7 Cozy Cabin Getaways in Washington State

With temperatures quickly cooling across the country, the cozy season will soon be in full effect.

To celebrate changing seasons, sweatpants weather, and all the delicious warm beverages that come along with fall and winter, we’ve put together a list of 7 Cozy Cabin Getaways in Washington State that will have you pining for a long weekend in the woods.

1. TreeHouse Point in Issaquah, Washington

TreeHouse Point Cabin Getaways

Trover photo by Matador Network

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5 Seattle Walks You’ll Love

Summer is a lovely time to take advantage of sun and breezy weather to enjoy a walk in one of Seattle’s beautiful parks or check out one of the many city trails. Here are 5 walks for you to consider for your next trip out in Seattle.

Discovery Park

The city’s largest park with wonderful wildlife and over 11 miles of hiking trails.

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Photo by Veronika Patrashko.

Green Lake

The 2.8 mile trail around this in city lake is great for walkers, bikers,  and roller skaters.

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Photo by Brielle Miller.

Burke-Gilman Trail

Once a railroad, this popular trail in and around Seattle goes on  for almost 20 miles.

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Photo by James Grindle.

Myrtle Edwards Park

Located on Elliott Bay, this waterfront park is connected to the new Seattle Sculpture Park.

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Photo by Josh Rohr.

Washington Park Arboretum

Along with an impressive collection of plants, this beautiful park is home to one of the oldest and most authentic Japanese gardens in the United States.

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Photo by Emiko Atherton.

Check out more great hikes from around the world here. Why not come on over to Trover.com and let us know your favorite city walks? See you there.

10 Breathtaking Reasons To Go Stargazing

Stargazing has provided wonder and entertainment for millennia. We have found some of the most amazing points on the globe for you to bring your telescope and observe the beauty of the sky at night. Thanks to our very own Varsha B for this wonderful compilation of starry, starry nights.

1. Marakele National Park, Limpopo, South Africa

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Photo by The Travelling Chilli.

2. Bicheno Hideaway, Bicheno, Australia

The Milky Way lights up the sky above the Boathouse at the Bicheno Hideaway on Tasmania's east coast. There's few places that I've seen more stars!

Photo by Kristin Repsher.

3. Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

How amazing is this?! I'd hoped for auroras to appear during our time in Tekapo, since it's known as having one of the darkest skies in the world. We were lucky enough to have it two nights running (although we could only see it with the naked eye on one of those nights). I should have known the minute I got to the Church of the Good Shepherd that they could be seen with the camera, since there was a horde of photographers all facing south, which is probably not a normal occurrence at 11pm!

Photo by Kristin Repsher

4. Noord / Tanki Leendert, Aruba

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Photo by Bob Cooley.

5. El Mirador National Park, Peten, Guatemala

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Photo by Sergio Camalich.

6. Mauna Kea, Big Island, Hawaii

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Photo by Richard Remington.

7. Big Pine, CA

Photo by DuMarc Photography.

8. Ice Lakes Basin, CO

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Photo by Brendan Caffrey.

9. Mt. Ranier, WA

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Photo by Nathaniel Stott.

10. Fernie, BC

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Photo by Matt Ford.

Find more amazing lists from our very own Trovers here, here and here. And as always, you can find more inspiration at Trover.com.

Pacific Northwest Weekend Getaways for You

The Pacific Northwest is a collections of bests: best camping, best views, best regional food, best music scene, best cafes… We could go on. A typical day could be waking up in your tent to a gorgeous sunrise in the Olympic National Park, taking a ferry ride through Elliot Bay, walking around a Pike Place market and then settling down to a delicious dinner with a glass of Northwest wine. All of this makes this beautiful, green, aqueous, and mountainous region one of the most popular and unique destinations in the world. We have rounded up some of the best places to visit for you to consider for your next weekend away. Let us know what you discover over at Trover.com.

San Juan Islands

With over 700 islands, the San Juans offer gorgeous views, beaches, and whale watching.

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Photo by Monica Ewing.

Seattle

The largest city in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle retains its small town feel with its many charming neighborhoods.

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Photo by our very own Matt Hudgins.

Portland

Famous for being off the beaten path and slightly eccentric, Portland also has a sophisticated food and brewery scene.

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Photo by Julio Gleske.

Mt. Ranier

One of a chain of volcanoes up and down the Pacific Northwest, this iconic mountain practically floats above the Seattle skyline.

