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Pleasant Bay Lookout (epic sea view + hot tub)

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 868 reviews.SuperhostBellingham, Washington, United States
Private room in treehouse
hosted by Aimee And Peter
2 guests1 bedroom1 bed2 shared baths
Private room in treehouse hosted by Aimee And Peter
2 guests1 bedroom1 bed2 shared baths
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The Pleasant Bay Lookout is a small private room with a spectacular view, nestled in the trees. Guests share space in our family's home - where we live full time - for kitchen, bathroom, living room, hot tub, & other household amenities. We love welcoming guests to this tucked-away oasis of peace and beauty.

Meeting accurate expectations is very important to us - we only accept requests from those with complete profiles who let us know they've read our entire listing description. Thank you!

The space
The Pleasant Bay Lookout is nestled in a forest overlooking the Salish Sea. Its stunning beauty and simplicity have been showcased widely, including on Airbnb's Instagram, in local magazines and on many websites. The Lookout is simple: one room (121 square feet) with a comfortable recliner, a modern sofa that converts to a bed, a glass wall with a breathtaking view, and a deck to experience the sound of the sea, songbirds and sun, rain and shifting clouds firsthand. Given the small square footage, there is no sink or bathroom in the Lookout and the sofa bed takes up much of the space in the room when its open. As one guest said: "The space is small in footage but huge on character and coolness. The back wall is all glass. It leads out to a deck and offers a beautiful view of the woods and the bay. The view makes the whole room feel as big as the whole out of doors." We care about beauty, connection, real things, and the Lookout reflects that; much of its features were made by us or locally sourced. There is a branched tree from our property to hang your coat, a live edge coffee table made by Peter, and thoughtfully chosen art on the walls. In the main house - which you'll share with us, as we live there full time - you'll eat at a handcrafted breakfast bar, use Aimee's homemade soap in the shower, and perhaps enjoy a fire with wood from our property. Note that there is no bathroom in the Lookout - it's a 30 second walk to the bathroom in the house, which is open 24/7 for your use. The common trend for visitors to the Lookout is to arrive and cast off any plans they have: most seem to fall into the state described in Italian as "La Dolce Far Niente - The Sweetness of Doing Nothing."

The main house is a 30 second walk from the Lookout. We live in the house, and are grateful to share it with Lookout guests from all over the world. Though fifty years old, it is comfortably modern, built on a forested bluff above a picturesque bay with a simple design and architecture that integrates with its surroundings. Most walls of the house are made of glass, making a moving painting with the flight of birds, trees dancing in the wind, moonlight and dappled sunlight - it truly is a feast for the senses.

The sensory delight increases when you go outside the Lookout or house – the forest is alive with songbirds, shorebirds, raptors and peekaboo views. Raccoon and deer wander through, and Chuckanut Mountain trails and beaches are a short walk, bike ride, paddle or drive away. There are many options for nature excursions and adventures right outside our door.

The Pleasant Bay Lookout is ideal for nature lovers, outdoor adventurers, and those who want simple accommodations in a beautiful natural setting.

• Note that the Lookout and our home are nestled in the trees, but not built IN a tree like a typical treehouse.

• Meeting accurate expectations is very important to us, so please let us know you've read our entire listing description and understand the arrangement between the Lookout and main house when you send a booking request. Thank you!

Guest access
Guests have 24/7 access to the Lookout and main house amenities, including use of kitchen, living and dining rooms, bathrooms, and hot tub. Lots of guests cook during their stay, read by the woodstove or hang out on the window seat in the main house. Please note there is no beach access on the property.

Other things to note
• NOISE - Our property is bordered by a forest to the west; woods, road and Chuckanut Bay to the north; Pleasant Bay to the south; and the Burlington Northern railway very nearby to the east, just beyond and below the Lookout. Trains pass by frequently day and night and the freight engines' rumble can be noisy (though they thankfully seldom blow their whistles here). There is occasional work on the tracks below the Lookout, about 4-5 days/year at entirely unpredictable times. Some guests find earplugs helpful at night with the intermittent passing trains, or get accustomed to it as background noise (quite infrequently, a guest finds the passing night trains intolerably loud - it's really a subjective experience). We live in a neighborhood, so sounds of children playing and neighbors talking mingle with owls hooting, coyotes yipping in the distance, a nearby neighbor's chickens, and geese honking overhead.

