We have a full wrap around deck so close to the water it feels like you are floating. We are in a rural area, so it's relaxing and quiet. There are plenty of DVDs, and lots of games. The Puget Sound is located in Washington State. It is cold ocean water, with low and high tides, but no crashing surf. Our beach is wide and open with lots of sand, and plenty of pretty treasures for beach combing. We are close to several towns if someone wants to do shopping, antiquing, go out to eat or to a movie. There are several state parks nearby to hike or pic-nick. Seattle and Olympia are close enough to do a day trip. PLEASE NOTE: we are NOT handicapped accessible.
Wild Life: This section of the Puget Sound has abundant sea life including otter, sea lions, frequent sightings of seals, at least five species of colorful sea stars, Red Box crab, and two types of jellyfish. There are moon snail, several varieties of clams that range from smaller than a dime to more than 8 inches across, and whelks. You will find lots of shells. We also have a nearby area that live sand dollars grow. A bald eagle often flies in front of the cabin; gulls, herons, ducks, cormorants, and other birds are common sights. We have had multiple sightings of a pair of dolphins. We occasionally hear sea lions at night and seals are a common sight. We saw a pod of three Orcas in May this year.
Parking and Accessibility: We have a large parking space that can hold at least 5 cars, or several RV's. We do NOT have electrical hookup or a dump station. This house is NOT handicapped accessible because the parking lot is at the top of the hill, and there are TWO long flights of stairs connected by concrete pathway to get down to the house on the beach. We have tried to include many of your necessities to enable you to pack light.
Electronics and Entertainment: Our beach house has a DVD player in the living room and in the master bedroom. We keep a large collection of DVDs but there is NO Internet service.There is no TV service, or cable either. Imagine being able to concentrate on interacting with each other instead of faces buried in electronic devices! Cell phone service (both phone and data) are subject to the whims of the cell phone gods... sometimes we get AT&T, sometimes Verizon, and usually Cricket. I'm not sure of the others. We have some games, cards and puzzles, and the lending book library is on the small size for now but growing.
We are located on rural Harstine Island, not far from Shelton, WA. Our house is on the beach, with smooth sand, plentiful shells, beautiful beach pebbles, colorful sea stars, and lots of wildlife. To take advantage of the great views, our living room/dining room 'great room' has a wall of windows looking east with a large deck wrapping around three sides of the house. Bring your fishing pole, or take a nap on our hammock. We also have a hammock-swing that's a great favorite with kids of all ages. Have a sand castle-building contest. Bring your bikes, or hike in one of the nearby state parks. Poke around a local plant nursery, or visit our area's resident pottery artist. Enjoy antiquing in Shelton, or going to the movies at the modern cinema or the drive-in movie. There is plenty to keep busy, or just relax and let your cares dissolve at our peaceful island retreat.
Other Activities: Kayaking (bring your own)
Golf: We are North of Shelton, and Shelton Bayshore course is closest at 17 miles, and has a good rating. Here is their website:
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