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Lora's Cottage

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Last updated: 07/06/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Birch Bay cottage description

Birch Bay is 2 hours north of Seattle on I - 5 and minutes south of the Canadian border near Vancouver B.C. We're at the corner of the US and Canada and within a very short distance of Bellingham, Washington.

If you want some of the best and easiest beach access in Birch Bay, try Lora's Cottage. You'll find several miles of open beach to walk or bike. When the tide is out there are miles of tide flats on which to make sand castles or clam. And one of the features which sets this cottage apart is a delightful gated, wooden foot bridge that leads to a privately owned spit where you can find your own driftwood log to sit on and gaze at sunsets, sometimes peaceful in pastel blue and yellow or raucous in vivid color splashed across the sky.

Lora's Cottage inspires comments like 'That cottage is sooo cute! as walkers stroll past the white picket fence. Modern comforts & new furnishings simply make Lora's mellow age all the more delightful! Old fashioned wood windows let partial views of the Bay & sunshine in, while original wood floors throughout & a tiled wood stove give warmth & a great atmosphere for summer vacation or a romantic getaway. (wood provided in winter, electric heat throughout)

One bedroom has a very comfy queen memory mattress bed plus our second cable TV, an LCD flat screen. The second has a full bed. A leather queen sofa sleeper in the living room sleeps two more. Lora's is a perfect little cottage for two, comfortable for four and sleeps 6 in a pinch.

A short walk south along the Bay brings you to Birch Bay's 'C' shop--known all over the county for its European trained chocolatier's - watch as they craft. You'll find pastries, breads, pizza and lunch there as well. Though not open winter months, you can order ahead Christmas and Easter goodies. Across the street is Bay Cafe, open year 'round. A short walk north on Birch Bay Drive takes you to Shores, Tradewinds Cafe, and CJ's Restaurants, more restaurants & golf. Or how about just relaxing on your own old-fashioned covered sitting porch at the cottage with lemonade or iced tea? Or grind your own coffee beans for that perfect cup. In the new little tea cupboard is a vintage china tea set. Chances are you'll find some Stash tea in the cupboard and...there are some crystal wine goblets! We have added a new Weber grill, beautifully clad in green enamel and there's a large yard, too, for picnics & play. Lora's Cottage has its own free Broadband Internet, so bring your laptop if you like.


Property Type

      • Cottage

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


              • Non Smoking Only:

                can smoke outside, but please provide containers, thanks...moreless

              • Children Welcome:

                small children and big ones welcome!...moreless

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


              • Bedroom 2: 1 double


              • Convertible bed(s): 1 sleep sofa /futon


              • linens and pillows are provided for sofa bed as well as all beds.

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

                Deep tub, own label soap & bath beads...moreless

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Cooking Utensils:

                mixing bowls, measuring cups, spoons, pyrex baking pans, pizza pan & cutter, new non stick pan, Crock Pot, Hot chocolate maker, blender knife sharpener BBQ tools & propane...moreless

              • Kitchen:

                Kitchenaid stand mixer & other kitchenaid small appliances, including coffee grinder, hand held mixer, garbage disposal, well outfitted kitchen...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                matched dishes, Cuisinart pots & pans, silverware, kitchen gadgets, glasses mugs stemware, tea pot & kettle, serving bowls...moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                paper towels, dishwasher detergent, hand dish soap, salt and pepper...moreless

              • Coffee Maker:

                Krupp, mesh filter, kitchenaid coffee grinder...moreless

              • Ice Maker
              • Dishwasher
              • Oven
              • Toaster
              • Seating for 6 people


              • Washing Machine:

                Duet Whirlpool front loading in Blackbird, HE soap provided...moreless

              • Living Room:

                42' Vizio LED Smart TV with Netflix and DVD player....moreless

              • Wood Stove:

                Off-season, wood and fire starters provided....moreless

              • Parking:

                Off street parking for many cars or a boat....moreless

              • Clothes Dryer:

                Duet Whirlpool front loading in Blackbird...moreless

              • Heating:

                Electric heaters throughout house...moreless

              • Towels Provided:

                bath, kitchen and beach towels...moreless

              • Linens Provided:

                All, plenty of blankets, too...moreless

              • Parking Off Street:

                Room for several vehicles...moreless

              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                Ask Price for RV...moreless

              • Iron & Board

              Other Amenities

                  • Clean single story house, kitchen constantly receives praise from guests for being well stocked. ...moreless


                  • Television:

                    40' Vizio LED Smart TV with Netflix and DVD player in Master bedroom....moreless

                  • Games:

                    several games, cards and board available, a few jigsaw puzzles...moreless

                  • Video Library:

                    Several family friendly, Netflix provided...moreless

                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    Comcast Cable...moreless

                  • DVD Player
                  • CD Player
                  • Stereo


                  Outdoor Features

                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    Weber Genesis with side burner, fuel provided, tools...moreless


                  • Family
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Tourist Attractions

                  Location & View

                  • Beach View:

                    View from most windows, level walk to beach, Sunset views are beautiful here...moreless

                  • Water View
                  • Ocean View


                  • Live Theater
                  • Paddle Boating
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Walking
                  • Whale Watching
                  • Hospital
                  • Medical Services
                  • Groceries
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Outlet Shopping
                  • Sound/Bay Fishing
                  • Skiing
                  • Swimming
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Basketball Court
                  • Cycling
                  • Hiking
                  • Fishing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Whitewater Rafting
                  • Sailing
                  • Gambling Casinos
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Restaurants
                  • Museums
                  • Churches
                  • Duty Free Shops
                  • Library
                  • Marina
                  • Playground
                  • Water Parks
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Boating
                  • Shelling
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Antiquing
                  • Miniature Golf
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Shopping
                  • Golf


