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Historic Scout's Cottage -Bob Vila, host of This Old House says, "Ideal. Lovely"

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 1,065 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Ideal location, 1 blk to beach, 1 blk to river, serene, immaculate and charming

Bob Vila, of the celebrated PBS series This Old House, recommended "15 Beach Bungalows for Your Next Vacation" on his popular website. Scout's Cottage was listed as one of these fifteen vacation beach bungalows. The list included such popular vacation spots as Australia, Florida, Hawaii, and California to name a few. He describes Scout's Cottage as, "Not only is the cottage lovely, but it's rife with historical flavor...ideal." He also states it possesses, "..comfort, affordability and above all, close proximity to a fun and restorative beach."

Historic Scout's Cottage. The entire beach home is yours! A century-old unique 1,065 sq. ft. Historic Cottage. One of a kind collections, original artwork and souvenirs in every room. Immaculate!

Fantastic location. Our beach cottage is located on a dead-end street. Serene. Lovely neighborhood with no motels, hotels, or condos; just a wonderfully friendly neighborhood close to everything.

Our cottage is beautifully maintained inside and outside. Professionally landscaped front and backyard. Hot tub. One minute to beach. Downtown is 2 minutes away by car. Close to Estuary. 2 blocks to Promenade.

I'd be delighted to help you plan your get-away to Oregon’s oldest family beach resort, Seaside. Relax and have some well-deserved fun! I'm Kay and my husband Ron and I own and manage this special beach home. This is definitely a ‘mom and pop’ run business. And that’s just the way we want it. No middle person to deal with, no large management team adding extra fees to pay for a rotating staff’s salaries.

Here's some recent compliments Scout's Cottage has received from our guests' reviews. “Charming and comfortable! The beds were absolutely amazing. The towels were divine. Highly recommend." "Absolutely wonderful time. So cozy. Had everything we needed. In the perfect location." "All the resources Kay sent ahead of time were so helpful. I can't thank her enough. We used them as our guide for what to do and where to explore."

THE COTTAGE:

Large country-size Kitchen and spacious Living Room. A sunny Sun Porch. A Back Porch with washer/dryer. Generous-sized Bathroom with claw-foot bathtub. Two delightful Bedrooms upstairs. Perfect for up to six guests. Three real beds. There is also a queen size sofa-sleeper in the living room.

DETAILS OF THE ROOMS:

Sun Porch: Open the front door to Scout's Cottage and the first room to welcome you is the Sun Porch surrounded with large glass windows, shiny hardwood floor, glossy white wood walls, books, sofa, chairs, a wooden doll house, toys, games, umbrellas, and even walking sticks.

Kitchen: Spacious, sunny and unique. Our guests say this is their dream Kitchen! A large glass-front cupboard is filled with a wide choice of colorful vintage dinnerware, ranging from 1950s restaurant dishes to 1960s promotional plastic ware. The Kitchen's highlight is the stainless steel six burners gas Decor stove. All the expected modern appliances are here, including a microwave, coffeemaker, full-size refrigerator, and dishwasher. The specially designed shelves hold vintage souvenir salt & pepper shakers; on the walls are brightly colored 1950s fruit chalk-ware, Oregon coastal memorabilia including the beloved Oregon Pixie Kitchen, a reclaimed neon bakery sign and a large country table which seats eight.

Bathroom: Downstairs, spacious with a combination claw foot bathtub/shower combination. All the toweling, shampoo and hand soaps, hairdryer and mirrors are provided.

Living Room: Large and comfortable. The walls are filled with historic photographs, original artwork and a reclaimed local mural. The original dark-wood paneled walls with 9 windows open easily to let in the refreshing ocean air! A large red enamel gas fireplace keeps you warm through any changes in the coastal weather.

Want to relax and watch a movie? Our film library holds over 400+ movies and is curated by the owner of Clinton Street Video Store in Portland. We also stock a wide variety of CDs for music fans. There's a library of novels and non-fiction reading, including books about the Lewis and Clark Expedition along with local authors.

Collector's Bedroom (upstairs): The bed is queen size with cotton sheets, blankets and quilts to keep you warm. We reclaimed a large painted mural that originally hung above a long-time favorite souvenir shop in downtown Seaside. In the middle of this painted local landscape is the word 'Collectors'. This describes the room perfectly! There are dozens of historic photographs of Oregon shipwrecks, Oregon coastal maps, and local photographs taken of the town and its people over a 100 year period.

