One of the first homes built on the jetty, Salt Grass Cottage has stood the test of time, tide and more than a few gale force winds. Backing onto and focused upon the wide-open beauty of the Wildlife Refuge, the cottage connects to Little Beach, the less visited and much more sheltered harbor beach, via a short and easily followed game trail.
'Little Beach' has long been a favorite of (and was unofficially named by) the young and not-so-young in our family due to its 'friendlier' location (just out the back door, much less wind and rarely anyone else there!), better beach-combing, and tranquil estuary-like vistas. There's still the roar of the ocean, waves break onto the beach and seagulls cry overhead...but it usually belongs only to you. Few others have such easy access!
Need more adventure? The rocks of the jetty and the pounding ocean surf are an easy 10-15 minute walk away on rarely used paved roads or bring your bikes and cycle over for more exercise and faster access! If nature's not your thing...why come to the beach?? Just kidding! There's plenty of restaurants, shops, and fun ways to spend money in town and of course the Quinault Beach Casino is ready and waiting to help lighten your pockets, too.
However you fill your time, Salt Grass Cottage will welcome you back at the end of the day with a cozy fire in the stove, a well-stocked kitchen and ultra-comfortable beds and bedding. Open the blinds to take in the gazillion stars on a clear night, the window just a crack for the roar of the ocean, the clang of the channel buoy or a distant fog horn. All the makings of a perfect night's rest...so you can wake refreshed, ready to do it all again!
I'm Kellie, and my husband Carlos and I are second generation owners/stewards of Salt Grass Cottage. We purchased it from my parents when time, tide and grown kids dictated they move closer to family and medical facilities. I say stewards because that's exactly how we see it...we're simply keepers of the home itself, of the dream-come-true, of the surrounding natural beauty and the treasure of Little Beach.
When forced to work rather than vacation, I sell and develop real estate in Seattle but welcome every opportunity that comes along to leave the hustle and bustle of the city and head for the coast. Carlos is a fitness coach at NWCrossFit in Seattle, a job that demands a lot both mentally and physically so a few days of R&R at the beach are always welcome. We both run to the peace and tranquility of the cottage every chance we get! We began renting our ocean home for financial reasons, namely to help pay for it in a slow economy. We continue to rent it because the stories of how it's touched others lives enrich our own.
Salt Grass Cottage has been a part of my life since I first stood on tiptoes on the very highest knoll with my two younger brothers and my extremely excited parents. Stretching as tall as we could, we all tried to envision what kind of view there would be from a main floor, maybe even a second story...it was the start of a dream come true for my parents and now for my husband and myself and the many guests who have shared in the cottage's magic.
There's something about water that just says: 'Relax, forget your worries for just a while. Renew, re-connect, rest.' That's why we love the ocean. That's why we sleep better here, why everything tastes better here, why we wait to the very last minute to leave here.
One look out the windows and you get it. There's nothing there, nothing but salt grass, falcons, hawks, deer, racoons, sparrows, swallows, eagles. Nothing but game trails heading for the beach, drift logs to climb on or lean back against. Nothing but the sound of the waves, the wind, the fog horn. We love Salt Grass Cottage because it's surrounded by nothing, and nothing works for us!!
Ideal for bird-watching, communing with nature and all-around general relaxation!