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“A hectic house, not a relaxing get away”

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North Cascades Basecamp
Ranked #3 of 3 Mazama B&B and Inns
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Seattle, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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“A hectic house, not a relaxing get away”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

The location of North Cascades Basecamp is great, but the lodging and the ambiance inside don't match what I was expecting from their website and print ads. Our family wanted a relaxing place to stay while we x-c skied and instead we felt like we were in a zoo. The main house is small and affords no privacy. Even when in our room we could hear other families very well. While our kids enjoyed the craziness of it all we weren't so thrilled. The house needs a renovation for decor, but especially the hot tub which was warm (not hot) and consisted of a straight sided tub with milk crates in it. Given similar places we've stayed at we expecting much higher quality lodging for the price charged.
The food is very good and the owners are very nice people, but unfortunately this didn't make up for the overall bad experience. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing retreat in the Methow look elsewhere.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Tumwater, Washington
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Our family spent two nights at Basecamp in the cabin. The location next to the Goat Wall (mountain) is awesome and we really enjoyed Mazama, Winthrop, and an epic trip to Harts Pass. The cabin provided functional lodging, but no living area except for the loft. One of the bedrooms had a bunch of dead insects in the skylight. The galley kitchen is tiny and the furniture was sparse. I believe that the main lodge would provide a dramatically better guest experience. Breakfast is included in the room rates for the lodge but not the cabin. We were quoted $16 per person to eat breakfast---went down the road 2 miles to the Mazama Country Inn and enjoyed a delicious breakfast for half the price.

We left satisfied, making some great memories in spite of a few disappointments with our accomodations. Next time we'll stay either in the lodge or rent another cabin in the area.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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San Diego
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

Our family spent two nights at Basecamp, and it was awesome. Accomodations are clean and comfortable. Owners are terrific - very gracious and very knowledgeable about the surrounding area including flora, fauna, hiking trails, and more. Food is exceptional. Location is perfect for access to hiking, and promximity to Winthrop to the East and North Cascades National Park to the West. We count our time at Basecamp as the highlight of our Cascade Loop adventure.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Old Hickory, Tennessee
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

We spent four nights at the North Cascades Base Camp for our daughter's wedding followed by a family reunion. We rented the entire lodge and the 2 bedroom cabin and were very comfortable and happy there. The innkeepers are gracious hosts and provided a delicious dinner our first night, and great breakfasts every morning. Both biologists, they provided helpful and interesting information about the flora and fauna of the area. The setting is beautiful and the rooms comfortable. The two days after the wedding (separately catered dinner) we hiked, biked, toured Winthrop.

Room Tip: Rooms on the second floor and in the cabin are larger than Goat Wall and Becky rooms.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

Other reviews focused on the cozyness of basecamp and the location, so I will write about the food! This an all-inclusive three day weekend for our ski club, and the food was fabulous. In addition to delicious and ample breakfasts and dinners, we were provided a sandwich buffet, fruit and homemade cookies to-go for our skiing adventures. Owners Kim and Steve (and their children) were totally charming and helpful, adding to the ambiance.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Yakima
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

We would recommend the Basecamp cabin as an excellent choice for a small group. We booked the cabin for two couples. It has comfortable sleeping arrangements, two separate bedrooms plus a loft with a sleeper-sofa. One of the bedrooms has bunk beds for kids as well as a double bed. The galley kitchen, although small, is complete with all the cooking facilities. Friends stopped by and we had 8 people in the cabin for after-ski refreshment and had plenty of space. And best of all, you can ski out the door. Mazama often has the best snow in the Methow and from Basecamp you have a number of trail possibilities available without having to drive anywhere.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

Too short of a trip, only one night, but what a great, relaxing place to recharge, get back in touch with nature, read a book, or just plane sleep. How can you not love a place that doesn't have a reservation desk, but a white board on the front porch with your name and room name, and in you go? The Bondi's make you feel right at home. The lodge and rooms are not too big, not too small, just right. Shared bathrooms on the first floor. The night sky stars are spectacular. This is an all-year-round place to be: hiking, biking, snow showing, cross-country skiing. The food is all local, breakfast was hearty and healthy. The local art (for sale) is in keeping with the natural surroundings. Check out their website http://www.northcascadesbasecamp.com/ for upcoming events. I'll be back--often.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Property: North Cascades Basecamp
Address: 255 Lost River Rd, Mazama, WA 98833-9700
Location: United States > Washington > Mazama
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Mazama
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sundecks and sunrooms, naturalist library and wood stove sitting room, herb, flower, and organic vegetable gardens, Audubon Certified loop trails within our 25 acres of cedar forest, beaver ponds, and rocky banks of the Methow River, trailhead access to over 200 km of groomed XC-ski trails. Your stay includes meals served with farm-fresh eggs and sustainably grown fruit, veggies and grains from our local farmers and garden whenever possible. ... more   less 

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