Another wall is covered with dozens of 1940s vintage wooden plaques. If you've never seen these whimsical images you'll surely enjoy reading what is carved or written on them. Very popular in the early part of the 1900s up to the early 1960s, these souvenir plaques were one of the first vacation souvenirs that families would pick up as they traveled in their cars from state to state.

Paradise Bedroom (upstairs): The other section of the painted mural resides in this pretty room. It has the painted word 'Paradise' on it. Paradise describes this room quite nicely. Homemade quilts are on each of the beds. There is a double-size bed and a standard-twin size bed in the bedroom. On one wall is a collection of vintage souvenir state plates, on another wall are turn of the century tin-foil artwork known as reverse painting with tinsel and dates back to Victorian time.

Back Porch: Contains the washer and dryer, and washing supplies. Iron and ironing board. No coin operated machines here.

Yard: Fully landscaped backyard with hot tub, patio furniture, large oval patio, and gas BBQ gives you additional extended space to enjoy both day and night.

LOCATION:

Quiet closed-end street. However, within a minute you can be at the beach (1 block), on the Promenade (1.5 blocks), or at the 12th Avenue Bridge overlooking the Necanicum River (1.5 blocks). The Convention Center and Downtown are within walking distance or a 2-4 minute drive.

Scout's Cottage is located next to charming Historic Birdie's Cottage (VRBO #410151). You can rent both cottages which accommodate up to 9 guests. Our cottages are over 100 years old, with a combination of unique vintage 'souvenir' collections and modern conveniences in every room.

"Enjoy the clear ocean air of one of the world's most beautiful beaches." NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. Seaside is THE seashore destination for experiencing popular year-round attractions. And staying at our cottage will complete your perfect vacation or weekend getaway.

Keywords: Oregon, Cottage, Vacation Rental, Beach House, Family, Wi-Fi, Private Hot Tub, Oregon Coast House, River, Artist, Garden, dead end street, immaculate, collectibles, unique, next to Historic Birdie's Cottage.

More Details

Owner
Kay Slusarenko
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 20, 2017

About Kay Slusarenko

We are a Portland Architect and a Portland Artist who have owned this special cottage (Scout's Cottage) and a smaller cottage next door (Birdie's Cottage) since 1976. The cottages are over 100 years old. We have loved caring for them and have been especially delighted that our passion for our two cottages extends to our guests' cherished visits to them over the past years.

Kay Slusarenko purchased this house in 1976

Why Kay Slusarenko chose Seaside

CLOSE TO PORTLAND, Seaside is perfectly located to give visitors immediate access to a tremendous variety of activities. White sandy clean beaches, whale watching sites, historic cities (Astoria), historic landmark lighthouses, and a nearby Bird Estuary are just a few of the reasons our family is passionate about this coastal paradise.

In 1970, we moved to Portland, Oregon. One of our main reasons for picking Portland was the ability to get to the coast and to the mountains in 1-2 hours.

We often traveled with our children up and down the Oregon Coast, but our favorite coastal town was Seaside.

We all fell in love with the community and the variety of activities that was suited to us individually and collectively as a family.

In 1976, we purchased the cottage which had originally been a part of a popular Drive-In Motor Court. It had served as the manager's home. Unfortunately, a fire ravaged the majority of the motor court's buildings in the mid-50s. Our cottage and a smaller structure survived.

Over the years we have remodeled it and equipped it with our own style of furnishings and collections. And now we proudly share it with you.

What makes this house unique

BESIDES THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAY IN A UNIQUE SEASIDE COTTAGE, adventures of historical significance and current outdoor activities abound in Seaside and nearby areas. You never have to go far to find an adventure or activity that is awe-inspiring! In Seaside you are surrounded by biking and walking paths both in the nearby forests and along the oceanfront; the Necanicum River, the Pacific Ocean, clean sandy beaches, the famous promenade, the downtown shopping area plus the factory outlet (NO STATE TAX!) is just a nod to all the possibilities.

Seaside is where you can rent a surrey or a mountain bike, build sandcastles, throw frisbees, fly kites, play soccer and volleyball in the sand and dip your toes into the cool Pacific Ocean under the watchful eye of the summer lifeguard -on-duty.

