A Riverside Retreat is vacation rental home located on the Skykomish River in the scenic town of Index, WA, only one hour from downtown Seattle, and 25 minutes from Stevens Pass.
With only 150 residents, Index is the smallest town in western Washington, and it is blessed with amazing views of jagged snow capped mountains, huge granite cliffs, a crystal clear mountain river that runs right through town, and an amazing rain forest right out of the movie 'Twilight.'
This newly remodeled 2-bedroom home sleeps 4 in absolute comfort with new World-Class Simmons BeautyRest Pillow Top mattresses and luxury linens. We can also accommodate two extra guests on our American Leather "Comfort Sleeper" which is an actual queen size platform bed with luxury memory foam tempurpedic-style mattress that folds out of the sofa. There are no bars, no springs - this is a luxury mattress on a platform bed that costs $5,000.
Fully equipped to satisfy all of your needs, our vacation home includes a hot tub, high speed wi-fi, plenty of entertainment options (see below), fully equipped kitchen, outdoor gas grill, a full-size washer and dryer, and much more. We even include complimentary coffee, popcorn, and long distance calling. Everything you need for a great getaway. Contact us now to reserve your perfect dates!
Located right along the Skykomish river at the west end of town on a large 5-lot property, you'll enjoy the 'best view in town' right from your covered front porch or cozy leather coach and overstuffed reading chairs. This is not your typical 'funky' cabin in the forest, but a newly remodeled, tastefully decorated retreat - at an incredible value. Think 'Calvin Klein beach house' but in the mountains with a touch of mid century modern. Warm, inviting, and perfect for a weekend getaway for a couple, two couples, or a small family.
Completely remodeled in 2010, you'll find all the comforts of home including hot tub, high-speed wireless Internet, a 50' plasma TV, HD cable, Blue Ray DVD player, Wii Video Console, Bose Wave Radio with MP3/iPod connection, a dozen board games, and an open floor plan with new hardwood floors throughout.
Though the house is brimming with entertainment options, it's also an amazing place to just relax and do nothing but watch the river go by. With resident bald eagles soaring overhead, the mountain river rushing by, the amazing fresh air purified by the surrounding forest, the spring fed water right out of the tap - you won't find a better place to rejuvenate your body and mind.
Index and the surrounding area is a sporting paradise with excellent access to hiking, biking, kayaking, river rafting, fishing, skiing (cross country and downhill), ATV riding, horseback riding and more. In the winter months, nearby Stevens Pass is a big draw as one of the top skiing destinations in the Pacific Northwest. In the summer, the wild Skykomish River is the star of the show offering adrenaline filled whitewater challenges, or a lazy float on a hot summer day. The Skykomish is also widely know for it's excellent fishing with the top draw being the world renowned Steelhead. Known as the fish of a thousand casts, they can be extremely challenging to hook and even more so to land - but when you do, you'll have accomplished a major fishing milestone of which you can be very proud.
Questions - just ask!
Our home is allergen free so we do NOT allow pets of any kind, or size at the property. We also ask that if you smoke, that you smoke completely off the property.
We are very excited to share this amazing area with you, and we hope that you consider staying with us. If you have ANY questions about anything, feel free to ask. Contact us by phone, or by email.
We hope to hear from you soon!
Molly and Ken
The map displayed by Flip Key must be coming from 20 year old data. The river has rerouted itself and runs directly in front of our home, just across the street. Do a Google Maps search for A Riverside Retreat in Index for a current map. Or watch the video we included in our listing.
Things to see in town:
The town of Index is very small and you can walk the entire town (every street!) in under an hour. Along the way you'll find lots of things to see. In the center of town as you cross the bridge, you'll find the index General Store which has been serving Index residents for longer than anyone can remember. Inside the store, you'll find a very old-school post office.
Across from the store is the Outdoor Adventure Center which is a rafting and kayaking outfitter where you can rent equipment, take lessons, and join a whitewater trip. Their headquarters, the River House, doubles as a coffee lounge offering hand crafted coffee drinks, fresh baked goods, Internet access and good information on what's happening in town.
Also in the center of town is Doolittle park, named after one of the pioneers of the area. The park offers a covered picnic area as well as a tennis court, basketball court and public restrooms. On display is a giant saw blade that was used to cut granite at the local quarry. The granite steps of the Washington state capitol building were cut right here in Index.
To learn more about how Index came to be, be sure to visit PIckett's Museum where you can see amazing photographs and artifacts of an era gone by. You'll be shocked to learn the Index once had 2000 residents when it boomed, and you can see photographs of the giant trees that were harvested from the area.
As of 2012, the historic Bush House has finally been purchased and is undergoing restoration that will hopefully match it's former glory offering small hotel rooms with shared bathrooms and a much anticipated re-opening of the restaurant. Be sure to stop in for a meal or at least dessert and coffee.
Across from the Bush House is the Index Elementary school where local students of 6 grades share 2 classrooms. With one of the best student-teacher-ratio's in the state, the school is an excellent place for kids.
In 2008 the huge ridge across the river from town was saved from logging by a local effort known as 'Friends of Heybrook Ridge.' The organization raised enough money to purchase the land from a private company and have plans to make the ridge an eco-tourist and educational destination. Plans include a parking lot and various hiking trails with educational signage. This will be an excellent addition to the town of Index and allow people of all ages to easily access a 100-year-old 2nd growth rain forest and learn about the flora and fauna. To see how you can get involved you can visit their website at heybrookridge
When you stay with us, you will have no limit to the number of amazing hikes in the area. Be sure to visit "Trails" Website and you can see a bunch of local hikes when you zoom into the area around Index.
Depending on the weather, a very popular day trip for visitors is to cross Stevens pass into the eastern side of the state where you'll find yourself in the German styled town of Leavenworth. The streets are lined with tourist-attracting shops and there are several good restaurants to try. One of our favorites is Gustav's at the west end of town offering fantastic bratwurst and cold beer. Try the outdoor deck upstairs when the weather is nice - a great way to spend a couple of hours.
Heading the other direction, Seattle is only an hour away. Check out Pike Place outdoor market where you can grab coffee at the very first Starbucks, watch the fish mongers throw fish, and shop for fresh produce and hand made crafts. It's open every day of the year rain or shine! Or take a ride up the space needle where you can see the whole city, or journey off on a ferry ride to picturesque Bainbridge Island for lunch. There is certainly plenty to do in the Emerald City if you get the itch for city life during your stay. And at only an hour away, getting there and back is half the fun.