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Sun All Day & on the Beach: a '50's Beach Cottage!

23 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Overview

Lopez Island Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

SeaSpray Cottage is the quintessential 50's beach cabin! Whether you seek a family vacation cottage or a cozy romantic getaway cottage for two, SeaSpray is the perfect vacation cottage from which to explore and experience the beauty of Lopez Island, a jewel of the San Juan Islands. Known as the 'Friendly Isle', it is a haven for bicycling, kayaking, gentle hiking, beachcombing and beautiful views of the San Juan Islands and Olympic Mountains. Lopez Island is peaceful and quiet.

SeaSpray Cottage is 30 feet from the natural rock steps down onto our private, no-bank beach on Davis Bay. Launch your own kayak from the shore, fly kites with the kids, picnic on the sand or take your family for a bicycle tour of rolling farmlands and gentle fields. Your family can walk along the trails at Iceberg Point, explore Shark's Reef, play at Spencer Spit State Park or Watmough Bay.

SeaSpray has just been completely 'refreshed' inside during the spring of 2012. With the walls whitewashed, new plush carpet underfoot, new lighting and many new touches throughout, the cottage is every bit as original 50's and charming as ever, but fresh and bright and ready to delight you.

SeaSpray's living room is perfect for spending time together; relaxing in front of the wood stove, reading or watching the water just out the windows that stretch across the front of the cottage. Move onto the Sun Porch, even closer to the beach and listen to the waves and the grumbling sea lions. There is a large dining table here for your evening meals. The kitchen is small but fully equipped for family style cooking. Plenty of dishes, glassware and cookware are provided for your use. You will also find a microwave, coffee maker, toaster, full set of kitchen knives and a hand mixer. The kitchen is open to the living room, across the breakfast counter, which will seat four. Along the eastern picture window off the kitchen sits a breakfast table for two more people.

The Master bedroom is on the ocean side of the cottage and has a double bed. From here a sliding glass door opens onto the Sun Porch so the breeze and water sounds will find you while sleeping. The kids will enjoy the cozy, built in 'cabin style' lower bunks in the garden side bedroom. The upper level of the bunk beds are cozy reading nooks for the kids. Brightly colored headlamps await to make the reading bright and fun. We have provided fine quality cotton linens for all the beds and fluffy towels for after your showers. The bathroom has been freshly painted and the shower surround tiled, adding another sparkle to the cottage. Beach towels will accompany you to the shore for your adventures there.

It may look small, but SeaSpray Cottage has been a cozy, comfortable year round residence that is big on making memories for families! Whether in winter, summer, spring or fall there is no better spot for a getaway. Come be our guest at SeaSpray!

Thank you!

Keywords: cottage, beach cabin, vacation cottage,

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Owner
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About The Owner

Lopez Island has long been our favorite place in the San Juan Islands! We jumped at the chance to take care of and share this magnificent spot on the sunny, south shore of Davis Bay. It is our dream come true!

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2008

Why The Owner chose Washington

We loved the sunny, expansive view of the sea framed by the Olympic Mountains and we love being right on the beach. We wanted to have our grown kids bring their children here, where they can make memories together. We watch eagles, deer, geese, otters, seals and sealions play at the water's edge.

What makes this cottage unique

Unique to our property is the easy access to the beach. We can walk our kayaks to the water from our yard! We have beautiful gardens, a wide grassy lawn where kids can play badmiton and chase eachother in big circles. It's the best vacation spot we could ever imagine.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lanie & Michelle,

Thank you so much for your over the top hospitality and for sharing this heavenly location. We all wish we scheduled more time to be here and hopefully will visit again soon!



Thanx sooohhh much!! Will look forward to a future lengthier stay - very soothing! Your rhubarb crisp rocks!

Valerie, Shari & Kristin
Apr 2011
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Reviews

5
based on 23 traveler reviews

Sun All Day & on the Beach: a '50's Beach Cottage!
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews
Seattle, WA
5

