I’ve wanted to check out the cabins at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, Washington, for a while now. This past summer they were so popular that we couldn’t get in. So I thought, “Sure, let’s try fall camping. October will be fine, right?”
It turns out that delay was the best thing that could have happened for our stay in the Cama Beach cabins. Over 30 charming cabins from the 1930s hug the shoreline but we only ever saw one other family – they had a 4-year-old boy, just like our twins, and together we pretty much had the run of the park to ourselves. Something about camping seems to inspire people to get to know each other more than any other way of traveling. I love that.
There are no cars allowed down at the cabins. A shuttle van takes you and your things there. The lack of cars makes for a great place for kids to explore, and for moms to relax a little. Those are the kinds of small touches that really impressed me about Cama Beach State Park – like the free firewood, immaculate bathrooms, quilts in the cabins, and the friendly staff. Add in the sound of the waves and the historic, warm, and rustic cabins and I can see why people would call this romantic.
I know it would have been a different experience if we visited with our twins in summer when I hear it’s busy every day. The cabins are cozy and close together and I don’t think it would be the same quiet place to reconnect like we enjoyed. That’s all the more reason to visit our public parks in the off-season, right?
We walked the trails a little, played in the park a lot, made a campfire and s’mores by the water, collected seashells, and just enjoyed something really simple together. We’re a family with little kids and I’d never say travel is easy, but the more I try to get our twins out to see the kinds of places that inspire me as a writer, the more I realize it can be done. I’m glad we had the chance to do it.
Inside the cabin. They’re refurbished but they still have a real sense of history.
Playing outside. Apparently it was a good throw!
Inside the Center for Wooden Boats. You can rent boats or just check out some of their work.
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