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Review 629: Jasmer's, Laze Daze Chalet
July 6, 2003 - July 11, 2003, 5 nights
The cabin is located in the forest just outside the park boundary of Mount Rainier National Park. It is an area developed for summer homes. There are some people who live full time in the area and some of the tracks have just a small recreational vehicle located. It is not isolated and you can see the next cabin but it still has a forested feeling.
The nearest town is Ashford which is about 5 miles away. Ashford has a general store which stocks the basics and also rents videos. About an hour away are several large supermarkets in the suburbs of Tacoma. There are several restaurants in the area that have good food.
The cabin is an A-Frame chalet. It is in excellent shape and has been updated recently.
There is a deck around the house with patio furniture for dining outside. There is a gas BBQ for cooking. There is also a bird feeder and a deer feeder (with light!) The owners/mgmt provided both deer food and bird food.
The furnishing is in excellent shape. The living room had a recliner leather sofa and two recliner chairs. The living room - kitchen is one big room with the dining set located between the two open areas. There is seating for 6 at the dining table. There is track lighting for ceiling light and several lamps.
In the living room area is a full entertainment center. It includes a CD, DVD, video, cassette player and TV. The TV does not get reception but there is a great stock of videos, a few DVD and CDs. You can also go to the general store in Ashford for current rentals. Upstairs was another video, TV and radio. There is a telephone but the area does not get cellphone reception.
It was very clean. In fact spotless. My mother-in-law was impressed especially since she could not find a spider web at all.
Downstairs is a new add-on bedroom off of the kitchen. The room is filled with windows so you feel like you are walking into a forest. The windows all have screens and they have nice blinds which can be raised either from the top of the window or the bottom.
It has a king-sized bed, a jacuzzi in the room and a toilet. Note: this is all in one room. If there is anything that is a little odd, it is the toilet open in the bedroom.
In a separate room is the second bathroom. This is off the living room. It has a shower, toilet and washer/dryer. It is fully stocked with toilet paper, soap and even laundry soap. Both bathrooms/toilet came with great fans and lots of light.
Upstairs is the second sleeping area. It is an open room with three beds; one queen and two double beds. It would be great for a family. There is no bathroom upstairs and you do have to go down the stairs at night to the bathroom. There is a nightlight and flashlights to help.
The kitchen was wonderful. It was recently remodeled with a new propane standalone stove/oven. There is a microwave/fan above the stove. There is full refrigerator. Lots of counter and cabinet space. Toaster, coffee maker, espresso maker. Lots of frying pans and adequate saucepans. I don't think they had a large pan for cooking pasta, but we had brought our own. They also had a good selection of casserole pans. Lots of dishes in excellent shape.
The only issue we had was the range burners couldn't be turned low for simmering sauces. But the range was very easy to clean.
Problems or Bonuses
The cabin had a nice propane gas standing fireplace in addition to electric wall heating. The upstairs did get hot but there is an air conditioner upstairs. The upstairs had small balcony with a door you could open and one or two windows. I didn't notice a heater in the upstairs and some of the comments from previous visitors in the winter said it was cold upstairs. We did notice a free standing electric heater in one closet.
The deer feeder was fun. They would come up to the deck and you could even feed a few from hand. There was a trough feeder that had a light so you could watch them at night.
I really enjoyed the downstairs bedroom and the open feeling of the forest. This might not be for everyone since you could feel pretty exposed. But the duette style shades with top-down/bottom-up was really nice.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Jasmers is great to work with. The pilot light on the gas fireplace was out and they came out and lit it for us. I booked the cabin on the web in March and paid a deposit. The rest of the rental was paid at check-in time. They keep it well stocked and have cleaning service come in when you leave. They have had people not clean up and damage the BBQ so there are clearly stated fees if you don't clean up and if you happen to damage the BBQ or hot tub. These are initialed on the contract which is sent to you when you rent the cabin.
The cabins are well represented on the web site with accurate pictures.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes! We are planning on going back in the winter. I've also recommended it already to friends.
Things to do in this area
The biggest attraction in the area is Mt. Rainier. There is great hiking both in the park at Longmire and Paradise. Paradise is about 30-35 minute drive. Longmire is about 15 minutes. And there are also great hikes at Glacier Vista and Tatoosh Range just outside the park. In the winter there is snowshowing and cross-country skiing both in the park at at Mt. Tahoma Trails. Mt. St. Helens is also a short drive away south of Randle. There are also horseback riding in the area.
In Elbe which is about 15 miles away, there is the Mt. Rainier Scenic Train. It is a steam train with great views of Mt. Rainier. Just a bit further in Eatonville is NW Trek; an outdoor wildlife park. Here you can see deer, elk, cougar and many other NW native animals. There is a tram that will take you through the park.
Most of the time we cooked at the cabin. We did eat out one night at Rainier Overland which was very good. The atmosphere is more like a diner but great food. Alexander's has been recommended by several friends expecially for breakfast. We heard that the chef at Alexander's is now at Rainier Overland which is why the food is so good. Cooper Creek Restaurant is also close by and is good. In Elbe, Scale Burgers is great for burgers and shakes. You can also drive up to Paradise and eat at the Paradise Lodge.
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