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Photo by Martha Tolentino.

Vancouver

Bike around Stanley Park, enjoy a bustling water front, or seek out a myriad of different cuisines. Vancouver is Seattle’s worldly cousin.

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Photo by Backpacking Bella.

Crater Lake, Oregon

Enjoy the reflections on the pristine waters of the deepest lake in the United States.

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Photo by Suzannah Maree Photography.

Victoria, Vancouver Island

A charming town with an English flavor, Victoria offers high tea, Butchart Gardens and a fabulous Royal British Columbia Museum.

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Photo by Chasing Adventure.

Cannon Beach, Oregon Coast

Walk golden sand beaches and enjoy the majestic sea stacks that loom on the horizon.

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Photo by Paige Spee.

Mt. St. Helens

After the 1980 eruption that blew the entire top of this volcano to smithereens, life is making a comeback on the slopes of Mt. St. Helens. The Visitor Center offers an excellent overview.

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Photo by Gavin Burns.

Olympic National Park

Home of Hurricane Ridge and the Hoh Rain Forest, there are many trails to explore in this beautiful park for all ability levels.

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Photo by Clint & Jamie Preisendorfer.

Mt. Hood

The tallest point in Oregon, visit the National Historic Landmark Timberline Lodge for an overnight stay.

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Photo by Annemarie Vivolo.

Columbia River Gorge

Famous for its views and its excellent windsurfing, visitors can also enjoy amazing views, outstanding food, and  wonderful music.

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Photo by Melissa G.

Still itching for more Weekend Away ideas? Find them here. Head on over to Trover.com for more inspiration!

7 Fake European Towns That Won’t Break the Bank

So you want to go to Europe but don’t quite have the time or money to make it over? Believe it or not, you’re in luck! Hundreds of places around the world have been inspired by the architecture and culture of major European cities. Some have even gone so far as to replicate the original.

If authenticity doesn’t matter to you as much as budget, you may just find the European escape of your dreams right in your own backyard. Here are 7 of our favorite Fake European Towns That Won’t Break the Bank:

1. Solvang, California

Nicknamed the “Danish Capital of America,” this Santa Barbara-area town was founded in 1911 by a group of Danes who wanted to establish a Danish colony outside of the cold Midwest. The town features Danish bakeries, shops and restaurants, and a replica of the famous Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen.

Trover photo by The Snowmads

 

2. Thames Valley Khao Yai in Ban Mu Si, Thailand

This unique hotel in the lush Khao Yai region of Thailand was designed to resemble an English countryside village along the River Thames corridor, complete with tea rooms and traditional English pubs.

Trover photo by Nita Gulati

 

3. Frankenmuth, Michigan

Nicknamed “Little Bavaria,” this Michigan town is home to many Bavarian-themed shops and restaurants, as well as Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, a 7-acre store billed as the “World’s Largest Christmas Store.”

Trover photo by Marisa Heilman

 

4. Leavenworth, Washington

This formerly sleepy railroad town in central Washington was transformed into a mock Bavarian village in 1962 and is now home to a popular Oktoberfest celebration and the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, which houses more than 5,000 nutcrackers!

Trover photo by Michelle Finseth

 

5. Québec City, Québec

Okay, Québec City is not exactly a fake European city. But it is heavily influenced by its French heritage. Besides hearing Canadian French spoken around every corner, you can expect to see romantic architecture, sidewalk cafes, and traditional French bakeries all over this beautiful and historic city.

 

6. Helen, Georgia

Modeled to look like a Bavarian alpine village, this small town of 500 keeps it “authentic” with street performers, Oktoberfest celebrations, and a Denny’s that is actually designed to fit the Bavarian architectural style!

Trover photo by Michael Schuier

 

7. Las Vegas, Nevada

Of course, if you’re looking to get the most European flair from a non-European city, there’s no better place than Las Vegas. Where else in the world can you visit the top of the Eiffel Tower and ride in a Venetian gondola within the same hour? Well, maybe in Europe if you hurry. But Vegas is definitely the next best thing.

Trover photo by Lauréanne Pelletier

Trover photo by Adrian Roberts

 

Fake European towns won’t satisfy all of your cravings for a classic European adventure, but they will provide a taste of Europe and will keep your wallet happy at the same time. To see more fake European towns around the world, check out the full list here, and don’t forget to share your own European discoveries (real or otherwise) on Trover this summer!