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NW Getaway Ideas on a Budget (New Deals Updated Weekly)

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Affordable Northwest Getaways

Northwest Getaway Ideas on a Budget

Living in the Northwest we have so many wonderful options for budget friendly or cheap weekend getaways. Within driving distance we can see the mountains, wine country, beaches, and city getaways. We have access to family vacations, romantic escapes, outdoor vacations or urban site seeing. Plus, you can do many of these things on a budget too!

Here are our favorite picks this week for some great deals you can get on Pacific Northwest Getaways. Be sure to bookmark this page (or pin it to your travel board) as we will be updating it regularly with new ideas!

If you want to know what some of these destinations are like, be sure to check out our northwest travel reviews page for some of our favorite affordable getaways (and savings tips). And if you are looking for a great indoor pool, check out this article on 6 Washington Hotels with great indoor pools for the family!

We know these days more folks are interested in stand alone rentals too, so we have a big list of cabin rentals in the NW that you can find here too.

Seattle Getaways (& Surrounding Areas):

Lake view of Leavenworth Tiny House Village

I just love the Wenatchee and Leavenworth areas this time of the year! Here is our review of a fun place to go for families if you are looking for someplace right now.

Leavenworth Tiny Houses

Not only do you get your very own tiny house to stay in here, but this place also offers mini golf, tennis courts (bring your own items to play with), sits on a lake and is right in between Leavenworth and Wenatchee for lots of day trip fun!

Explore the Kitsap Peninsula from $81 / nt (stay in Silverdale)

The Quality Inn and Suites in Silverdale has double queen beds for as low as $81/nt.

This spot includes free hot breakfast, and is pet friendly. I have not stayed here, but we did stay nearby, and so I know that this spot is in walking distance to the water.

The Best Western, and Oxford Suites are two spots that are both usually affordable and are waterfront too, if you want something a little nicer (we share our review of our Best Western stay below). There are also a number of beautiful resorts on the Peninsula if you want to pay a bit more, and we share some of those ideas below too.

Check out this budget friendly getaway on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington

The Kitsap Peninsula is fun to explore, and we have enjoyed these spots in the past:

View from Glamping Cottages overlooking Neva Lake

Camp at Lakesdale Resort in the San Juans –

Lakesdale Resort is open for Spring Break dates with up to 30% off. Campsites start at $39, RV sites for $49 and if you want to spend more you can glamp in a or stay in the lodge too! 3-night minimum stay in any RV or campsite is required. Check out Jens review from her summer stay, to get a better idea of what this resort offers.

Portland Getaways:

Seaside Oregon – The River Inn at Seaside from $76!

This spot can get pricey in the Summer, so one of the shoulder seasons (like Spring) is the perfect time to enjoy it on a budget! It sits on the river, and is a short walk from the beach front (and easy access to all the shopping and restaurants on the promenade). We have heard from a number of Thrifty NW Mom readers who have recommended this spot in the past. Some perks include free continental breakfast (grab and go right now), complimentary bike rentals, outdoor firepit to enjoy, free DVD rentals and more!

It looks like there are currently still many dates left in April (mostly mid week). They will cost a little more, but still options for Spring Break dates for many.

We had a ton of fun visiting during another shoulder season (Spring) in the past, and share our review of that trip here to give you some ideas on what to do in the area here.

Newport Beach Oregon from $77/nt! 

The Waves Hotel in the Newport area is as low as $77/nt, This hotel sits across from Nyes Beach, which has 12 miles of ocean front and restaurants and shops. We love this area. They also offer an indoor salt water pool and sauna to relax in, as well as complimentary breakfast.

We have not stayed here before, but I know the location and it is fun. It is in the Nye Beach area so you can walk to restaurants and shops, as well as a beautiful beach area.

Lots of dates open for this spot in April right now. It really is a wonderful location to explore with kids.

If you want a bit of a nicer resort in the general vicinity we loved the Salishan Lodge (beautiful spot), and they have rates from $112 a night. We stayed here a number of years back, and fell in love.

Check out all of the things we love to do in Newport here!

