Along with its signature alpacas, Paca Pride Guest Ranch offers yurt glamping with views of Mount Pilchuck along the scenic Mountain Loop Highway.
This Northwest glamping experience offers two yurts on a lively alpaca farm.
Where is it?
Paca Pride Guest Ranch is about an hour’s drive northeast of Seattle in Snohomish County, on 17 acres of previously logged land that the owners keep well-grazed with 20 alpacas, and a llama named Mucho (pacapride.com). It’s on Mountain Loop Highway, a scenic route between Granite Falls and Darrington offering access to Mount Pilchuck State Park and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
For David Capocci, one of the three owners, yurts are a spiritual experience.
“There’s just something about staying in a room with no corners,” he said. “Drawing your eye up … as a way of centering the spirit.”
The Guest Yurt is small and cozy with a hardwood floor, queen-size bed, two chairs, electrical outlets, table, bookshelf and a futon-style couch that can also be slept on. There’s a heater for cool days; on warmer days, the windows and top dome open to the breeze. A propane grill is on the deck outside. A short walk away are hot showers, a bathroom, and a kitchen area with stove and sink.
“We want people to be self-sufficient. We just make it a little easier,” said Capocci.
There’s also the Roundhouse Yurt, a multipurpose room which can host meetings as well as house large families.
Capocci gives tours of the farm’s livestock operation and explains its use of permaculture, a farming practice designed to make the land self-sufficient. Guests are welcome to help with farm chores if interested. Capocci, who shears the alpacas yearly to make a variety of items, from socks to scarves, says he enjoys showing kids the process from “fiber to fashion.”
Several hiking trails are along nearby Green Mountain Road, or you can hike the Robe Canyon Historic Trail. Guests may also wish to visit the Granite Falls Historical Museum to learn about the area’s gold-rush history.
28311 Mountain Loop Highway, Granite Falls; $79/night Guest Yurt, $99/night Roundhouse Yurt; pacapride.com.