Our Favorite Hot Tubs

Washington State’s Best Hot Tubs

Soak the Day Away in the Warm Waters of Your Own Private Spa

Your feet are sore, muscles aching after a magical day exploring the Central Cascades. All you want is to relax with a cold beverage of your choosing against the backdrop of a nice view while the evening air turns crisp. It is for moments like these that hot tubs were invented. The Pacific Northwest is littered with secret hot springs – which aren’t so secret anymore thanks to Instagram. And while these hot springs are novel, there is nothing quite like a temperature controlled soak in the privacy of your own hot tub at the end of the day. Many of our cabins and vacation rentals have private tubs, but these are our favorite hot tub vacation rentals

Jaybird Retreat

Tree Line Washington Vacation Rentals Jaybird Retreat Hot Tub

Perched on an expansive deck just above the majestic Skykomish River, the hot tub at Jaybird Retreat offers up sweeping views of the Cascade Mountains. Both sightlines and nature sighting abound with past visitors observing black bears crossing the river, eagles building nests a few doors down, and hummingbirds zipping by.

Alpine A Frame

Tree Line Washington Vacation Rentals Alpine A Fram Hot Tub

If the “cabin in the woods” vibe is more your style, then you will love the hot tub at Alpine A-Frame. Surrounded by dense woods of pine, birch, and maple, the stillness of the forest provides an uncomplicated and rustic return to the basics. Light the fire pit nearby and look up, watching the burning embers rise into the star filled nights.

Bonny Sky Lodge

Tree Line Washington Vacation Rentals - Bonny Lodge Hot Tub

Nestled in the woods on a pristine riverfront lot, the hot tub at Bonny Sky Lodge rewards bathers with both privacy and panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains. Nothing short of awe inspiring, the outdoor spaces at this home will invite you back again and again.

Diamond in the Sky

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On the banks of the Skykomish River, you’ll discover a true gem. Diamond in the Sky Lodge is the stuff cabin porn is made from. Along with its river rock chimney, symmetrical architecture, and incredible outdoor space, the hot tub at this house is the perfect place to take it all in. Mountain views and wide open skies are a feast for the eyes while the nearby firepit crackles and pops, casting a long shadow into the night.

Money Creek Chalet

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Inside, contemporary comforts abound at this mid century modern escape, but beyond its doors – a quiet deck with a hot tub, gas grill, and outside dining area tucked into the forest. Enjoy an evening BBQ with your family followed up by a soak and a glass of wine as the kids roast marshmallows. You may never want to leave.

Galena’s Getaway

Modern luxuries combine with outdoor amenities and lush surroundings at Galena’s Getaway. This riverfront home, set on 2 ½ acres of private land, is more like an oasis than simply a vacation rental serving up nature trails, fishing holes, and a private hot tub great for stargazing.

Cedarstone Riverhouse

Tree Line Washington Vacation Rentals - Cedarstone Riverhouse

Filled with a refined rustic charm, the Cedarstone Riverhouse hot tub provides sanctuary for all who seek it. And why wouldn’t you? With the sounds of the Skykomish River churning over rocks and branches feet away and the wind blowing through the trees that surround you, this spa is more like Sangri-La than hot tub.

Hearthstone Cottage

Tree Line Washington Vacation Rentals - Hearthstone Cottage

The Pacific Northwest is known for the moss that blankets the forest, lending a fairytale and ethereal quality to the outdoors here. Step into a magical world all of your own when you slip into the warm waters of the hot tub at Hearthstone Cottage flanked by towering trees and verdant foliage. An added bonus: this hot tub is brand new, so you can soak for hours without worry.

Mountain Play Chalet

Tree Line Washington Vacation Rentals - Mountain Play Chalet

Much like the rest of this cozy A frame cabin, the hot tub at Mountain Play Chalet is delightfully quirky and intimate. Perfect for a romantic night spent under the stars, this spa is just steps from your private deck and gas grill where you can enjoy a delicious al fresco meal before your evening soak.

Wherever you decide to lay your head, there is also a perfect option to soak your tired feet at the end of a long day.

10 Ways to Stay Safe in the Mountains

10 Ways to Stay Safe in the Mountains

How to have fun and stay healthy in the wilderness

Sure, it may only seem like a “walk in the woods” or a quick “jump in the lake,” but when Mother Nature is involved, you can never take anything for granted and a knowledge of mountain safety is priceless. Staying safe in the mountains is important not only for the success of your adventure – think incredible memories and stunning photos – but for your health and wellbeing too.

Weather can quickly change in the alpine, cell phone service is spotty at best, and there’s always the possibility of something lurking just below the surface…or just around the bend. As the old adage goes, “Better safe than sorry!” so here are our top 10 tips for mountain safety this summer.

Staying safe in the mountains - know your route

1. Know your route

“But what about having a spirit of adventure? Following where my heart leads me? Taking the road less traveled? Being a trailblazer?” Unless your name is Lewis and your hiking partner’s name is Clark…don’t do it. Sorry, bad joke. But seriously, leave the trailblazing to the professional mountaineering set. Having a plan and sticking to it is one of the most important keys of mountain safety. Make sure you understand what shape the trail is in and adapt accordingly. is a great resource for feedback from other outdoor enthusiasts who have recently been in the area regarding current conditions. Do not overestimate your fitness, and be realistic about the time commitment involved.

