Yard work for houseboaters typically involves watering the water and painting over lily-pad graffiti scrawled by teenage geese. Leave the chores on the shore with today’s Groupon: for $239, you get a two-night houseboat stay from House Boats for Two in Brinnon (a $490 value).
House Boats for Two furnishes floating palaces that are quietly nestled among the wooded shores of Pleasant Harbor, about a 90-minute drive or fortnight doggie paddle from Seattle. The buoyant abode swaddles seafaring pairs in wood-trimmed luxury and showcases dazzling views of Hood Canal, a fjord carved by massive glaciers and boy scouts with safety blade pocketknives. The houseboats' handsomely appointed interiors include a kitchenette, 28-jet hot tub, and lush botanicals that evoke an outdoor vibe without the mosquitoes and gossipy park rangers. Soak in the day's last rays on the covered deck before snuggling up with a Sodoku next to the fireplace or captain's queen-size slumber spot.
Pleasant Harbor Marina offers amenities such as laundry, a gift shop, and a small grocery store, and adventure-seekers can explore nearby outdoor activities. Traverse miles of pristine hiking trails at Olympic National Park or strike a different yoga pose on each of its 922,651 acres.
House Boats for Two
Surrounded by the serene, forested environs of Pleasant Harbor, House Boats for Two's fleet of vessels cushions couples with ample amenities. Each houseboat contains a small kitchen, fireplace, and full entertainment center with TV and stereo among rustic hardwood furnishings. Full-size hot tubs massage bodies with 28 streams of heated water. Covered decks affixed to each watercraft reveal views of the lush setting and any airborne cannonballs.
A web of docks connects the cozy boats to a heated pool and a small grocery store and deli that sells snacks and fresh-baked pizza. A quick drive or sleepwalk brings guests to nearby attractions, including multiple state parks rife with hiking trails and waterfalls.