More standard motel-style accommodations can be found downtown at the Obertal Village Motor Inn (922 Commercial St., 509/548-5204 or 800/537-9382, www.obertal.com, $139–149 s or d). More expensive suites are available with hot tub and fireplace ($159–179).
Or stay in a rambling, three-story wooden chalet outside of town at Haus Rohrbach Pension (12882 Ranger Rd., 509/548-7074 or 800/548-4477, www.hausrohrbach.com, $105–130 s or d), with 10 rooms. Many rooms have decks and great views of the surrounding mountains. The owners also offer Austrian gourmet cooking classes.
The cozy, quiet Hotel Pension Anna (926 Commercial St., 509/548-6273 or 800/509-2662, www.pensionanna.com, $135–155 d) also offers a bit of authentic Austria flair, with furnishings imported from Europe by the owner.
AlpenRose Inn (500 Alpine Pl., 509/548-3000 or 800/582-2474, www.alpenroseinn.com, $105–170 s or d) is located in a quiet area just outside of town, near Icicle Road. Guests are offered access to an outdoor pool, hot tub, and exercise room. Some rooms have a deck and fireplace.
Autumn Pond B&B (10388 Titus Rd., 509/548-4482 or 800/222-9661, www.autumnpond.com, $129 s or d) sits along a pond on three acres of land and has a hot tub and six guest rooms with private baths.
Tumwater Mountain Bed and Breakfast (104 Center St., 800/318-2578 or 509/548-2072, www.tumwatermtn.com, $125–175) has rooms in a renovated home in a quiet neighborhood near downtown.
Vienna Woods B&B (12842 Prowell Rd., 509/548-7843 or 888/548-7843, www.innviennawoods.com, $130–160 d) is an elegant home on two wooded acres in Icicle Valley. The three large guest rooms have private baths, and kids are accepted.
The creekside lodge Alpine Rivers Inn (1505 Alpensee Strausse, 509/548-5875 or 800/873-3960 (U.S.) or 800/255-3151 (Canada), www.alpineriversinn.com, $109–139 d) is only about a 10-minute walk from city center’s shops and restaurants. Enjoy an outdoor pool and a complimentary round of putting at Enzian Falls Championship Putting Course in the summer, or take advantage of the complimentary Nordic ski gear in the winter. Rooms include kitchenettes, and a European breakfast is served each morning.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition