Historic home renovated into the ultimate North Cascades getaway. Skagit Steelhead House is a 2 bed 1 bath basement apartment that is bright, clean and spacious with some truly amazing handcrafted rustic touches. This is the perfect spot to escape into some of the United States most beautiful forests, mountains, and rivers. Nestled at the base of Sauk Mountain and the banks of the Skagit River you have found the perfect launching point for many great adventures. What are you waiting for?
The home dates back to 1920 where it started life as a railroad station supporting the gold and logging booms that put Rockport on the map. In the 1940s it was made into a restaurant called the Tourist Tavern. In the 1980s ownership changed hands and so did the name, as the home became the Fish Inn. In 2009 the decaying Fish Inn was literally lifted off its foundation, a new basement dug, a new foundation laid, and a new life poured into an amazing piece of history. After years of careful renovation the home is ready to host another century of guests, families, children, fishermen, hikers, rafters, climbers, and outdoor lovers to the slice of heaven that is the Skagit River and the North Cascades.
In the renovation as many local crafters and materials were sourced as could be found. Many touches came from the forests and the hands of those that call the North Cascades home every day.
- The bench in the entry was milled by a local wood worker in Concrete out of a solid slab of Douglas Fir.
- The doors and trim for the bedrooms and bathroom were crafted by a local Rockport man that personally salvaged the old growth Fir logs out of the forest and had them helicoptered to his mill.
- The Steelhead carving (that is our homage to the Skagit River) was carved and stained by hand, first with a chainsaw and then with the detail brushes of a fine watercolorist.
- The king bed and matching dresser in the river bedroom were handcrafted by small furniture maker in BC out of reclaimed barn wood.
- The shelves in the dining room and river bedroom were made from salvaged 2x6 lumber from the original construction.
Special attention was always paid to keep as much of the spirit of area in the home as possible while still giving the home and modern and comfortable feel.
You will have access to the backyard which leads down into Howard Miller Steelhead Park. The park boasts a boat launch (for power and drift boats alike), playgrounds, and a hiking trail that follows the Skagit River West along the former railroad bed high banks.
In warmer months lounging chairs will be provided. Also the ability to use the fire pit on the west side of the backyard (firewood is not supplied) will be allowed during warmer months (please alway abide by any burn bans in effect).
I am available via phone (text primary or calls secondary) should you need anything. You will likely not interact with me in person as I visit Skagit Steelhead House myself when it's not being rented.
When the home was renovated it was split into 2 separate living spaces. The upper level of the home has a family that are full time residents. You may meet them and you may not. We ask that you please be respectful of them and to keep noise within reason and any interactions cordial.
Right in your backyard is Howard Miller Steelhead Park on the banks of the Skagit River. The park is a year round draw for outdoor enthusiasts and a renowned fishing spot and one of the main boat launches in the area. The park also boasts two playgrounds and a hiking trail that parallels the river along the old railroad bed high banks.
In the front yard you have Sauk Mountain. The first major peak you encounter (coming West to East on Hwy 20) in the North Cascades, it tops out at 5500ft. There is a parking lot and trailhead at the 4400ft level that can be accessed via Sauk Mountain Rd about 1 mile West of the house on the North side of Hwy 20. Climbing the remaining 1100ft vertical gain gives you some truly breathtaking views of the Skagit and Sauk Rivers to the North, Glacier Peak to the East, and (on a clear day) the Olympic Range and San Juan Islands to the West.
Heading West on Hwy 20 takes past Concrete and into the former logging town of Sedro Wooley. As you continue West you hit Fidalgo Island, the Straight of Juan de Fuca, and Deception Pass.
Heading East on Hwy 20 takes along the bends and curves of the (Federally designated) Wild & Scenic Skagit River past Cascadian Farms, an organic farm with in season berries, produce, and awesome fresh made organic ice cream, into the town of Marblemount. As you travel beyond Marblemount you pass Newhalem and Daiblo gaining elevation the entire time as you get deep into the North Cascades and over the North Cascade Pass (only open during warmer months due to large amounts of snow and avalanches) into the western town of Winthrop.
Heading South on Hwy 530 takes you along the Sauk River and into the town of Darrington at the gateway to the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.Get the full listing »