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Family Trip to Base Camp 49 (Photo: Lisette Wolter-McKinley / Seattle Refined)
Family Trip to Base Camp 49 (Photo: Lisette Wolter-McKinley / Seattle Refined)
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Base Camp 49: Your new favorite home base in the North Cascades

My family and I have visited the North Cascades numerous times over the past 10 years. However, it was not until we stayed at Base Camp 49 that it struck me how badly I would love a second home there that looks and functions just like it.

Nestled in the enchanting Methow Valley of the North Cascades is a collection of luxury cabins like no other. Unlike your typical cabin retreat, Base Camp 49 has a modern twist. With sleek modern architecture, bright and airy floor-to-ceiling windows, heated floors, and a private covered patio, this place is like a dream. Whether your huddled around the woodburning stove in winter or taking in that sweet summer sunset, it's an ideal setting for unforgettable moments.

At Base Camp 49, it is as much about a sense of place as it is about adventure. During our visit, I was equally excited to hike amongst the wildflowers as I was to come back to the house and make dinner in the gorgeous modern kitchen. I was pumped to be able to walk to the Mazama Country Store for fresh bread, pastries, or forgotten ingredients as I cozied up outside under the covered patio near the outdoor heater to read or play Yahtzee with my husband after the kids went to bed.

When you live in the city, things like space and time often feel hard to come by. With a young family, busy schedules, and places to constantly be, there is nothing more rejuvenating for the whole family than time spent away in the fresh air with no real agenda. We could barbecue, hike or play when we wanted to rather than squeezing it in or around other things. At the house, there was ample room for everyone to spread out and just be. At one point during our long weekend, each member of our family was able to do something which brought them joy.

When you first walk into the house at Base Camp 49, you are drawn back outside with large sliding doors and views of the meadow. I always say if I had it my way, I would live outside, and Base Camp 49 is a great compromise between the necessity of the indoors while being able to enjoy and be a part of the beauty of the outdoors. With close proximity to the river, Base Camp 49 feels secluded and away from it all without feeling too remote.

No matter the season, there is something fun to do in the Methow Valley, from cross-country skiing in the winter to hiking, biking, and horseback riding in the spring, summer, and fall. We visited during that sweet spot of travel; just before the headaches and frenzy of summer crowds. When the weather is still enjoyable (not too hot, not too cold) and the wildflowers are in full bloom.

At Base Camp 49, you can swing open the sliding glass doors and let the warm breeze pass through as you gather around the kitchen island for lunch or play a giant wall version of Scrabble. Grill on the BBQ and be part of the fun while the rest of the family plays croquet or corn hole. Sit by the fire pit and roast s'mores or tell stories until the sky twinkles with stars. For a family vacation that is equal parts play and relaxation, look no further.

Conveniently located off of East 20 in Mazama, Washington, Base Camp 49 consists of four identical homes and is close to miles upon miles of hiking trails and just down the road from the charming western town of Winthrop. In Winthrop, you will find a bookstore, a candy store, galleries, and no shortage of locally made goods. Prepare to be captivated by this beautiful getaway, where every detail has been meticulously crafted to create an unrivaled retreat for those seeking luxury, serenity, and nature.

Learn more about Base Camp 49 here.

Lisette Wolter-McKinley is a freelance writer for Seattle Refined. Follow more of her adventures here.