Washington state is wonderful in a lot of ways, but one of the many things that make the PNW the perfect place to call home is the impressive abundance of majestic wilderness, secluded nature, and awe-inspiring scenery on display within its state lines. My wife and I recently had the opportunity to visit a section of the state that we haven’t yet explored near Mt. Baker, and we had a very enjoyable, relaxing, and cozy stay at The Hideout cabin.
Located in the Glacier Springs development in Whatcom County (about 5 minutes from the small town of Glacier and 10 minutes from Maple Falls), this peaceful property surrounded by beautiful trees was the perfect place for us to call home for a few days while embarking on adventures around the area.
There are so many amazing amenities available to use and plenty of space for up to six guests to stay comfortably. There are two separate buildings on the property, which offer several open areas to socialize but also plenty of places for privacy when needed. The main house has two bedrooms, one full bathroom (where the sauna is located), a fully equipped kitchen (including a refrigerator, microwave, electric range, and dishwasher), breakfast bar, dining table for six, and a cozy living room which includes a smart TV and propane fireplace. There is also a lower bedroom that has a full-size bed and access to the outdoor deck.
The upstairs bedroom I stayed in (which gets amazing light through the windows) has a queen size bed and a peaceful loft area with a futon. There is also a separate studio unit with its own private entrance and a queen size bed, bathroom, small kitchenette (with refrigerator, microwave, and electric range), and small seating area. The outdoor area includes a beautiful deck surrounded by trees, a large hot tub with soothing jets, cornhole boards and bean bags, and a fire pit to warm up around and make some yummy s’mores at night.
Many little extra things that were provided made our stay extra special, including the comfy blankets, ceramic mugs, and board games for entertainment. We even had family and friends come visit one afternoon and had a fun time socializing, hiking along the river at Horseshoe Bend nearby, cooking a delicious dinner, playing various card games, and watching Netflix. The Hideout cabin is the best of both worlds, since it’s a great place for either hosting guests or just enjoying the solitude and privacy by yourself or with a special someone (depending on the vibes you’re looking for).
Jolie is an excellent host who was fantastic at responding quickly to any questions we had. She also provided a very helpful handbook with details about the property and suggestions on nearby places to grab a drink or bite to eat, and scenic outdoor areas to explore.
Summer and Fall Adventures
The Hideout is so cozy that guests can easily stay at the cabin during their entire stay, but there’s an impressive amount of nearby majestic wilderness waiting to be explored if some outdoor adventure is desired during their visit. The Mt. Baker Highway is a dead-end road that passes by many beautiful hiking trails, mountains, waterfalls, and scenic spots along the Nooksack River Valley and Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest.
Just 1 mile away from the nearby town of Glacier, there is a short hike to the 88-foot-tall Nooksack Falls, as well as several opportunities for moderate, yet gratifying hikes that offer awe-inspiring views of Mt. Baker and its glaciers! When family and friends came to visit us at the cabin, we didn’t have the energy to do any of the longer hikes, but we took a nice scenic shorter stroll at Horseshoe Bend, which offered a peaceful trail in the forest along the river.
The dead-end road comes to a terminus at Artist Point during summer, which is one of the most scenic spots in the state and offers views of Table Mountain. There are several hikes in this area to admire the beauty as well, including the picturesque Chain Lakes Loop Trail, a 7.5-mile-long circle passing by pristine lakes while looping around Table Mountain.
Visiting During Winter
Mt. Baker is known as one of the best places to ski/snowboard in the entire country, and one of the many perks of staying at this cabin is having easy, convenient access to the resort and slopes. In the winter of 1998-1999, Mt. Baker set a world record for receiving 1,140 inches of snow!
Our autumn visit was a little too early for the snow season, so unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to ski at Mt. Baker on this trip, but that is definitely something I look forward to doing the next time I stay at this wonderful cabin! The Hideout is less than 30 minutes away from Mt. Baker Ski Area, providing easy, quick access during the winter months to some of the best slopes in the state.
This place is simply the perfect spot and location for a quick escape out of Seattle if you need a break from city life and require some quiet time and relaxation. The peaceful surroundings and comfortable accommodations allowed me to recharge, be present in the moment, and cherish some much-needed moments in a little slice of secluded paradise. I would definitely recommend the adorable Hideout cabin to anyone looking to stay in the area, embark on some outdoor adventures, or unplug and unwind, and I’m looking forward to staying here again someday in the future!