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GATEWAY COTTAGE is a comfortable private home on Olympic Peninsula west of Seattle. It is minutes from Olympic National Park, one of America’s most amazing natural preserves – a vast area dominated by glaciated mountains, wildflower carpeted meadows, moss-draped rainforests with world-record trees, and 70 miles of wild, primeval ocean beaches. Picturesque, seaside villages offer surprises for every imagination.
Opportunities here are exploration and discovery, adventure sports of every passion, and relaxation in natural settings. Car-tour to the top of the Park, historic seaports or the horn of Northwest America. Take a ferry to Seattle or beautiful Victoria, B.C. Outdoor sports choices are endless beginning with golf (cottage on the 9th fairway) and move on to lake and sea adventures (2 lakes plus seacoast 10 min away) and rain forest hiking and mountaineering 15 min away in the National Park.
No other piece of planet offers such a multitude of fascinating attractions for nature lovers.
If you wish to discover the Great Northwest where mountains are tipped with glaciers and ocean beaches unchanged since Lewis and Clark … if you are a nature lover of any flavor and ready to try something new … if you want to give young children a gift they will always cherish … if you are an outdoor enthusiast living in the Seattle area and would like to expand your repertoire of PNW activities, then you may want consider a vacation at Gateway Cottage on Olympic Peninsula.
We have named our modest home Gateway Cottage because it is in Hoodsport, long known as “Gateway to the Olympics”. It is also the east-side gateway to Olympic National Park, specifically, the “Staircase” entrance 12 National Forest miles from the cottage. And, if you enjoy outdoor adventures, it can be a gateway to rewarding new discoveries.
We are Pete & Shirlene and live in France and Italy. The cottage was the dream home Shirlene’s parents, Jack & Jean, who passed away a few years ago. Until we retire to the States, we decided to keep the parents’ dream alive by renting the cottage as a vacation home.
Jack & Jean sought to be active in their retirement, to be near the sea with good boating and plentiful seafood, and to be near family. They adopted golf as their active sport and a lengthy search led them to Lake Cushman Golf Course above Hoodsport. They bought property on the 9th Fairway, designed their dream home and built it with family help.
The cottage has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, large front living-dining area looking out on the golf course and dense forest beyond, and complete kitchen. The setting is natural and tranquil with adjacent homes hidden by pines and shrubbery. A sundeck provides quiet relaxation in fresh air with deer, birds and small animals offering nature’s enjoyments.
GATEWAY COTTAGE is the only vacation rental we know of on the Olympic Peninsula that is directly on a golf course.
Lake Cushman Golf Course is a hidden gem nestled in the hills four miles above Hoodsport just off State Route 119 which runs past Lake Cushman to the east entrance of Olympic National Park. The meticulously maintained course was carved from lush evergreen forest in 1967, enjoys fresh mountain air and offers a challenge to all levels of golfers. Two sets of golf clubs are included with GATEWAY COTTAGE rentals. See more at “What’s Unique”.
Hoodsport is a pleasant, seaside village on the long fjord that makes up the eastern boundary of Olympic Peninsula. It is 2 hrs by ferry and scenic roads from downtown Seattle or 1h30m by main highways from SeaTac International Airport. Hoodsport has an excellent grocery store with deli and wine shop, a gas station, three eateries, hardware store, souvenir and gift shops and a winery. It is also home to a Washington State Fish Hatchery and has stunning views of the fjord. As it is the eastern gateway to Olympic National Park, there is an ONP ranger station with information and maps at the north end of town where State Route 119 leaves U.S. 101 and climbs up to the Lake Cushman Golf Course. Hoodsport shoreline is renowned for its clear water, gentle currents and curious rock formations that attract scuba divers from around the world wanting to see giant Pacific Octopi and other sea life. Scuba gear, rentals and classes are available from HoodSport ‘N Dive.
The eastern boundary of Olympic Peninsula is a 50-mile (80 km) fjord that runs south from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Hoodsport where it turns sharply to the east for another 25 miles. It is the only true salt-water fjord in the contiguous 48 U.S. states. The water is usually gentle and ideal for family swimming, kayaking and boating.
The fjord was discovered 1792 by British Captain Vancouver who named it “Hood’s Channel” in honor of the admiral who commanded the Royal Navy during the American Revolution. Vancouver’s crew wrote “Hood’s Canal” on the charts and the name evolved to “Hood Canal” even though it is not a canal and in no sense a man-made waterway. The fjord is home to the U.S. Pacific Fleet submarine base at Bangor.
