Vigorous Vacation

Our family doesn’t like to sit still, so the Freestone Inn is our kind of place. Located in north central Washington, the ruggedly elegant retreat keeps adding more activities and options for adventurous clients like us.

By: Marty Wentzel

MAZAMA, Wash. Our family doesn’t like to sit still, so the Freestone Inn is our kind of place. Located in north central Washington, the ruggedly elegant retreat keeps adding more activities and options for adventurous clients like us.

On a recent visit, we discovered that the Freestone now features an outdoor swimming pool, and a children’s play area with climbing equipment is being added.

Also under construction by the pool is the new Jack’s Hut, Freestone’s year-round headquarters for activities and equipment rentals. Opening in time for this year’s Christmas rush, the new 2,000-square-foot facility will outshine its 1,000-square-foot predecessor with expanded retail space, a cafe, a game room and a deck.

Jack’s offers such activities as hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, river rafting, rock climbing and horseback riding. Guided nature walks and golf are some warm-weather options.

The Freestone’s new Kidventure program caters to 8- to 12-year-olds, and it helps kids learn about the great outdoors through such activities as crafts, natural history lessons and team-building games.

In the winter, the Freestone turns into a winter wonderland. Nordic skiiers have access to a vast system of cross-country trails. Guests can also enjoy heli-skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides and ice skating.

While we enjoyed our busy days, we appreciated the amenities and facilities that helped us slow down. Clients can unwind by using the large hot tub adjacent to the inn or ordering one of the Freestone’s in-room massages, pedicures or facials.

Accommodations at the Freestone feature fireplaces, whether you stay in one of the 20 rooms in the inn, one of 15 cabins or either of two lakefront lodges. Our two-bedroom cabin was built four years ago and came with a well-equipped kitchen with a half-size refrigerator plus living and dining rooms.

The lobby sports such delightful design touches as saddles and black-and-white photos from the area’s ranching heritage. A dramatic river-rock fireplace separates the lounge from the dining room, all of which is presided over by a 35-foot vaulted ceiling with exposed wooden beams.

Active, passive or somewhere in-between, clients will probably agree that the Freestone Inn is a fun family getaway in the Northwest.

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