I spent 2 weeks in an A-frame cabin in the woods just an hour and a half outside of Seattle. The cabin is a loft with floor-to-ceiling windows and an indoor wood-burning fireplace, just steps away from a private dock on Emerald Lake. It was so peaceful waking up every morning with a view of the lake and falling asleep at night to the sound of the rain. When the PNW rain lets up, I would take out the kayak and go for a quick paddle around the lake. This is definitely one of the most cozy and unique Airbnbs I’ve stayed in.
I’ve always wanted to stay in an A-frame cabin and I found this hidden gem on Airbnb when I was browsing for unique stays. The cabin is in Grapeview, about an hour and a half west of Seattle, and pretty close to major cities like Shelton and Olympia. I figured it’d be nice to leave Seattle for two weeks and spend some time in nature, like a peaceful retreat!
While the photos on Airbnb were mediocre, I booked it anyway because it seemed decent for the price. When I checked in, I was beyond surprised by how nice the cabin actually is!
The cabin is a loft with a very open concept. First thing I noticed when I opened the door were the massive floor-to-ceiling windows on the entire A-frame. I checked in around 3 PM and the lighting was perfect with the sun illuminating the entire cabin (Disclaimer: It isn’t always this sunny, I learned). The reflection off the lake and the sun’s rays through the trees created a shimmering effect that made everything feel so magical.
The living room has a cozy couch, a retro-looking armchair, a few coffee tables, a wall-mounted TV and my favorite part, a wood-burning fireplace. The colorful rug, wood-carved animal heads and fur throw blankets all add to the bohemian cabin vibes.
Right behind the living room is the dining area, which consists of a standard dining table and four chairs.
Next to the dining area and underneath the loft is a full kitchen. It’s very spacious and had everything I needed. I especially liked the convection oven because it’s much more convenient than heating up the big oven. I made so many holiday cookies with this.
Behind the kitchen is the bathroom with a washer & dryer unit!
On the other side of the main floor is a bedroom, the kid’s room I assume, with a bunk bed and many children art and decorations.
Up to the loft! The stairs are a bit creaky and there are a few uneven steps, but otherwise it feels very sturdy. The loft is a huge space with a queen size bed, a vintage-looking lounge chair and a small coffee table to read, have coffee or enjoy the view from up here. I love the ceilings that slant all the way to the floor because this is how I’ve always imaged A-frame cabins to be.
Other things worth calling out is the surround sound system with a strong subwoofer. I even had to turn it down because it was too overpowering! There are also board games and several jigsaw puzzles, which I spent too many hours doing.
About 30 steps from the cabin is a west-facing private dock on Emerald Lake with fantastic sunsets. I took the kayak out whenever the weather’s nice and looped around the lake, but I actually preferred floating more. It so serene on the lake surrounded by trees and hearing nothing except for the ripples, the wind blowing through the trees and the occasional flock of geese. Being able to go on the lake was definitely one of the best parts about this Airbnb.
On our last day, we drove along the Hood Canal to Hama Hama Oyster Saloon and had amazing oysters with the quintessential ambiance of the PNW. The A-frame huts were so cute and decorated with Christmas ornaments while the Solo Stove kept us warm, even in the downpour. We ordered chilled oysters and baked oysters with pimento cheese, both of which were amazing and totally worth it. It was such a cute place with friendly staff and delicious oysters, and plus, the drive there was beautiful!
I enjoyed my two weeks at the cabin cozying up next to the fireplace, paddling on the lake and doing jigsaw puzzles, but for now I’ll be returning to Seattle. I’ll miss how peaceful every morning felt waking up to a view of the lake and how at ease I felt being surrounded by nature.