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Summer view. Life is good with no neighbors in sight!Sneak preview of the new addition, covered porch and mud room almost ready (Nov '17)
The Alta Woodland Retreat
The Alta Woodland Retreat
3 guests
1 bed
1 bath
3 guests
1 bed
1 bath
You won’t be charged yet

Get back to basics in our cozy woodland cabin located off the Mt Baker Highway (542) near the town of Maple Falls. This is a very quiet location near Silver Lake, which offers fishing, boating, numerous hiking and biking trails. The Mt. Baker Ski Area is 40 minutes away for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and sledding. Come on out to this natural PNW oasis for a forest bath and some R&R (rest and recreation).

The space

Studio style space with open floor plan. The cabin includes a toasty wood stove, full kitchen, gas range and oven, indoor cedar-sided electric sauna (on a timer!) for warming up after hitting the slopes and a fire pit out back for roasting dogs and marshmallows. There is one full bathroom as well as an outdoor shower if you get too steamy in the sauna. Sleeping is cabin-esque, with a futon and a cot ready upon your arrival.

A new covered front porch is nearing completion. As of Nov 14, 2017, the last door is getting mounted. This will provide additional space for storing skis, coats, boots, and some convenient firewood! As winter progresses, there will be a laundry machines and a loft bedroom available for use. Pictures coming soon, but we wanted to be available for Mt. Baker's opening weekend!

Guest access

1 acre wooded property, no immediate neighbors. Complete and total privacy except for the nearby road with occasional passersby.

Interaction with guests

We are 40 minutes away so cannot be of much help. There is a phone for emergencies (cell coverage very limited) and Wifi for reaching us with questions.

Other things to note

Other than the sauna and a space heater, this cabin is wood heat only! You must be able to start a fire and maintain it safely in order to stay here comfortably in the winter.

Pets allowed
Family/kid friendly
Wireless Internet
Extra people $15 NZD / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $38 NZD
Weekly Discount: 15%
Weekend Price $144 NZD / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 sofa bed
House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check-in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)
Self check-in with keypad and lockbox

FIRE - When making a fire in the wood stove, use only dry kindling, paper, wood, and matches. Make sure all other materials are clear of the fire in case of sparks. Open the vent after you have built the fire. Please make sure the fire in the wood stove is completely done burning before leaving the cabin. During the cold and wet seasons, the fire pit in the back yard is safe for building large fires.
If you are not comfortable with building and maintaining a fire, there are two space heaters available, as well as the sauna.

SAUNA - The sauna is able to be put on a timer so it is heated when you are ready. There is also a 1-10 heat setting for you to adjust-- it can get extremely hot. Please no food and drink, animals, or young children allowed in the sauna.

Upon your departure:
The bathroom door must be closed for heating purposes.
To discourage rodents, please do not leave any food or dirty dishes.

CIGARETTES - Please no smoking in or near the cabin. The owner is very sensitive to the smell, and this is his sanctuary. Please don't ruin it. Other types of herbal products are fine.

DOGS are welcome and loved, but please do not let up them on the white bed linens. You are also expected to pick up after your animal if they defecate on the property. We have children who tromp around out there and do not want to step on it.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher
1 night minimum stay

59 Reviews

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Camille User Profile
September 2017
At $83 per night this cabin is a very good value for what you get. The sauna is above and beyond an average Airbnb experience at this price point. The location is superb, close to anything you'd want to do on Highway 542. The setting was pretty private, but you could hear neighbor's dogs at night and the logging trucks going by starting at 3am were a bit of a surprise. A nice counterpoint was the very healthy owl population which was nice to hear. The bathroom is nice with a good shower/tub. The kitchen is basic, but has most of what 2-3 people would need. We were a little unnerved by the security camera pointed at us as we walked up as we generally go to the woods to be alone. I'm not decrying the owners right to security but would have liked to know about that before I booked. Kelsey and Ryan were both very helpful and super accommodating, even with a special request we made, and we appreciated them very much.

Kaitlyn User Profile
September 2017
I would recommend booking this place if looking for a great home for outdoor relaxation with close and convenient proximity to Silver Lake Park. Once the new deck is finished, that will be a lovely place to spend time. We enjoyed our stay and it met all of our needs! Drivers: mind yourself on the turn into the driveway, there is a dip in the gravel that might be troublesome for low vehicles.

Michael User Profile
August 2017
We had an AMAZING stay! The location is beautiful, the cabin is quaint, clean and perfect. My only two suggestions to potential guests is make sure you hide all of your food from woodland creatures who may want an easy snack, and make sure you bring some extra padding if you are sensitive to a harder bed. The bed was more than great for us, but may be a little bit uncomfortable for anyone looking for a hotel mattress. Overall, I would absolutely recommend a stay to anyone! Kelsey and Ryan were amazing to work with and communicated clearly and kindly. Couldn't have asked for anything more. :)

Shane User Profile
August 2017
We had a great stay at Kelsey's place. The sauna and outdoor shower are a great addition. The wooded area with fire pit out back is very nice and secluded. Chair 9 was our go to spot for food 20 minutes away in Glacier and Silver Lake Park right down the road was great for a relaxing day on the lake. This spot is perfect for both a relaxing getaway or as a base camp for activities in the area.

Amber User Profile
August 2017
Beautiful cabin, perfect for couples!

Kylie User Profile
July 2017
The Alta was the cutest little cabin in the woods! Perfect if you're planning to visit Mount Baker! The immediate area is beautiful as well! We visited Silver Lake, which was a 5 min drive from this cabin. The place was so clean and quaint. Exactly as pictured. Even nicer actually! Total privacy. We would definitely stay there again!
Kelsey User Profile
Response from Kelsey:
Thank you Kylie! We're glad you enjoyed your stay. Ryan has certainly put in a lot of work to improve the cabin and we're happy to share it with others!
July 2017

Grant User Profile
July 2017
This is a pretty cozy little cabin tucked away on a quiet rode. Ryan and Kelsey have done some nice upgrades to the place (new sauna, new bathroom, new flooring, etc). One of the coolest features is the outdoor shower. It was the first time I've taken a hot shower while being in the forest. I probably drank a beer while showering to since the tankless water heater provides endless hot water. There is also a firepit in the back with bench seating for cooking hot dogs, smores, or for relaxing and having a drink/smoke.

Bellingham, Washington, United StatesJoined in July 2013
Ryan User Profile

I've lived in Bellingham for 16 years. I came here to attend WWU and fell in love with the place, especially the surrounding mountains, islands, and ocean. I work as a software developer and have focused a lot of my free time on bicycles (racing & riding), backcountry skiing & snowboarding, rock climbing & mountaineering, live music listening, beer drinking, festival going & dancing! I spent a year remodeling an old cabin on one acre of forest out near Maple Falls, WA (The Alta). I enjoy creating community and have decided to open up my sanctuary for others on AirBnB to enjoy. I look forward to possibly hosting and even meeting you!

Languages: English, Español

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