Olympic Peninsula is the Connecticut-size part of Washington State that forms the northwest horn of the United States. Roughly 70 by 70 miles in area (112x112 km, nearly 13,000 sq km), it is dominated by Olympic National Park at its heart and ringed on three sides by seacoast: on the east by a saltwater fjord called “Hood Canal”, on the north by the Strait of Juan de Fuca and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. This counterclockwise coastline is mostly pristine and, beginning at Hoodsport, forms a 300 mile (480 km) necklace of treasures and surprises.
Like jewels on a true necklace, visitors will find picturesque villages and resorts, dozens of inlets and harbors to explore, help-yourself oyster beds, Indian reservations to discover, wineries to taste at, tidal pools to kayak, lighthouses, water-bird preserves and many miles of wild beaches to enjoy. Port Townsend, a National Historic Landmark famed for its Victorian architecture, is easily worth a day’s exploration. Port Angeles is a major seaport with lots to see and is home to a ferry that takes visitors to picturesque Victoria, the Capital of British Columbia, in 90 minutes. Numerous state parks offer incredible kayaking and boating opportunities.
The Pacific Coast is unique! Nearly all primeval, it is over 70 miles of playground and protected natural reserve for hikers, bird watchers, picnickers and family fun. This is not the deforested sand dunes of Cape Cod nor board walks of New Jersey nor miles of Rimini umbrellas nor the high cliffs of Cornwall.
The Olympic Peninsula offers gentle surf, untrammeled sandy beaches, Sea Stacks, solitude, tide pools, jumbled driftwood and endless surprises for everyone. Active youngsters from three to thirty climb the Sea Stacks, search for trapped crabs at low tide and build huts among the driftwood. Older kids relax on the beach, bath in the sun, watch the fun and sip drinks from coolers until the younger crowd returns, exhausted, looking for a sandwich. With sundown, all join together to build a campfire, cook hot dogs and sing sea shanties.
Beyond the Sea Stacks as far as the eye can see, is a 162 mile-long (260 km) band of ocean dotted with 870 islands, rocks and reefs that has been set aside as the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Beach visitors can spot up to 14 species of seabirds, countless shorebirds and waterfowl, and, occasionally, sea lions, harbor seals, otters and whales.
The greatest treasure of the multi-jeweled necklace that highlights the shores of the Olympic Peninsula is the white, blue and green brooch-like collage of gems at the center of the necklace – Olympic National Park.
The Park is a large preserve, nearly a million acres (4,102 sq km) of mountains, untrammeled wilderness, jungle green rainforests, roaring waterfalls and cascading rivers rushing down to blue, glacier-carved lakes.
Central spires and ridges sparkle with white snow much of the year. By early summer, blue-tinted glaciers begin to appear while high meadows lower down become carpets of multi-colored wildflowers. Lower still one finds steep slopes with tall, dark-green firs and deep shadowed valleys.
The park’s many unique features are due to precipitation. More rain and snow fall here than anywhere else in the U.S. except Alaska. As moisture laden weather fronts move in from the Pacific, they are forced upward when they strike the mountains. Moisture cools and turns to rain at lower elevations and to snow higher up. Over past millennia, valleys on the west slopes of the mountains have become dense rain forests and unique ecosystems where flora and fauna thrive, some of which exist nowhere else. Temperatures are mild, never freezing nor rising above 80°F (27°C).
Animals abound and are often seen from Park trails. Most notably is the largest wild herd of free-roaming Roosevelt Elk in the world. Plants do not die except from very old age – up to a thousand years. The park is home to the world’s largest biomass. Near the shore of Lake Quinault, you will find the world’s largest Western Red Cedar, 180 feet tall and 20 feet in diameter. Nearby is the world’s largest Sitka Spruce, 191 feet tall and 1,000 years old. Other world records include Western Hemlock and Douglas Fir. It is not surprising that the Park has been classified both an International Biomass Reserve and a World Heritage Site.
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Gateway Cottage is 90 minutes from Seattle’s SeaTac International Airport on the SE corner of Olympic Peninsula. It is ideally located on the 9th Fairway of prestigious Lake Cushman Golf Course, 4 miles from Hoodsport, Washington. Clubhouse, pro shop and driving range are a 2-min walk from the cottage. A small grocery store, a café and a community rainforest trail are also with walking distance.
