The Beach  House At Whidbey

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Whidbey Island Vacation Rental Reviews and Guest Comments

"Our Stay at your house was great! We especially enjoyed all the comforts of homes--games, toys, wood fire, and hot tub. We were here for a wedding at Fireseed (excellent place) but were still able to do some exploring!"
Ledy's Group

"We had a great time at your beach house. Walking the beach, playing in the water was wonderful. Crabbing was the best, we caught so many. Neighbors were very nice. Thank you so much."
Bobbi's Group

"We love your house! Thank you so much for making it available for others to enjoy. We were comfortable and it served our needs well. It was very relaxing just to sit on the lawn, enjoy the air, bask in the moon, and comb the beach. We wish our stay could have been longer and we hope to come back again sometime. Our goal was to relax, connect and have our families make a happy memory together, and we accomplished just that!"
Tom & Ruth's Group

"We had a wonderful time. Thanks for letting us stay! We went to the beach a bunch of times and had so much fun! Thanks again!"
Mark, Rebecca, Miles, & Charlie

"Thanks for a great weekend!"
Andrew B. Group

"Great place, great beach, great weekend!"
Janet M., California

"Thanks for letting us use your beautiful home! Have a wonderful 2011!"
Allyson & Don

"Best wishes to you and your families in the New Year. Thank You for allwoing us to stay in this fantastic place."
Marcus & Katy

"Thank you for the goreous home. We all had a pleasant stay and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. We will be back for sure!"

"The weather was amazing--sunny and crisp. The hot tub was wonderful! The House was equipped with everything and more! We had a fantastic time. Thank you so much!"

"Girls weekend was fab, just like last year. Love your beautiful home and property. Perfect place to relax and enjoy. Fingers crossed for next year."
Sonya's Group

"Girls weekend in your beautiful house and property. Love hunting for treasure and hoping to see a seal body or whale. Maybe we'll be back next year."
Kar's Group

"Thank you so much for letting us stay at your beautiful beach house. It's absolutely gorgeous! We were a group of 7 women and 1 child from Canada who are part of a book group. We decided to explore Whidbey Island as part of our annual retreat. We enjoyed your hot tub, stunning views, and cute towns. The House had great amentities and comfortable beds. Thanks again!" 
Book Group, Canada

"I wanted to ride out on an island for my 40th birthday...perfect spot! Unfortunately, friends and family coudn't resist the draw of a beach house on an island. We had a wonderful Louisiana-style seafood shellfish boil on the beach and enjoyed days of tide pooling. Gordon's on Blueberry Hill was a great meal and the little Par 3 golf course off Frechard was just our speed...slow and easy. Great neighborhood...Thanks for sharing your spot in the summer. Love it!"
Angela, Cliff & Alexandra, Seattle, WA

"Thank you for sharing your home with us. It was beautiful few days. We saw crab walking in the low tide and we enjoyed the hot tub at night. We stayed here because a good friend our ours got married at Fireseed Garden. We are all friends from high school and it was great to have a place to gather and see each other again. You've provided us with great memories!"
Todd & Laurels Group

"Great beach house for 10 friends to gather and celebrate June birthdays and fantastic friendships! Good times soaking up the sun, sitting in the hot tub, and exploring the beach! :) Thanks for sharing"
Molly & Heather's Group

"What can we say other than great! We had an amazingly relaxing time. The house was perfect and the view is brilliant. We had a great time shelling on the beach, going on walks, and lounging in the hot tub. Anyway, we are very sad to leave but life goes on. Will miss the place, but we will be back some day. Thanks so much! Love the eagles, seals and otters!"
Jody, Deanne, and Zac

"Thank you for allowing us to spend some family time together in your beach house. It was great, loved the beach, looked for seashells and crabs. Loved the hot tub, it helped us spend some time together to talk about the plans for the future. It was an amazing time, I believe we needed some time away from work and distractions. We were here perfectly. There were ages from 7 months to great-grandma. Thank you for the time!"
Mike and Tammy's Group

"We had a great time at 'Beach House At Whidbey'! We took daily walks on the beach and enjoyed finding a variety of sea life in the tide pools. We hadtwo families (7 people) and there was plenty of room for all of us. We'll definitely be going back."
Karlen T., Issaquah, WA

"Wonderful family-friendly house with all of the things to do:  tide pools, boat, hot tub, toys, and walks.  We will be back with extended family."
Christina H., Seattle, WA

"We had a fabulous stay at your house and wanted to thank you for all the thoughtful touches.  We're already talking about making this a regular retreat for our families."
Deb S., Seattle, WA

