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Property Details

Updated: Apr 20, 2015
Cabin, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 4 Sleeps

A Riverside Retreat is located in the scenic town of Index, WA, only one hour from downtown Seattle, and 25 minutes from Stevens Pass. Index is the smallest town in western Washington with only 150 residents, but it offers some of the biggest views and the nicest people in the state.

Our riverfront 2-bedroom home sleeps 4 in absolute luxury with new World-Class Simmons Beautyrest Pillow Top mattresses with 600 thread-count linens. The home also includes a fully equipped kitchen, outdoor gas grill with rotisserie, complimentary gourmet coffee (regular and decaf), complimentary popcorn for movie time, and a full-size washer and dryer. There is a phone on site with unlimited calling to the US and Canada.

Though we offer a huge array of entertainment options, most people are mesmerized by the natural beauty of the area, the sight and sound of the river, the smell of the air, and the peace and quiet they have been craving. See our 5-star reviews and contact us today!

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Accept Credit Cards

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A Riverside Retreat
+1 -206-713-6218
Index Central Cascade Mountains


  • 5 of 5
It's one of those rare vacation rentals that you might find that is perfect and worthy stating in. The location is quite and everybody is friendly. The house is pretty much has everything you might need from cookware to just chilling. The owners are helpful folks. I would differently stay there the next time I'm around Seattle.
  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. You were wonderful guests and we would love to have you back the next time you're in the area!
A Riverside Retreat
+1 -206-713-6218
Index Central Cascade Mountains
Washington state

Charming and cozy riverside retreat in the Cascade Mountains

  • 4 of 5
Index, Washington is a charming town! We immediately fell in love with the small-town vibe, wild Skykomish River, awesome fall colors and inspired mountain views. A Riverside Retreat proved an ideal place to both explore - and relax - amid the area's beauty and charm.

Opportunities for outdoor adventures abound and we hiked to nearby Heybrook Lookout. A storm blew in on our second day, cutting our planned rockhounding activities short. Instead, we opted for a drive along the sleepy Index-Galena Road. With wind blowing and heavy rain falling - it proved quite exciting! Leaf after leaf danced from the maple trees, covering the streets in a blanket of autumn color. To our surprise, we easily became used to - and welcomed - the frequently passing trains (we miss them now that we are back home!).

Our time spent at the house was enjoyed. The owners of A Riverside Retreat have gone to great length to ensure your stay will be pleasant. We appreciated the book of information, the wealth of amenities (wifi, cable TV, DVDs, games (nice to see Settlers of Catan among the mix) and books/magazines), thoughtful and tasteful decoration and cleanliness of the house.

Due to weather we didn't make use of the front porch, but the Adirondack chairs would give good place to relax and take in the sound of the river and mountain views. We did enjoy the hot tub (thank you for the directions on removal of the cover) and slept well in the comfortable bed. The kitchen is well equipped and we lacked nothing for preparing meals at home (note: the wine cork is broken, but still usable). During breaks in the rain, I opted to make use of the bikes - but, the one I chose had embarrassingly squeaky breaks so I cut my ride short.

Though there are homes nearby and occasional pedestrian/auto traffic in front of the home - we did not feel a lack of privacy and everyone we encountered was friendly. Thank you for sharing your home with us, we hope we have opportunity to return in the future.
  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to review! Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We certainly love Index as well!
Please come back and visit soon. (Also, we will have a new cork screw for you waiting. Thanks also for letting us know about that!)
A Riverside Retreat
+1 -206-713-6218
Index Central Cascade Mountains


  • 5 of 5
What a wonderful place to visit! Index is a great small town with loads of personality. We were able to explore state parks, Mt Rainier, the cascade loop and some of the islands. The best was swimming in the river...very refreshing and fantastic after a day of hiking! It did take a couple of days getting use to the train whistle as it was warm and we had the windows open at night. Your home was an awesome homebase for all our travels. Thanks for some great memories!
  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your visit! We love it here as well and love to hear about others enjoying exploring this beautiful area.

