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Alaska: a charming Fairbanks retreat
CHENA RIDGE rental, 2872 Rangifer Road, Fairbanks 99709; (907) 455-6687, http://www.chenaridgevacationrental.com . "This vacation rental house is like a home away from home, without the traffic, noise and police helicopters. This secluded, serene and comfortable cabin-style house is only a few minutes from the University of Alaska and downtown Fairbanks. The hosts, Duncan and Kristin, are friendly, charming and live close enough to be helpful when needed but far enough away to respect guests' privacy." House rental $99 a night with a two-night minimum, $600 per week.
Washington: casual ambience
CHINABERRY HILL, 302 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma 98403; (253) 272-1282, http://www.chinaberryhill.com . " A great B&B in Tacoma with irresistible breakfasts, entertaining hosts, eclectic and casual ambience in a Victorian mansion, with views of Puget Sound. Easy to visit the stunning new Museum of Glass, the art museum and the history museum." Doubles from $135.