Watch the surfers or join them, find the best trails, the best food, the best clam chowder and fish and chips. Paddle boats, kayaks are waiting to be rented just a few blocks from the cottage. In fact, 90% of all these above-mentioned activities are within a few minutes walk or drive from our cottage! Last but not least is the importance of soaking up some historical information that makes the history of Seaside and the area come alive. Recognizing that Lewis and Clark walked through our neighborhood to reach the nearby ocean is pretty inspiring and nearby towns like Astoria are filled with museums and historical Victorian homes opened to the public. The Fort Clatsop Park and the hike from the Fort to the Sea Trail is only the beginning of a deeper understanding of our country's west coast history. And after hiking, shopping, eating, walking, surfing, body boarding, feeding the seals, playing in the sand you always have the perfect beach home to return to and soak in the hot tub, watch the sunset, decide which of the 400 plus movies from the video library collection you wish to watch and best of all to relax, enjoy and recharge.

Amenities

Seaside House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1065 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , outdoor shower
  • The Bathroom: Downstairs, spacious with a combination claw foot bathtub/shower combination. Towel sets, shampoo, facial wipes, kleenex and hand soaps are provided. Hairdryer. Ironing board and iron.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Paradise Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Immaculate and cozy.
    Collector's Bedroom: 1940s-1950s souvenirs and cozy comfort. - 1 queen , Immaculate and cozy.
    Sofa sleeper - 1 double , We also have a portacrib.
  • At the top of the stairs are two bedrooms: (1) COLLECTORS BEDROOM. Has a Queen-sized Bed. A 1940s mural hangs above the bed. The walls are covered with historic photographs of Oregon shipwrecks, Oregon coastal maps, and local photographs that span over a 100 year North Coast history. In addition to photographs there are numerous 1950s vintage wooden plaques. If you've never seen these whimsical images you're in for a treat! Very popular, these souvenir plaques were one of the first vacation souvenirs that families would pick up as they traveled in their cars from state to state. (2) PARADISE BEDROOM. A Double Bed and a Twin Bed are in this room. Another vintage painted mural hangs on one wall. Homemade quilts, a wall of vintage state plates, 1930s tin foil paintings are just some of the special souvenirs you'll discover in this delightful bedroom. Downstairs, in the Living Room is a Double sized sofa sleeper.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
I want to stress what an ideal location Scout's Cottage is in. You are really close to everything! As our guest you will be given newsletters, guidebook journals and other specific information on activities and adventures of all sorts that interest you. We do an excellent job of providing you with details on how to get to and fro and what is available at a large variety of locations, restaurants, shopping areas and much more. Just ask and we'll provide!

Reviews

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5

Cozy cottage

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Scout Cottage in Seaside. Kay was so helpful with suggestions before we arrived and the house is perfectly set up for an amazing stay. It is clean, comfortable, and in a great location to enjoy Seaside and other surrounding coastal towns.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks to this lovely family! Ellen was such a pleasure to host and she, her husband and two sons took excellent care of our vacation home. Kay
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5

Great Location

  • 5 of 5

Scout’s Cottage is an ideal place to stay - quiet neighborhood, historic building and meticulously clean. It’s close to the boardwalk ... we could walk anywhere in Seaside, and Kay provided us with great information. Her recommendations were so appreciated — don’t miss Camp 18 and Astoria!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pat, You are such a great guest! I hope to have you return often. Thank you for complementing the information that you received from me. I believe that one of the most important things I can do for every guest is to have as much relevant information available as is possible. That is why I write my monthly "Seaside and Beyond Guide". There's always so much to see and to do. It doesn't matter if you visit in the middle of summer or the middle of winter, there are always places to visit, new experiences to encounter and more restaurants opening! So thank you for such a nice compliment. I love hosting and I continue to say that we have THE BEST GUESTS who choose to stay with us. My sincere thanks, Kay
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4

Cozy cottage

  • 4 of 5

This is our 3rd time staying at Scouts. We always enjoy the homey feel and the close proximity to the beach. They have added some nice touches to the back yard recently.

My only disclaimer is if u are claustrophobic or over 150 lbs the shower can be quite the experience! It's a darling claw foot tub with shower curtains surrounding both sides, and they have a tendency to stick to your back and/or front side while showering. Also, I was there with my 76 yr old mother who found it hard to climb into the claw foot without slipping or losing balance.