• PETS - Sorry, we don't allow pets in the Lookout (but we do in our Chuckanut Seaside Forest Studio)

• SHARED SPACE - While the Lookout is a separate space, we welcome you into our family home for use of kitchen, bathrooms, living and dining rooms. We strive to keep spaces neat, tidy and comfortable, while still maintaining the life of a busy and active family. If you're not comfortable with some shared space and a degree of communal living, we suggest you consider booking one of our other rentals, the Chuckanut Seaside Forest Studio or Garden Street Studio (both listed on Airbnb), which are separate & autonomous apartments. But if you are comfortable interacting in our home - as little or as much as you'd like - we'll be glad to meet you! We've had wonderful experiences connecting with Lookout guests and are very accustomed to sharing space.

• SIZE - Note the square footage (121 square feet). The Lookout is comfortable and cozy by day, and more snug with the queen-sized sofa bed open at night.

• MAIN HOUSE - We offer pantry and refrigerator space in our kitchen for any food you bring. There are two bathrooms in the house and you're welcome to use either one/both. You may access our home 24/7, so don't worry about late night trips to the bathroom - you won't bother us and you may come in and out whenever you'd like. You can use the kitchen and all tools/spices any time - many guests cook a lot. It's about a 30 second walk from the Lookout to the house.

• BEACHES - Though there is a small private beach below the Lookout, it is for local community use only. Other beautiful beaches are a short walk or drive away.

• TECHNOLOGY - Cell service is spotty at our home; though we do have wifi, texting and phone reception is unpredictable. Note there is no television or stereo system.

• GUS - We have a small non-allergenic dog named Gus who will be very happy to greet you at the door!

• ACCESSIBILITY - Access to the Lookout and main house is via a wooded trail, and down/up short flights of narrow stone stairs and may be tricky for those with mobility limitations. Our property is dark at night, with minimal outdoor lighting; we hope our guests will enjoy this respite from city lights, as we do.

• BREAKFAST - While we offer coffee, tea, and a few pantry items, we typically do not provide breakfast.

• HOT TUB - Feel free to use any time, day or night (while respecting quiet hours when using tub). Note that it's an older model tub with no jets, just hot water to soak in under the cedars and firs.

• IMPERFECTION - What a funny subject heading to use, huh? We strive to be honest about what we offer, and to be upfront about ways our property is not perfect. You’ll likely be happier during your Lookout stay If you’re seeking authenticity rather than manicured perfection. Some other things we can think of about the Lookout that may not work for some:
- To the right of the Lookout is our home’s large deck (which you’re welcome to use). We store our year’s supply of firewood and some bicycles under it, which guests can see when they’re on the Lookout deck. All of the view is forest and sea from inside the Lookout - underneath the house deck is just a small aspect of the side view when you’re on the Lookout deck.
- The Lookout has no air conditioning, though it does have a fan. When it’s hot, guests open doors, extending the connection with the natural environment. Most love this, but some are frustrated with the admission of bugs (there aren’t a lot here, but some!). There is a blackout blind you can shut to cover the glass door when it’s open if you’d like. The main house does have air conditioning.
- With all that glass, the Lookout can be a challenge to heat during the coldest winter months. We address this by adding extra heaters and blankets. We want guests to be comfortable!
- As mentioned, we live in our home and do our very best to keep it quite tidy. Like any family with busy lives, sometimes we fall short. We hope guests can flex with occasional clutter or undone dishes when that occurs.

• PARKING - Please use the directions we send you, rather than phone maps, so you know where to park and how to find the house and Lookout. Follow our forested driveway to the top for parking - be forewarned that backing down can be tricky. We're happy to back your car down for you! There is no pavement on our property, so you'll have the forest all around you, and under your feet as well.

• LOW CARBON DISCOUNT - We offer a discount to anyone who arrives via bike or on foot. We can offer a plug-in for electric cars.

• THE STUDIO - There is one other rental on our property (the Chuckanut Seaside Forest Studio, also listed on Airbnb), which you pass by when you come up the driveway. Please be mindful of others as there are usually additional guests on site.

• LET US KNOW - As mentioned elsewhere in the listing, meeting accurate expectations is very important to us, so please let us know you've read our entire listing description when you send a booking request. We aim to follow a healthy communication policy of LIBK (Let It Be Known), so let us know if there's anything you want or need before or during your stay too!
The Pleasant Bay Lookout is a small private room with a spectacular view, nestled in the trees. Guests share space in ou…
The Pleasant Bay Lookout is a small private room with a spectacular view, nestled in the trees. Guests share space in our family's home - where we live full time - for kitchen, bathroom, living room, hot tub, & other household amenities. We love welcoming guests to this tucked-away oasis of peace and beauty.

