There’s a reason Airbnb rentals are all the rage right now, those same four wall aren’t cutting it anymore. That’s why we’ve rounded up kid-friendly vacation rentals around the state where families can find the comforts of home and plenty of space. So pack your favorite road trip games and snacks to last for miles. It’s time to hit the road!

Editor’s note: Please remember to socially distance and follow mask requirements when traveling. Contact rentals directly for questions about cleaning and COVID-19 precautions. Stay safe and healthy!

Hood Canal Cabin—Hoopdsport

This Airbnb rental on the Hood Canal has everything a PNW vacation home should. Kayaks and rowboats (with lifejackets too!) are available for use on the over 100 feet of private waterfront just outside the home. Spend you days digging for clams and oysters nearby; then bring them back to grill on the deck while you watch the sun set. Bring fixings for s’mores and head down to the firepit to enjoy those with the kids once dinner’s over. The house is close to the Olympic National Park entrance (remember your park pass) and Lake Cushman activities, too. Weekend or week… you’ll find plenty to do.

Distance from Seattle: 96 miles
Size: 2 bedroom, 2 bath
Cost: $268/night
Online: airbnb.com/rooms/26361881

photo: Allison Sutcliffe

Pebble Cove Farm—Orcas Island

Tucked into a cove near Deer Harbor on Orcas Island you’ll find Pebble Cove Farm, a four-acre parcel of peace and quiet, and an easy weekend getaway for PNW families. Although it’s a B&B, don’t let that fool you. You won’t find frilly accents and breakable antiques here because Pebble Cove caters to kids as much as their parents. Besides the unbeatable view, there are lots of cool perks to make your stay memorable, including wandering farm animals, fresh-picked eggs and veggies to cook with, and, most importantly, your own private Pirate Island within rowing distance. We recommend booking the Family Suite or The Cottage so you and the kiddos will have plenty of space.

Distance from Seattle: 110 miles
Size: varies, based on room
Cost: $160-$350/night (through Sept.)
Online: pebblecovefarm.com

Spring Creek Ranch Cabin—Winthrop

If it’s a yard your kids need, it’s a yard they’ll get at this custom-built cabin in Winthrop. Situated on a 65-acre property, you tots will have all the space they need to enjoy the sunshine without seeing a soul. Or have your besties rent the Spring Creek Ranch House, that sits on same property, for a socially-distanced vacay. Town is just a 10-minute walk from the property, and the creek that runs through the property is a great spot to dip your toes (or maybe float) on a hot summer day.

Distance from Seattle: 190 miles
Size: 2 bedroom, 1 bath
Cost: $230/night
Online: airbnb.com/rooms/18932415

Robert’s Bluff Bungalow—Whidbey Island

Your beach side bungalow awaits at this island home just a short ferry ride away. Spend the day playing peek-a-boo with Mt. Rainier and Mt. Baker, throwing crab pots off the pier or giving the kids extra time on the playground. Families can also fish just down the beach and should definitely check out the free little library that’s close by to find a good read. The bungalow is cozy and has a modern farmhouse feel. The fireplace makes it a great rental to consider as we move from summer into the cooler nights of fall.

Distance from Seattle: 35 miles
Size: 2 bedroom, 1 bath
Cost: $126/night
Online: airbnb.com/rooms/30062570

Barn at Raspberry Ridge Farm—Poulsbo

If green acres is the life you need, book the barn apartment at Raspberry Ridge Farm. Located on a 17-acre working farm, the kids will find plenty of room to run and probably make a few barnyard friends while they’re at it. Families will also find over 60 miles of hiking trails just next to the property, so bring your sunscreen and hiking poles if socially-distanced exploring is on your list. The barn includes a full kitchen so you can cook instead of head to town, WiFi, TV and a deck with mountain views. Upscale Old McDonald is how this farm rolls.

Good to know: Families can also add Bainbridge Island to their spots to explore.

