|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
This 1200 sq ft cabin is part of a larger property, with the main house across the street, set on the east end of Freshwater Bay, with views of the Straits and Vancouver Island to the north, and snow-capped Olympic Mountain to the south. While you can hear the waves from the cabin, you must walk to the front of the property to view the beach and watch the sunsets. The Elwha river estuary is a short walk away and is well known for surfing and kite boarding. The dam removal project is complete and the legendary native Chinook salmon have returned ( http://projects.seattletimes.com/2016/elwha/ ). Freshwater Bay Beach is now blanketed with sand from the sediment once trapped behind the dams. The Olympic National Park and surrounds are ideal for bird watching, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, crabbing and fishing. Hurricane Ridge, popular for spring and summer wildflowers, is one of the best spots in the Northwest to cross country ski, snowboard and snowshoe. In the Fall the area is abundant with wild mushrooms. The year-round Port Angeles farmer's market offers wonderful produce to complement your meal of fresh caught salmon and dungeness crab. Victoria BC is a 90 minute ferry ride from downtown Port Angeles.
The cabin is perfect for four, but can accommodate up to 5 people comfortably. There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The larger bedroom has a double bed, the smaller has twin beds, and there is a futon in the living room. The kitchen is well equipped and has culinary basics (flour, oats, sugar, spices etc..). French doors open up to deck with small table and rocking chairs. Guests have access to the no-bank beach, stone grill and fire pit, which are framed by 300 year old wind blown firs. We look forward to your visit.
We have lived the last 26 years on Bainbridge Island and (since retirement in December of 2015), are now full time residents of Port Angeles. We bought this property in 2009, the year our youngest went off to college. Our children grew up snowboarding (while we snowshoed) on Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park. During the summers we would camp and hike. All three of our children went from thinking it was a crazy idea to: our eldest getting married on the property, our middle child purchasing a Port Angeles home, and the youngest frequently heading out with a group of friends to hike and surf.
Jean Fleischfresser purchased this cabin in 2009
It is rare to find a no bank beach along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The Olympic National Park is an amazing treasure and it is literally in our back yard. You can walk the entire 3.8 miles of Freshwater Bay (at 5' tide or lower) and see unique rock formation and sea creature laden tide pools. Since the removal of the Elwha river dams we have a wonderful sandy beach.
You can paddle out, drop a crab pot, and a couple of hours later haul in your 'limit', boil them up and sit at the picnic table on the beach enjoying your uniquely Northwest meal.
My wife and I were visiting our daughter, an emergency medicine resident at U. of W. in Seattle, and we all wanted to get out of the city, chill and explore. This turned out to be the perfect place. As other reviews note, the cabin is rustic but not at all rough. It was spacious and charming, with wood paneling and a large open living/dining/kitchen area, a breakfast bar, a well furnished kitchen, and two very ample and comfortable bedrooms, each with its own modern and well-appointed bath. Jean has added some artistic touches that bring the ambiance of the nearby beach to the place. The place was so relaxed, inviting and comfortable that, although we'd planned to go into Port Angeles at least once for dinner, we just ended up staying in the cabin and cooking together. One morning Jean and her husband checked in to make sure we had everything we needed, and were so congenial that we decided to take a walk together to the nearby Elwha River and then back along the beach to their house. (There is also direct access to the beach from the cabin by just walking across their yard.) It also turned out to be a perfect base for exploring the northwest part of the Peninsula - one day we visited the very beautiful Lake Crescent (which has a very picturesque lodge with an excellent bar and restaurant overlooking the lake) and hiked from a nearby trailhead; another day we drove west to Neah Bay, visited the fascinating Makah reservation museum with a full-size reconstruction of a coastal longhouse, watched the sunset from the beach at Makah Bay, and drove back to the cabin in time to make dinner and happily collapse. All-in-all it was a perfect stay. This time we did it in the Fall; we hope to come back in the Summer, which must be spectacular.
We have been going to the Oly Penn for years. Stayed at Freshwater Bay 4 times. 3 of those years at Jean's and Ricardo's cabin. Cozy, serene, quiet and comfortable, etc,etc,etc. The Best place to Recharge anywhere. There is the "Back to the basics" about what a vacation is all about. No T.V. ! We all walked and read books. Shopping is not far away. You can consider this your Base camp to all to do on the Olympic Peninsula. In fact, I had started a book last year, and I was able to finish it this visit! :)
My wife, daughter, son-in-law, and I had a wonderful 4 night stay at the Freshwater Bay Cabin. This was our first trip to the Olympic Peninsula, and we were looking for a place that was peaceful, away from the hustle and bustle of tourists and cities. This cabin turned out to be perfect for our needs. Make no mistake, this is not a luxury accommodation, nor is it meant to be. It is an older "beach cabin," across the street from the owner's beachfront home, but has easy access to the water. The owners have made the cabin comfortable, and have restored and decorated it in a unique and eclectic manner. It was spotlessly clean. The two bedrooms and two bathrooms were perfect for the four of us. A spacious living/dining/kitchen space provided a nice area to relax. We prepared one dinner there during our stay, and the kitchen proved to be will equipped. Many cooking staples were also available. Perhaps the thing that we liked the most about the cabin was that it was on a dead end road, eliminating any significant traffic, and making it very peaceful. Still, it is only a 15 - 20 minute drive into Port Angeles for shops, restaurants, ferry to Victoria, etc. It proved to be a good jumping off point to explore the northern side of the Olympic Peninsula. Unfortunately, we only had enough time to get just a taste of what this spectacular area has to offer.
The owners could not have been better. They are gracious, friendly, and welcoming. They also have a wealth of knowledge of the area that they are more than willing to share. They are very creative and industrious, as witnessed by the restoration of the cabin, their own home across the street, and the property. They made us feel very at ease from the moment we arrived, and I am certain that other guests can attest to that.
Perhaps if we had any disappointment at all, it would be that we were unable to have a fire in the fire pit that is on the beach due to a burning ban that was in effect because of drought conditions. Obviously, that is no fault of the owners, it's just a circumstance that happened to coincide with our stay.
In summary, I would say that in ways, this cabin is kind of a throw back to an earlier time. Friendly owners and neighbors, a peaceful neighborhood that begs one to sit back and enjoy life and the beauty that surrounds us, in ways evokes a time gone by. I would not hesitate to return.
Jean was a welcoming host! We appreciated all of the suggestions for hikes, sources for blackberry pie, and tips of the area. The rustic cabin was clean and met all of our needs. The kitchen is sufficiently stocked for use. We enjoyed several beautiful sunsets on the water, walks on the beach admiring the clever use of beach logs, and the solitude and silence of the area. We hope to return soon!
The house has a rustic, historic vibe but has been thoroughly modernized and is very comfortable. Excellent amenities for cooking, eating, and playing games together. The location is excellent, near Olympic National Park, the ferry to Victoria, and a lovely beach is just across the street. The owners live across the street, and are available for any concerns, but are not overly "present". We would stay here again!
Our stay was delightful. Everything we hoped for and needed. The old trees in the neighborhood are a calming presence. The beach is still forming and an adventure at each low and high tide. We enjoyed walking the beaches, the dike path, the Madison Falls trail, and watching the Elwha run free again. Thanks to our hosts for their caring and touching interactions! Fresh flowers to greet us. The best advice on wild blackberry pie. And a cabin retreat and land well stewarded. Could not ask for more. We will visit again!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$100|
You will be refunded 100% of your rental costs up to 2 weeks prior to your reservations, 75% up to one week before and no refund thereafter. Security deposit, cleaning and pet fee will be refunded at 100% with any cancellation.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.