Birch Bay on list of affordable winter trips

birch-bay-fireworks20007By Oliver Lazenby

Though it’s not warm or particularly close to skiing, Birch Bay just landed near the top of a list of the most affordable winter escapes in the western United States.

TripAdvisor.com placed Birch Bay at No. 3 on its list, which ranked vacation destinations in the West based on the average cost of a weeklong stay in a two-bedroom property between December and February.

According to the list, it costs an average of $784 per week to stay in a two-bedroom vacation rental in Birch Bay during the winter.

Mesa, Arizona topped TripAdvisor’s list with an average weekly cost of $731. The following Northwest destinations round out the top five: Waldport, Oregon; Yachats, Oregon; and Chelan, Washington.

The list of 10 features mostly destinations in the mountains, on the coast and in the Southwest. TripAdvisor also ranked the five most affordable destinations in each western state.

Cities had to have at least 500 reviews on TripAdvisor.com to qualify as a destination, said TripAdvisor spokesperson Ashlee Centrella, in an email.

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