Great peaceful haven after mountain day hikes. Would stay here again.
My family and I really enjoyed our July stay. We used the house as a base while exploring Mt Rainier and the north side of Mt St Helens. Packwood is well situated for those trips. The house was very clean, well maintained, comfortable and located in a peaceful wooded residential area. The beds and bedding were comfortable (the bunk beds were a little hard but the kids did not complain). There was no reviews when I booked which made me a little nervous so I wanted to be to leave one. Pool: Our favorite amenity was the community pool. It felt great every evening after hiking. It is really two fairly large pools- one about 1-3 ft deep and one about 4-8ft deep. The pools had great warm temperature, popsicles and soda to purchase as well as pool toys. There is also a tennis court and play ground. I felt lucky to see it as it is located on the northside Hwy12 east of the house turn off (the house is on the southside of Hwy 12). You have to drive to it and wear the wristbands. The neighborhood: Lush and peaceful! There is a cold creek to play in that just south? of the cabin. It was fun to climb rocks and bath your toes in. One negative- we were awoken each morning at 7 by a man walking (yelling profanities) at his dogs. Firepit: Bring your smore making supplies and maybe a comfortable lawn chair(there are a few upright plastic chairs). There is plenty of wood and a little paper for fire starting. Ventilation: My husband wished he could open up the windows and enjoy the fresh air but there are no window screens other then the sliding door. There were fans but it did get a little stuffy. The AC worked (after we replaced the remote batteries) but we would have preferred fresh air. Household amenities: We used the washer and dryer once and it was really nice that he provided laundry soap . The washer stopped once randomly as something had triggered the GFI but once reset it finished the load. Kitchen and fridge/Freezer were nice. I could have wished the kitchen had dry measuring cups (as there was only a liquid measure), a pair of scissors and another lg pot. He had a very large stock pot, one large pot, a good fry pan and a thin pizza pan cookie sheet for the oven that I used. I was glad I had brought my large pot from home so I could cook two things at once. The only indoor eating area is the kitchen bar with 4 stools. The WiFi was slow and we did not get cell coverage (we have Verizon) but we could send out and receive email.

August 2016
Tranquil Forest House  w/ Jacuzzi, Sauna, and Pool Access--Near Coal Creek
Tranquil Forest House w/ Jacuzzi, Sauna, and Pool Access--Near Coal Creek
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