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“A cozy, restful getaway close to Rainier” 5 of 5 bubbles
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BaseCamp Cottages
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“A cozy, restful getaway close to Rainier”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2006

As a single traveler, I stayed at the Bird's Nest suite this past weekend - a lovely, charming cozy room perfect for one or two persons. I loved the gas fireplace, and all the extra touches which made my stay so memorable - like a coffeemaker with ground coffee ready to go, an alarm clock, a DVD player, CD and audiocassette player, microwave, refrigerator, and a supply of dishes and condiments. A queen-size very comfy bed, along with exquisite silence, made for a very restful stay. One gets the feeling that one is staying at a charming, cozy country inn in the middle of wilderness, with only a short drive to the Longmire entrance of Mount Rainier National Park.

The availability of an outdoor hot tub was also a nice amenity, and (being a birder) I appreciated the bird feeders right outside my window. The llamas on the property were also fun to meet and observe, and it was obvious that they were well taken care of as loved pets.

I recommend this place unequivocally, and I would absolutely go back for another stay (again, being a birder, I loved the names of their suites: Bird's Nest - the smallest suite, Songbird, and Wild Bird). The hosts are attentive, kind and very nice folks, and the room rates are very reasonable.

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2005

My sister and I have stayed at Jasmer's Big Creek Cabin and the Hudson Bay Cabin and we loved them both. The cabins are set off in the woods and very cozy. Unlike the preceding review, my sister and I (2 females) felt very safe in both cabins.

The cabins have awesome wood burning stoves and plenty of good burning fire wood. The kitchens are stocked with everything you need.

I have stayed at many rental cabins from the Smokey Mountains to Mt. Ranier and Jasmer's cabins can't be beat!

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Rowlett, TX
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2005

... if you are thinking of staying at the Big Creek cabin (obviously I can't comment on the other "cabins" ... they may be just fine), there are some things that you should know before you take the advice of the previous trip advisor comments.

Everything is fine until you get into the neighborhood where the "cabin" is located. Yes, it is located in a neighborhood. When we first drove in, there were a bunch of teenagers on 3-wheelers screwing around. This was not as secluded as I was left to believe by their website.

Secondly, this neighborhood is a little underwhelming. The lots are very small and there is a lot of rusted out cars and winnebagos, dillapidated houses, garbage on the front lawns, etc. Sorry to sound a little elitist here, but it was scary.

The "cabin" is just a house with a lot of wood-like paneling. This should be obvious from the pictures on their website. But when I think of "cabin" I think of "log cabin". Perhaps our expectations were set higher by previous cabin experiences in the Smokie Mountains, which were well managed, beautifully appointed, REAL cabins.

To its credit, the house itself seemed clean. The lady at the Jasmers office was very nice.

The biggest problem is that it is very close to two other houses. There is one "next door" which is actually not very noticeable. The other is directly within view of the back porch and the hot tub. It doesn't seem to be occupied ... YET! (At least, it appears to be a REAL cabin.) So yes -- you are within a few yards from the creek which is peaceful and all that -- but the problem is that so is the other cabin which ruins the "peaceful" and "secluded" nature of the cabin experience.

Along those lines, the hot tub is in perfect working order, but the deck is easly accessible from the rest of the property. In other words, the elevation of the land is not steep, so the deck sits just barely above ground level. Not knowing the neighborhood any more than what we could see as we first entered, we were a little concerned about our safety. Anyone could have walked from the street to the hot tub while we were in it. Perhaps we were a little paranoid, but we felt too vulnerable to relax and enjoy ourselves.

The bright spot was the racoon. He'll knock on the back door if you don't leave food out. We had fun watching him.

So my advice would be to avoid this "cabin". Also, if you are planning on staying at another cabin with Jasmers I would recommend asking A LOT of questions before you book your reservation.

  • Stayed September 2005
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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, Owner at BaseCamp Cottages, responded to this review, November 1, 2005
This is not the Smoky Mountains - it is Ashford, Mt Rainier. Jasmer's is well established, honorable business and not here to over sell, but to provide you with the best, clean, comfortable accommodations around. Our website provides interior and exterior photos as to not mis - lead. Big Creek cabin is a private cabin with hot tub, designed and accommodates the vast majority of people who appreciate quiet, clean, private and comfortable accommodations on the water. Not to mention all that we provide including the firewood, racoon food and bird seed. Yes a home away from home, but without distractions!
All of our cabins are in vacation cabin areas - and other people come to recreate and enjoy too. We are truly sorry that we did not exceed your expectations, (lord knows we can not please everyone, even though we try), but if you would have read any of the thousands of comments in the guest books at the cabin since 1992 you would have found out how very peaceful and relaxing the cabin is! Big Creek cabin sits on 150 feet of creek frontage with towering trees all around you and we sell it as Soul - Soothing not secluded.
Generally speaking anyone of those "scary" cabin owners you spoke about would have stopped to help you in a heart beat. Luke and I or anyone would have reassured you of your safety here in rural america, if it was announced.
I do not understand what you are saying about the deck being too low as it has like 6 steps or more with a hand rail and is on the creekside of the cabin far away from the street.
To experience life and enjoy, we must live in the present, for the past is history.
Luke, Tanna and Alexi Osterhaus - Jasmer's Lodging at Mt Rainier and Rainier Cabins
Happy to accommodate, anyone who can appreciate high quality, clean, private accommodations since 1987!

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Ann Arbor, MI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2005

The best thing about Jasmers is the wonderful, friendly hosts. They are so welcoming. We stayed one night in the Wildbird suite. It was great. They provided us with oatmeal and popcorn. There's a nice gas stove that heats the place. We watched one of the movies in our room, and settled in for a nice sleep before seeing Rainier the next day. Very nice place.

  • Stayed September 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank A2girl_13
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2005

We stayed in Big Creek Cabin for 3 days whilst hiking on Mount Rainier, what a perfect location! The hot tub was bliss at night to soothe those aching muscles and we were joined by a familty of racoons! (not in the tub though!)

The cabin was perfectly stocked, lots of towels and the kitchen was also well stocked, the wood burning fire was perfect. We can't rave enough about this perfectly secluded cabin in the woods, definitely one to book!

  • Stayed September 2004
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2005

Absolutely the best rental transaction we've ever had. We stayed in the Shadow Ridge unit. Absolutely everything we needed except food was there waiting for us. The cabin was clean, well-appointed, and recently upgraded with a large enclosed deck and a hot tub. Kudos to Luke and Tana Osterhaus of Jasmer's. You won't go wrong by booking with these folks.

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2005

Our family has stayed in this well-appointed cabin each summer for the past five years. We have been spending several weeks at Mount Rainier each summer for over twenty years, and this is the best fit we have found. Jasmers's service has always been outstanding and I recommend their accomodations to anyone who puts a premium on quiet, comfort and cleanliness. Your hosts love the mountain, and they want your experience to be the very best.

What more could you really want than that?

Stayed July 2005
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Additional Information about BaseCamp Cottages

Property: BaseCamp Cottages
Address: 30005 State Route 706 E, Ashford, WA 98304-9805 (Formerly Jasmer's Fireplace Rooms)
Location: United States > Washington > Ashford
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Ashford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10

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