About this listing
Located next to premier beach on Lopez and short bike ride to Lopez Village.
Cottage includes living/dining area, fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, cosy 1 bedroom with double bed, loft with view and 2 twin beds, single futon and 1 1/2 bathrooms.
It's an easy 15 minute drive from the ferry landing to the Cottage
Rock Pt Cottage has a fine view of San Juan Channel, facing northwest to Shaw Island and beyond to Orcas Island's Turtleback Mountain. From living area window, watch Washington State ferries pass by south end of Shaw Island in route to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.
Guests will enjoy the beach access - a 2 minute walk to our beach. You can walk 45 minutes on the secluded high bank beach - south - with view of San Juan Island's Cattle Pass and the Olympic Mountain Range along the southern shore of the Straight of Juan de Fuca. There's often no one but you on the beach.
Or you can hike from cottage across the causeway on Bay Shore Drive - north - to the Fisherman Bay Preserve - Spit Park. This 3 mile round-trip flat walk passes though forest and a former farm at the Point - with view across the inlet to Fisherman's Bay - to Lopez Village. Fish Bay is a major wetland and migratory spot for waterfowl, eagles and herons.
This Cottage is situated among fir and madrone trees in a quiet and tucked away location from the wind. Hear the salt water lapping on the shore and view incredible sunsets over the San Juan Channel from the front deck of the cottage.
The cottage is stocked very well with all of the earth friendly cleaning/storage brands. Other guests loved that they were able to follow their same recycling habits easily.
There is a collection of Lopez guides/maps on hand, to enable guests to navigate the island and surrounding San Juans.
One guest commented, "The books and nearby beach alone made us want to be snowbound for weeks there, and we were so close to many of the island's nature hikes, farms and beautiful places. Lopez is blessed with many wonderful protected sites and we enjoyed seeing otters, sea lions, cormorants, eagles, and wildflowers, among just a few things, as well as a charming downtown and delightful lamb and sheep herding and festival. It was such a relaxing and invigorating break from the mainland"
Generally 3-bar cell coverage on my iPhone and iPad (AT&T Service) in dining area of cottage. Also 5-bar cell phone coverage near cottage at the park, Fisherman Bay Preserve - Spit. The Lopez Library Wifi is accessible 24/7 in their parking lot and inside the library 6 days a week.
Lopez Village includes a well stocked organic grocery store; two espresso cafes; fine bakery and terrific deli/wine shop along with a grocery store, pharmacy, post office and bank. There is also a Saturday Market May - Sept. Wi-fi is available in Lopez Village at Isabel's Coffee House 7 days a week and at Library (after hours in the parking lot 24/7). Lopez Library also has fast computers for anyone to use, as well as a large collection of CD's and excellent book collection for adults and children to check out with special visitor cards (obtained at library).
More photos available upon request. Owner provides a special map of walking trails on Lopez.
Guests have access to entire house and private trail to beach.
Interaction with Guests
I like to interact with guests as much as needed. Am also available via phone or e-mail for any questions from Airbnb guests.
The view of the beach and water from my cottage. As noted before, in my view, it's the best beach on Lopez!
There is reliable bus service from SEATAC airport and downtown Seattle. One could also take the train from Seattle to Mount Vernon WA. There's pretty good public bus service from Mount Vernon to Anacortes Ferry Landing. Unfortunately not yet any public transit on island. But Lopez is known as the "biking island" for its gentle hills and rural landscape. To get to the Village from the cottage, follow the flat road around Fisherman Bay. It's about a 15 minute ride.
Other Things to Note
It rains 50% less on Lopez than in Seattle because the island is located in the "rain shadow" of the Olympic Mountain range.
I do not have wifi. However I do get three to 4 bars on my iPhone 5 and iPad Air 2. My server is ATT. Other guests have connected through Verizon. Pick up signals off of cell towers on Mt Constitution, Orcas Island.
Kitchen is fully stocked with plates, pots, utensils, basic supplies like olive oil, balsamic vinegars, sea salt and fresh ground pepper. In addition, hailing from Seattle, keen on coffee so fresh coffee beans and burr grinder - aero press, French press, Italian stove top, auto coffeemaker and filters/coffee funnel. Various organic herbal and caffeinated teas too.
Plenty of towels and linens (beds are made before your arrival). Electric baseboard heat and auxiliary heaters.
Provide hair dryer. All natural soap and shampoo products.
Before you leave the cottage and island, please:
Clean kitchen counters.
Turn off lights and all heat (living area, bath, and bedroom) and ceiling fan.
Sweep floor, if needed. (Broom is in the closet under stairs in living area).
Leave solid waste in cans in carport (one for recyclables, other for garbage).
Park bicycles in carport and not in screened-in porch.
Thanks for taking care of the cottage!