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Stayed 2 days in May, 2011 'It-Klahowya-is a wonderful house with the sea and the forest. It was a great place for a reunion. On arrival we were greeted by a humming bird and bald eagle. We cooked great meals, ate on the deck and relaxed. Love to return. Lopez Island was a very relaxing laid back place to stay. I had always wanted to go to Prince Edward Island after seeing Anne of Green Gables but Lopez Island seemed similar. It has everything, the sea, forests, wildlife and lots of happy sheep and farms. The ferry trip was fun and felt like we were leaving the chaos of the mainland and arriving in a calm and peaceful place. We all felt so relaxed after our stay'.
'Highly recommended, both Lopez and Klahowya'
And from the owners: As you drive, walk, or bike off the ferry, prepare to arrive quickly at our cabin, 'Klahowya', (carved into the brown cedar fence) at the top of the hill on the left; we're the closest in proximity to the ferry, (which offers free unique opportunites for inter-island travel) and most nothern house on Lopez. In seconds, on the right, you'll pass the Upright Head Nature Preserve trail head (TH), home of the resident pair of bald eagles that may already be perched high atop the old fir tree beside the house. Park on your left, in a space for two cars. Walk down the curving wooden steps, under the overhanging madrona tree, across the short bridge, and beneath the Native American carving hanging from a log arch.
Open the the door into another world. You've arrived at our tree house overlooking Thatcher Pass, through which all WA State ferries travel, entering, or leaving the San Juan Islands. If it's warm outside, you may want to ease into a deck chair with a chilled microbrew or your favorite wine before another minute passes, and start taking in the tranquility of the native San Juan Islands' woodland opening to the water and islands beyond.
To the left of the deck stands a large old growth Douglas fir; it's been there for probably over three hundred years, and it has most likely been an eagle observation post for the last hundred and fifty. They're hard to see in the top where they perch, but you'll hear them chatter if they're there. And when the eagles show up, often so do the ravens.
We've tried to make our house feel to guests the way we like to feel when we visit a very special place: Friendly, casual, comfortable, fun, and serene. If you're in the mood, enjoy our fully equipped kitchen, with spices in the cupboard, knives in the block, and all the cook ware you'll need in the shelves to the left. The butcher block counters are tough, but they can't take hot pan bottoms. The hot pads will do that work. The gas range does what you want it to do, and the vent is robust and more than able to whisk away all the steam from your pasta. To your left around the corner you'll find our bathroom with all new fixtures, plenty of hot water, big towels, shampoo, conditioner, hand soap and shower gell.
Opposite the bathroom door is the upstairs bedroom (TV in downstairs BR only), with a big closet and a large window looking out to the water and woodland. If you want privacy, close the wooden blinds. The queen mattress with a pillow top is wrapped in flannel sheets, and topped with a down comforter and pillows, or substitute the hypoallergenic version in the closet. Wall mounted lamps on both sides of the bed provide three levels of reading light; the lighted watercolor painting above the bed is a scene in the Sawtooth Mountains near Sun Valley; can you find the eagles?
While your partner begins preparing your first meal in the kitchen, you might explore the large upper deck, beyond the living room with the leather couch and comfy chairs, and dining area in the corner with large windows out to the water, or into the woodland. On a
warm early evening, grilling salmon, or steaks, on the new gas grill is a delight. Birds, from hummers to eagles, sometimes remain active until near dark. If you've never heard a barred owl, this just might this night, maybe you'll even see one.
Wander to the opening into the stair landing with a wood floor, down the carpeted stairs surrounded with the rustic knotty pine walls and ceiling, interesting art, and big windows, and into the big bedroom below, also with the pine walls. This large, but very private BR with a gas fireplace, looks out to the water across its own large deck. Lounge on the couch listening to music from the FM music websites, or the CDs you brought. Or perhaps watch a movie from our selection of DVDs. If it should come to a need for washing clothes, look behind the louvered doors to the left downstairs, and follow the simple directions.
Some landmarks in front of you, across the deck:To the far left in the distance is snow covered Mt Baker on a clear day; to the front, and slightly to the left: Thatcher Pass, ferries pass through every half hour or so. Listen for their horn signals. Shoal Bay, the large expanse of water between the house, and the ridge in the distance, Humphrey Head. Large vintage sail boats often stop over in Shoal Bay, or crab fishermen drop their crab pots in season (Mar.-Apr., with variations) returning later to harvest their catch. Kayakers often venture into these waters as well.
A 10 minute drive: Horse Drawn Farm; if you plan to demonstrate your cooking expertise, this should be your first stop; check our guest book for directions. You may be met by two border collies, but park and go into the big shed on your left and select from farm fresh veggies, fruits, and frozen Lopez meats: lamb, beef, pork, and poultry. Pay in cash by the honor system in the metal box.
