We recently took a road trip to a tiny little town on the Washington peninsula. Just a 2-hour drive from Seattle, but it’s been years since we’ve been in the area. We were looking forward to going down memory lane while checking out what’s new in the area. Our destination was the Robin Hood Village Resort in Union, Washington.
We arrived at our destination after a leisurely drive on a spectacularly sunny spring day. We were greeted by a highway sign that boasted that we’d arrive as strangers and leave as legends. This sign and the name of the resort are a nod to its 1930’s origins, and they set the scene for what we were about to enter. The Robin Hood Village Resort is an eclectic group of buildings which includes an onsite restaurant, office, wedding tent and cabana, plus thirteen cottages. They lie across the highway from the canal, and within a lovely forest. The accommodations range in size from large houses that sleep 8 to tiny cottages perfect for 2. There is an ideal vacation rental here for just about anyone.
The original cottages were built in the 1930’s by Don Beckham, the set designer for the classic film, “Robin Hood.” Those cottages are still in use and rent for a premium. Unfortunately, they were rented during our stay, so we weren’t able to peek inside, but you can see the original architecture by visiting the Robin Hood Village Resort web page. These historic cottages have some unique features, and all of them could use some bush trimming out front to allow their beauty to shine. But then again, the people staying in them probably appreciate the foliage as a natural barrier to keep the lookie lous from peeking in.
The grouping of tiny houses are trailers that have been made to look like cottages; they do blend in well with the original cabins and don’t distract too much from the resort’s theme.
Groupon Getaways: Robin Hood Village Resort, Pet-Friendly Vacation
We used a Groupon Getaways deal to purchase our stay, so we were limited to specific cottages. The cabin limitation wasn’t a problem for us because we had our dogs along, and the pet-friendly cottages happened to be included in the Groupon offer, so we saved significantly on our stay. Win/win for us! Our less-than-fabulous experience with pet-friendly hotels in the past has prompted me to fill a bag with cleaning supplies, quilts, and towels. I do this to make sure my girls aren’t exposed to anything left by previous pets. Thankfully our pet-friendly room at the Robin Hood Resort was spotlessly clean, so my cleaning supplies came home mostly unused. My initial check also confirmed there were no fleas left behind by pesky owners who take infected animals into hotel rooms. In fact, the room was clean and fresh with no “dog smell” or any odor at all when we entered. The room was friendly and inviting, and though it was a small space, it was well put together and comfortable (except for the loveseat that needs to be replaced).
The floor of the cottage is engineered wood or linoleum, I’m not sure which. What I do know is it’s the perfect flooring for a pet-friendly room. Any spills or mishaps can be cleaned up without leaving a trace behind. I did use the quilts I brought to cover the couch and the bed because our girls do not understand the concept of no dogs on the furniture. It’s up to us to be good pet travelers and make sure we leave nothing behind.
Groupon Getaways: Robin Hood Village Resort Accomodations
We stayed in on of the Merry Men Cottages (number 12) which has a small kitchenette with a sink, microwave, refrigerator, and toaster, a queen size bed, a loveseat with a hide a bed, and a good sized bathroom with large shower. But the best feature? A private hot tub! It was nestled next to the cabin and hidden behind two large potted trees. The hot tub was covered with a shed-like structure that fairy lights had been strung upon. It’s a truly magical place at night, and it’s easy to peek out through the side and see the stars.
Groupon Getaways: Robin Hood Village Resort Grounds & Activities
The grounds of the resort are well-maintained and a fabulous place to explore. There’s a creek, paths, swings, goats, and more. Pet waste bags are provided by the resort, and it appeared that pet owners were using them. We spent time exploring the woods, gave our senior girl a bath in the creek, and thoroughly enjoyed having such a beautiful area to walk the girls.There are also large grassy areas for crochet, a badminton or volleyball net, and a grill area near the office.
There’s also a private beach located across the highway for guests. There we found kayaks and life vests as well as a large grill, covered cabana, and more, all available for guests of the resort. Dogs are welcome in all of these areas as long as they’re leashed. Many of the other guests had dogs, most small dogs like ours. We did hear the dog next door occasionally when they left him alone in the cabin, but the cabins are sound-proofed well, so it wasn’t a nuisance.
The Robin Hood Village Resort was a nice place to relax and a fun location that we’ll visit again. It’s a remote location that offers a chance to listen to the birds, play in the creek, and pet the goats. It’s also a great place to base more active adventures from as well.
Did we leave as legends? Sure! We loved that the Robin Hood Village Resort carries on its 1930’s history by staying true to their theme and that they were so welcoming to pets. I’ll share a little bit about our dinner at the onsite restaurant and some of the amenities in the surrounding area soon.
What do you think, will the Robin Hood Village Resort be on your vacation must-visit list?