We first heard about Rolling Huts from our friend Sandra. Rolling Huts is a modern alternative to camping, designed by Tom Kundig of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects in Seattle. It is a group of 6 modern “cabins” located about 15 minutes away from Winthrop (~4 hours from Seattle). There are six huts, forming “The Herd”. We were convinced the moment we saw the pictures. I’m sure you’d agree….
COOLEST. CABINS. EVER.
The huts are equipped with a small refridgerator, microwave, heating and even has Wi-Fi!
Together with our friends, Sandra & Vincent, we went for a weekend camping trip to Rolling Huts in mid-March 2011. The only classic “camping” thing we really did was sleep in our sleeping bags! The huts are equipped with a small refridgerator, microwave, heating and even has Wi-Fi! A modern wood-burning fireplace supplies additional heat. A little balcony at the back of the cabins lets you enjoy views of the mountain without having to leave your cabin. There is a sleeping platform that fits two adults and a living area that can fit another two on the floor. There’s a honey-bucket style toilet adjacent to the huts and a fully heated bathroom that is complete with hot/cold showers and flushable toilets just a few steps away.
TIP: Photos above were taken using a Nikon D40x DSLR (no longer being sold) along with a must have, versatile traveler’s lens, the Nikkor 18-200mm. An equivalent DSLR would be the Nikon D3000.
Turns out, the elevated wooden huts are a creative solution to a local zoning code that only allows RVs in this area. The huts are put on rusted wheels as a workaround which enabled the huts to be classified as mobile homes, which met the regulatory requirements. The wheels are what gave the huts their name – “Rolling” Huts. It was a moment of eureka when we figured that out 🙂 Firewood is stored under the huts, in between the wheels.
LUXURY ALL THE WAY
As if the heating, the wifi, heated bathrooms and hot shower was not luxury enough, there’s also a restaurant just steps away from the huts at the entrance to this “campsite”. So if you didn’t want to bother bringing your own food, you can always just take a short walk to the restaurant and have your meals there. The weekend we were there, the restaurant was closed, so we brought our own food. We used the both the gas grill and charcoal grill to cook our marinated chicken wings, pork rib and salmon! It was delish!
Right opposite the six huts, adjacent to the bathrooms is a two-story house called “The Farmhouse”. We learnt that it is also available for rent, sleeps 8 comfortably (3 rooms) and has all the amenities of a home (including bathrooms). We loved our camping weekend so much that we decided to go back and rent the Farmhouse for a weekend to celebrate a friend’s birthday. We’ll be doing that this coming month of May!
The Farmhouse is not advertised on Rolling Hut’s website, so you’ll have to call if you want to reserve it. It is $250/night for the entire house with a 2-night minimum reservation.
From Seattle, it’ll be about ~4 hours drive through the North Cascade Scenic Highway. On the way to Rolling Huts, you’ll pass through the tiny town of Winthrop that has preserved its “American Wild West” building design & architecture.
- Address: 18381 HWY 20, Winthrop, WA 98862.
- Cost: Each hut is $125/night with a minimum 2 night reservation.
- Website: http://www.rollinghuts.com/index.htm
We had a wonderful weekend there. It was so peaceful and quiet that we ended up not doing any hiking or activities. The view was simply stunning that we spent our time reading on the balcony, taking the puppy for walks, eating, drinking, enjoying each other’s company and played monopoly into the night! Ah, the simple pleasures of life.
For the more adventurous, there are plenty of trails to hike and if you go in the winter, there are also snow-shoeing, dog sledding and other winter activities in the vicinity for you to enjoy.
For those of you who don’t like the ruggedness of camping, this is the PERFECT “camping” trip to get you started!