"This was our second rental in this area. The house felt bigger and more open than what we expected from the pictures on VRBO. Jack was very helpful and easy to work with. The kitchen was nicely outfitted - you really don't need to bring/buy anything beyond food. The street is relatively quiet and lightly traveled, but connects to the main highway less than 1/4 mile away, which is convenient, but avoids the bulk of the traffic noise associated with ferry landings.
The beach itself is mostly rounded pebbles with a healthy collection of driftwood at the high water mark. At normal ranges of low tide, there's a bit of sand, but I wouldn't plan on sandcastles - Our toddler preferred combing the vast selection of rocks anyway.
We had mostly sunny days with healthy breeze - downright windy on a couple nights. Most every day had periods of calm, though not always the same time of day. When we stayed in the area a few months ago, the evenings were the most calm, but evenings were the windiest this time around.
We saw bald eagles, osprey, harlequin ducks, loons, caspian terns, killdeer, as well as a few visits by Dall's porpoises too. Early mornings were the best for spotting the large birds on this trip - the eagles liked to perch on a power pole at the park that is less than a block away. They were generally tolerant of a few people quietly taking pictures, but flew away when more people started advancing on their perch.
People visiting the area should be aware that there is small airstrip nearby where Navy pilots practice aircraft carrier landing skills (touch & gos). In our last visit to the area, they practiced nearly every weekday (fun to watch but quite loud). This time around, there were no practice sessions in the week we were there, and only one session as scheduled in the entire 3 week block before, during, and after our stay. The Navy announces the flight schedule for the following week, but the site was down for a while, and is a few weeks behind as of 6/13/2015. VRBO doesn't allow links, but you can google "Flight Operations Schedule at OLF Coupeville" and several of the sites listed will have the schedule.
One final note - the internet access at this place was outstanding compared to most rentals. The wireless router was fast and stable, with good signal throughout the house."
Guest: Christopher L.
Date of Stay: June 2015
Review Submitted: June 14, 2015