In Lopez Village:10 minute drive, (map in the guest book), restaurants, espresso, fresh baked goods. Visit our new large grocery store and another small, but fine organic food store 'Blossom', and more. Vortex is a great spot for the best juice drinks in the Islands. And at the deli, Vita's, you'll find extraordinary take-out cuisine and wine for a hike or enjoying at home or in their cafe. Before you leave the village, check out posters at the beautiful Community Center for live performances. You may be surprised at what is scheduled while you're on the Island.
And don't forget to bring your bikes and/or kayaks! They can be stored on the lower water side deck. Walk your bikes, or carry your kayaks, down the exterior stairs from your car, at the bottom turn right down hill and around the south end of the house to the lower deck. Place them so that they are out of they way of doors and windows, or enjoying a glass of wine and the views from the deck chairs. There should be a tarp in the shed on the north end (ferry side) for protection from salt air which can cause corrosion damage to bikes. Wipe them down thoroughly with cloth and windex before storing them when you return home.
SEE ABOVE: upper deck is high above ground, cliff to rocks & water below. Difficult beach access, not suitable for young children or un-managed pets....moreless
Non Smoking Only
Not Suitable For Children
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
Bedroom 2: 1 queen
spacious, fire place, view, deck,TV,CD,DVD, wash/dryr...moreless
Bedroom 1: 1 queen
upstairs, closet, view to water, reading lights, blinds...moreless
Queen size Beds (2) Two Queen Beds, new mattresses with pillow top covers, down comforter and pillows, or substitute hypoallergenic versions in upstairs closet; Flannel sheets and pillow cases...moreless
Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower
All new fixtures, mirrors, lighting, vent, heat...moreless
Completely renovated with new fixtures and hardware. Beautiful Craftsman style, well lighted mirrow hand made in Montana. Plenty of hot water with excellent water pressure. Highly efficient, but quiet ventilation, heat from ceiling by fan. Large luxurious towels, bath soap, shampoo and conditioner. Wall clothes and towel hooks and bars. Etager for cosmetics, toiletries, and personal items. Cozy rugs. Operable frosted window...moreless
See 'OTHER ACTIVITIES'
Satellite / Cable:
150 channels, 37 ' screen, good sound. All remotes and manuals on how to use them on shelves beneath equipment....moreless
Twenty or so DVDs from Musicals to Drama to Mysteries. ...moreless
Local Services & Businesses
Our waterfront is not a sandy beach. It is a beautiful but rugged, rocky shoreline typical of these islands. See Oceanfront....moreless
to Mount Baker, about 10,500 ft elevation, and surrounding islands...moreless
Views to Thatcher Pass, WA State Ferry route into San Juan Islands; to Mount Baker; across Shoal Bay to Humphrey's Head...moreless
See also 'Waterfront, not Lake/Oceanfront'. We're located on shoreline in San Juan Islands, at the top of high bank approximately 20-40 vertical ft. above water at average tide. Top floor deck approximately 35-40 feet above water. Wind and tide action can create vigorous waves and water turbulence not conducive to exploring the beach. Access is only by a steel ladder which is not secure and should not be used by guests, adults or kids....moreless
The San Juan Islands are considered an archipelago, which is a large group of islands, in this case the Pacific Ocean, in Puget Sound and the Straights of Juan de Fuca, on the coast of Northwest Washington State. From our house, views are not of the open ocean per se, but rather of the edge of the Pacific Ocean water surrounding Lopez and other islands, bays, mountains in the distance, ferry lanes, commercial and recreational boating activity....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Golf Privileges Optional
Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
A/C is not a requirement for summer comfort at KLAHOWYA on Lopez Island, even on our warmest days. In fact, you'll be sleeping most nights under a down or hyperalergenic comforter. And for best sleeping, open the window just a bit for the ocean breeze--(unless it's raining and windy in which case leave the window closed). Don't forget to bring proper clothes for layering to be prepared for any adventure, on the decks or trails, bikes, or boats. ...moreless
'Energy star' rating. Please follow instructions on door for most efficient drying....moreless
Free Long Distance:
Land line: unlimited for anywhere in the US....moreless
Wall mounted gas fireplace in lower BR; hammered black steel face; brick firewall; simple button for on-off. Please Do Not Turn Off Pilot Light...moreless
Flannel sheets and pillow cases, new mattresses, down comforters, or substitute hypoallergenic versions in upstairs closet. Large bath towels...moreless
Depends on the phone, weather, and other conditions unknown. Best signal is on road near ferry dock. Limited success sometimes at our upper deck railing....moreless
Parking Off Street:
Off Ferry Road; ample for two cars; hard pack gravel bordered by peeled poles; adjacent to wood-hard pack gravel steps down to the house...moreless
