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The rustic state park cottage has gone upscale―just in time for deal-seeking travelers.

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State Park Cabin Rentals
Courtesy of Cama Beach State Park

Cama Beach State Park, Washington

Its waterfront cedar cabins and bungalows are basic―a few lack private baths―but they’re oh-so-cute. The park also offers beach walks, kids’ crafts, boatbuilding classes and rentals. Rates range from $69 to $174 per night during the summer; 360/387-1550 or parks.wa.gov/camabeach.

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