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Best Off-Season Northwest Escapes for Couples and Families

6 destinations for a ‘we time’ getaway — with or without the kids

Kate Missine

Published on: January 17, 2024

Best Off-Season Northwest Escapes for Couples and Families

Three women in a hot tub at Paradise Village
Courtesy Paradise Village Hotel & Restaurant

Paradise Village, Ashford, Washington

What kid — or grown-up — could resist a dip in something called the “Cannibal Hot Tub”? This and other right-out-of-a-storybook wonders await families at Paradise Village, a quaint family-operated hotel in the picturesque town of Ashford.

Stay in: Take your pick of modern, recently renovated family rooms and cabins with a rustic-chic vibe, complete with flat-screen TVs, Bluetooth sound systems and heated bathroom floors. The on-site restaurant and bakery dish up hearty European comfort food and treats — full breakfast is included! And, of course, there’s the famous hot tub, which heats up slowly, like a cauldron, over an open fire.

Head out: Set at the base of Mount Rainier and just six miles from the Nisqually entrance to Mount Rainier National Park, the lodge is surrounded by stunning scenery (making it a favorite venue for weddings), and offers endless options for hiking, biking and other ways to explore the famous peak. A short drive away is Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, where you’re assured a full day’s worth of wild-child play.

Next stop: Doe Bay Resort & Retreat

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