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Guide to Most Unique Hotels in WA

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Want to get away for a unique hotel experience? How about a lighthouse, a cavern, a treehouse or a castle? Washington is filled with beautiful history and unique hotel destinations that are only a float plane, ferry or car ride away.

Hotel Belwether Lighthouse
1 Bellwether Way
Bellingham, WA 98225
360.392.3100
http://www.hotelbellwether.com

Often lauded as one of the Pacific Northwest’s most unique hotel experiences, the Lighthouse Suite is Hotel Belwehter’s three-story, freestanding, 900 square-foot retreat. Decorated in beautiful Italian furnishings, with all the comforts of home. Here’s what the three stories include: living room, 1.5 bathrooms, patio, two televisions/DVD players, natural gas fireplace, Ultra Thermo-Masseur jetted bathtub and glass and marble shower. Outside the third floor, you have your own private 360-degree observation deck with sitting area overlooking Mt. Baker and the San Juan Islands. A pet-friendly hotel, the Hotel Bellwether has set aside special rooms to accommodate you and your pet. Pets may stay for $25 per night, per pet. Enjoy the biking and walking trails surrounding the hotel, the salon and spa, and delicious cuisine in the hotel’s Harborside restaurant and lounge. Make reservations online or by phone.

Cedar Creek Treehouse
P.O. Box 204
Ashford, WA 98304
360.569.2991
http://www.cedarcreektreehouse.com

Imagine having your own state park for a weekend, with a clear mountain stream flowing by your cabin — except that your cabin is 50 feet up in a giant cedar tree with a view of Mt. Rainier from your bed! You’re living in the tree canopies of a lush temperate rainforest … you can see for miles. A totally unique, cozy cabin treehouse,  Cedar Creek Treehouse is an Earth-friendly, privately owned and operated mountain retreat. The treehouse is available for couples over the age of 21, and includes a kitchen nook with a gas stove, water, sink, icebox, cooking utensils and dishes. Upstairs is the starry sleeping loft with futons & skylights. The bathroom includes a  “the loo with a view” (there is no shower, but water can be heated). You also receive a tour of  the Stairway to Heaven, Rainbow Bridge & Treehouse Observatory. Travel + Leisure has called Cedar Creek one of the five most unique lodgings in America. Check out the website to see for yourself. Call for reservations.

Cave B Inn and Spa
344 Silica Rd. NW
Quincy, WA 98848
888.785.2283
http://www.cavebinn.com

Located in the heart of Central Washington, in beautiful wine country, Cave B Inn and Spa is adjacent to the famous Gorge Amphitheater, and shares its incredible gorge views. An unique combination of family-owned comfort and relaxation along with premier amenities, an award-winning winery, and over 150 acres of working estate vineyard and apple and cherry orchards, Cave B is utterly unique. At Cave B Inn, you can choose to stay in a free-standing Cliffehouse, a Yurt, a Cavern Room or a suite in the Inn. All the accomodations blend with the basalt-rock, high steppe surroundings. You’ll find an Inn, restaurant, spa and winery of unusual rustic beauty, in a natural environment of natural scenic drama. Come to Cave B Inn & Spa and Cave B Estate Winery to relax, energize, learn, eat, drink…and make memories! Make reservations online or by phone.

Manresa Castle
7th & Sheridan
Port Townsend, WA 98368
360.385.5750
800.732.1281
http://www.manresacastle.com

If you’ve ever wanted to spend the night in a castle, this might be for you. The Castle was completed in 1892 as the home of Charles and Kate Eisenbeis. At the time it was the largest private residence ever built in Port Townsend, consisting of 30 rooms, overlooking Port Townsend, the waters of Admiralty Inlet, and the distant North Cascade Mountains. By 1968, after a variety of owners, the castle was converted into a hotel. The three different owners since 1968 have all done their part to lovingly renovate the building to modern standards while maintaining its Victorian elegance. Inside, you’ll find the Castle Key Restaurant, serving fresh local seafood and mouth watering steaks. And if you like this bit of intrigue, hauntedhoneymoon.com says there are ghosts who live within the castle’s walls. Call or go online for reservations.

Rosario Resort and Spa
1400 Rosario Road
Orcas Island
Eastsound, WA 98245
800.562.8820
http://www.rosarioresort.com

The resort was originally built in 1909 as the mansion home of Seattle Shipbuilder and Mayor Robert Mason. There are several unique and interesting places on and around the resort to stay the night. The Roundhouse Suite, a unique circular bungalow on the grounds of the resort, sits alone on a rocky bluff overlooking the Rosario Marina, Cascade Bay and East Sound. Built in 1913 as the Moran children’s playhouse, the Roundhouse Suite features a separate living room with gas fireplace, sleigh bed, and large two-head shower. Cliffhouse Honeymoon Suite is a bungalow perched dramatically at the ocean’s edge… a perfect spot to enjoy nature and your best friend! The Suite features a king bed, oversize tub with separate shower, gas fireplace and large deck directly over the water. Accomodations include the spacious spa, which includes a sauna, treatment rooms, mirrored exercise and weight rooms, a whirlpool, and the historic indoor pool. The three resort restaurants give you several dining choices, and there is no end to exciting activities on Orcas Island to fill your days with fun.

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