When you are here... you are home
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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
Three Days at Whidbey
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
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
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.
For lunch, we stopped into Mike’s Place Restaurant and Creamery (219 1st Street,
Because I had heard so much about it, I popped into the Island Angel Chocolate Bar www.islandangelchocolates.com – the 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 www.chocolateflowerfarm.com . 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 www.whidbeyislandsoap.com . 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. Headed Home As we head out of town, we can't resist a last stop at Whidbey Island Winery and Vineyards www.whidbeyislandwinery.com . 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 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.
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
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 www.whidbeyislandwinery.com . 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
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.