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Private Beach Home at Water's Edge--Enjoy!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

This waterfront home at the water's edge on Hale Passage with 180 degree views, looks at majestic Mt. Baker and at night the beautiful lights of Bellingham Bay. To see a walk-through tour of Sunrise, check

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Views are spectacular. Watching the sun rise is a 'to be remembered' experience as are the full moons rising. As you walk into this home on the beach with hand-split cedar shakes, you see water everywhere. Bedrooms are furnished with American and English antique furnishings. There is ceramic tile throughout the main floor and radiant heat. A Jøtul stove provides a special warmth on cool nights.

This private home on the beach is tucked against a hillside with easy access to boating, swimming, and beach combing. It is walking distance from the ferry landing--about 1 mile by beach and 1-1/2 miles by road. A regular sight are the seagulls, herons, kingfishers, eagles, seals, sea otter, and deer. At low tide, you have access to an inviting sandy tide flat with clams and crab, tide pools and beach-rock inhabitants. It is a haven to relax; a great place for families and friends.

A short 10-minute ferry ride takes you to rural Lummi Island--a small wooded Island. Lummi has a population of about 900 which probably doubles or triples in the summer months. Day trips can be made to Vancouver BC, Seattle or Mt Baker. You are 20 minutes from shopping in Bellingham, Lynden, and the Canadian border.

There are ten miles of roads for bikers--mostly following the beaches of the Island. For the beach comber there are many treasures--agates, shells, beach glass. It is a great place to relax and read as well--and to just enjoy the views.

Saturdays feature a Saturday market from June through August. You can purchase fresh produce, pastries, and local artists show their wares. There are two restaurants (the Willows is known internationally) and a coffee shop on the Island as well as a general grocery store. Two churches on the Island hold services Sunday mornings--Island Chapel meets at the Lummi Island Grange Hall across the street from the post office and about a block north of the ferry dock.

Keywords: view, beach house, Lummi Island, San Juan Islands, waterfront, cozy, retreat, Whatcom County, Bellingham, vacation home, Puget Sound, relaxing, waterfront, vacation rental

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Louise and Mel Kolstad
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2017

About Louise and Mel Kolstad

My husband and I retired to our property on Lummi Island. We lived in Sunrise for two years and then moved to a new home built on the Island. We love the Island and its rural quality.

Louise and Mel Kolstad purchased this house in 1969

Why Louise and Mel Kolstad chose San Juan Islands

My grandmother purchased the property in 1945 and then she and my grandfather built Sunrise. The cedar shakes are hand split from cedar they found on the beach. It has been a family retreat for many years and I am the third generation to own the property.

Our children and now our grandson plays on the beach at Sunrise. It is safely away from the road (about 250 feet).

Mel and I bought the property from my parents and aunts and uncles in about 1969. We spent every summer and many weekends at Sunrise throughout the years. Our kids love it and our grandson now plays on the beach when he comes.

We started renting Sunrise in 2007 after we built a new home on the Island. We will never sell this wonderful retreat, but can share it with others as well as family.

This is a special family place and we have been pleased to share it.

What makes this house unique

Sunrise is at the water's edge, away from the road. I love beach combing and walk the beach north to the ferry dock and south to Sunrise Cove whenever possible. Agates, shells, and sea glass our my special finds.

On minus tides there are crab and clams on the tide flat. Walking with my grandson on the tide flat is a treat as I watch him jump on the horse clam holes and pick up starfish.

The views are spectacular with Mt. Baker in front--sunsets are beautiful as they reflect on Mt. Baker. At night the lights of Bellingham twinkle--beautiful! During the day boats constantly go by heading out on their adventures.

We have always been boaters and have enjoyed the ease of getting out on the water. Some of our guests have brought canoes and kayaks. Some have brought smaller outboard boats and rubber rafts.

