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. (We are new to FlipKey, but we're rated 5 Stars on Google Maps and VRBO/Home Away with over 20 reviews!)
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 brand new (Oct 2013) $5,000 "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. Google "American Leather Comfort Sleeper" for a video.
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 with rotisserie, 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.
Newly 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!
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.
Riverfront, Mountain View, Hot Tub, Sleps 6. Wow! Index, Washington
Additional Location Information
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 [dot] org
When you stay with us, you will have no limit to the number of amazing hikes in the area. Be sure to visit Trails [dot] com 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.
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Away from it all, Mountain nearby, River
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Left on 07/08/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | Marcy and Tom
We received just what we needed with this stay. Spent most of the time on the front porch listening to the river go by. The home is comfortable and open. The train comes by occasionally but that just adds to the atmosphere. We discovered the little towns close by and preferred them over Monroe. If we were in better shape and younger a raft trip would be awesome. Would love to see the area in the fall. Read more
Marcy and Tom - so glad you were able to recharge your batteries and had a chance to explore our nearby towns. The rafting on the upper Skykomish can be rather extreme, but there is also a lower river option with class 1 - 2 rapids which is great for a more comfotable, and less adrenaline filled ride. Bald eagles are commonly spotted as well as other wildlife. Try to book one of those on your next visit! Oh, and you're welcome back every month. :)
Bonney Lake, WA
A Great Getaway...
Left on 08/15/2012 for a stay in August 2012 | Daeein
The description on the website did not do the house & surroundings justice. From the moment we arrived we felt "at home". The house was very warm & cozy feeling, with all the basic comforts of home. Being just remodeled, the did it just right. Being right on the river, near enough to hear the sounds of the rapids, just added to the atmosephere. Perfect place for the outdoorsman, or for anyone just wanting to "get away from it all". If you are thinking about checking it out, just do it, you won't regret it!! I highly recomend this getaway to everyone. Read more
Daeein - thanks for your kind words. We're working hard to make our place as comfortable as possible. Every time we come back we're amazed at the natural beauty at our doorstep and glad we can share it with others. Ken and Molly.
Good stay but...
Left on 07/02/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | W
There's a train crossing with a freight train that runs regularly about a block away from the house. Since there's a train crossing there, the train blows it whistle every time it crosses. Even though it's less regular at night, it still is disruptive when you are sleeping.
The toilet was plugged prior to our arrival and it was inconvenient. A plumber did come the following morning but we were already leaving the house. Read more
W - We are very sorry to hear that you found your stay less than 100% positive. We have had 8 other reviews so far with all 5 stars (VRBO), so it was tough to hear. While it's true there are train tracks about 500 yards away (considerably more than one block in most places), most of our guests have not mentioned it and the one that did found that on the second night they didn't even notice the train. Unfortunately you were only booked for one night. Growing up in town MUCH closer to the tracks I kind of forget that it's even there, but perhaps we need to highlight that information. You may have had the windows open so you could listen to the river - and that also makes a difference.
Regarding the toilet - we immediately located and dispatched a plumber upon notification of the problem who arrived before you even left. The plumber found that someone had flushed a toothbrush down the toilet causing the clog. We were so sorry to hear about your inconvenience that we offered you another night at no charge - a $198 compensation (for 4 guests including tax). Hopefully you will take us up on that offer, and give us another chance!
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