I like to rent cottages for weekend getaways with my puppy and an occasional friend. I have some trouble finding what I like because, for me, the cottage *is* the destination. I'm not going to X location for the food or the tourist attractions, I'm going to get away from the madding crowd and relax by the water with a good book. I'm going to enjoy a little closeness and conversation with a friend by the fire. So I want my cabin to have just the right amount of character and space, and not too many amenities. I don't want a TV or a phone, and I'll bring my own music, thanks. I do want a full kitchen -- meaning a sink, a stove/oven, and more than a mini-fridge, and a reasonable assortment of pots/pans and dishes. Lochaerie Resort has all the things I need, plus a funky, character-loaded atmosphere. Some cabins are too small for my liking, but others are just right. The managers are a little too hands off, and occasionally appear to be intoxicated by something -- maybe just the sun and the water and the fresh air, maybe something more -- but overall, of all the cottages I've rented in WA, these are my favorite. And as an added bonus, they're right on Lake Quinault, are in the middle of a rain forest, and are only 30 miles from the WA coast beaches.