"October 2015 was our second visit to this house, and we stayed a full month. For details of the amenities, check the website. It is very accurate, actually too modest.
We will be forever grateful to have experienced this house in this setting. For us, this house is the best VRBO experience we’ve ever had, and that includes our experiences with the owner and her father, who happens to live two houses down from this VRBO rental. Everything about the house, the owner and the service we received was top-notch. We birded many trails around the Peninsula but the best birding happened when we were enjoying our first cups of coffee each morning. We saw 15 species in the first fifteen minutes of our first morning! The most dramatic bird visitor was a mature American Bald Eagle who sat in the pine tree just below the deck, about 50 yards away. Despite good restaurants nearby, we enjoyed eating at home. It is worth it to cook at home just to enjoy the views out the windows. Central Market in Poulsbo is terrific. I suggest you sign up on the Washington State Department of Transportation and get text messages when the drawbridge is going to be up. That worked great for us. Port Angeles also has a great bookshop on East First Street, and across from that bookshop is a hole-in-the-wall breakfast place called The Haven on First Street that is unbelievable. The wait is long on weekends. We got great massages and facials from Connie in Pt. Ludlow (I left her brochure at the house), and Lake Crescent Inn west of Port Angeles has a dining room and flush toilets! Hurricane Ridge Drive is a must, even on a foggy day. Other places: Point No Point Lighthouse, Foulweather Bluff, Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, Shine Tideland State Park, Dungeness Spit, and a drive on Highway 112 out of Pt. Angeles, which takes you along the Straits of Juan de Fuca to Neah Bay. This is a beautiful drive with lots of places to stop for a beach walk. And so what if you don’t make it all the way to the Pacific Ocean! Coming from the land of eternal sunshine (San Diego), we appreciated a little rain, a lot of fog, and dramatic cloud formations against the blue skies. We came prepared to hike in the rain, we did, and we loved it. This is a hiker’s paradise. You can’t go wrong staying at Marion’s place. We were sad to leave, and next year, we’d like to come back for two months. So, come to this house, and please, treat it with the tender loving care this home deserves."
Date of Stay: October 2015
Review Submitted: November 22, 2015