Being in Vancouver at the midway point between summer and the many weekend getaways that come with it, restlessness begins to set in. It’s a lot wetter, you’re stuck inside a lot, and it’s just cold. While it’s great to cuddle up on a couch and go nuts on Netflix, sometimes you just need to get away. To remedy this subtle wanderlust, some friends and I booked a long weekend stay on the Sunshine Coast. Searching online for cabins, our one mandatory item for wherever we stayed was simple: a private hot tub. We lucked out with the log cabin at Secret Cove Treehouse, perched atop a cliff completely surrounded by trees. I promise you, photos will not do this place justice.
Between six of us, we picked up growlers that covered almost the entire spectrum of the beer they offered. Unfortunately it didn’t last the whole weekend, so we’ll just have to pick up more next time.
Our Secret Cove Treehouse cabin in Halfmoon Bay was about a 25 minute drive away from the brewery, and as we pulled up the driveway my jaw dropped at the sight of the log cabin. It was total cabin porn. Stephen – who owns the place with his partner, Ivan – greeted us on the wraparound deck and gave us a quick tour, showed us where the coffee, tea, and chocolate were located. Sidenote: the two bars of Lindt chocolate in the kitchen are totally free. I had to double check because my sweet tooth was calling.
The cabin was, in a word, perfect. The private hot tub on the deck put it over the top. All the bedrooms were beautiful but the largest, private one was the obvious first choice, so we randomly drew names to decide who got that room. My boyfriend and I got the medium sized room, which was still pretty large but connected to the third bedroom so a little less private. Since the cabin is a bit secluded, we bought groceries for the whole weekend and any kitchen accessory that we needed was found. Even a salad spinner!
After a great first night and being tuckered out from the trek, we went to bed and woke up to this lovely surprise:
No weather forecast event hinted at the possibility of snow, so none of us were prepared and our hiking and adventure plans had to be postponed. However, connected to the cabin deck was a long series of stairs rivaling the ones to Wreck Beach in Vancouver. At the bottom was a little shack, chairs, and a couple of canoes that I’m sure would have been used if it was summertime.
It felt a bit like The Shining at one point with how much snow we were surrounded by, but it was absolutely beautiful and felt like a true Canadian experience. Especially considering we stayed up all night to watch Canada win gold at the Sochi Olympics.
Our trip became an accidental winter getaway, which we loved and only intensified the joy felt in that warm hot tub. A cozy weekend inside cooking ramen, pizza, cookies and sipping on delicious craft beer was just what the doctor ordered.
Sunshine Coast Tourism