Hotels * Restaurants * Rental cars * Shuttles * Weather

What else?

Lodging options:

NSAE has limited and varied forms of on site housing. There are long term stay motels and bed-and-breakfasts within a short drive, and one five star hotel should you really feel like pampering yourself. Rental cars, shuttles to and from the airport, and shopping: see below.

Craig and Mary Anne live on site, and we do offer riders who would like the full immersion program, or who would like to save on housing and car rentals, very simple accommodations on a first come first served basis. You can camp out in the summer in our field, or park a truck (and your trailer if you have brought a horse) in our parking area. We ask campers $5 per day to cover wear and tear, electricity and utilities. In the summer if you’d like to use one of our nice big tents, we can also supply a cot and sleeping bag and for this we charge $35 per day. Winter time it is far too wet for tent camping.

Our neighbors Margaret and Eric have a room that they rent to students, they do have noisy children! So it’s not for the contemplative rider. But they are wonderful people and it’s a lovely newly renovated house-next-door within a minutes walk of the barn. For hotel accommodations and restaurants there a number of small towns within 20 minutes of the facilities.

Below is a listing of the local towns and some of the amenities they offer.

If you are coming with your family and your spouse would like options for children in our area, follow this link for children’s suggestions. 


Woodinville is all about being wine country. The places to stay here are more expensive, but beautiful. It’s about 15 minutes away. It’s home to over 50 wineries, distilleries and breweries mixed in among fine dining restaurants, including stellar Thai, Indian, Mexican and Italian food. There is also a fabulous luxury hotel and spa called, Willows Lodge is about 10 minutes from the barn. It is expensive, but wonderful. It sports a five star restaurant and absolutely every amenity, and is near those wineries for local color.

Woodinville is “Kid Friendly” if you’re bringing your family, there are fun shops to visit and it’s on the way to lots of neat children’s activities. And with all the wineries and distilleries and shopping and hiking, it’s spouse friendly too.

The official website:

Lodging: (all within 15 minutes of the barn)

Willows Lodge

Address: 14580 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA 98072 – 6950
Phone: (425) 424-3900
Toll free reservation line (800) 278-5128

Matthews Winery B&B

Address: 16116 140th Place NE Woodinville, WA 98072
Phone: (425) 487-9810

Cottage Creek Bed and Breakfast and their  Cabin on the Lake:

Address:    17301 191st Avenue NE  Woodinville, WA  98072
Phone:       425-788-1952

Additional Accommodations:

The great people at the Woodinville Tourism board have prepared a great list of all the options in Woodinville. The Restaurants are about two thirds down the page.–wa.html



Snohomish is fun, with lots of little shops and restaurants. It’s about 15 minutes from the barn. There’s a truly ridiculous Americana shop, lots of antiqueries and quirky boutiques, a more British than the Brits Pub where you can get serious English tea, too…and a day spa.

The official website:

Snohomish valley


Countryman Bed and Breakfast

Address: 119 Cedar Ave Snohomish, WA 98290-2955
Local Phone: (360) 568-9622
US Toll-Free: (800) 700-9622
Innkeepers: Larry and Sandy Countryman
Larry at the Countryman offers shuttle service to and from the inn, for people who do not have a car during their stay that’s a rather nice benefit. It’s quirky– not so professionally run, but we hear that you can ask for what you need, and the proprietor will do his best to provide it.

Inn at Snohomish

Address:  323 2nd st, Snohomish WA, 98290
Local Phone: (360) 568-2208
US Toll-Free: (800) 548-9993
Located in the heart of historic downtown Snohomish, the INN provides ideal location to experience the best this small Victorian town has to offer. Guests of the Inn may be able to use the cities brand new Aquatic center for free.


1st Street in Snohomish offers a number of restaurants, to numerous to mention. Fresh seafood, European Bistros, Bars, Bakeries, Mexican and even some fine dining can all be found on this street.  If you need a grocery store head up Aveune D and you’ll find a Safeway, Haggen’s and after about two miles there’s a Fred Meyers which has everything.

