Monday, May 16th, 2016
Tree Frog Night Inn: Secluded Getaway Minutes Outside of Bellingham

In this installment of the “Family Fun” blog, it’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.

Tree Frog Night Inn, Mediterranean suite

With our blended family of five kids, the grown ups don’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, we’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.

Sink detail, Mediterranean suite, Tree Frog Night Inn

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.

Breakfast, Tree Frog Night Inn


The main Inn has two suites: The Mediterranean room and the Coast Salish room, each with décor reminiscent of its theme. We stayed in the Mediterranean suite, surrounded by rich colors and opulent décor. 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 can’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 Kurt’s beautiful landscaping.

Native plant Bleeding Heart, Tree Frog Night Inn

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 “Chick-Inn Coop.”

Chick-Inn coop, Tree Frog Night Inn

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.

Hot tub view, Tree Frog Night Inn

Your view above while soaking in the hot tub.

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 they’ll happily provide you a recommendation.

Wall detail, Mediterranean suite, Tree Frog Night Inn

I enjoyed my stay so much, I’m eager to come back to experience the Tree Frog Night Inn in every season.

Tree Frog Night Inn
1727 Mt. Baker Highway, Bellingham
(360) 676-2300

For more Family Fun ideas near Bellingham see the full list of Hilary’s articles.

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About the Author:

Hilary Parker is a writer and editor living in Bellingham. She is the mother of two.