Meeting accurate expectations is very important to us - we only accept requests from those with complete profiles who let us know they've read our entire listing description. Thank you!

The space
The Pleasant Bay Lookout is nestled in a forest overlooking the Salish Sea. Its stunning beauty and simplicity have been showcased widely, including on Airbnb's Instagram, in local magazines and on many websites. The Lookout is simple: one room (121 square feet) with a comfortable recliner, a modern sofa that converts to a bed, a glass wall with a breathtaking view, and a deck to experience the sound of the sea, songbirds and sun, rain and shifting clouds firsthand. Given the small square footage, there is no sink or bathroom in the Lookout and the sofa bed takes up much of the space in the room when its open. As one guest said: "The space is small in footage but huge on character and coolness. The back wall is all glass. It leads out to a deck and offers a beautiful view of the woods and the bay. The view makes the whole room feel as big as the whole out of doors." We care about beauty, connection, real things, and the Lookout reflects that; much of its features were made by us or locally sourced. There is a branched tree from our property to hang your coat, a live edge coffee table made by Peter, and thoughtfully chosen art on the walls. In the main house - which you'll share with us, as we live there full time - you'll eat at a handcrafted breakfast bar, use Aimee's homemade soap in the shower, and perhaps enjoy a fire with wood from our property. Note that there is no bathroom in the Lookout - it's a 30 second walk to the bathroom in the house, which is open 24/7 for your use. The common trend for visitors to the Lookout is to arrive and cast off any plans they have: most seem to fall into the state described in Italian as "La Dolce Far Niente - The Sweetness of Doing Nothing."

The main house is a 30 second walk from the Lookout. We live in the house, and are grateful to share it with Lookout guests from all over the world. Though fifty years old, it is comfortably modern, built on a forested bluff above a picturesque bay with a simple design and architecture that integrates with its surroundings. Most walls of the house are made of glass, making a moving painting with the flight of birds, trees dancing in the wind, moonlight and dappled sunlight - it truly is a feast for the senses.

The sensory delight increases when you go outside the Lookout or house – the forest is alive with songbirds, shorebirds, raptors and peekaboo views. Raccoon and deer wander through, and Chuckanut Mountain trails and beaches are a short walk, bike ride, paddle or drive away. There are many options for nature excursions and adventures right outside our door.

The Pleasant Bay Lookout is ideal for nature lovers, outdoor adventurers, and those who want simple accommodations in a beautiful natural setting.

• Note that the Lookout and our home are nestled in the trees, but not built IN a tree like a typical treehouse.

• Meeting accurate expectations is very important to us, so please let us know you've read our entire listing description and understand the arrangement between the Lookout and main house when you send a booking request. Thank you!

Guest access
Guests have 24/7 access to the Lookout and main house amenities, including use of kitchen, living and dining rooms, bathrooms, and hot tub. Lots of guests cook during their stay, read by the woodstove or hang out on the window seat in the main house. Please note there is no beach access on the property.

Other things to note
• NOISE - Our property is bordered by a forest to the west; woods, road and Chuckanut Bay to the north; Pleasant Bay to the south; and the Burlington Northern railway very nearby to the east, just beyond and below the Lookout. Trains pass by frequently day and night and the freight engines' rumble can be noisy (though they thankfully seldom blow their whistles here). There is occasional work on the tracks below the Lookout, about 4-5 days/year at entirely unpredictable times. Some guests find earplugs helpful at night with the intermittent passing trains, or get accustomed to it as background noise (quite infrequently, a guest finds the passing night trains intolerably loud - it's really a subjective experience). We live in a neighborhood, so sounds of children playing and neighbors talking mingle with owls hooting, coyotes yipping in the distance, a nearby neighbor's chickens, and geese honking overhead.

• PETS - Sorry, we don't allow pets in the Lookout (but we do in our Chuckanut Seaside Forest Studio)

• SHARED SPACE - While the Lookout is a separate space, we welcome you into our family home for use of kitchen, bathrooms, living and dining rooms. We strive to keep spaces neat, tidy and comfortable, while still maintaining the life of a busy and active family. If you're not comfortable with some shared space and a degree of communal living, we suggest you consider booking one of our other rentals, the Chuckanut Seaside Forest Studio or Garden Street Studio (both listed on Airbnb), which are separate & autonomous apartments. But if you are comfortable interacting in our home - as little or as much as you'd like - we'll be glad to meet you! We've had wonderful experiences connecting with Lookout guests and are very accustomed to sharing space.