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                  from 5 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Summer Season
                  Jun 27 - Aug 31, 2014
                  3 night min stay
                  Sep 1 - Nov 20, 2014
                  2 night min stay
                  Thanksgiving Holidays
                  Nov 21 - Nov 29, 2014
                  3 night min stay
                  Nov 30 - Dec 18, 2014
                  2 night min stay
                  Christmas and New Years
                  Dec 19 - Jan 3, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  Jan 4 - Feb 28, 2015
                  2 night min stay
                  $596 $1,100
                  March - May 21
                  Mar 1 - May 21, 2015
                  2 night min stay
                  May 22 - June 25
                  May 22 - Jun 25, 2015
                  2 night min stay
                  June 20 - June 26
                  Jun 26 - Sep 7, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Taxes Not included


                  1/2 total to hold reservation, balance due prior to occupancy

                  check Jan/Feb specials for lower rates

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                  Last updated: 07/06/2014
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                  15 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  6 Miles
                  Nearest Ferry
                  Plover, Lumi Island, Tsawwassen
                  18 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  4 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  I - 5
                  0.05 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Birch Bay
                  0.5 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Bobby's Dry Dock
                  40 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  Mt. Baker
                  3 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Dakota Creek
                  0.5 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  CJ's Beach House

                  Car: Recommended

                  Our restaurants and cafes are right along the beach and within easy walking distance, Birch Bay state park has beach and forest trails, The Water slides are always a favorite, Eagles & herons within sight and sound of the cottage, many of our guests plan day trips to Vancouver and Victoria, B.C., our Canadian guests love to shop. Lynden is a Dutch themed town with cafe's and shops. Sand castle contests, 4th of July activities and Polar Bear Plunge are some highlights of the year. Birch Bay is an Audubon Birding area. Some of our guests plan whale watching expeditions or salmon fishing charters, Birch Bay is noted for clamming and crabbing and when the season is on, we have even been known to bring fresh crab to our guests!


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2003

                  About the owner: Shortly after our youngest graduated high school, we purchased Lora's Cottage and began renovating it. One cold night, we ventured out from our home just north of Seattle to Birch Bay to start work. That was one of the coldest nights we ever spent, sleeping on a mattress we hauled in our pick up truck! We found the cottage had no insulation and the heat was inadequate for that cold October night! We thought we'd be six weeks renovating, couldln't claim youth and ignorance; ever since that night, we learned the cottage would tell us what it needed next. I could not and should not go into all the details, suffice is to say, we've owned a few properties and know how to manage them.

                  Why the Owner Chose Birch Bay:
                  We were attracted to Lora's Cottage because it is one house from the beach and also includes shared private beach rights to an undeveloped portion of the spit at the mouth of Terrill Creek. One of the features we truly enjoy about this property and Seashell Cottage (across the lane from Lora's) is that there is no railroad track to cross. This type of beach property is not common in Washington State. So it's very easy to get to the beach and that was very important to us. It's away from the hustle and bustle of urban living and yet has a wonderful year 'round holiday good times flavor. Also we were drawn by the low bank beach, no hills or berms or bluffs to hike down. The cottage itself held so much charm and we knew it had a lot of potential because of that before we renovated. It is really fun to go crabbing in August. We catch a lot of crab and one of the things we enjoy is sharing it with others and upon many occasions are able to share with our rental guests. The non-stop water views of the entire area, whether Birch Bay, Blaine or Semiahmoo were a tremendous attraction to us as well as the great diversity of the area.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                  It is so lovely to sit on the front porch, we really enjoy having drinks with either friends or family and watch the sunset over the water, feel the gentle breeze from the west. We were attracted, too, by how easy it is to just walk over to the beach whenever we feel like it, maybe to watch eagles or watch a spectacular sunset. Our daughter loves the 'C' Shop and we are anticipating her children enjoying it too and having memories of goodies planted in their heads in just a few years when they're old enough. The cottage is a little dollhouse and was so much fun to decorate.

                  Contact us

                  Speaks: english

                  Links to more information:



                  • From Lora Lane

                    From Lora Lane

                  • Living room through the window

                    Living room through the window

                  • Kitchen


                  • 2nd bedroom

                    2nd bedroom

                  • Weber Genesis BBQ

                    Weber Genesis BBQ

                  • Sandcastle


                  • Eagle on driftwood near the cottage

                    Eagle on driftwood near the cottage

                  • Blue Heron in Terrill Creek near the cottage

                    Blue Heron in Terrill Creek near the cottage

                  • Lora Lane

                    Lora Lane

                  • Master bedroom

                    Master bedroom

                  • 2nd bedroom dresser

                    2nd bedroom dresser

                  • Enjoying the beach.

                    Enjoying the beach.

                  • Fall sunset

                    Fall sunset

                  • Dove through the living room window.

                    Dove through the living room window.

                  • Eagles on pilings near the cottage.

                    Eagles on pilings near the cottage.

                  VRBO #37252

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                  This listing was first published here in 2004.

                  Date last modified - Saturday, June 21, 2014

                  $129 - $189 per night (USD)

                  2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 6

                  View calendar: Updated 07/06/14
                  Minimum stay: 2-3 nights
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                  360-927-1112 (Washington, USA)

                  Speaks: english

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