Man with backpack hiking in the mountains

2. Always be prepared

Nature is unpredictable. Sometimes, warm days and temperate climates greet us in the backcountry. Sometimes, the heavens open up, lightning rains down from thundering clouds, and we find ourselves shivering in our ponchos, seeking shelter in a cavern with a family of rabid foxes. Okay, that’s a little dramatic, but wouldn’t it be better to avoid any scenario on the “worst case” end of the spectrum? If you don’t know something about where you are going: the weather patterns, whether or not the trail experiences seasonal flooding, the exposure, poisonous plants to avoid – ask. Most state and national parks and forests have ranger stations, information centers, or a website at minimum. Here you will find useful and current information regarding area usage and conditions. 

Staying safe in the mountains hiker carrying backing

3. Gear up!

It may seem counterintuitive to bring a rain jacket and light winter coat when you start your day off without a cloud in the sky. Don’t be fooled! As previously mentioned, weather changes quickly so make sure you can change quickly too. Extra socks are an excellent way to prevent blisters in the event of a rainstorm or unexpected water crossing. Layering is key to adapting to variable temperatures. Pack a light white long sleeved layer as well as something more substantial to put on and shed as needed. Avoid anything cotton – it is a disaster when it gets wet, not to mention COLD. Stick to moisture wicking fabrics for when it is warm and water resistant and insulated clothes for when it is cold and rainy. Take a pair of gloves and warm knit hat just in case something happens and you have to spend the night outside. Always carry a first aid kit.

staying safe in the mountains wear sunscreen

4. Wear your sunscreen

With that cool mountain air on your skin, it must be impossible to get sunburned…you aren’t even warm! Despite the fact the air is cooler in the mountains, you are also higher in elevation which means the atmosphere is thinner. Breathing gets harder and the sun gets stronger. Lather up in a 50+ spf everyday before setting out. Oh…bug spray is a great idea too!

Staying safe in the mountains wear good shoes or hiking boots

5. Whatever you do, take care of your shoes

Mountain trails are steep, muddy, rocky, unstable, and sometimes snowy late into the summer. This is not a time for you to try out your new ergonomic minimal tennis shoes. Choose a shoe or hiking boot that stabilizes your foot and protects your toe from romancing a stone. Tread should be substantial or “toothy” to keep you secure on mud or loose rock. If you choose a boot over a trail runner shoe, always break them in before your trip. Nothing is worse than a blister two miles into a five mile hike. Make sure you wear socks that cover your skin where your shoes or boots make contact.

Staying safe in the mountains drink water

6. Drink water…just not THAT water

Bring water – LOTS of water. You will always want more than you have, and just in case something happens and you get stuck, having extra never hurts. However, if you do run out of water without a water filtration system in your pack, please don’t drink the water from a river, lake or even worse…a puddle. Don’t eat snow. Just don’t. This seems like a refreshing, back to nature ritual, but in reality, it can give you giardia or a number of other nasty gastrointestinal issues. Mountain safety is more than just what happens externally, but also what you put into your body.

Staying safe in the mountain hike with a buddy

7. Use the buddy system

Having an adventure buddy is always safer than going alone. There is someone to help make tricky decisions, help out if you get hurt, and adventure always seems more fun when shared. However, if you find yourself seeking solitude, make sure to let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.

Staying safe in the mountains stay on marked hiking trails

8. Stay on marked trails

Again, let’s leave the bushwacking to the pro’s and stay on marked trails. You will be happier that you didn’t get lost, the local Search and Rescue will be happier they didn’t have to find you, and the ground will be happy because you didn’t encourage erosion or damage delicate tundra. Everybody wins!

9. Careful when chasing waterfalls…

Jumping off waterfalls, paddleboarding in lakes, and tubing down rivers are all some of life’s greatest pleasures. Keep it fun instead of dangerous. Make sure you understand how deep the water is you are jumping into, and make sure to clear the area of any obstacles or debris below the surface. If you are paddleboarding, you are legally required to wear a life vest since they are designated “vessels” by the US Coast Guard. Currents in moving water can also be deceiving, pulling much harder below the surface than they appear to. If you are rafting, paddleboarding, kayaking, or tubing, taking a basic water safety course is useful in avoiding any dangerous situations. 

staying safe in the mountains compass and map

10. Don’t depend on your phone

We no longer own dictionaries because we can look up words on our phones. We no longer own calculators because we can do math on our phones. And for many of us, we no longer use maps because of apps on our phones. Fortunately, the wilderness doesn’t have wifi, so being dependent on a navigation app on your phone is just plain silly. Learn a new skill and impress your friends! Orienteering requires navigating the old fashioned way – with a compass and a map. Hopefully, you don’t have to use this skill in real life, but it is always a good one to keep in the tool box.

Wherever you venture out to, Tree Line Vacation Rentals has your perfect basecamp. Check out some of our Central Cascade region rentals in Washington state here.