• SIZE - Note the square footage (121 square feet). The Lookout is comfortable and cozy by day, and more snug with the queen-sized sofa bed open at night.

• MAIN HOUSE - We offer pantry and refrigerator space in our kitchen for any food you bring. There are two bathrooms in the house and you're welcome to use either one/both. You may access our home 24/7, so don't worry about late night trips to the bathroom - you won't bother us and you may come in and out whenever you'd like. You can use the kitchen and all tools/spices any time - many guests cook a lot. It's about a 30 second walk from the Lookout to the house.

• BEACHES - Though there is a small private beach below the Lookout, it is for local community use only. Other beautiful beaches are a short walk or drive away.

• TECHNOLOGY - Cell service is spotty at our home; though we do have wifi, texting and phone reception is unpredictable. Note there is no television or stereo system.

• GUS - We have a small non-allergenic dog named Gus who will be very happy to greet you at the door!

• ACCESSIBILITY - Access to the Lookout and main house is via a wooded trail, and down/up short flights of narrow stone stairs and may be tricky for those with mobility limitations. Our property is dark at night, with minimal outdoor lighting; we hope our guests will enjoy this respite from city lights, as we do.

• BREAKFAST - While we offer coffee, tea, and a few pantry items, we typically do not provide breakfast.

• HOT TUB - Feel free to use any time, day or night (while respecting quiet hours when using tub). Note that it's an older model tub with no jets, just hot water to soak in under the cedars and firs.

• IMPERFECTION - What a funny subject heading to use, huh? We strive to be honest about what we offer, and to be upfront about ways our property is not perfect. You’ll likely be happier during your Lookout stay If you’re seeking authenticity rather than manicured perfection. Some other things we can think of about the Lookout that may not work for some:
- To the right of the Lookout is our home’s large deck (which you’re welcome to use). We store our year’s supply of firewood and some bicycles under it, which guests can see when they’re on the Lookout deck. All of the view is forest and sea from inside the Lookout - underneath the house deck is just a small aspect of the side view when you’re on the Lookout deck.
- The Lookout has no air conditioning, though it does have a fan. When it’s hot, guests open doors, extending the connection with the natural environment. Most love this, but some are frustrated with the admission of bugs (there aren’t a lot here, but some!). There is a blackout blind you can shut to cover the glass door when it’s open if you’d like. The main house does have air conditioning.
- With all that glass, the Lookout can be a challenge to heat during the coldest winter months. We address this by adding extra heaters and blankets. We want guests to be comfortable!
- As mentioned, we live in our home and do our very best to keep it quite tidy. Like any family with busy lives, sometimes we fall short. We hope guests can flex with occasional clutter or undone dishes when that occurs.

• PARKING - Please use the directions we send you, rather than phone maps, so you know where to park and how to find the house and Lookout. Follow our forested driveway to the top for parking - be forewarned that backing down can be tricky. We're happy to back your car down for you! There is no pavement on our property, so you'll have the forest all around you, and under your feet as well.

• LOW CARBON DISCOUNT - We offer a discount to anyone who arrives via bike or on foot. We can offer a plug-in for electric cars.

• THE STUDIO - There is one other rental on our property (the Chuckanut Seaside Forest Studio, also listed on Airbnb), which you pass by when you come up the driveway. Please be mindful of others as there are usually additional guests on site.

• LET US KNOW - As mentioned elsewhere in the listing, meeting accurate expectations is very important to us, so please let us know you've read our entire listing description when you send a booking request. We aim to follow a healthy communication policy of LIBK (Let It Be Known), so let us know if there's anything you want or need before or during your stay too!
The Pleasant Bay Lookout is a small private room with a spectacular view, nestled in the trees. Guests share space in our family's home - where we live full time - for kitchen, bathroom, living room, hot tub, &…

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Bedroom 1
1 sofa bed

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Kitchen
Wifi
Hot tub
Free parking on premises
Indoor fireplace
Iron
Hair dryer
Heating
Laptop-friendly workspace
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Bellingham, Washington, United States

