Writer's Retreat at the Ocean

Cabin - Entire home/apt · K Pl, Seaview, WA 98644, United States

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Looking for a quiet place of solitude to write, reflect, or just get away from it all? Once the shower house for two adventurous sea-going captains, The Shoebox Inn, is a sweet vintage charmer nestled in the heart of Seaview, Washington. Located on the Long Beach Peninsula, it is a great spot for history enthusiasts. The Long Beach Peninsula was the ending place for The Lewis and Clark Expedition and before that, was discovered by the Englishman, Captain Robert Gray, when he stumbled upon the mouth of the Columbia River in 1792 while searching for the inland passage. The largely Victorian era town was once the getaway destination for wealthy Portlanders and formerly was accessible by railroad. The old railroad station now hosts a lovely restaurant appropriately named “The Depot,” and is just a two block jaunt from the cottage. Everyone loves the food and the owners. Oregon and the historic town of Astoria is only a short 20 minute drive away. Astoria is a fun, (dare I even say “hipsterish”?) town that lays claim to many fine restaurants and an up-and-coming micro-brew community. We love to visit!


While diminutive in size, The Shoebox Inn is nicely appointed and boasts a lovely double lot with patio area for additional living. It can sleep six, (all in one room – see photo!), but is better suited for a single person, or a couple or small family. It is fully furnished and comes complete with a stackable washer and dryer, a television and wi-fi. The kitchen is our favorite spot and is the throne room for a vintage 1950’s Zenith range. The yard and gardens are professionally maintained. We think you will enjoy the cozy “visiting Grandma” feel to the place. This is a monthly rental only, preferably from one to three months. A single pet will be considered with a non-refundable $100 pet charge.


The cottage is just a few minutes’ stroll to the beach. If you enjoy walking or biking, there is a 14 mile paved path through the dunes to meander, jog or pedal along. Bikes are provided and located in a small shed in the backyard. They are beach bikes, however, so don’t expect anything too deluxe. The primary grocery store, Sid’s, is also just a few blocks away and can be biked or walked to easily. We have a small wire push cart, also located in the shed, for those who like to stroll to the store instead of driving. The whole area is rather flat, so it is easy to access the peninsula sans car, weather permitting. The town of Long Beach is only a mile north, and Ilwaco a mile or so south. In addition to the usual beach town activities, (kite flying, bumper cars and rides, surfing, etc.), there are quite a few nice antique shops to peruse. Ilwaco sports many charter boat companies for fishing expeditions. Cape Disappointment State Park is also nearby and we feel its name is a misnomer. It is a lovely park with a hiking trail between lighthouses and a sheltered beach nestled at the spot where the mouth of the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. If children are in the picture, it is the best beach in the area for fort building as it is covered in driftwood. We put together a binder full of recreational ideas and our critique of the best places to eat and visit in the area that we hope our visitors will find helpful. We’ve had several guests over the years come to the Shoebox to write, draw, and paint, or simply to reflect on their next phase in life. You will unwind from the moment you check in.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 5
Extra people: No Charge
Monthly Price: $950 /month
Security Deposit: $400
Cancellation: Strict

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  • I had a wonderful time at Carol and Jeff's little cabin. They were wonderful hosts. The place is really close to the beach, and you have a supermarket near close by.
    Seaview and Long Beach are beautiful summer vacation places, but even in winter they have character.

    April 2014
  • We had a wonderful time at Carol and Jeff's little cabin. The small house is very cozy, beautifully decorated, with everything you need to cook and have some good time (bikes, games, movies, etc.).

    Carol and Jeff were great hosts. They want you to feel at home and have the most comfortable stay. They even bought some delicious local wine and cheese to welcomed us.

    And what about the surroundings! The beach is mesmerizing, and there's so many things to discover. Highly recommended!

    January 2014
  • Spent a very pleasant month here. Cute house, nice yard, and wonderful location. Loved the short walk to the beach, and so many things within walking distance. Very restful and peaceful spot.

    November 2013
  • The cottage is excellent in every way. There is a little backyard with a fire pit for sitting under stars, and the beach is also a 5 minute walk . Cars can ride out the the beach base of Cape Disappointment from there, and many people build their fires for sunset. I felt at home instantly. The size is perfect for one or two, altho my daughter and 2 year old visited for 2 days and we were comfortable. There are bicycles and kites and beach toys to play with, and Cape Disappointment offers endless experiences of hiking, viewing and contemplation, and gorgeous beaches frolicking. They have free concerts every 2 weeks at Waikiki Beach there.
    Rainy days were of no concern because the cozy cottage had so many very good books and Dvd player and movies. But just sitting by the window with a cup of tea and good reading was enough. I was inspired to write and paint on different days also. So bring your art supplies. One morning i went to the kitchen sink and out the windo were 2 little young deer, just idling, 8 feet from my door!. i moved slowly and fed them the last of my strawberries.
    THe cottage is neat and clean and spacious in the bathroom in kitchen where you need it the most~ Carols's decorating flair makes it feel like you are turning the pages of a favorite cottage magazine; the old stove works like a charm and baked and all the dishes and utensils will give you many food prep options. There is a Saturday Market in Ilwaco during the summer and a nice supermarket walking distance from the cottage.
    i could write for days about this divine space...without question, it contributed to the creation of a divine space within me.

    July 2013
  • Carol and Jeff were very welcoming hosts. I am a student and one of my final responsibilities was completing a clinical rotation in Astoria. This location worked out well for me with the available amenities. It is a cozy home and people going by would often comment on how cute the house was; if I was on vacation it is nice to know that anything I could need was available in the home including tools, toiletries, spices, bikes, kites, and much more. The beach is within a few minutes of walking and is a nice place to unwind or have fun; depending on your mood. If you do end up staying here in Seaview be sure to get some burgers down the street at the Sou'wester; Wednesdays are burger nights and the place is packed!


    June 2013
  • Not enough space to describe how much I enjoyed my stay at the writer's retreat! What a cute little cottage with everything you need. The kitchen was well equipped all of the dishes to cook and feed a large family. Carol put lovely touches on every wall, room, and nook. I felt so at home and comfortable during my stay in Seaview. Carol was a lovely person and fantastic host who was always available if I ever needed anything(which I didn't because the house was so well supplied.) There were even adorable beach cruiser's available to borrow while exploring the area. The beach is only a couple minutes from your front door. I can't say enough nice things about this place. I am very thankful I found this peaceful retreat and I will definitely be back!

    March 2013
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I love to write and recently spent a month at The Shoebox and finished my first screen play. I can't tell you what a sense of accomplishment it gave me when I wrote "The End" at the finish of the script. I nearly cried. (Look for "The Portrait Wall" coming to the big screen near you soon!) I don't think I could have done it without this escape from the hectic schedule of my primary home and life. It got me to thinking that it would be a nice thing to offer that experience to others, too, hence the listing. In addition to writing, I enjoy cooking and design. For a short time I had a catering business before deciding the crisis management side of catering kills a lot of the joy of cooking. (Did the coffee maker blow a fuse and now the oven hasn't been working for an hour?). I have also been the set designer for my daughter's small ballet company. My first foray into this arena was designing and constructing a dual set for shortened versions of "Copellia" and "Romeo and Juliet" - a learning experience on so many levels! My primary home is on Vashon Island, where I live with my husband and daughter and dabble in interior design. My two grown sons live and work in LA in the film and design industries. I am a hopeless Francophile and I love rolling vineyards and olive groves. Active in my local church, I consider my faith an integral part of my being.
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