2 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath Private Home With Hot Tub
David Meier/Lynn Chamberlain
About David Meier/Lynn Chamberlain
Having pretty much grown up in the Skykomish Valley, I, David, moved to the cabin in 1976 and eventually purchased the property in 1978. A Cabin On The Sky is not just a business for me, it has also been my home and that pride of ownership shows throughout the property. I have operated A Cabin On The Sky as a vacation rental since 2002. Lynn and I met, here in Index, in the late 1970's, fell in love and eventually married. We currently reside a few blocks from the cabin with our canine companion Charlie. We both have extensive experience in the hospitality business in that Lynn worked as a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines for many years and we operated A Stone's Throw B&B out of our home for ten years. We have recently re-opened our B&B after taking a hiatus for a few years. I worked in the timber industry for nearly 2 decades and after the sawmill closed in the early 1990's, I went back to school to become a cabinet maker. In addition to woodworking and remodeling, I also spend parts of my summer working as a Wildland Firefighter. Wearing these different hats allows me to live and work in this beautiful place. Lynn retired from the airlines and spends much of her time pursuing her interest in gardening and painting. We have hosted plein-aire artist workshops at the cabin and our home. We have traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Mexico and Europe and believe that Index is located in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Community is very important to us. I served in the local fire department as a volunteer and commissioner for nearly 20 years. I currently serve on the Boards of Directors for the Index Historical Society and the Friends Of Heybrook Ridge, a grassroots organization that saved over 100 acres from being clearcut and is now a county park. We open our homes to our guests with the hope that they can come away with a taste of the life we have found in this beautiful valley.
David Meier/Lynn Chamberlain purchased this Cabin in 1978
Why David Meier/Lynn Chamberlain chose Index
I spent the first 14 years of my life in North Dakota fantasizing about mountains, forests and clear flowing water. These things were only available to me through the books of Jack London and Saturday matinees. My family moved to Gold Bar, WA in 1967. Even as a high school kid I would drive up the valley to Index to truly be in the mountains, hiking the hillsides and camping along the river. There are few places like this and when I had the opportunity to move here I jumped at the chance. Lynn moved here in 1978 from the Bay Area in California, immediately impressed by the beauty of this valley. Index is a small community, but has a strong core of civic-minded folks that are sometimes the envy of other, much larger communities. We have friends and neighbors that we have known for over 35 years. The river valley and mountains were carved from glaciers and are what limits the growth of this village to what it is today. Few places are blessed with this much beauty.
What makes this Cabin unique
The views were what brought us here. A strong desire to create comfortable, personalized homes keeps us happy and calms our spirits. The cabin was a very modest residence when I purchased it and then, with a lot of hard work and imagination, transformed it into what it is today. That ethic continues to this day. We are continually thinking of ways to improve our guest's experience. The same can be said about our own home except you would multiply that by several factors. Even though Index is off the beaten path it is located whereby a person can make the jump over Steven's Pass to Eastern Washington and beyond (we often feel like just driving on to Montana. And sometimes do). It is also close enough to Seattle and the rest of the Puget Sound Area when we need a taste of art, culture, shopping and maybe a ferry ride to the San Juan Islands. An hour either way will take you to another world.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Possibly the best vacation rental I have ever stayed in.
David was quick to respond and a pleasure to do business with!
Oasis on the river
Great place to relax and let your brain slow down. The cabin is very clean and comfortable - and has everything you need. One of the best things about the cabin are all the windows. They really open up the landscape and the river. We slept with the bedroom window open at night - the sounds of the river were hypnotic!
So pleased to hear that you had a pleasant stay at the cabin. When I remodeled the cabin back in the late 70's, I wanted to take advantage of the river and mountain views. It is nice to know that decisions I made 40 years ago are still holding up today.
I hope you can make it back up this way for another stay.
THIS IS MY THIRD TIME AT CABIN ON THE SKY. IT IS ALWAYS INSPIRING TO BE THERE AMONG THE EXQUISITE SCENERY AND PEACEFUL SURROUNDINGS. IT REPLENISHES MY SPIRIT!! RICHARD
We all need a bit of a respite from our daily grind and I'm pleased to know that A Cabin On The Sky provides that for you.
I hope to be here if you should ever need a getaway.