'Stacked washer and dryer, both energy star', low water and power usage; filter on outgoing gray water to remove fabric fibers that damage septic systems. Please follow instructions on washer....moreless
Yes. See guest book for directions on connecting. ...moreless
See Kitchen. Most pans provided for cooking including a large pan for pasta and OXO collander (drainer). Proper tea pot coming by 6-15-2012....moreless
We have no dish washer. However, you will experience the zen of handwashing in our new, deep, double stainless sink and dish drainer, and tall gooseneck faucet with spray hose. With the dishwasher exception, we have most any cooking tool one would need to prepare a fine meal, particularly if you've been to Horse Drawn Farm for vegitables, fruit, and meat (lamb, beef, pork, chicken). Four burner propane gas range/oven with robust lighted vent hood. Microwave, coffee maker, electric hand mixer, blender, toaster, butcher block counters, incl. island, (please use separate cutting boards) assorted cook ware and baking pans, knives (with steel and stone), dimmable, halogen track lights. Dinner, flat and glass ware, including wine glasses, for six. New stainless fridg with room for everything you wish to keep cold for a week. An electric grill is on the upper deck; use power cord stored in in bottom left basket in the island. Limited selection of dried spices, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. ...moreless
Average size, four years old, never had a problem....moreless
See kitchen. New, stainless, with plenty of room for a week. No ice maker, but large freezer and cube trays....moreless
Deck / Patio:
(2) Upper and lower decks approx. 300 SF each. Dining on upper deck only. ...moreless
Quiet Season Oct 15 - Mar 31, 2015 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
CHECK OUT CLEANING FEE$150
Refundable Damage Deposit$350
We do accept dogs! Our Dog Rent is $35/night. Please call to receive an accurate quote for all of your options.
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Accessible via Penny Lane. Walk quietly; this is home to an eagle family. They often perch atop the old fire scared fir next to the house and wait for a seagull or fish to capture and feed to their young. Visit the 3 "lookouts" to the water in the preserve.There are also some otters in residence near one of the lookouts. Be cautious, the lookouts are all on a steep drop-off.
7 miles to Lopez Is. airport Seaplane landing 6 mi
5 mi, Lopez Village, or 6 mi to Islander Lopez
5 minute walk. Closest house to Lopez ferry
Lopez Is. 5-8 miles
Amtrac on mainland. Seattle, 100 miles
Lopez Is Ferry Road next to property
Lopez Village, 5 miles, or snack bar at ferry 5min
mainland, Mt Baker, 100 + miles plus a ferry ride
Odlin State Park 1.0 mi
Closest proximity (five minute walk) to the ferry dock of any house on Lopez, which is first island served by ferry. (This means Klahowya is the first house that can be reached in the San Juan Islands by anyone riding a WA State ferry.) Walk or bike onto ferry for (free) round trip ride to Friday Harbor (on San Juan), Orcas or Shaw Islands.,Trail head across road (Penny Lane) into Upright Head Nature Preserve, the home of a resident pair of bald eagles and their annual offspring. We have observed the adults teaching a young fledgling how to fly.,A round trip trail loop connects three stone and wood lookout decks where, from the highest point in the Preserve; one can look down onto ferries coming ,or going, around the bend, often stopping at the nearby Lopez.dock. An old growth fire scarred Douglas fir next to the house serves as eagles’ lofty observation perch. During the spring and summer nesting season (Mar-August) adult eagles can occasionally be seen diving into the water in front of the house for unsuspecting fish or water birds to feed their young.,Store your bikes or Kayaks under shed roof (north end of house) out of sight (not secured by locked doors). 20 min. bike ride to Spencer Spit, and also Horse Drawn Farm (produce and meat).
Year Purchased: 1983
Why the Owner Chose Lopez Island: We love the tranquility of our lovely treehouse amongst the native woodlands, overlooking Shoal Bay, and the ferry route, with close proximity to the ferry dock. Perhaps most of all, we enjoy the eagle activity all around us. We're visited often, sometimes several times a day, when eagles perch atop a very tall and sturdy tree, chattering and observing their water and woodland domain below.
The Unique Benefits at this House: In addition to eagles, otters, mink loons and other wildlife activity described in 'Why we bought KLAHOWYA, we are uniquely situated within a 5 minute walk of the Lopez WA State Ferry Terminal. This means that once you've moved in for your holiday in Klahowya on Lopez you can walk or bike on for a free (or drive on for a charge) round trip ferry ride to San Juan (Friday Harbor), Shaw or Orcas Islands. And on a foggy night you hear their fog horns as well as they signal other passing ferries. On clear nights, nearby ferries glide silently across the water appearing as a suspended moving crystal illuminated from within.