With Chuckanut Mountain behind us and the Salish Sea in front, hikers, bikers, and kayakers will find easy access to all three activities from the studio. The Interurban Trail is just up the road. Heading south on the Interurban you'll reach the trails, lakes and seashore of 2683-acre Larrabee State Park in five minutes; walking north, you can stroll or bike five miles to town if you'd like, all on a forested trail overlooking the sea. Launching a boat from a nearby area will bring you to a beautiful coastline, with Chuckanut Island as the gem of Chuckanut Bay. For years, our family has been the caretakers of this special place, owned by the Nature Conservancy. The world renowned beauty of Chuckanut Drive is moments away – enjoy it by bicycle or car. The quaint village-within-the-city of Fairhaven is 10 minutes and downtown Bellingham is 20 minutes by car (if you lack a vehicle, we're happy to carpool the short distance to town as we're able). The Skagit Valley is just 20 minutes south along Chuckanut Drive. Venturing east, you can reach the glorious mountains, rivers, and waterfalls of the North Cascades in just over an hour. Driving west, you can be on a ferry to the pristine San Juan islands in under an hour. If you'd like, you can touch a glacier and enjoy a picnic on a beach in the same day!

The Chuckanut area and Bellingham region are an outdoor recreation and nature lovers' paradise. We're the Northwest epicenter for sea, mountain, lake, and river activities, as well as island hopping and visiting local farms of every variety (vineyards, vegetables, fruit, meat, dairy). If you'd prefer a more urban vacation, Bellingham has great markets, diverse shopping opportunities, varied restaurants and nightlife, great local breweries, and one of the most beautiful university campuses in Washington state. We're situated equidistant to Vancouver BC and Seattle, so big city attractions are just a 90 minute drive away.
With Chuckanut Mountain behind us and the Salish Sea in front, hikers, bikers, and kayakers will find easy access to all three activities from the studio. The Interurban Trail is just up the road. Heading south…

Hosted by Aimee And Peter

Joined in June 2013
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We feel so fortunate to live in beautiful Bellingham, on a special piece of land purchased by Peter's forward-thinking parents in 1964. We value giving back to our community and sharing the gifts we’ve received, both in our work and personal lives. Our three thriving vacation rentals are an expression of that ethic, connecting people to Whatcom County in unique and authentic ways. Our two rentals - Pleasant Bay Lookout & Chuckanut Seaside Forest Studio - in the forest by the sea have offered rejuvenation and re-connection for many; inspired numerous marriage proposals; provided retreat space; hosted honeymooners, travelers & artists; motivated adventurers to hike, bike, paddle and explore; and also offered "Il Dolce Far Niente" - The Sweetness of Doing Nothing. Our Garden Street Studio lends itself to urban explorations on foot or bike, from breweries to beaches, farmer's markets, museums and music venues, and the beautiful Western Washington University campus. We have a combined 52 years in this area, and feel grateful to be able to share the bounty of Whatcom County: proximity to the sea, nearby mountains' trails and vistas, and all that Fairhaven and Bellingham have to offer. Professionally, Aimee is the founder of an environmental education and service learning nonprofit, and has been an outdoor guide for over thirty years. She is also a life coach for teens and women. Peter is an amateur local historian, sailor, and entrepreneur (his latest project is the Heliotrope Hotel, also listed on Airbnb). As lifelong Pacific Northwesterners, both of us are committed to helping our community thrive, and enjoying and sharing all it has to offer. We are passionate about being active outdoors, healthy living, creativity, and authentic connections with others. We've greatly enjoyed the expansion of our community via our vacation rentals – sharing our special spaces with others from around the world has made the quality of our lives even better! We apply a strong sense of integrity and purpose to being vacation rental hosts, and hope to help make each guest's visit uniquely positive.
We feel so fortunate to live in beautiful Bellingham, on a special piece of land purchased by Peter's forward-thinking parents in 1964. We value giving back to our community and sh…
During your stay
We interact with guests as needed. It's your vacation, and we assume you're seeking privacy. However, as home amenities are shared, there is typically some interaction. Since we are busy people with full lives, we may see you a little or a lot when you are using the main house. There is no expectation for engagement with us beyond friendly hellos (unless you'd like to converse more!). We are very accustomed to sharing our home and property with others, and find the connection with others mutually enriching.
We interact with guests as needed. It's your vacation, and we assume you're seeking privacy. However, as home amenities are shared, there is typically some interaction. Since we ar…
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House rules
Check-in: 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Checkout: 12:00 PM
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events