Plus, if you are looking at putting yourself in a place that has a bit more distance from your neighbors, we LOVED our stay at these cabins in the Whalers Resort, in the Newport area – it was such a wonderful getaway!

Other Getaways:

If you are wanting to take a trip to Great Wolf Lodge check out our article here on the current promo codes available to help you save more. 

Sure Stay in Post Falls Idaho from $46 (Northern Idaho)

Book a stay here from $46/nt, and enjoy they the indoor pool, and complimentary breakfast buffet, where you’ll find plenty of hot and cold options. Coure D’Alene is nearby to enjoy that town as well.

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  1. I got a laugh at the Best Western Hotel post in “Potland”, Oregon. I’m from Portland and “pot” is now being sold on about every corner….so very appropriate!

  2. I always forget about Portland Perks. That is an awesome deal for the Lion and the Rose – I think that might just be our next staycation at that price!

    1. So glad it was helpful for you Kristin. Have you stayed at the Lion and Rose before – we would love to hear about the hotel if you have (or do decide to stay). It is always so helpful for folks to have personal recommendations. Thanks!!

  3. Do you happen to know if the Shilo Inns deal works at ALL Shilos? And what if you have reservations already? Can you still use the certificates?

    1. Hi Brandy – It’s good at over 40 locations, but it does list several that it will not work during specific times , in the fine print on the main deal page – ot valid at Newport, Seaside Oceanfront, Oregon and Ocean Shores, Washington from May 15th through September 15th, 2016.
      -Excludes Mammoth Lakes California – Weekends, December 15th through April 15th. I am not sure if it will work with existing reservations -I would call the Shilo Inn first to ask them before you buy.

  4. My birthday is in January and I live in Ohio, of all places. I am turning 30 on my birthday and I wanted to have a like girls spa relaxing type of weekend getaway but I have no idea where to do this. We can’t go far since we’re all moms and have jobs, etc. and there isnt a huge budget to do like a Vegas trip or anything. I had the idea of going to the cabins with like spa services and a hot tub and stuff but everyone I keep getting discouraged by the distance, like it’s unpredictable Ohio, but on the other hand every cabin I have found is like set up for couples. Any ideas?

    1. Hi – we are in the Pacific NW and share getaway deals for this area, so we are not as familiar with ideas for Ohio. Have you tried some of the local blogs for your area?

  5. Hi Thrifty NW Moms, my family is planning on staying near the downtown area in Seattle during April..so far most of the hotel seems to be $90 and up..we are really looking for a cheap hotel near the downtown. I was wondering if you guys have any suggestions or know any cheap hotels near that area? Thanks! By the way, I love all your blog posts Victoria, BC! They really helped me a lot on making a frugal travel plan :)

    1. Hi Ashley – There is the Executive Hotel in downtown Seattle for as low as around $80 (depending on room type and dates, and dates are limited) when you use the promo code WELCOME https://bit.ly/2n0QOwx (which is a very good price for the downtown area). Alternatively, you might want to check out our post on the Tukwila area here – https://www.thriftynorthwestmom.com/travel-cheap-deals-reviews-northwest/ Tukwila/Seatac area will have much more affordable hotels. Its around 20 minutes from the downtown area (can be much more by car depending on traffic) but there is the light rail that you can easily take into downtown from this area, and many hotels will offer shuttle service to the light rail. Hope this helps some. We do include the Marrittiot at Seatac in our best indoor pools round up here too https://www.thriftynorthwestmom.com/6-washington-hotels-great-indoor-pools-staycation-ideas/

      Hope that helps, and thank you so much for letting us know how the Victoria posts where useful to you. I hope you guys have a wonderful getaway!

      1. Hi Sia, thank you so much for taking your time to respond! $80 sounds like a good deal, but our family are on a budget and are trying to see if there’s any way we could get down to $60-70 (probably impossible). If no hotels are available at that price, then the $80 hotel it is! We’ve been to Seattle 4 times and seen almost everything so we would really like to know if there’s any new or interesting places that we’ve never heard of :) Thank you again!