Guestbook comments from the owner

By Scott Dorr and Family (Happy Valley, OR)

What can I say? The setting is magnificent with seascapes, natural beauty, and abundant wildlife. Sunrise Cottage has everything you need for a vacation home, but most impressive are the windows that provide unsurpassed vistas to the North, East and South around the clock. If you like to relax or read, comb the beaches, explore Lummi Island, Watch for eagles and herons, walk the flats at minus low tides, search for crabs, roast marsh mellows, or just interact with family and friends, then this vacation spot is where you need to be! You and your kids will love it!! The owners, Mel and Louise, are very friendly and accommodating. It is evident they care about you and desire that you have a memorable vacation experience. Be sure to bring a camera.
Jul 2009
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Lummi Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (3) There is a queen bed in each of the bedrooms., Bunk Beds (1) in the loft There is a charge of $20/nt for guests 9 and 10
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Soaking tub for 2 adjacent to the master bedroom suite.


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average rating of 4.9615383 based on 55 reviews

Relaxing get-away

  • 5 of 5

Sunrise did not disappoint. The setting is ideal- a beautiful view, peace and quiet, all the ammentities one could possibly want or need. The owners were easy to work with and everything was as promised in the listing as well as the contract. Our only regret is that we didn't have more time to stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate your review. Sunrise is very special to our family--I am the 3d generation to own it. Our goal is to maintain the property to reflect ourselves. We are pleased to share it's beautiful setting with others. We want it ready to receive visitors to the Island like you as well as to family members. Come back again and stay longer! Louise
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Beautiful Location

  • 5 of 5

Our stay here at Sunrise on Lummi Island was lovely. This spot is absolutely beautiful. Our family of 7, including 4 adults and 3 children, was very comfortable in this home. It's open with awesome views out every window. The weather in July couldn't have been more perfect for us. We came up from the central valley in California and 100 degree plus weather to the cool, comfortable summer weather on the Island. I think the high while we were there was 74 degrees. I loved it!! We had a minus tide for 3 days while we were there and it was such fun to go out and find crabs and star fish and the boys played for hours. We loved eating and playing games at the big table out on the deck. We watched the resident eagles everyday flying down to the water to catch fish and back up to the trees. There were 2 great blue herons that stayed close to the beach each day feeding. They are so majestic when taking flight. A day trip to whale watch with Island Adventures out of Anacortes was fantastic. They never disappoint. It was a first for our grandsons ages 3, 5 and 8. We got in with a super pod of Orcas and saw so much activity, slapping, flipping and breaching. Best time ever!

We stayed for a full week here and wished we could have stayed longer. Great place to sit and read a book if you can take your eyes off the view of the beautiful Mt. Baker across the water. The quiet on this Island, especially at night is so peaceful. That was such a treat! Thank you to the Kolstads for sharing this special place!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Wonderful Place for a Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We vacationed for four days at Sunrise@LummiIsland with our son and his family, which included three young children. We also had our German Shepherd with us. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The setting was spectacular, with a panoramic view over the water that included the Cascade Mountains and was centered on snow clad 10,000 foot Mount Baker. Our grandchildren were absorbed by the beach. The floorplan of the house was ideal for us. My wife and I slept in the downstairs bedroom with our dog while our son and his family slept upstairs. We enjoyed the view from the large windows in the living area and also the large deck with the large dining table where we had most of our meals. The grandchildren also enjoyed toasting marshmellows over a campfire at the beach. On top of this we also appreciated the landscaping and flowers in the yard, the way the house was decorated, the memorabilia of the owners' family and the cleanliness of the entire property.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I remember as a child (and my children and my grandson) spending huge quantities of time on the beach looking for anything and everything--little crabs under the rocks, starfish on the tide flat and around the "big" rock, shells, clams, and agates, and roasted marshmallows and smores over the campfire. I miss those times. I am so glad to hear those special memories are being shared by new people--you and your family.
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Waterfront Escape

