful scenery all around. Although we weren't there in the winter, the XC ski trails run right through the property.
The best part of the lodge were our hosts, Steve and Kim, their two young children and their dog! They were especially warm and welcoming and made us feel like we were visiting old friends. Both of them have an ecology/environmental background and are very knowledgeable about the local wildlife, geology, history, etc. They provided information on fun family-friendly hikes and activities.
An added bonus: the Mazama Store right up the road was a great place to hang out & get a hot cup of coffee or a wonderful bowl of soup.
Another added bonus for climbers: North Cascades Mountain Guides is also just up the road. They are very experienced and offer plenty of great guided climbs in the area.
With so many outdoor activities in the Methow Valley, we think the Basecamp is a perfect place to start and end the day. We barely scratched the surface and we're already planning our next visit (hopefully this winter)!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sundecks and sunrooms, naturalist library and wood stove sitting room, herb, flower, and organic vegetable gardens, Audubon Certified loop trails within our 25 acres of cedar forest, beaver ponds, and rocky banks of the Methow River, trailhead access to over 200 km of groomed XC-ski trails. Your stay includes meals served with farm-fresh eggs and sustainably grown fruit, veggies and grains from our local farmers and garden whenever possible. ... more less