Lovely place to spend a few days
Our family of four - two adults, kids 10 and 16 - enjoyed the 3 nights we spent midweek in Packwood. The space: Lovely, well kept A frame house with a small shed for sleeping out back. Its not incredibly fancy, but its very clean and comfortable, and has everything you'd need to relax for a few days. All cooking utensils, bedding, towels, some left over food in the fridge, board games, CDs. You can tell the owning family enjoys and cares about the space, there are homey trinkets decorating everything, it adds some charm. Also, they sent easy instructions and were not intrusive - we really appreciated that. We had no issues so didn't need to communicate with the owners directly at all. The bedroom is lofted above the kitchen, there is a double and a small bed there, and a cot you could take downstairs. Also a fold out futon downstairs. The space is not huge, but very comfortable for a family or close friends. The yard amenities are great too - a hot tub, a hammock, and a fire pit (we didn't use but would have if not for burn ban). Nice chairs for lounging out back and front, and even some old swings near the road. You can also use the pool which is down the road a bit, or golf too. They have a TV / DVD player (2 actually) no internet. The area: Packwood is a small town South/southest of Mt. Rainier, and its about a 7 min drive from the property to the "main drag". Its not much of a town, not like a charming strolling antiques little town - more like a couple diners and a gas station, and a functional market w/ produce. With bad traffic it took us more than 3 hours to get there from Seattle, but on the drive back, no traffic took less than 2.5. For hikers: If you are here exclusively for Mt. Rainier trips, its a good drive to and from. To Paradise, plan for 1.5 hours to trailheads. For Sunrise, about the same, maybe a bit less. Closer hikes are abundant, we did the Naches Loop hike which is lovely (but easy) and about 45 mins, and you can also drive minutes - like 5 - in to Gifford Pinchot National Forest and play around in creeks, etc. I'm sure lots of other nice trips in the national forests right there to get to easily. I'd recommend this to families or couples, small groups of friends that are looking for a very laid back, restful sort of weekend trip.
Cute Mount Rainier/White Pass Chalet