A Cozy Cascade Cabin Escape

Greeted by cafe lights, we turned into the driveway at dusk after a couple of hours drive through the mountains from Seattle. We spent our first evening cozied up on the sectional by the crackling fireplace as we caught up with old friends.

We awoke to a glorious day and basked in the sunshine pouring in from the wall of windows as we sipped on a delicious (and complimentary) cup of joe. The Treehouse at Packwood is so beautifully designed – the kitchen, dining, and living areas are all connected to make one open space with plenty of seating. Outside, there's a large deck with chairs overlooking the fire pit and hot tub below. Downstairs is decked out with benches and hangers, which was so ideal for all our adventure gear!

Once well-caffeinated, we drove up to White Pass (which has a wonderful under-the-radar ski resort) laced up our hiking boots, pulled on our spikes, and set off on the maintained snowshoe trail around Leech Lake. We even propped up a chair at one point to soak up that rare Vitamin D before heading back to the car.

That afternoon, we indulged in some craft beer from Packwood Brewing (the Alpine Alt and Tree Line IPA are so tasty!) before heading back to the cabin for a campfire and evening hot tub soak, such an incredible way to end a day in nature!

This cabin is such a wonderful escape. At just 15 minutes from Mt. Rainier National Park's southeast entrance and 30 minutes from White Pass, its location is hard to beat! Not to mention, it's absolutely stunning. I can't recommend this getaway enough.
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    Snowy Hike Around Leech Lake
    This short 1.5-mile snowy hike is groomed for cross-country skiers and allows foot traffic for those who'd like to take a cold-weather walk around a beautiful lake!

    It's located directly across the highway from White Pass Ski Resort and is accessible just beyond the yurts at the back of the parking lot.
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      Sip on Craft Beer at Packwood Brewing
      Packwood brewing exudes charm (and tasty brews too). Once the Save More Store No. 2, which was a local necessity, the 1933 building was beautifully restored to be the hoppin' watering hole it is today, frequented by locals and travellers who come together to share adventure stories over a good beer.

      Inside, grab a fresh brew and wrap up in a wool blanket by the fireplace, play a game of Sushi Go, admire the White Pass mountain map, and/or grab a small bite to eat. No trip to Packwood is complete without a stop at Packwood Brewing!
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