2 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath Private Home With Hot Tub
David Meier/Lynn Chamberlain
About David Meier/Lynn Chamberlain
Having pretty much grown up in the Skykomish Valley I, David, moved to the cabin in 1976 and eventually purchased the property in 1978. A Cabin On The Sky is not just a business for me, it has also been my home and that pride of ownership shows throughout the property. I have operated A Cabin On The Sky as a vacation rental since 2002. Lynn and I met here in Index in the late 1970's, fell in love, and eventually married. We currently reside a few blocks from the cabin with our canine companion Charlie. We both have extensive experience in the hospitality business in that Lynn worked as a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines for many years and we operated A Stone's Throw B&B out of our home for ten years. We have recently re-opened our B&B after taking a hiatus for a few years. I worked in the timber industry for nearly 2 decades and after the sawmill closed in the early 1990's, I went back to school to become a cabinet maker. In addition to woodworking and remodeling, I also spent parts of my summer working as a Wildland Firefighter. I have since retired from that profession. Wearing these different hats allows me to live and work in this beautiful place. Lynn retired from the airlines and spends much of her time pursuing her interest in gardening and painting. We have hosted plein aire artist workshops at the cabin and our home. We have traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Mexico and Europe and believe that Index is located in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Community is very important to us. I served in the local fire department as a volunteer and commissioner for nearly 20 years. I currently serve on the Boards of Directors for the Index Historical Society and the Friends Of Heybrook Ridge, a grassroots organization that saved over 100 acres from being clearcut and is now a county park. We open our homes to our guests with the hope that they can come away with a taste of the life we have found in this beautiful valley.
David Meier/Lynn Chamberlain purchased this Cabin in 1978
Why David Meier/Lynn Chamberlain chose Index
I spent the first 14 years of my life in North Dakota fantasizing about mountains, forests and clear flowing water. These things were only available to me through the books of Jack London and Saturday matinees. My family moved to Gold Bar, WA in 1967. Even as a high school kid I would drive up the valley to Index to truly be in the mountains, hiking the hillsides and camping along the river. There are few places like this and when I had the opportunity to move here I jumped at the chance. Lynn moved here in 1978 from the Bay Area in California, immediately impressed by the beauty of this valley. Index is a small community, but has a strong core of civic-minded folks that are sometimes the envy of other, much larger communities. We have friends and neighbors that we have known for over 40 years. The river valley and mountains were carved from glaciers and are what limits the growth of this village to what it is today. Few places are blessed with this much beauty. We also own another vacation rental in Santa Fe, NM. It had been a longtime dream of Lynn's to be able to spend part of her life in that vibrant city in the high desert. When she is not ensconced there in the winter months she makes it available to others. Her listing number on Vrbo is 1069093 and has named it La Casa de Mis Sueños, The House of My Dreams.
What makes this Cabin unique
The views were what brought us here. A strong desire to create comfortable, personalized homes keeps us happy and calms our spirits. The cabin was a very modest residence when I purchased it and then, with a lot of hard work and imagination, transformed it into what it is today. That ethic continues to this day. We are continually thinking of ways to improve our guest's experience. The same can be said about our own home except you would multiply that by several factors. Even though Index is off the beaten path it is located whereby a person can make the jump over Stevens Pass to Eastern Washington and beyond (We often feel like just driving on to Montana. And sometimes do.). It is also close enough to Seattle and the rest of the Puget Sound Area when we need a taste of art, culture, shopping and maybe a ferry ride to the San Juan Islands. An hour or so either way will take you to another world.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
No parties or gatherings on the property.
Outside smoking permitted only.
Some exceptions made for smaller dogs.
There are inherent risks when staying near water.
Minimum age of primary renter:21
A check-in time of 4 pm and a check-out time of noon will be appreciated to allow for scheduled cleaning and maintenance. Ask first to modify.
Smoking cannabis or vaping are allowed only outside. Consume edibles if you feel the need to be goofed. Too many burnt holes on rugs and furniture.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Unbelievable Cabin Views
What an amazing cabin perfectly perched on the river. The views from the breakfast nook made every morning an experience to remember. Looking forward to enjoying this lovely home in the future. Thank you for sharing this incredible place.
