Despite all its amazing culture, food and art, Seattle is still a city and inevitably there comes a time when you need to put some distance between yourself and the bustling metropolis. With a weekend bag packed and a trusty playlist on standby, a short two-hour drive can reward you with the vastness and tranquility of Washington’s untouched wilderness. One thing you won’t forego: comfort and fine dining, which you’ll find in excess at Alexander’s Country Inn in Ashford, just a mile from the Nisqually Entrance to Mount Rainier National Park.
Forget what you’ve heard about B&Bs on Portlandia — the popular sketch-comedy show based in nearby Portland, Oregon. This inn isn’t lacking in modern, 21st-century amenities, even with its 102-year-old history. It features 12 regular guest rooms and two three-bedroom cottages, a large parlor, a media room (complete with big screens), free WiFi and a hot tub. There is also a restaurant featuring Pacific Northwest cuisine, making the inn a popular gathering spot for national park visitors and couples looking for a relaxing weekend trip from Seattle.
One of the biggest specialties of this Washington bed and breakfast is outdoor weddings. With enough room for 50 guests and a full kitchen capable of catering the whole event, it makes an ideal setting for couples from Seattle to Tacoma looking to tie the knot pond-side in a more natural setting.
With all of the natural attractions at Mount Rainier National Park, just minutes from the inn, guests can enjoy a wealth of sightseeing and outdoor activities. But if the city is what they crave, there’s no shortage of entertainment in nearby Olympia, the capital of Washington state. Besides touring the capitol building and learning about the history of Washington, visitors to Olympia can also visit several beautiful and fun attractions, such as Percival Landing and the Olympic Flight Museum.
Another big attraction for outdoors lovers is the Mount Tahoma Ski Trail system, a hut-to-hut cross country skiing and snowshoeing trail that covers more than 50 miles. Maintained by the Mount Tahoma Trails Association, the hut-to-hut trail is perfect for cross-country skiers of all ages and experience levels, with regular patrols and featuring trails of varying difficulty.
Finally, you’ll be able to entertain guests yourself with the last (and perhaps best) feature of this Washington inn for sale – a private day spa. Offering a variety of massage and body therapy treatments, guests will surely appreciate having this service on the property after a long day of hiking, biking, or skiing — or just to melt away the stresses of city life.