Perfect Family Island Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We have been staying at Michelle and Lanie's rental houses for the past 5 years. This year we rented both cottages - SeaSpray and the slightly larger cottage on the same property - for a family reunion. The huge lawn in between the two houses gives my kids amply space to play soccer or badminton or just run around. Each year we have added more "toys" to our journey to Lopez, including stand up paddle boards, bikes, and we always rent a double kayak from the kayak rental place in town - all of which we can keep on the property with us. It makes for the most amazing and adventurous vacation. In 5 years of visiting we still haven't gotten to all the places we want to explore on the island! The cottages are immaculate, beautifully decorated, and very comfortable with stunning views of the water from most rooms. Michelle and Lanie treat us like family, with their kindness (including treats from their garden!) and hospitality. They are also equally aware of giving us lots of privacy and are respectful of us having our own family experience. It is the perfect balance of feeling well-cared for and being on our own, tucked away in the south end of the island with the beautiful Davis Bay only steps away. For the past five years, it has been a great experience for our family, who now range in age from 9 to 87. Clearly we love it because we keep coming back!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Friends, You ARE like extended family to us! That has been a huge part of our joy in sharing our cottages. We have met the most wonderful people, and we get very attached, over the years. We've watched your girls grow, take to the water on paddleboards, become eloquent and self composed as young women. We delight in the many crab that come out of the bay, captured and wrapped in a beach towel, the sight of you all relaxing in the sun, sharing meals on the deck and enjoying your time together as family. Thank you! We look forward to your visit each and every year! Our best, Michelle and Lanie
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Houston, Texas
5

Magical!

  • 5 of 5

The moment you step on the ferry and head into the nether-world of green, misty islands you know you are leaving the real world behind. So ethereal and beautiful!

I think Sea Spray is the first home out of the many I have vacationed in that exceeds expectations on all levels.

The home is more private and tasteful than the pictures indicate. There are three different living areas so you can have your own space to hang out if you wish. I'm a cook and gave the small kitchen several workouts and it proved adequate on all fronts. Plus the view while you are searing the salmon! The long screened porch along the rear of the cottage is exceptional. While eating our breakfast or dinner out there we couldn't believe how lucky we were to have such a view. Though there are a handful of other homes on Davis Bay, never in 11 days did we see another person on the beach. There is another home available for rental on the property as well, but it is far enough away that you wouldn't hear them if they were out on their patio and you would need binoculars to see in windows. Speaking of that property, if you have a larger family or group of friends, getting both homes would be the way to do it. I won't go into all of the things to do/see on Lopez or the other islands, as they have been covered extensively by other reviewers. Just know everything you have read won't prepare you for the peace and beauty of this place.

The owners were another unexpected pleasure, though they were generally only around on the weekends. They are world adventurers who delight in sharing their garden bounties, surprising you with homemade goodies, answering all questions re Lopez/San Juans, and just making your trip more special, easy and interesting.

For the opportunity to reconnect with your loved ones and nature, you can't go wrong with Sea Spray cottage!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Travelin' Mom, Thank you for your amazingly kind and beautifully written review! It was such fun for us to have you as our guests. We really savor the chance to host first time visitors to our cottage, to Lopez Island and the San Juan Island Archipelago. We delighted in your curiosity about the islands and your 'on-the-go' exploration of the other islands. You made the utmost of your visit....and even saw Orca Whales! We were also delighted that you came home to our cottage, relaxed on the beach and enjoyed the peace, quiet and beauty right here at SeaSpray Cottage! We hope you will find your way back to the cottage...every chance you get. You will always be welcomed home. Thank you, once again!
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Bay Area, California
5

Another wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

This was our third year in this wonderful cottage. We adore our hosts, and have fallen in love with Lopez. If we have our way, we will be fortunate enough to return many more times. The hiking is wonderful. This year we were graced with spectacular sightings of Mt. Rainier (from our kayak), Mt. Baker (from Iceberg Point), and the Olympics (from the front porch). We saw river otters fishing, and every evening the salmon were jumping so close to shore that several other guests caught salmon casting from the beach. The garden provided bountiful produce including the most spectacular tomatoes. We are very grateful to know this place and these folks.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We delight in your company at the cottage! As far as we are concerned, there is nothing better than sharing our favorite piece of the planet with people who love the out-of-doors and nature's gifts, wether it be a delicious tomato, a view of a magnificent mountain or the gentle rocking of the water from a kayak! We are so glad of your love of the place, so thankful for your kindness, friendship... and each and every visit you treat us to! Come back soon!
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5

Right on the water

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a place to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary and Sea Spray Cottage appealed to us because it's right on the water. The enclosed sun deck runs the entire water side of the cottage, which is a great place to just "hang out." We rented kayaks, explored the shore coves and found the seals as curious of us, as we were of them. Another nice thing about the cottage, is biking on the quiet roads and meeting all the friendly people. We took a day trip to San Juan island, which is free for walk-ons and bikes. We took the transit van to Lime Kiln park and were excited to see a parade of orcas. Our most favorite part was falling asleep and waking to the waves. The only problem was we only stayed 4 nights and wished we had more time.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure and our honor to have you celebrate the special occasion of your 40th anniversary at SeaSpray Cottage! We meet such wonderful people here, like yourselves, all of whom bring their happiness and their love of the natural world to the cottage. All of that positive energy soaks into the place and imbues it with even more warmth. It was delightful to see your smiling faces each day and to know that you thoroughly enjoyed exploring Lopez and our neighboring island. How lucky you were to see Orca Whales too! We can't wait for your return. In the meantime, we wish you continued love and happiness and send out thanks for your wonderful review. Our best, Michelle and Lanie
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5