"We had a fantastic time. We were a family in much need of slowing down. I don't think we left the house once after we arrived. Three days of playing games, talking, cooking and eating together is very hard to come by."
Julie W., Snohomish, WA

"Good attention to details, robes in bedrooms, towels neatly folded. A quiet retreat with all of the comforts of home."
Andrew W., Glendale, AZ

"FAVORITE THINGS- beautiful house, fireplaces, nice towels and linens, big bed, baby crib, well-stocked kitchen, and bedroom fireplace."
A.G., Seattle, WA

"We had a GREAT time! And  could the weather have been any better?  Wow!  Thanks again!  Very much needed stay."
C.P., Snoqualmie, WA

"Our two families had a wonderful, cozy stay.  We snuggled by the wood fire, walked on the beach, took long hot tubs, and watched the birds on the bay.  We felt comfortable and pampered, and would definitely return!"
Pam H., Bellingham, WA

"It was so nice to be able to let our children explore while we watched from the house or hot tub."
Kathryn D.

"Really nice, very comfortable."
Pieter S.

"We loved the peaceful home, easy trip from Seattle and feeling of getting away from it all."
Chris, Seattle, WA

"We had such a relaxing  time!  The wildlife was a treat for us. On our last day, we took a long walk down the  beach and ran into 2 golden eagles (I think that's what they were) and they were magnificent.  Our boys had the time of their lives and we think we will be back next year if your house is still available.  Thanks for all of the extras that made things special: robes, kids toys, ipod docking station, etc."
J.H. & L.H.

"Wonderful house, terrific wild life, very relaxing, comfortable beds!"
Robin L., Wilmington, DE

"We liked best the hot tub,  beach access, feel of being away from it all with still having it all (if needed)."

"We had a wonderful time - we would recommend a stay to anyone - just not on the days that we come back!"
Michelle H.

"A great place to stay - the set-up of the house, the BBQ, the beach, and the hot tub all made for a relaxing, fun place for family time."

"Had everything we needed! This is the exact place for family to get away, even those with small children."

"We enjoyed staying at your beach home.  We cancelled all planned activities and just stayed at the house. We look forward to visiting in the future."
J.F. & S.F.

"We had a lovely time, your home was just lovely,  thank you. We would very much like to come back next year for a longer stay."

"Thank you so much!  We felt very welcome and at home, and had a wonderful time."
Susan P.

"It was great, we had everything we needed.  You must stay here!  We had a great stay!  Thanks for everything."
Maria C., Seattle, WA

"It was brilliant!  Lots of fun.  Relaxing.  Go, relax and enjoy!"
Tom & Heidie F.

"Directly on the beach, hot tub, kitchen well stocked.  Nice place!"
S.M., Snohomish, WA

"The Beach House was amazing!  Thank you. We truly enjoyed ourselves and hope to return."

"Lovely beds, warm environment - we loved it! Thanks for everything!"
Gus E.

"We had a terrific time walking the  beach, visiting Langley and relaxing and eating great meals! The house was perfect!"

Three Days at Whidbey                     

Day One 
With anticipation for a much-needed break, my husband and I took our two young children, ages 2 and 5, to The Beach House at Whidbey vacation rental. After an easy ferry ride and a short drive we passed through Langley and we were immediately impressed by its small town charm. A multi-colored spinning bird kite swayed easily in the sea breeze in front of a local shop, a few skips down chimes in front of a coffee shop occasionally chimed in the intermittent bursts of sea air. A few locals read or talked casually in the local restaurant. At last we were on island time.

We arrived at the beach house in the late afternoon to the low tide, salty air and the sun peaking from behind the clouds.  Immediately my kids put on their boots and headed to the water.  Sea life is in abundance at low tide and I realized as I watched them that my kids were exposed to a part of nature that no book or video could ever deliver. 

While we settled in, we picked up Penn Cove mussels from the Payless Market (1609 E Main Street, Freeland.  Phone: (360) 331-4810).  Served up with some crisp tomatoes, onions, garlic, crusty bread and crisp Sauvignon Blanc, we relaxed as our kids played in by the water and we enjoyed the peaceful view of Camino Island, the mountains, and the swallows dipping and diving through the air. Soon, my kids were in their element, skipping rocks into the water, making sandcastles on the beach, and even exploring the gardens on the property and munching on an occasional raspberry in the garden while they played.

