Sure, the Pacific Northwest might have a reputation for rain, but the lovely lush state of Washington more than makes up for the drizzle with scenery you’ll want to write home about. Which is why, when it comes time to choose from a long list of Washington hotels you might want to think seriously about finding overnight accommodation as memorable as a warm, sunny day on the Puget Sound.
If you’re looking for a natural high and some serious time in the forest, head for Cedar Creek Treehouse at Mount Rainier. You’ll want a head for heights, but if you don’t mind sleeping 50 feet off the ground the reward is a stay in one of world’s top-rated treehouse hotels (yes, they really do rate treehouse hotels). It will give you fresh perspective on your morning coffee, if nothing else.
Prefer something that evokes the super-natural, rather than natural superlatives? Consider booking a night or two in Washington hotels that are reputedly haunted, like Tokeland Hotel and Restaurant in Tokeland (just south of Grays Harbor), or the Hotel Andra, in Seattle, where reports of mysterious happenings have attracted many a ghost hunter.
Planning a visit to the Olympic Peninsula? Steam on over to the Red Caboose Getaway B&B, where each room is a themed caboose. Yes, that’s right, of train association. However, unlike most trains, these come with whirlpool tubs, though you do get to breakfast in the dining car, a short walk away.
Let’s say, though, that you’ve come all this way to see what makes Washington so special and have absolutely gone gaga over the boutique wineries this state is increasingly known for. With that in mind, you’ll want to steer straight for Cave B Inn at SageCliffe. Boasting a stunning perch amongst estate vineyards high above the Columbia Gorge, the rooms here run from elegant caverns to capacious Cliffehouses and luxury yurts. As if the onsite winery weren’t enough, the views also happen to be unforgettable - there’s good reason this spot sees a long list of wedding parties.
So sure, you can book a standard room at one of many Washington hotels, but really, how are you ever going to explain such a half-hearted approach to the folks back home?