Lifestyle

Relax, unwind at a bed and breakfast

Life is often packed with too many deadlines, projects and

problems. What better way is there to escape reality for a day or a week than to

pamper yourself at a local bed and breakfast? Enjoy the scenic beauty and

solitude of the Valley or participate in the many activities that the area has

to offer.

"There is an awful lot you can do here, like antique shopping,

hiking and skiing is nearby," said Peggy Backues, a bed and breakfast

owner. "Guests feel like they're seeing the rural part of King County, yet

there's access to Mount Rainier, the San Juans or Victoria."

Whether you like mountain scenes or river views, there is a bed

and breakfast in the Valley that's right for you.

CARNATION

Located along the Tolt River is Alendra's River Inn Snoqualmie

Valley, 4548 Tolt River Road, (425) 333-6000. Wondderfully luxurious accomodations in a natural panoramic river and forest setting. Honeymoon suites withtwo-person spa tubs, or steam rooms are available. Hand crafted touches give the feel of a French country chateau, perfect for small group gatherings. Room

prices range from $95 to $225.

FALL CITY

Three miles out of town is Windsong Farm Bed &

Breakfast, 515 286th Ave. S.E., (425) 222-4734. The farmhouse has one

bedroom with a private bath for guests. The property's backyard is a

designated wildlife sanctuary where birds, deer and even coyote often roam.

A full breakfast of freshly baked bread, meats, cheese and fruits is

included. Room rates start at $95. Sorry, no pets allowed.

NORTH BEND

Located between Mount Si and the Snoqualmie River is

Roaring River Bed & Breakfast, off the Mount Si road., (425) 888-4834.

Located around the property are several benches, swings and places

to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. There are four units

and each has a private entrance, bathroom and deck. The "Rock and

Rose Room" features a private sauna and steam room. And as the name

implies, there is a huge boulder in the room and a rose garden

outside. "Herb's Place" was named after

the owner's uncle and is decorated in a fly fishing motif. The cabin has

a kitchenette, loft with two twin beds, living room and bedroom.

The "Mountain Room" has an in room spa and a cozy sitting area a gas fireplace.

The "Bear-Iris

Room" features a deep Japanese soaking tub and a propane fireplace for guests

to enjoy. Room rates start at $85 which includes a hot breakfast. Check

out the Roaring River on the Web at www.azl.com/roaringriv.

SNOQUALMIE

Minutes away from downtown is the Old Honey Farm Country

Inn, which will be renamed the Kimball Creek Inn 9050 384th Ave. S.E., (425) 888-9399. The New England style bed

and breakfast is ten years old. The large back lot offers guests many

outdoor opportunities with breathtaking views of Mount Si. This

10-bedroom inn includes one master suite that has a fireplace and in-room spa. The

other rooms have queen-size beds with full bathrooms. Room rates start at $89.

Located on 20 acres near Highway 18 and Interstate 90 is

House in the Trees at Bethabara Farms, 35909 S.E. 96th St., (425)

888-2549. Bethabara Farms has two guest rooms in the bed and breakfast and

a retreat center. On the grounds is a heated swimming pool, fitness

center, gardens, meadows and areas for picnics and barbecues. The House in

the Trees also has a small indoor waterfall, stained glass decor and a

towering stone fireplace. Room rates start at $65, which includes a full

breakfast. Day retreats start at $35 per person.

SNOQUALMIE PASS

Frantzian Mountain Hideaway, located at Alpental, (425)

434-6370, is a mother-in-law apartment located under the Frantz

family home. The room has its own kitchen, bedroom, and fireplace and

comfortably accommodates between four and six people. Guests are surrounded

by recreational activities including skiing, sledding and snowshoeing in

the winter and hiking in the summer. Summer room rates start at $75

a night plus taxes. The apartment is currently being renovated and is expected to reopen in July. Check out the Frantzian

Mountain Hideaway on the Web at www.moriah.com/frantzian.

One mile from the ski resorts is Wardholm West Bed &

Breakfast, 861 Yellowstone Trail Road, (425) 434-6540 , where each room

has its own style and charm. Choose from Oriental, country or railroad

decor. The Wardholm West Bed & Breakfast has six bedrooms and two

bathrooms. Room rates start at $50. The entire bed and breakfast can be rented

to larger groups and can comfortably accommodate 19 people.

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