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Five In-State Getaways to Enjoy Before Summer Ends

The season for (sunny) weekend drive-by getaways is coming to a close. But with officially two weekends left of the real summer in the PNW, it's time to pack in at least one more "camping" trip. Sure, campgrounds and places with RV hookups abound, but let's make the last trip of the summer be memorable and comfortable instead of spending it in the ER because Jimmy burned his lips on a flaming marshmallow and Uncle Ted had a lumberjacking-related incident. Thus, here are a few in-state cabin/cottage getaway options that avoid the hustle and bustle of the city but allow vacationers to sleep, eat, and play in rustic environments in a somewhat civilized albeit pricer fashion.

· Doris St. Beach House -- Anacortes -- 2-bed, 2-bath, sleeps 8; waterfront access, comes with fire pit; $305/night (wknd)
· Waterfront Lake House Lodge -- Clinton -- 5-bed, 3-bath, sleeps 12; direct access to Deer Lake, has canoes and kayaks available for use; $350/night (wknd)
· The Boathouse on Camano -- Camano Island -- 1-bed, 1-bath, sleeps 2; fire pit, private deck, jaccuzzi; $250/night (wknd)
· Hood Canal Lake Retreat -- Belfair -- 3-bed, 1.5-bath, sleeps 6; direct access to Trails End Lake, jaccuzi, and fire pit; $295/night
· A Simple Cottage -- Whidbey Island -- 1-bed 1-bath, sleeps 3; views of water; $95/night