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Home Sweet (Vacation) Home


March 2014

Katie Vincent


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There’s no place like home. Or second home, if you choose to shack up near one of these seven exquisite and luxurious Pacific Northwest getaway spots. Whether your clan craves a rugged adventure or just a moment of silence, everyone in the family will surely enjoy a retreat into the region’s unparalleled natural beauty. 

San Juan Islands, Washington

For a peaceful and proximal island getaway, take a ferry ride through Puget Sound’s most famous archipelago and pick your piece of paradise. Homes are generally very private and rural, though busier island hubs like Friday Harbor on San Juan Island can offer a quaint spin on city life. With a 1,000 acres protected through a 2013 designation as a national monument, these islands offer a wealth of natural habitat and wildlife, including orca whales, porpoises, and plenty of bald eagles. Look forward to: Kayaking, sailing, biking, hiking, whale watching, fishing.

Methow Valley, Washington

A stunning revelation, this meadow-filled heaven unfolds east of North Cascades National Park and offers year-round outdoor entertainment. The string of three towns (Mazama, Winthrop and Twisp) teems with friendly and health-conscious locals and offers something for all tastes and abilities. Community trails connect the valley by Nordic ski in winter and by bike in summer, for those who crave a vehicle hiatus. Look forward to: Skiing (downhill and Nordic), snowshoeing, horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, biking, rafting, fishing, golfing, shopping, luxury spa.

Cannon Beach, Oregon

If sandy feet and salty breezes are your thing, consider a home above the infamous crags off Oregon’s Cannon Beach. Only two hours from Portland and less than 45 minutes from the Columbia River, this carefree seaside town offers plenty of luxury amenities from yoga studios to spas to an artisanal distillery. Ecola State Park, just to the north, means plenty of stunning coastal hikes and sublime surfing at Indian Beach. Look forward to: Surfing, skimboarding, kayaking, whale watching, horseback riding, paragliding, zip lines, shopping. 

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Hood River, Oregon

For a mix of mountain and water playtime, you’ll want to be near this bustling riverside town. Considered one of the top places to windsurf in the world, Hood River is also just an hour away from its namesake mountain and neighbors a wealth of waterfalls. Those who prefer a slower pace can enjoy the many art galleries, breweries, wineries and shops, or simply enjoy the marvelous view of Mount Adams and Mount Hood. Look forward to: Water sports, kayaking, skiing, hiking, biking, fishing.

Sunriver, Oregon

Tofino, British Columbia, Canada

Since the early 1990s, this high-end development of private and extravagant homes has thrived on the outskirts of Bend as a home base for outdoors enthusiasts. Being 30 minutes from the base of Mount Bachelor, 10 minutes from the Lava River Cave and only a short walk to two golf courses means no one’s needs get left out. Hedonists will also appreciate the area’s spa and brand new aquatic center. Look forward to: Skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, biking, rafting, fishing, paintball, stargazing.

sun Valley, Idaho

Idaho’s ski resort to the stars has plenty to offer year-round inhabitants. Homes in Sun Valley or its sister city, Ketchum, often come with posh amenities and certainly boast palatial views of the Wood River valley and surrounding Sawtooth Mountains. Plus, the nearby Hailey airport means you won’t have to drive 10 hours to get there! Look forward to: Skiing, sledding, horseback riding, hiking, biking, fly fishing, rafting, fine dining, shopping, luxury spas, celebrity watching. 

Tofino, British Columbia, Canada

Situated on the serene coast of Vancouver Island, this cozy and reputable beach town is neighbored by ancient groves of cedars and hemlocks and boasts the sandy stretches of Chesterman Beach—a favorite of surfers. Hikers will adore Hot Springs Cove and the Ahousaht tribe’s Walk the Wild Side coastal trail (6.8 miles), while in-town delights like Tofino Botanical Gardens and Tofino Brewing Company entertain the rest. Look forward to: Kayaking, charter fishing, whale watching, stand-up paddleboarding, beachcombing, bird watching, indoor rock climbing, golfing, luxury spas. 

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