        1. I would recommend the second option then Ashley, staying in Tukwila / Sea Tac area and taking the light rail into the downtown area. You should find hotels in that price range there (and they will likely include breakfast too). Be sure to make sure you check to see if they include parking, as that could add up if they do not. My family stayed there in December, and the hotel was around $70 per night with breakfast and an evening snack hour. One more tip is to see if the hotel offers a shuttle to the light rail so you do not have to deal with parking. Sometimes the Best Western in Seattle will have some good rates, but otherwise there are not too many deals in the downtown area for that rate (or they are not hotels I would recommend staying at).

          There are two things I would recommend to you, to help stretch your budget while visiting this time. Check out our Seattle Staycation post, as its full of free an low cost ideas. I am not sure what you have already done in Seattle, but if you have kids mine love the Artists playground at the Seattle Center, the fountain to play in if its sunny, and then visit the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation visitors center across the street – all are free!


          Also, between the Tukwila and downtown seattle areas, is the Museum of flight. They are currently running a program where you can get free admission, so check that out. Its a great museum!


          One last recommendation. Near the Museum of Flight is an area called Georgetown. Depending on when you are visiting, they run a trailer park mall during the warmer months. Its not huge, but is a fun unique way to strolll through an afternoon. You could couple it with a visit to the museum of flight if you choose to do that, as they are near in proximity (and there is also a very unique park nearby with some Seattle History included)!


  6. Thanks for this informative website. Kindly add me to your mailing list for affordable Pacific North West getaway ideas for families. The information here was very helpful!

    1. Hi Ronke, So glad the information is helpful for you! We do have several email newsletters & one of them is a Northwest mailing list, so you would get anything related to the NW here. I just submitted your email to that list & you will need to look into your email for the confirmation email that you need to click to confirm you want to get the emails. Thanks!

  7. The Red Lion in Montana charges an additional $40 non-refundable security deposit, making the real charge over $100!

    1. Thanks for pointing that out Rhonda. We have updated the post to point that fee out to folks (pointing out that it only makes it a great deal if you are staying over a few days). Thanks again!

  8. Hello, we want to come to the pacific NE and “do it all all” on a budget. We want to see the whales, downtown Seattle, the redwoods, and visit wine country. Any recommendations on the best way to do this on a budget? We would fly in on Thursday and fly out on Sunday.

    1. Hi Jessica, we have a Seattle Staycation post, that is full of many budget friendly options in the immediate Seattle area here that will help with exploring Seattle on a budget (https://www.thriftynorthwestmom.com/staycation-things-to-do-seattle/) It would be a very agressive schedule to try to do all of that 4 days (including travel times). I am not sure it will be possible to get in the Redwoods and Wine country (depending on which wine country area you are referring to). Goldstar is a site where you can book some of the excursions at a Discount (https://tracking.goldstar.com/aff_c?offer_id=6&aff_id=1284&source=https://www.goldstar.com/seattle?category_id%5B0%5D=34&ctlc=true) and we have reviews of different areas you can visit (and resorts to stay at in the NW) on our travel page here https://www.thriftynorthwestmom.com/travel/. Hope that helps some! Have fun.

  9. Do you happen to know a place (with beds) that could accommodate 12-15 people for less than 1k a night? Anywhere in western Washington really.

    I’d love if it was more towards nature than city. Near to a water source would be perfect.

    1. Hi Trishi – you might want to check sites like Glamping Hub or Airbnb for options you can rent from home owners. We share about Glamping Hub here Hope this helps you find what you are looking for https://www.thriftynorthwestmom.com/glamping-hub-find-great-deals-nw-getaways-tree-houses-yurts-cabins-beach-front/

      Here are a couple of houses we have stayed in (they are not in Western Washington, but Oregon) but are just two that we have personal experience with and review for you in case they are of interest:

      https://www.thriftynorthwestmom.com/rent-a-beach-house-in-lincoln-city-perfect-getaway-for-families/ (sleeps 9, but there are a couple extra mattresses in the closet you could use to sleep a couple extra while we were there – we loved this spot personally if you guys are willing to travel a bit further)


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