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Kitoki Inn, Bowen Island, British Columbia
Entailing another border-hopping adventure, Kitoki Inn is a zen adults-only retreat in the serene woods of British Columbia’s Bowen Island, which is a little less than a four-hour drive from Seattle. Inspired by the tradition of Japanese bathhouses, the inn combines a calming minimalist aesthetic with West Coast style for a uniquely restorative experience.
Stay in: The inn’s three cedar cabins (each accommodating two guests) are thoughtfully designed with custom artisan woodwork, private decks and floor-to-ceiling windows affording an unobstructed view of the forest. The resort’s one-of-a-kind outdoor bathhouse is inspired by the Japanese onsen (hot springs), and includes a hot tub and hydrotherapy shower in a covered open-air space to enjoy year-round. A wood-burning outdoor fireplace, a game and puzzle library, and an in-room breakfast selection complete the cocooning comforts.
One thing to note: This place is popular. It’s currently fully booked through December 2023. The 2024 calendar will open for reservations in the spring of 2023. Or check the calendar Saturday morning for the possibility of snagging a cancelation, which are released on Saturdays at 9 a.m. There is a two-night minimum stay.
Head out: The small community of Bowen Island is known for its vibrant local arts scene, featuring galleries, boutiques and great restaurants. The island is also a mecca for outdoorsy types, offering miles of forested trails to explore, mountain biking, kayaking and more; hikers looking for a challenge can make the trek up Mount Gardner, Bowen Island’s tallest peak.
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Editor’s note: This article was first published in 2022 and just updated for 2023.