A Weekend at the Camping Cabin: Serenity Views, Nakusp

Note: I receive accommodation in exchange for an honest review. I only choose places that seem awesome to me, and I only say a place is great if it truly is.

We arrived at Serenity Views in the dark. The property was easy to find from the given directions (turn down 15th, and take a left on 23rd). The lights outside the main house flickered on at our arrival. We were greeted by the temporary inn keeper, Susan. She handed us a flashlight and lead us down the (very) short walk to the Camping Cabin, where we’d be spending the next two nights.

DSC_0007A faint glow guided us towards the quaint wooden building. Inside, the Camping Cabin was toasty and warm. A fire was burning in the wood stove, heating up the inner area. There was a bed, a couple sitting chairs, a large kitchen sink, a gas stove and a lamp. Rustic pots and pans, mismatched mugs and cooking utensils were stacked on shelves above the sink. Directly outside the heated area was a covered porch, equipped with a small dining table, chairs, an egg swing, a make-shift sofa and one last lamp.

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Candles flickered as we put our bags down. I smelled pine and smoke.

I immediately felt at home.

Mark fired up the BBQ outside and cooked us some schnitzel while I read the Welcome/Information package left for us. It was chilly eating on the deck; it had started rainy lightly. That night we fell asleep cozily to the sound of cracking firewood and sparse rain.

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We woke up to more rain. It took us awhile to get a fire going. There’s a composting toilet (which looks like a normal toilet, in my opinion) inside the cabin, but it’s requested for guests to use the outside one. Running out to the nearby outhouse wasn’t difficult—it’s about ten steps away—but putting on our layers to brave the cold was slightly unenjoyable. Still, I have to admit it was one of the coolest outhouses I have ever used (did I just say “cool” and “outhouse” in the same sentence?). The only door is a heavy curtain which, to be honest, I never closed. It’s pretty sweet staring out into the forest as you pee.

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Brian and Marilyn don’t usually rent out the Camping Cabin in November, as the water is shut off so the pipes don’t freeze. I had convinced them that we could handle the cold and the resulting experience was better than I could have expected. Rustic. Real. Secluded. Romantic.

That morning, we cooked cheesy scrambled eggs and brewed piping hot coffee on the propane stove inside. We walked down a slippery path to our own private beach, admiring gorgeous skipping stones in vibrant hues of purple, orange, yellow and green.

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That evening we had planned to meet up with some other travellers at one of two pubs in the tiny town. However, once we got a fire going, there was no way I could be coaxed out of our cozy cabin. I’d taken off my two pairs of long johns and slipped on my MEC booties. We cooked a thick, warm potato leak stew with fresh ingredients from the Saturday farmers market and settled in for our second night at Serenity Views.

If you’re lucky enough to stay in the Camping Cabin, set aside some time to wander the trails. The property is huge! Also check out the small Art Gallery in the garage, containing bronze art and stone jewelry created by the hosts’ daughter, Shannon, pottery and walking sticks made by Brian, and sewing/quilting items handmade by Marilyn. Mark bought me a beautiful pair of turquoise stone earrings for our two year anniversary.

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It’s easy for me to recommend Serenity Views as a scenic, quiet, romantic getaway. My only regret is not staying longer. I will definitely be back!

Best Thing: No traffic noise, no blaring headlights and no wifi! I don’t think I’ve ever been so relaxed in my life. I wanted to do more—to rent the canoe or go fishing—but I can’t deny how good it felt just to sit in the warmth and stare out over the clouds that hung across the lake.

Worst Thing: Doing the dishes and cleaning up before leaving. It only took an hour, but I still missed my dishwasher.

All in all, Mark and I had a fantastic experience at Serenity Views. We spoke to others who stayed at the Camping Cabin in the past, and they agreed: this is the place to stay when visiting Nakusp.

For more about the Camping Cabin, click here.

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