The British Pub we mentioned is:

Piccadilly Circus

ddress: 1104 1st ST Snohomish, WA 98290
Phone: (360) 568-8212


1st and 2nd Street in Snohomish are a mecca of Antiques and Americana memorabilia tucked into quaint Victorian store fronts.


The town of Monroe, about 10 minutes from the barn, is a “truck stop” town. It has no culture to speak of, but it inexpensive, and has a “Fred Meyers”, a grocery store that includes everything.

The official website:

Mountains and train, Monroe


Best Western Baron Inn – Monroe

Address: 19233 State Route 2, Monroe, WA 98272
Phone: (360) 794-3111
Toll free reservation line (800) 780-7234

Guesthouse Inn & Suites – Monroe

Address: 19103 State Route 2, Monroe, WA 98272
Phone: (360) 863-1900
Toll free reservation line (800) 214-8378


Standard restaurants line the main strip of Highway 2.  American Dinners, Mexican, Steak houses and a few Indian, Greek and Thai places.


Just 3 miles south of the NSAE facilities. This quaint little town offers a number of restaurants, some of which will deliver to the barn.  There is also a few shops selling locally hand made products like honey, soaps and flowers.

It rains here. It's a rain forest image.


Quick lunches, less than five minutes away:

The Snoqualmie Ice Creamery

Address: 21106 86th Avenue SE Snohomish, WA 98296
Phone: (360) 668-2912
Typically fast, good sandwiches and salads and gourmet ice cream. Plan on about $10 for sandwich and a soda. You can call ahead to order, and there’s rarely any wait.  This restaurant is seasonal so call ahead to see if they are open. 

Maltby Pizza

Address: 8813 Maltby road Snohomish WA,98296
Phone: (360) 668-5757
Pizza, sandwiches and pasta. After 4pm they will deliver to the barn.

Maltby Cafe

Address: 8809 Maltby road Snohomish WA,98296
Phone: (425) 483-3123
Home-style food and very large portions. Open for breakfast and lunch 7am-3pm. Their famous for their Cinnamon roll that easily feed four people.


In the same parking lot as the Maltby Cafe there is a number of small shops offering handmade goods: soap, honey, preserves and fresh flowers.

Rental Cars:

Avis, is right at the airport.  206-433-5232

Hertz, also right at the airport. 206-248-1300

Enterprise Rent-A-Car: West Seattle – will pick you up by arrangement. (206) 933-1750

Budget Rent A Car (206) 624-2097

Thrifty Car Rental: Downtown Seattle – (206) 625-1133

Shuttle Service:

If you do not need a rental car, you can get a round trip shuttle service to and from your accommodations from Shuttle Express.

They are located on the third floor parking garage at the Seatac airport, and they are moderately priced. Follow signs to the parking garage, take the elevator to the third floor, and find their kiosk or office space there. They will set you up with a ride. If you are coming directly to the barn, provide the driver the directions we have included here to get you to the barn from the airport.

It is a 45 minute drive, traffic permitting.


We have a nice covered arena, and depending on what the weather suggests we have both warm and cool places to wait for your lessons.


September through October can be bright and sunny and beautiful or nippy, wet and rainy. Pack for changes in weather- can be 50 degrees and raining or 70 and lovely. (10-21 Celsius). Fall colors start in October.


November through March- plan on very cold and wet. We may get some freezing weather sometime between December and February, and occasionally snow and ice storms. But the real cold is intermittent and at its worst 20-35 degrees Fahrenheit (hovering around zero Celsius). The primary winter thing is rain, and lots of it.


March through June- raining and blustery. (We did mention it rains.) Beautiful, but wet. Can be weeks at a time of brilliant spring sunlight- but we can’t promise when! Pack for changes in weather- can be 50 degrees and raining or 70 and lovely. (10-21 Celsius).

What might my traveling companions do while I’m riding?

They will not be bored. Within ten minutes to an hour of the barn you can hike, fish, ski, shop, enjoy amazing restaurants and wine country, visit Seattle’s cultural areas, or just spend the day exploring the beautiful North West.

This is going to be wonderful.