Our annual family retreat; 5 years and counting

  • 5 of 5

We stay at either the SeaSpray or the adjacent Wildwood Cottage, both managed by wonderful owners Michelle and Lanie. The hospitality, home comfort and views are second to none. Our family of five always looks forward to coming back each summer. We load up the Kayak, bikes and tennis racquets. My wife and daughter comb the beach daily for sea glass and agates. The fresh farm food, local meats and Saturday market are the best. At night we star gaze, read or play cards. It is simply a slice of heaven.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to your family visits every year! It's so great to see how your family has grown and really come to love this little island and the cottage, here on Davis Bay. You've perfected the art of the family getaway and we are so very honored to have you call our place your 'Lopezian home away from home'. Thank you for the great sentiments. We so appreciate you sharing them with future guests! All our best, Michelle and Lanie
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5

Writer's Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The SeaSpray Cottage is an annual pilgrimage for us now. This year we stayed for two full weeks, and I mean FULL. Full of breathtaking beauty, relaxation, kayaking, cooking, biking, reading, and writing. My wife and I are both writers and we use this place and time to recharge and produce work. While there, I posted this on Facebook: "This is how mornings go on Lopez Island. You wake up and drink coffee in bed while looking out at the geese and seals swimming in Davis Bay, the scantly snowcapped Olympic Mountains in the distance. Then you write. You write until you're hungry. You're always ravenous this close to the water. You slice the sourdough walnut bread you baked two days ago and dip it in a beaten egg (one of the eggs your landlady, and friend after three years of renting this cabin, left for you on your doorstep) and Saigon cinnamon. You fry the bread in butter and spoon local raspberries and blueberries you’ve reduced to a sauce on top. You eat that. And then you go back to writing. You write until the water has had enough and calls you out in your kayak." There's no more relaxing and exhilarating place for us. Thank you, Michelle and Lanie!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love having your kind, creative spirits at SeaSpray Cottage! It is such a treat for us to know that your creative energies are flowing, that your keenly intelligent minds are bringing a new reality to the page, that you are doing what you love and in a little cottage by the sea, that you love. We thrive on your enjoyment of the place, with its ever changing seascape just outside the windows and a few steps away. Thank you for bringing your passions to SeaSpray, for your friendship....and for sharing your sourdough bread creations too! We are the lucky ones.
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Bellingham, WA
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
The Galley
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Lopez Island, north end
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Lopez Island Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
All are located in the Village
Nearest Beach
Outside
Nearest Point of Interest
Lopez Island Ferry Landing
Nearest Point of Interest
Lopez Village
Nearest Point of Interest
Iceberg Point
Nearest Point of Interest
Shark's Reef Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Watmough Bay
Car: recommended

Lopez Island is a quiet and peaceful paradise in the San Juan Islands. It is gentle, rolling countryside which is perfect for bicycling and walking. There are beaches for beachcombing, State Parks full of beautiful trails that meander along seaside bluffs overlooking the Straits and the Olympic Mountains, Cascade Mountains and Mt. Baker. The Marina in Fisherman's Bay is the center for boating and fishing. The island has long been pursuing sustainable, organic farming and living practices. An eco-friendly lifestyle is pervasive here. Lopez Village is a small community gather place offering organic & conventional grocery stores, coffee shops, art galleries, restaurants, a library, book store, and a vital farmers market! Go on a kayak tour, rent bicycles, take your family whale watching with local guides. Come and experience the awe inspiring beauty of Lopez Island!

Other Activities: Wildlife viewing, Boating, Shopping, Kayaking

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Rates & Availability

Lopez Island Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer - Fall
Jun 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
$325
$2,093
 
 
Winter - Spring
Nov 1 2016 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$250
$1,610
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$250
$1,610
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 10.1%

Normal cleaning fees are included.
Additional one person beyond max = add $25.00 per night (at owner's discretion)
Holidays 2016/2017 Dec 22, 2016 Christmas through Jan 2, 2017 New Years - 4 night minimum

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Lopez Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • Double Beds (1), Twin Beds (2)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
beach fire ring

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