House, with partial San Juan Channel water views, located adjacent to premier beach on westside of island. A two-minute walk to our 1/2 mile long beach. Home provides a perfect peaceful base for exploring Lopez Village, beaches, parks and trails on island.
Full equipped kitchen, 1 bedroom with double bed, open loft bedroom with 2 twin beds, 1 full bath (main floor) & 1/2 bathroom (in loft).
Our neighborhood is a very quiet one. Home is located on a dead-end lane. Our location allows you to be close enough to Lopez Village, but far enough to feel tucked away in a little paradise.
Kitchen is fully stocked with plates, pots, utensils, basic supplies like olive oil, balsamic vinegars, sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Fresh coffee beans Aero Press, French Press, Italian stove top, electric coffeemaker and filters/coffee funnel. Supply a wide assortment of organic herbal and caffeinated teas too.
Two to three-bar cell coverage on my iPhone and iPad (AT&T Service) in house from cell towers on Orcas. 24/7 wifi at library in village - inside when open and out in parking lot when closed. Local utility to lay fiber optics cable in our neighborhood this year.
This is my home and invite you to treat it as your home while you stay. Please, no dogs, drugs or loud parties - In the house or on the property. Water conservation is a top priority in out neighborhood. We track water use monthly for each house. Please help us conserve.
It's an easy 15 minute drive from the ferry landing to the Cottage
From Rock Point you can enjoy the fine view of San Juan Channel, facing northwest to Shaw Island and beyond to Orcas Island's Turtleback Mountain. From living area windows, view Washington State ferries pass by south end of Shaw Island in route to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.
You can walk 45 minutes on the beach south - along a secluded high bank beach, 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 easy walk passes though forest and a former farm at the Park - 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 well stocked with earth friendly cleaning brands.
At house there is a large collection of Lopez guides/maps on hand, to enable guests to navigate the island and surrounding San Juan Islands.
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"
Entire house open to guests.
Interaction with guests
Am generally around for check-in. Otherwise do not interact with guests unless you need something or have a question. Then am happy to help or answer any questions. I am available via text, phone or e-mail for any questions during your visit.
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.
Children's amenities supplied upon request of guest. Please tell me what items you need for your child. This spring I so enjoyed new neighbors taking their young child down to the beach. She loved it so much that she insisted visiting the beach each morning!
As noted above, here is no wifi in cabin. However I do get 2 to 3 bars on my iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2. Use a hotspot for my MacPro. My server is ATT. Other guests have also connected through Verizon. I pick up signal off of cell towers on Mt Constitution, Orcas Island. I stream Netflix films on my iPad from house.
Lopez Village includes a well stocked organic grocery store; two espresso cafes; bakery, number of restaurants, 2 bike shops, a kayak rental, and terrific deli/wine shop (Vita's) along with a general grocery store, pharmacy, post office and bank. I purchase most groceries at Blossom Natural Foods (with wonderful organic bread and pasteries delivered from Barn Owl Breads, our wood-fired bakery on island). 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). No card is required to use the 12 computers in the library.
* Shoes not allowed in loft and stairs - to protect new wood finish on loft floor and stairs. Slippers, flip flops and socks are fine on these surfaces.
* No fires in wood stove. Smoke bothers neighbors.
* Before you leave the island, please:
- Wash dishes.
- Turn off lights and heat (living area, bath, and bedroom) and ceiling fan.
Thanks for taking tender care of the cottage!
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