  • 5 of 5

I have traveled to several islands in the PNW and found Sunrise after looking for a place to stay for a family get-together. Sunrise fit the bill as it was close for family members traveling from Canada and would accommodate our group of seven (and allowed for our four-legged travel companions as well). A short ferry ride (~ 7 min) will get you to the island. Sunrise is unique in its semi-private location on the water... enjoying the beautiful sunrises, soaring eagles, meandering deer, and the waterfront views that adorned it. Parking is ample but the driveway down to the home is quite steep, so if you have a big truck it might be a bit tricky. The home is comfortable, clean, and unique (family owned/maintained for decades and remodeled for modern comforts). The owners, Mel & Louise, are genuine people ( as are all of the people we met on Lummi Island) and are close by and attentive to any questions you may have. Take the time to drive around the island and hike up the Baker preserve trail (steep, but the views are incredible!). Unfortunately, we did not get to try some of the local fare, but we understood it to be good for the limited dining options that were available. Make certain to bring as much food as you will need as the local store is limited. The bunks beds that are upstairs are unique as they are from the war-era, but are better suited for younger travelers (check with Mel & Louise for age-suggested recommendations).

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased to read your review. Our goal is to always keep our beach home--Sunrise--clean and comfortable for our guests. We are glad you did the Baker Trail--the views are outstanding. We hope that you can come again.
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Quiet Beachfront Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Sunrise. We visited last November and we had lots of fun then combing the beach and just relaxing with the views. We decided we wanted to come back in the summer. We booked a weekend in June when we knew there would be a minus tide and were rewarded with a beautiful summer weekend. Our child was able to play on the sand and in the water for several hours. We saw herons, eagles, deer, and got unbelievably lucky when several orca whales swam by right near the shore. Every night we made a fire in the fire pit and enjoyed the beautiful views. A great getaway. Scenic. Secluded. Relaxing. Fun!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The whales were wonderful! We do not have a pod of whales come by the east side of the Island often. Over the years I have seen a gray whale go by and a single orca whale. This was a sight to see. It was a very low tide and they were in the drop off area of the tide flat. We hope you will come back again.
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Castle rock Colorado

Amazing...the whole family is missing being in this home!

  • 5 of 5

Mel & Louise's home was perfect. From the moment we walked in, my family was giving me high fives & saying "good job finding this place, mom!" The views are amazing from every window. Night one we saw a rainbow over the bay! I loved sitting at the table just staring out into the bay, and waking up each morning in the master bedroom with the same beautiful view. Louise has a beautiful garden. The fire pit was nice in the evenings. We did find clams & dungeness crabs, and the kitchen amenities were all there to cook them up! The beds were very comfortable. The house is very clean. I enjoyed reading through the visitor book, seeing the history of the house, finding out more information about collecting shell fish in the bay, it was all there. We didn't leave the island during our 3 night stay. We ran to the Islander, the grocery store on Lummi Island, for a couple of items, but got everything else in Bellingham before taking the ferry. Very friendly locals. We drove around the island one afternoon & found a wine tasting room, Rich there is a nice guy & gave us some great wine samples. Gary is one of the neighbors & he gave us a lesson on gathering clams! We all miss this home on Lummi Island, & hope to be back again!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Someone will think I paid you for that review. We are so pleased to read everything you said. That is exactly what we want our guest to find when they come to Sunrise. We hope that you will come again.
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Bellingham Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
The Willows Inn
Nearest Ferry
1.25 Miles
Whatcom Chief
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
9.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
ferry dock
Nearest Point of Interest
Post office
Nearest Point of Interest
The Islander
Nearest Point of Interest
Beach Store Cafe
Nearest Point of Interest
Exit for Lummi Island
Nearest Point of Interest
Haxton Way
Nearest Point of Interest
tennis courts
Nearest Point of Interest
Leo's Live Seafood
Nearest Point of Interest
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The Willows
Nearest Point of Interest
Fresh Flowers by Bruja Botanicals
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $145
Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night
Pet Fee $35
Damage Deposit $300

Pets: $20/night per dog. Pets are welcome on the main floor, but not allowed upstairs. Dogs should be current on vaccines and bathed before arrival.

Extra guests: $20/night per guest exceeding total of 8 (i.e., $20/nt each for guests 9, 10, 11, etc.)

Holidays: an extra charge for some holidays

Cancellations: Refund, less $100, if property can be rented for the period of your reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.