Heaven is a place in Index, Washington
What an amazing experience my family just enjoyed! We had never heard of Index, Washington and this very small community holds huge beauty and peace as it’s calling card. Our hosts were amazing and David was so kind to answer all my questions. The cabin was immaculate and beautiful and once you head to the backyard prepare to faint. The river and mountains are literally your live painting. The fire pit and hot tub are huge bonus. There is no question you should book this cabin right now. You will truly have the trip of a lifetime. Sincerely, Kim and Mark Hays
Good golly. It sure sounds as if you all had a swell time. I sure hope that you all can make it back up this way from the Lone Star State. If not, I hope you took lots of photos and stored a bunch of stuff in your own memories to pull out whenever you might need a break.
I hope we meet again.
I was delighted with my stay at this amazing property. Every perceivable need was carefully considered and met. It exceeded my expectations in so many ways. The setting was in a spectacular location with mind blowing views and the house itself was tastefully appointed and scrupulously clean. The owner was friendly and helpful. I loved my getaway stay. I highly recommend this property!
Thanks for your kind words and I hope your getaway with your girlfriends was a success, in that you all relaxed a bit, had some laughs and made happy memories.
The Perfect Getaway
This cabin is just all around perfect! Not too far from Seattle and in just a small enough town to make you feel removed from the real world. The calming roar of the river is amazing to fall asleep to as well as keeps a breeze flowing through the cabin. We loved to just hang out in the comfy and cute living room as well as drink coffee in the sun room. Also the fire pit, hot tub, picnic table, lounge chairs and what we used as "tanning chairs" made hanging out outside honestly our go to. And of course, the scenery of the mountains was just awe-inspiring and absolutely gorgeous. The cabin is also very close to a ton of amazing hikes and is not too far away from other little towns that offer a little more civilization when you want to eat out or something. Overall, just perfect. David and Lynn are so accommodating and keep the place in just the best conditions. We would buy the place and move out there today if we could!!;)
It is always encouraging to have repeat guests like yourselves who choose to return to A Cabin On The Sky. Sometimes, traveling long distances to get here, but then there are those who love the place so much they want to reside here. As someone who has lived in this beautiful valley since 1976, I totally get it.
I hope that you can find your way back up to this corner of the country. Thanks for your kind words.
A Cabin On The Sky is located in the North Fork of the Skykomish River Valley in the North Central Cascade Mountains. Index is surrounded by mountains, a river and various parks. The notable parks are: Forks of the Sky State Park, Heybrook Ridge County Park , the Mt. Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest & the Wild Sky Wilderness Area. The geological location lends itself to many outdoor activities. During the Spring and Summer months whitewater river rafting, with class IV-V rapids, draws folks from all over the country. There are rafting companies located in Index to serve you. Fishing is popular for some. Quiet roads for biking. There are many hiking trails in the area. Some of the more popular hikes are Wallace Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Lake Serene, Heybrook Ridge Lookout, Lake Dorothy, West Cady Ridge, Evergreen Mountain, Lookout Point and Barclay Lake, a hike that is suitable for kids. Just step outside the cabin doors. It doesn’t get any better than this.
The natural beauty of the area attracts photographers, plein-aire artists, songwriters and authors who stay with us throughout the year. A fun annual event is the Index Arts Festival, usually held in August, that celebrates music and the arts.
The Index Town Wall, just minutes away, is a well known mecca for the international rock climbing community. Index has been called the Yosemite of Washington State.
During the Autumn months an extra bonus is that we are just a bit more than an hour away from Leavenworth, WA and the beautiful drive over Stevens Pass to see the Fall colors. We are an excellent option for visiting that popular tourist destination without having to stay with all the crowds and high-priced accommodations that are associated with that.
The Winter months attract skiers and snowboarders that are headed to the slopes of Steven’s Pass Ski Area, about a 1/2 hour drive from Index.
Many of the attractions of Seattle and Puget Sound are within an hour or two from Index. Out of state guests find that A Cabin On The Sky is a great base for traveling west to the urban attractions of the greater Seattle area and for day trips to the more rural Eastern Washington attractions. Make a day of it and drive the Cascade Loop Trail that includes the stunning North Cascades Highway.
In addition to our many local guests and those from throughout the U.S., others have stayed with us from all around the world including Europe, South America, Canada, South Africa, Australia and China.
While all are welcome, our target group of the population are couples who are just looking for a peaceful, quiet place to relax and regroup in a beautiful setting. One couple has stayed with us 30 times, to date. Other repeat guests refer to A Cabin On The Sky as 'their place'. We have hosted many honeymooners, a small intimate wedding in the backyard and there have been a half dozen marriage proposals made at our cabin that we are aware of.
Whatever your desire, your stay here will be a memorable experience. Come and stay at this owner-maintained and cleaned home where you will feel hugged by the mountains and be whispered to sleep by the river.