Day Two
We woke up to the bright sunlight that us city-slicker Seattleites long for. I manage to get in a quick dip in the hot tub and walk on the beach before the rest of the family woke up.  As I fixed my morning coffee, I watched the hummingbirds outside the kitchen window, getting their own breakfast and buzzing about.

Drive to Langley to check out shops and stroll through the quaint town.  The town is filled with those unique little shops that you can lose your time strolling through.  For a casual coffee, we stopped at the Useless Bay Coffee Company (121 Second Street, Langley. Phone: 360-221-4515). There you can relax under their outside seating area or take your Joe to go to the Community Park a block away.  This quaint setting offers plenty of seating in colorful comfy chairs, a few tables, and over all a nice homey place to enjoy the sun.

For lunch, we stopped into Mike’s Place Restaurant and Creamery (219 1st Street, Langley.  Phone: 360-221-6575), where breakfast is served all day.  This diner-style stop was filled with locals and a quiet welcoming to our little ones. They offer a kids menu, comfy booth seats, a country-seaside décor, and even a table tent with a summer quiz that keeps your kiddos’ mind off the food while you are waiting.  After a down-home brunch we grabbed some ice cream cones for our walk around town. 

Because I had heard so much about it, I popped into the Island Angel Chocolate Bar www.islandangelchocolates.comthe official the home of the “Truffle Shot.” Whether you take a shot “straight” or in coffee, it will definitely cure any sweet tooth.  And speaking of chocolate, another interesting store is the Chocolate Flower Farm’s Garden Shed . This unique place offers “distinctive gifts with a chocolate twist” and has chocolate things I’d never dreamed of, including chocolate scented candles, chocolate teas, chocolate-colored flowers, and, of course, chocolate.  I managed to separate from my busy kiddos just long enough to find a bit of peace in the Whidbey Island Soap Company .  This little find is filled with bath salts, soft robes, candles, and all other products that will make you relax upon entering the store. 

While mulling around town we also discovered a small playground in town.  This is a great stop for those who want to relax and let their little ones get their energy out, especially after those ice cream cones. 

After a full day on the town we decide to head home for some more beach fun and a bit more tide pooling discoveries.  And what vacation could be more complete than a night of popcorn and movies.  The Beach House at Whidbey has a great selection of old movies and kids flicks so the family fun continued.

Day Three
After the previous day's exploration (whew!) we needed to have a restful morning. While my husband took out th boat for some fishing (compliments of The Beach House at Whidbey), my children and I enjoyed a breakfast on the beach, finished with sand castles and a rock-skipping contest.

For our daily jaunt we decide to take a drive over to Freeland. As we drive into the area, we can see how Freeland is recognized as the fastest growing community on Whidbey Island. While still embellishing the island charm, many new homes and resources are popping up in the landscape. While not as charming as Langley, this community offers many of the real-world resources such as a large grocery store and Ace Hardware store, plus many great restaurants.

We decide to visit Freeland Park located on Holmes Harbor, which offers a tranquil beach and park setting. Since our kids have had enough sitting still, this is a perfect destination.  A full playground is located here with picnic tables and rest rooms -- a super place for a scenic picnic.  We decide to grab a pizza and salad from Besta Pizza for our impromptu picnic.  Besta Round Pizza  is a small, casual pizzeria that makes their sauces in-house and dough is made fresh daily.  They offer some creative pizza choices such as "Crazy BBQ Hawaiian and "Chicken Fajita Pizza".  After wearing out our little ones on the playground, we take a leisurely walk at low tide on the beach where two bald eagles soar.

 Headed Home
 On our final day we woke up to a cooler weather and a cloudy moody Northwest sky.  As we settle into the deck's cozy rocking seat, a warm blanket and some freshly brewed coffee, we marveled at how we could actually see the rain and clouds slowly approaching across the expansive sky.   As if a signal to move on, we reluctantly pack up our things and say good-bye to the beach house.

 As we head out of town, we can't resist a last stop at Whidbey Island Winery and Vineyards .  The tasting room is located in a rustic farmhouse with bright cheery flowers decorating the grounds.   The inside is quaint and warm and reminded me of a Sonoma winery with its friendly staff and comfortable decor. The wines are wonderful, but my favorite is the Island White, a light, crisp refreshing wine blended with local grapes and ideal for seafood.  At reasonable prices, we decide this stop ought to be the first, not the last, next time we come back. 

 With a final farewell to the island (which my little ones now think is their island) we ferry back to the busy city and the chaotic life of a small family.  Will we be back?  Definitely.  What would we bring more of next time?  Time.





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