Perfect and relaxing
We had a wonderful time at this cabin! The place is clean and comfortable. It was very relaxing looking at the amazing views.
Happy to hear that you all enjoyed your stay. I was hoping you might get some snow on your last day. It tried all day long, but nothing stuck.
I hope you left with some nice memories of your time in Index.
This is a wonderful place to stay when you want a break from a busy routine. It’s so peaceful and you couldn’t ask for a better location. Can’t wait to return.
Glad you enjoyed your stay! I have so many loyal guests that have been returning year after year and I hope to hear from you again when you need to get away.
The view and accommodations were nothing short of amazing. It was cozy and had everything we needed. Wonderful hiking opportunities all very close by. The owner is super responsive as well. We will be coming back
Thanks for your kind words. Index is only an hour or two away from so many folks that live in the greater Puget Sound area, but it feels like it is in a diifferent world.
I hope you can make it back up this way for a future stay.
Relaxing Get Away
Everything about this place is great.....privacy, scenery, the small town it is located in and the location itself. Highly recommend.
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. In the past 3 weeks I have had guests that traveled from Indiana, Colorado, Alberta, and next week I have someone traveling from 90 degree weather in Hawaii to brave what might be cool and rainy days and nights here in the Cascade Mountains.
I hope you carried home some happy memories from your stay in Index.
Possibly the best vacation rental I have ever stayed in.
David was quick to respond and a pleasure to do business with!
A Cabin On The Sky is located in the North Fork of the Skykomish River Valley in the North Central Cascade Mountains. Index is surrounded by mountains, a river and various parks. The notable parks are: Forks of the Sky State Park, Heybrook Ridge County Park , the Mt. Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest & the Wild Sky Wilderness Area. The geological location lends itself to many outdoor activities. During the Spring and Summer months whitewater river rafting, with class IV-V rapids, draws folks from all over the country. There are rafting companies located in Index to serve you. Fishing is popular for some. Quiet roads for biking. There are many hiking trails in the area. Some of the more popular hikes are Wallace Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Lake Serene, Heybrook Ridge Lookout, Lake Dorothy, West Cady Ridge, Evergreen Mountain, Lookout Point and Barclay Lake, a hike that is suitable for kids. Just step outside the cabin doors. It doesn’t get any better than this.
The natural beauty of the area attracts photographers, plein-aire artists, songwriters and authors who stay with us throughout the year. A fun annual event is the Index Arts Festival, usually held in August, that celebrates music and the arts.
The Index Town Wall, just minutes away, is a well known mecca for the international rock climbing community. Index has been called the Yosemite of Washington State.
During the Autumn months an extra bonus is that we are just a bit more than an hour away from Leavenworth, WA and the beautiful drive over Stevens Pass to see the Fall colors. We are an excellent option for visiting that popular tourist destination without having to stay with all the crowds and high-priced accommodations that are associated with that.
The Winter months attract skiers and snowboarders that are headed to the slopes of Steven’s Pass Ski Area, about a 1/2 hour drive from Index.
Many of the attractions of Seattle and Puget Sound are within an hour or two from Index. Out of state guests find that A Cabin On The Sky is a great base for traveling west to the urban attractions of the greater Seattle area and for day trips to the more rural Eastern Washington attractions. Make a day of it and drive the Cascade Loop Trail that includes the stunning North Cascades Highway.
In addition to our many local guests and those from throughout the U.S., others have stayed with us from all around the world including Europe, South America, Canada, South Africa, Australia and China.
While all are welcome, our target group of the population are couples who are just looking for a peaceful, quiet place to relax and regroup in a beautiful setting. One couple has stayed with us 30 times, to date. Other repeat guests refer to A Cabin On The Sky as 'their place'. We have hosted many honeymooners, a small intimate wedding in the backyard and there have been a half dozen marriage proposals made at our cabin that we are aware of.
Whatever your desire, your stay here will be a memorable experience. Come and stay at this owner-maintained and cleaned home where you will feel hugged by the mountains and be whispered to sleep by the river.