"My family and I (including my adult daughter, grandson, and two teenagers) spend a week around the 4th of July (1st to 7th) here, and it was wonderful. Even with the record heat wave in WA, we stayed relatively cool. There are plenty of windows and doors to open and let a cross breeze through. The beds are very comfortable, the house is very clean and well-kept, and the view is spectacular. And the 4th of July fireworks, which we watched from the back deck, were spectacular! There are plenty of games and puzzles for days you may not leave the house due to rain, some books and movies, cable and wifi with a strong signal, although we really didn't plug in very often - only to make reservations for activities in Seattle.
You are well within driving distance for lots of things - Seattle sight seeing, Whale Watching (I recommend Island Adventures in Anacortes), hiking, the Boeing tour in Everett - even Olympic National Park would make a nice day trip from here. And you're only 80 miles from Vancouver if you wanted to spend a day there.
Coming from the Atlantic Coast, the beaches were an interesting change - all rocks and shells. Great for beach combing. Of course, the water is too cold to even attempt swimming.
I recommend checking the pantry before grocery shopping. We accidentally doubled up on coffee and tea, not knowing there was already some in the house, lol. I also recommend taking the drive into Stanwood and shopping at Haggen rather than IGA on the island, although IGA has all the essentials in a pinch. They're just a smaller store and a bit more expensive.
All in all, it was a wonderful stay and if we come back to the area again, I will definitely be checking to see if it's available. Dawn was very sweet and super helpful."
Date of Stay: July 2015
Review Submitted: July 11, 2015