Distance from Seattle: 22 miles
Size: 2 bedroom, 1 bath
Cost: $116/night
Online: airbnb.com/rooms/22716668

C+A+V+E—Leavenworth

Your kids may not know who Fred Flintstone is, but they’ll want to after taking a vacation in an actual cave. Thankfully, this one is well appointed, compared to Fred & Wilma’s. Built in a blasted-out rock, this cave dwelling has a spacious living room filled with games and books to keep everyone busy, a kitchen where you can whip up every meal and a private bedroom for parents, while the kids sleep loft-side just outside your door. Outside, couches surround a wood burning fireplace, and tucked back in the corner you’ll find a pebble-lined hot tub (keep an eye on your Littles here). Our favorite part has got to be the old Whistler Ski gondola that’s in the yard out back. The perfect accessory for this oddly charming vacation home. We couldn’t think of a better place to hole up!

Distance from Seattle: 135 miles
Size: 2 bedroom, 1 bath
Cost: $243/night
Online: airbnb.com/rooms/38439000

Cabins at Kalaloch Lodge—Forks

Unbeatable views, away from the world. That’s what you’ll find at Kalaloch Beach in the Olympic National Park. Rent one of these popular cabins and call it home base for your Pacific Ocean adventures. Cabins rentals range from studios to deluxe, and each includes a kitchenette with a stove, microwave and refrigerator (at the minimum) so you can cook while you’re there. Add in pet-friendly and you’ve got a spot the whole family will enjoy.

Good to know: If you can’t find a cabin to match your dates, try renting an artisan dwelling from ROAM Beyond.

Distance from Seattle: 176 miles
Size: varies, based on cabin
Cost: varies, based on cabin
Online: thekalalochlodge.com/stay/cabins

Home Away—Gig Harbor

Bring board games and some good books because you’ve got this Gig Harbor house to yourself. It’s got everything a family needs to get away from the city, including a killer view of the harbor. The house is within walking distance to the Gig Harbor waterfront where you’ll find welcoming restaurants and shops, and may even spot a few harbor seals while you’re there too. Bring the kayaks and SUPs to Eddon Boat Park, a sheltered spot that makes kayaking with kids easy, or make like a local and bring them to Bella Bella beach on Fox Island for a change.

Distance from Seattle: 45 miles
Size: 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath
Cost: $195/night
Online: airbnb.com/rooms/36237993

Blue Jay Hollow—Ashford

Take comfort at this cabin in the woods, built by two high school sweethearts. It’s got everything you need to settle in for a weekend or a week, and it’s works as a great home base for exploring Mt. Rainier. On the 12-acre property you’ll find trails to explore, while the house itself has fun amenities the kids will totally enjoy like a community lake where they can swim or fish and a firepit for s’mores when the day is over. This is the mountain retreat you’ve been looking for.

Distance from Seattle: 80 miles
Size: 3 bedroom, 2 bath
Cost: $275/night
Online: airbnb.com/rooms/29737062

Lake Chelan View Home—Chelan

If you’re missing Lake Chelan but you’re not ready to stay at your favorite hotel yet, this lake house should give you your fix. It’s got ping-pong and foosball in the basement for the kids, and a new hot tub or relaxing hammock for parents. The house sleeps quite a few, so you know you’ll have the space you need to truly relax and make yourself at home. Our favorite part? Lakeside dining on the deck. Enjoy!

Distance from Seattle: 180 miles
Size: 3 bedroom, 2 bath
Cost: $217/night
Online: airbnb.com/rooms/20083796

Cama Beach Cabins—Camano Island

If rustic and relaxing are the adjectives you’d use to describe your ideal family weekend, look no further than the Cama Beach Cabins. The cabins were built in the 1930s, as a beach resort for families, and have retained much of their bygone era charm through the decades. Rent a standard or deluxe cabin, either will hold the whole fam. They include basics like a refrigerator, microwave and sink, minimizing the need to leave the grounds. Deluxe cabins feature the same amenities, but include additional beds in a bedroom, so you can spread out a bit more. Take note, though, linens, towels and all things kitchen (from silverware on up through cookware) are left to renters to provide. So load up your kitchen must-have and compostable dinnerware to make things easy. If you’d like to bring your fur baby too, be sure to book one of the four pet-friendly cabins. There’s an additional $15 per night fee, too.

Distance from Seattle: 65 miles
Size: varies, based on cabin
Cost: $82-$202/night
Online: parks.state.wa.us

—Allison Sutcliffe & Jeffrey Totey

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