Today’s post is written by local copywriter and owner of Moonphase Creative, with an honest review account of her family’s trip to visit Cascade Escapes, Zeb’s Cabin.
The Most Fun in 2020: Zeb’s Cabin Rental
It’s been a challenging year, but the most fun I’ve had in 2020 was our weekend at a cabin rental in Cascade, CO. So I thought I’d share our story so you can plan for a better 2021.
Hi there! I’m Angi, and I’m a Colorado Springs mom living life with four kids, two cats, and a husband. This year has been crazy, and by that I mean: we’ve all been blindsided by a LOT. We’ve survived a pandemic, a global crisis, and all the other things that made 2020 the strangest year we’ll never forget. Our plans to see family in Seattle? Scratched. Our usual summer adventures? Canceled. But then we found out about Zeb’s Cabin, a vacation rental in Cascade, CO.
We jumped at the opportunity to visit this place, and I mindfully committed to breathing in some mountain air and focusing on my family. As a working mom with a lot of hectic happenings, the time to unwind was welcome. A vacation in 2020 seemed almost surreal, but the fresh air was certainly welcome.
With four kids, especially, finding family lodging is a challenge. This is why, we discovered, a cabin rental is the perfect lodging solution for a family of any size. Cascade Escapes has been around a long time–well before AirBNB was even a thing. And for that reason, this cabin rental is the best in the area. Owners Sandy and Bob have been at this cabin rental business for a long time, and it shows in their expert handling of details and customization.
The Coziest Cabin You’ll Find
I’m not even joking when I tell you this is the coziest cabin rental you could ever find–I couldn’t dream up the thoughtful details. This sweet little cabin tucked away in Cascade, CO is tiny yet spacious, and truly feels like home. Adorable rustic decor adds to the country cabin charm.
I committed to relaxation, the kids clamored for the outdoors, and my husband was already pulling on his hiking boots before we even put away our suitcases. We signed on for the Vintage Picnic Lunch Package, and this might be my very favorite part of the weekend getaway. The Vintage Picnic includes an adorable packed lunch to take on a hike to a scenic waterfall, so our very first to-do was get things settled and head out the door for our first adventure.
Vintage Lunch & Scenic Hike
Upon our arrival, Sandy, owner of the Cascade Escapes vacation rentals, presented us with the adorable vintage picnic basket. She gave us directions to a nearby hike that is completely doable for even the smallest members of our crew. It’s a family friendly hike with enough challenge for the kids to feel accomplished when we reached the waterfall and a picnic table.
Everyone gathered around and devoured the croissant sandwiches, fruit, and giant homemade chocolate-chip cookies. It was especially kind and appreciated that Sandy noted our dietary restrictions and made sure everyone was accommodated. My thirteen-year-old is a vegetarian, and she was extremely appreciative of the thick tomato, cheese, and mayo that departed from the usual PBJ people slide her way as a vegetarian option.
The waterfall and trees were gorgeous. It smelled like dirt and sunshine, which is probably among my top three favorite scents. The sunlight streaming through the trees and sound of rushing water helped me to let go of all the little things that build up. We took pictures, we laughed, we ran around on the rocks (yes, even me). The youngest of our four is only one–and even she had fun running around the clearing and discovering the wonders of dirt, dust, and rocks.
Cabin Memories: Vacation 2020
We baked cookies and sat around and listened to my thirteen-year-old daughter play guitar. I hadn’t stopped and listened for a while, so to hear her improvement and talent was this moment of realizing what I’d been missing while running in every direction to juggle all the kids and day to day living. I watched everyone unwind and play, and my husband fixed dinner with the on-site gas grill.
The cabin is fully equipped with an oven and stove-top, a refrigerator, and a patio gas-grill. This was the perfect home-away-from home to create a cozy evening with our family. Since we really struggled with the idea of taking a vacation during COVID-19, Zeb’s Cabin turned out to be the most perfect solution we could dream up.
Colorado Local, Colorado Proud
We topped our hotdogs with the most delicious sweet onion relish from The Pickle Shack, which is the best hidden Colorado gem! I finished my meal off with a glass of not-too-sweet Moscato purchased from the wine shop just down the street. As Colorado locals, we are always on the lookout for ways to support local businesses. This little corner of Cascade, CO is the perfect place to do just that.
I was so happy to meet Sandy and see how perfectly personalized this vacation rental truly is. Everything is cleaned and sanitized before each new renter, and the whole premise is quaint and tidy. This cabin rental felt personable, warm, and welcoming–which is something I’ve been missing in 2020 especially.
Santa’s Workshop & Fond Farewell
We definitely made good use of our short but sweet weekend in the vacation rental.This cabin full of memories is now a full-on family tradition. We’ll be booking our stay in 2021 and years to follow. After leaving the cabin, we headed to Santa’s Workshop and marveled at the empty theme park (thanks, 2020). We had a train ride all to ourselves, and the kids had fun climbing the giant figurines that are now almost one-hundred years old. A few rides, like the giant slide, were open and we had a quick but fun tour of some true Colorado traditions.
Finally, we bid Cascade farewell and headed home–which is just a quick 30-40 minute drive. It is wonderfully far, but yet perfectly close. We climbed a mountain and home by Sunday to prepare for another week ahead. I highly recommend Zeb’s Cabin as the perfect vacation rental for your own family getaway, and I’ll be telling all my Colorado peeps about this perfect little gem hiding up in the mountains.