While many of you may be cursing snow right now, I headed to Eastern Washington last weekend for a few days of skiing and relaxing with friends. One of my favorite places to stay in this part of the state are the Rolling Huts, an affordable and low-impact alternative to traditional hotels.
The huts, designed by Seattle architecture firm Olson Kundig Architects, are a collection of six elevated structures that occupy a small meadow just east of Mazama. The site was a former RV park and as part of the project, the previously developed landscape is now gradually being returned back to its natural state. At less than 200 square feet in size, the huts are essentially one room, with a kitchenette that divides the space into living and sleeping. The modular plywood blocks serve as a table and seating during the day and can then be pushed together to form a sleeping platform at night. (A small portable toilet is accessed from the side deck, while full bathrooms and showers are located a short walk away.) The materials are simple and unfussy - the interior is largely unfinished plywood and cork flooring and the exterior is comprised of durable and no-maintenance corten steel and composite decking. Smaller than a typical hotel room, the space is comfortable enough for four people (plus one large golden retriever). With a cozy wood stove and hot cocoa in hand, it's the perfect place to hang out and relax after a day in the snow.
Visit the Rolling Huts website for more information.
(Image: Lauren Zerbey)