Two lakes and a salt-water fjord are only a few minutes away and popular for fishing, swimming, sunbathing, boating and kayaking. The seaside village of Hoodsport offers all amenities necessary for pleasant vacation – excellent supermarket, gas station, hardware store, winery, eateries and souvenir shops. In addition, Hoodsport is home to a major salmon hatchery and a world renowned scuba diving preserve.
The east entrance to Olympic National Park is a 15 min drive west of the cottage, very popular for rainforest and mountain day-hikes.
Driving north along the scenic fjord 20 min from Hoodsport brings visitors to Lilliwaup State Park where visitors may forage for oysters and dig clams.
Day trips from GATEWAY COTTAGE include Seattle, famed for its waterfront, Pike Place Market, Space Needle, multiple museums and many other attractions. The City is 2 hrs by scenic country roads and ferry or 90 min by major highways.
Another popular day trip is to the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the north side of the Peninsula (90 min drive). Port Angles is an attractive seaport with many attractions including National Park visitors center, scenic drive to Hurricane Ridge, ferry to Canada, great restaurants, seafood galore, world-class wineries and a multitude of outdoor activities: harbor cruises, kayaking, white-water rafting, balloon rides, hiking, mountaineering, bird watching, cycling and more.
Port Townsend, with its well-preserved Victorian architecture, is a National Historic Landmark and very popular day trip – only 1hr20min north on the cottage. The seaport is fascinating for both adults and school-age family members and perfect destination for a memorable seafood lunch. On the north edge of town is 433 acre Fort Worden State Park, a former U.S. Army base that guarded the sea lanes to Seattle from 1902 to 1953. It is another National Historic Landmark with much of its early 1900s splendor still in tact. On the north side of the park is a Marine Science Center, a hands-on learning center for young people. And, 15 min beyond by scenic beach walk is the northeast tip of Olympic Peninsula on Admiralty Inlet and the scenic Point Wilson Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse on Puget Sound. Port Townsend is also an popular base for whale-watching cruises.
An hour’s drive west of Port Angeles brings you to the wild Pacific Coast beaches and famous rain forests of the National Park. Here you will find countless wonders of nature, from miles of untouched sandy beaches with tidal pools and sea stacks to rain forests with glacier carved lakes and some of the world’s biggest trees.
En route to the beaches, fans of the Twilight series will want to stop in Forks, the town where much of the series was filmed.
GATEWAY COTTAGE is uniquely located for visitors to enjoy the amazing multiplicity of the Great Pacific Northwest. The cozy cottage is in a tranquil, park-like setting and the perfect base from which to venture forth.
If you think discovering or revisiting America’s Olympic outdoor paradise may be for you, we urge you to be sure to read all the hidden sections of our HomeAway and VRBO listings. And, whether you chose GATEWAY COTTAGE or another vacation site, we encourage you check out the following Internet links and google the various attractions identified in this invitation.
About the owner: Owners Shirlene & Pete are former Seattleites who live half-time in Burgundy and half-time in Italy’s Abruzzo. Shirlene has had a career as a Federal Service Professional Engineer in U.S. Army communities in Germany and Italy and as Engineering Director for the American Battle Monuments Commission headquartered in Paris. Pete is free-lance writer who has traveled throughout Europe writing about travel, history, gastronomy and wine. He is presently working on a book about Hemingway’s Europe. In Shirlene’s words: “GATEWAY COTTAGE is the dream home of my parents, Jack & Jean. They began life together on a train between Minneapolis and Bismarck, North Dakota, when Dad was on his way to England to take part in the World War II Invasion of Normandy. They fell in love and when Dad returned to the States in 1946, they married, raised two boys, my sister and I. They worked hard at occupations related to the sea and boating and retired in the 1980s. “Prior to retirement they bought property on Lake Cushman Golf Course and built their dream home. They were able to enjoy it for 25 years. When they passed away, the cottage became our property. Not wanting to see their dream evaporate, Pete & I decided to maintain it as they would have and rent it out as a vacation home. “Pete & I are both outdoor enthusiasts. Our passions include mountaineering, hiking, kayaking, travel and wine hunting. In time Gateway Cottage may become our retirement home. The mountains and the sea are in our blood and we cannot think of a better base in America to retire to than the Folks’ Olympic Peninsula dream home.” If you are interested in renting the cottage, please know we will do what we can to ensure you have a great vacation. We can send you a list of excellent website links with much more information about places mentioned. Email us if you have questions at email@example.com We both speak German and I speak French.