Please come back and visit us again!
A Riverside Retreat
+1 -206-713-6218
Index Central Cascade Mountains
Sherman Oaks

lovely and cozy home away from home

  • 5 of 5
This Index house is one of a kind. It offers more than any hotel can offer. Magical sleeping experience on the cloud-like bed, and beautiful views of the forest with the snow covered mountain peaks.
We really enjoyed our stay in this cozy house, and regreted that we could not stay longer. For people like us, who likes outdoor activities , this house is ideal: it is surrounded by sights of waterfalls and hiking trails, it has a jaccuzi and mountain river, on top of everything there are plenty of bicycles to explore sight seeings. It felt like luxury camping in the middle of forest. Thank you dear owners:)))
  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much, Svetlana! We appreciate your wonderful review but more we are so pleased that you enjoyed the cabin. Please come back and visit again. We will be looking forward to it!
A Riverside Retreat
+1 -206-713-6218
Index Central Cascade Mountains

Fantastic, Inspiring Location

  • 5 of 5
We used this rental for a movie shoot, so it was not a typical rental, but the location was just fantastic. You are in between gorgeous river views and a sheer cliff, that seems like something out of a storybook. Cast members noted that they had not seen a location like this outside of Norway, yet this was actually a very easy, brief drive about an hour outside Seattle. I would love to visit again as an actual guest, based on the scenic views. The house itself was very well-kept and homey. It is someone's home, so that seemed to make sense. Definite 5 star rating. Thanks to these guys for being so open to an art project in their home!
  • Submitted: May 19, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: After asking some pointed questions about content and receiving the right answers that this was a legit and family friendly operation, we were happy to have these respectful guests use our location for their movie. We agree that the scenery is spectacular and many people remark that they can't believe such a place exists only an hour from a major west coast city. We hope to see them back when they are not working!
A Riverside Retreat
+1 -206-713-6218
Index Central Cascade Mountains

Great place to stay, with all the comforts of home

  • 5 of 5
This is a charming cabin, spacious and cozy with modern décor and super super comfy beds and living room/dining room kitchen area. Loved staying here.
  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway


Activity and Interests

White water rafting and kayaking. The Skykomish river offers excellent white water kayaking and rafting from mild to the class V thrill ride known as Boulder Drop. And you can book a trip right in town with Outdoor Adventures!

Hiking and biking. The Index-Galena road leads out of town upriver 5.4 miles where it dramatically ends having been washed out by a creek. You’ll ride through the hilly rainforest right out of “Twilight” with spectacular forest, river, & mountain views. We also list severalgreat hikes below.

Steelhead fishing. The Skykomish river is one of the premier steelhead fisheries in the state and access can be had right in town, or fish the popular “Reiter Ponds” area of the Skykomish only 5 miles down river.

Rock climbing and bouldering. The sheer granite cliff at the edge of town is a world renownedrock climbing destination. A giant rockslide at the base offers great bouldering. The lower town wall was just purchased bya group of enthusiasts, preserving the area for rock climbing forever.


Rental rates


  • Nightly Rate: $149 - $249

    Weekly Rate: $895 - $949

    Monthly Rate: $0 - $0

  • Rates:
    $149 per night, 2-night minimum stay. $895 per week.

    Holiday Weekend Rates:
    $169 per night, 3-night minimum. $949 per week.
    * We have a two-night minimum stay requirement and three days on holiday weekends. Single nights are occasionally offered for last minute reservations with a cleaning fee of $35. Call for availability.
    * All prices are stated for double occupancy. Each additional guest is $20 per night when paid in advance, and $40 each for “last minute” or “day guests” or “visitors” when not notified in advance.
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Property Type

  • cabin


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • pets not allowed


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2


  • 880 square feet in open floor plan 2 Bedrooms, 1 Full Bathroom Dining Table seats 6 Fully furnished kitchen Luxury King and Queen Beds Covered Front Porch with River & Mt Index views Gas BBQ with Rotisserie Covered Gazebo with Fireplace & Picnic Table HD Cable TV with 120 channels Blue Ray DVD player Nintendo Wii Games system 50” Plasma HD TV Board and Outdoor Games Bose Wave Radio with auxiliary connection for iPod or MP3. Complementary Gourmet Coffee and Popcorn Slippers to keep your tootsies toasty Full size washer and dryer Unlimited Long Distance

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