I visited the Gateway Cottage this past June, 2013 and was overwhelmed by the beautiful nature surrounding this charming home. The drive along Hood Canal was breathtaking, the air clean, pure and pine scented. The Gateway Cottage is nestled in amongst a covey of homes framing an 18 hole golf course. It is exactly what one would hope to experience in the Pacific Northwest. Pine trees, deer and nature trails.
Gateway Cottage was like coming home. The interior is amazingly decorated in retro-70's. I don't know how the owners did it, but not one single detail was overlooked when decorating this lodge. It was so charming and I became quite nostalgic with happy memories flooding back. Items such as an original Mr. Coffee Maker mounted under the kitchen cabinets, a JennAire toaster oven built in to the wall, retro-colored appliances, a giant wooden fork and spoon hanging in the living room, a vintage electric organ. Even the dishware was vintage! I loved it.
In spite of the cozy retro feel, the lodge boasts many modern comforts. A walk-in closet and en suite bathroom in the master bedroom. A king sized bed as well.
The second guest room has a queen sized bed and a bathroom just outside the room. The refrigerator has an ice maker and the porch has comfortable seating and a place to enjoy dining outdoors or simply relaxing with a cold drink.
There are many places to visit while using Gateway Cottage as a base. The canal offers countless water activities, plus there are endless hiking trails all throughout the Olimpic Rain Forest. I went to the nearby lake and rented a kayak for the day. It was only 10 minutes away. In addition, there are many opportunities to buy fresh from the bay seafood.
I hope to make a return visit to the Gateway Cottage someday and I hope it is exactly like I left it....home away from home!