Why the Owner Chose Lake Cushman:
GATEWAY COTTAGE was created by Jack & Jean, parents of Shirlene who, with her husband, Pete, now cherish the cottage. Jack & Jean, approaching retirement were intent on enjoying an active outdoor life in their later years. Their passions included travel, boating, and exploring the harbors and villages of Puget Sound. Jack liked to buy wild King Salmon from Native Americans (who had special treaty fishing rights) and both he and Jean loved to dig for razor clams and foraging for oysters on Hood Canal. They wanted to retire where the weather was better than Seattle and, with grandkids arriving, somewhere not far from their two sons and a daughter living in the Seattle. After a lot of searching, they decided Hoodsport offered all their desires. Golf, boating, seafood, away from the crowds of Seattle, good weather and only 90 minutes drive from the kids. They bought property on Lake Cushman Golf Course, a hidden gem nestled in the hills four miles above Hoodsport, and began building the home they’d designed over the previous years. They bought a camper and parked on the property and Friday evenings would drive down to Hoodsport work on the house Saturday and Sunday and drive back to Seattle early Monday morning. Sometimes, Jean would stay the week working on her own. Their two sons and daughter helped when they could. After retiring they moved in, very pleased with their new home. The golf offered the exercise they wished and the home offered plenty of relaxation and fulfilled Jean’s love of nature. They each ended up getting a hole in one and were honored with trophies. To learn more and see a virtual tour of the golf couse and facilities, visit the official website at www.lakecushmangolfcourse.com. For a satellite view of the course and Gateway Cottage, enter “N 61 Fairway Drive W, Hoodsport, WA” into Google Maps.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
GATEWAY COTTAGE is unique for its cozy atmosphere in a park-like setting. Deer often come onto the golf course to graze before golfers arrive and again around sundown. The cottage is one of the few, if not the only, Olympic Peninsula vacation rentals directly on a golf course. The clubhouse is a 2-minute walk from the cottage. The cottage is quiet and peaceful with a great kitchen and living room and sundeck designed for relaxing. The sundeck panorama includes the entire 9th Fairway, dense forest across the way and awesome sunset skyscapes. Neighboring homes are hidden by shrubs and pines. The neighborhood is safe with crime unheard of. Four miles downhill from the cottage is Hoodsport where vacationers can find everything then need. A small convenience store and café are within walking distance of the cottage. Shelton, WA, with Wal-Mart, Fred Meyer Marketplace and many other outlets, is 15 miles (20 minutes) south of Hoodsport. The route passes through an Indian Reservation with a casino and outlets selling fresh-caught salmon and seafood. Two lakes and the Hood Canal fjord are minutes away where boating, fishing, swimming, kayaking, sunbathing and picnicking are very popular. Hoodsport is a world-class mecca for scuba divers. HoodSport ‘n Dive offers gear, rentals and classes. Hoodsport is also home to one of Washington States major fish hatcheries. Here you can watch salmon returning from the Pacific to spawn or try your hand at catching them. Most important is Gateway Cottage’s location close to Seattle with easy access to the entire Olympic Peninsula, Olympic National Park and the wild Pacific Coast beaches. The whole area is a collage of uniques and superlatives. No other place on the planet offers more active outdoor diversity or more variety of our natural world to discover and learn about. Space on this listing does not allow us to list the many fascinating websites. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for our list.
Fully furnished kitchen
Dining are seats 4 - 8 people
Sundeck provides quiet relaxation in fresh air with deer and small animals.
9th Fairway view from sundeck
Hiking bounds in the Olympic Penninsula
Great sea kayaking opportunities
Jefferson County Courthouse in Port Townsend
Large front living-dining area looking out on the golf course
Living room is cozy with fireplace, sofa, recliners and vintage electric organ.
Master bedroom with a king-sized bed, walk-in closet and private bath.
Comfy second bedroom with queen-sized bed and large wall closet.
Tranquil setting with adjacent homes hidden by pines & shrubbery.
Olympic Peninsula offers gentle surf, untrammeled sandy beaches and more
Largest herd of of free-roaming Roosevelt Elk in the world.
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