In this installment of the â€śFamily Funâ€ť blog, itâ€™s mom and dad having all the fun with an overnight staycation to the Tree Frog Night Inn in Bellingham – a nature getaway designed with an eco flair and featuring the work of nationally recognized artists.
With our blended family of five kids, the grown ups donâ€™t get many opportunities for a night away to ourselves. As many of you can probably relate, on the rare occasions when all the kids are out of the house, weâ€™re either sleeping or working on much-neglected projects around the house! Then sometimes your sanity requires you take a real break.
Happily, our oasis was a short 10-mile drive from home, yet like all good getaways felt like a world away.
The Tree Frog Night Inn is located at 1727 Mount Baker Highway, just minutes from I-5. Nestled in the cedars and firs, the Inn is owned and operated by Kara Black and Kurt Yandell. Their vision for an eco-friendly inn is evident is every detail: from the siting of the of the inn among the trees to the materials and artwork used in its construction to the breakfast served with fresh and often home-grown offerings.
The main Inn has two suites: The Mediterranean room and the Coast Salish room, each with dĂ©cor reminiscent of its theme. We stayed in the Mediterranean suite, surrounded by rich colors and opulent dĂ©cor. Between the two suites is a shared kitchen with laundry facilities.
The Forest Room, housed in another building on the property, is designed for longer vacation rental stays, and includes its own kitchenette.
As lovely as the suites are, the grounds canâ€™t be missed. One of my favorite things about the Inn was simply sitting on the front porch with my cup of coffee watching the native birds flitting through Kurtâ€™s beautiful landscaping.
Explore deeper on the property to find small gardens and sitting areas to enjoy among the trees. Or stop and visit the hens happily scratching for bugs outside the â€śChick-Inn Coop.â€ť
Not to be missed is a soak in the two-person hot tub. The hot tub is located just a short walk from the Inn, but far enough away to feel private. We took a late-night soak, watching the stars above and listening to the frogs singing around us.
The Inn also features an infra-red sauna. (This alone might be reason enough for me to make a return trip!) Massage services can also be arranged ahead of time. Truly, there is no shortage of ways to relax here.
If you are looking to add an excursion to your stay, the Inn is centrally located to just about everything in Whatcom County. In just minutes you can be at a restaurant, on a hiking trail or tasting wines from any number of local wineries. The innkeepers provide an extensive list of local eateries, wineries and more, and theyâ€™ll happily provide you a recommendation.
I enjoyed my stay so much, Iâ€™m eager to come back to experience the Tree Frog Night Inn in every season.