My wife and I stayed in the "Foreman" cabin three years ago. When we returned to Washington state this fall we had such fond memories of the cozy and picturesque ranch that we just had to go back for another stay.
The Ovenell family is friendly and accommodating. Just as in 2005, they supplied a loaf of homemade zucchini bread for us to take back to our little kitchen. In '05 it might have been pumpkin bread. Whatever the case, both were excellent.
The cabins are across the road from the main farm, far enough back, toward the Skagit River, to provide peace and quiet. We were lucky enough to have clear skies providing excellent views of snow-capped Mount Baker and the surrounding Cascade Mountains.
The Foreman is designed for two people, small, warm and comfortable. A gas stove provides more than enough heat on cold autumn nights. There's a bedroom, bathroom with bathtub/shower and counter-top sink, a little dining area with table and chairs, fully equipped kitchen (including microwave, kettle and toaster) and a living area with a sofa and small TV complete with cable.
Especially appreciated are all the thoughtful amenities. The Ovenells thought of everything. Maybe they've had one too many guest call from across the road asking for this and that! I should have written all the goodies down. A partial list includes tea/coffee/creamer/sweeteners/hot cocoa, salt and pepper and even instant oatmeal in the kitchen; soap, shampoo, air freshener, plenty of bathroom tissue, etc. in the bathroom and quite a few other comforts of home that I can't remember.
The rooms are decorated with cowboy prints and assorted Western and rural artifacts - old horseshoes, flour tins, antlers, etc. The effect is a homey feel like you've been transported back in time...that is except for the modern appliances.
One reviewer mentioned a lack of things to do in the area. Concrete isn't exactly a hopping town but it depends on what you're looking for. Outdoor activities are the main attraction. If you're not into fishing, boating or hiking, you might, other than viewing fantastic scenery from your car window, be at a loss. Restaurant choices are limited but there are a few along Route 20 between Concrete and North Cascades National Park. My wife and I are hikers so we absolutely love it up there. You won't find a better choice of trails or more spectacular country anywhere. I live on the East Coast but my screen name describes where my heart is.
As with restaurants, lodging choices for the North Cascades area are limited. From what I've seen and heard, Ovenells Heritage Inn offers the best choice of accommodation for the money. There are a variety of cabins to choose from, ranging in size to fit the needs of most families. If/when I'm back in the area, I'll be back on the ranch. Maybe next time we'll try out one of the other cabins.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ovenell's Heritage Inn & Log Cabins is located on a historic 580-acre cattle ranch in the heart of the North Cascades National Park and borders the banks of the Wild & Scenic Skagit River. Beautiful views of Mt. Baker and the surrounding Cascade range are breathtaking. Our plush log cabins offer modern amenities with kitchen facilities, private bath and BBQ's. We are open year round for things such as; fishing, hiking, eagle watching, rafting, guided float trips and more. Bring your hiking boots and camera for a memorable stay, wildlife and wildflowers are abundant in the North Cascades. A birders paradise! ... more less