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Hello I'm Kyle. I want each of my guests to leave inspired and refreshed from a relaxing weekend in Westport.
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The Whale house was one of the most unique, fun, and inspiring places that any of our group of four had ever stayed at! The artwork and quirky touches entertained and stimulated us from the minute we walked in the door through the end of the weekend. The hot tub was a perfect touch and this is the type of place you've got to see to see in person to fully appreciate. It was a trip we'll never forget!
Kyle's house was clean, fun, quirky, quiet, relaxing, inspirational, and just downright enjoyable! The town of Westport was quiet and lovely, just a shade removed from the beaten path between Mendocino and Fort Bragg. We explored a few new beaches, had a bon fire, enjoyed the hot tub, drank great wine, and had a wonderful time with our friends and with our dog. The house is very dog friendly and has a good fence, as well as a dog-friendly beach 5 minutes away on foot. We will definitely return! Thank you, Kyle for the lovely welcome gifts. We will be enjoying those soon. - Katie Sheehan
The Westport Whale was everything the listing mentioned and so much more! Kyle is a very thoughtful host and every detail was just perfect! On top of being the most responsive host, he also left tons of extra goodies (candy and beer) and even tips for things to do in the area (whale watching). My friends and I absolutely LOVED all of the art; there was no shortage of things to look at! We'll definitely be back!
Kyle's oceanside house was full of charm and humor. We loved all the art on the walls and the feeling of creative collaboration. Views of the pacific are expansive and especially appreciated from the hot tub on the back porch. Excellent coffee, beer and chocolate, courtesy of Kyle, too. What more do you want?
This was our second time in Kyle's home and it was a magical experience yet again. I've never felt so at home in a place that isn't my own. From the Bay Area, we visited Boonville to enjoy some local brews and then to Fort Bragg to buy our groceries at the lovely Harvest Market to pick up some amazing local fish and produce. Extremely well stocked and thought out kitchen. Books galore (no need to bring any). Stunning views, clean and fully functioning hot tub and bbq, and lots of great walks to nearby quiet beaches. We never got tired of looking at the artwork and kept seeing new things that inspired lots of laughter and conversation. We will never look at whales the same way! A few little things to note: poor wifi and no phone service (but this was actually a blessing for us), and the shower stall was a little short and cramped for my tall man. All that said, we are planning to return again soon for a longer stay and can't wait!
everything was great. amazing views from the house, fully stocked with everything we needed (and more). Kyle was super helpful and hospitable throughout (even though we never saw him!)
I find it hard to know where to begin this review, as the experience was fantastic and unique in every facet of the stay. The location is simply beautiful! The stunning views of the Pacific Ocean out the kitchen, bedroom, and from the deck kept us memorized for hours. Westport itself is a charming community, and the general store has a wide range of items, as well as great fresh pizza. Kyle had everything set for us when we arrived, including a great bottle of wine and some local chocolate. The house itself is so cosy, we wished we would have had more time to spend there. The art work both inside and outside of the home inspires and lifts the soul, while also providing interesting insights into everyday life experiences. We were excited to be part of Kyle's ongoing art project. We didn't watch any TV while we were there, and you really don't need to as there is plenty to see inside and outside the home. Being able to use the Ipod with Kyle's reciever to tune in a local radio station was a great extra. There was even a laptop left just in case we had trouble getting the WiFi signal. Everyday we found new art objects that caused us to smile. The bed in the back bedroom was very comfortable, with nice bedding. The kitchen was well supplied with necessary pots, pans, etc. The hot tub on the deck is a great bonus, and we spent lots of time there watching for whales during the day, or watching the thousands of stars at night. We managed to get to two of the beaches Kyle recommended, and saw sea lions (or seals) at each beach. The only downside of the stay was that we didn't get to spend enought time there. If and when we get back to Westport, we would love to spend a longer stretch of time at the Artist's Ocean Retreat.
Kyle's artistic retreat is exactly what I needed to set my city soul right again. As an East Coast transplant, I try to explore as much of Northern California as I can and Westport is an unexpected hidden gem. Hot tub, fireplace in every room, fire pit, yard, art studio (perfect for a book and a nap), ocean views..this home has everything. Even though we didn't get to meet Kyle in person, he was so warm, welcoming, and only a phone call away. We will be back soon!
A friend and I rented Kyle's house for a few days over New Years and could not have asked for a better way to welcome 2015. The wine and chocolate left to greet us aside, this place is a creative pocket of life reimagined. We saw well over 100 grey whales from the deck, shooting stars from the hot tub, and sunsets that would make your mama cry. We initially thought the whale house would be a landing spot for us to explore the surrounding area, and while we did do a bit of site seeing, we found ourselves drawn to the house as a wonder in and of itself. If you love whimsy and off-the-beaten path humor, this is the place for you.
My boys and I enjoyed the treasured whale hot spot. Not only was it incredibly comfy your heart and soul are nourished. Eye candy is plentiful with artwork and inspiration. I want to live here but since I live four hours away it will become our new vacation destination. Thank you Kyle!