Having said that I do recommend Scouts as a nice vacation getaway.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Great location and extremely well stocked house.

  • 4 of 5

The attention to detail in the house was excellent and the host was extremely helpful and kind.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sarah, Thank you for your visit to our cottage! We look forward to your return. Sarah complimented our location. We are so conveniently located - a block to the ocean and a block to the river. Plus it is so easy to get to downtown Seaside. Scout's Cottage is on the North side of Seaside so our neighborhood has no hotels, motels or condos. Since our block is a dead-end street we don't have to worry about the noise level, even in the busy summer months! Many guests use the word "serene" when describing their stay with us. Kay
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5

A delightful family stay

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful stay to celebrate our twins' first birthday! We are so grateful this rental is made available to families. My husband and I always seek out unique places to stay while on vacation, and our pre-kid favorites don't allow children. Kay was so gracious in welcoming us, and even though the cottage is full of little treasures, we found it easy to contain the (happy) twins on the sun porch and with a travel pen to keep the house in order. My husband really appreciated the DVD, book, and music collections. Every nook of the cottage is delightfully arranged and curated. We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I've been at the VRBO/HomeAway sites for over 4 years now and each year we continue to draw such thoughtful, creative guests who come from all over the USA and beyond. Jessica and her husband and twins are perfect examples of thoughtful, caring and are truly the ideal guests. Thank you Jessica for loving and respecting our historic, unique home, for recognizing that Seaside is a perfect coastal town to visit and that our location is ideal for getting a quiet night's sleep, walking a short distance to be at the beach and to be able to explore a variety of other outdoor destinations, superb eaterys and owner-owned stores of all kinds where you can find that book you've always wanted to read or discover a souvenir that has to go home with you! I hope that your visit to Seaside to celebrate your family's birthdays begins a tradition for many years to come. Kay
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5

Perfect Seaside Wonderland

  • 5 of 5

My best friend and I stayed at Scout's cottage for 4 nights in September. The cottage was immaculate. Every single detail was perfect. The cottage had so much character and was so well taken care of. The towels in the bathroom were the softest I've ever found. Kay provided travel brochures and take out menus for cities in the vicinity of Seaside. Each night we walked 1 block to the beach with beach chairs she provided and watched the sun set. I highly recommend this cottage.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I still continue to be in awe of our guests! Kelly is a perfect example of how special our guests are who choose to stay at Scout's Cottage, from 2 nights up to a week's visit. Kelly was such a pleasure to host! She appreciated how immaculate and comfortable our historic home was and how well maintained. I don't want to ever disappoint one guest and I work hard to make sure that Ron, Barb and I continue to create a vacation home that makes guests return to year after year. Thank you to Kelly who enjoyed the ambience of this special century-old beach cottage. We look forward to her return! Kay
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Map

Nearest Beach
0.01 Miles
Scout's Cottage is only 1 block to beach.
Car: not necessary

Here's a few suggestions of must-do activities in Seaside for the entire family. But please know this is just a hint of what is possible!

I write a newsletter monthly that spells out the events of each month, suggests adventures of historical significance and current outdoor activities and the very best of indoor pleasures. In Seaside you are surrounded by biking and walking paths both in the nearby forests and along the oceanfront; the Necanicum River, the Pacific Ocean, clean sandy beaches, the famous promenade, the downtown shopping area plus the factory outlet (NO STATE TAX!) is just a nod to all the possibilities that I write about.

Seaside is where you can rent a surrey or a mountain bike, build sandcastles, throw frisbees, fly kites, play soccer and volleyball in the sand and dip your toes into the cool Pacific Ocean under the watchful eye of the summer lifeguard -on-duty.

I'll also tell you where to watch the surfers, find the best trails, the best food, the best clam chowder and fish and chips. Paddle boats, kayaks are waiting to be rented just a few blocks from the cottage. In fact, 90% of all these above-mentioned activities are within a few minutes walk or drive from our cottage! Last but not least is the importance of soaking up some historical information that makes the history of Seaside and the area come alive. Recognizing that Lewis and Clark walked through our neighborhood to reach the nearby ocean is pretty inspiring and nearby towns like Astoria are filled with museums and historical Victorian homes opened to the public. The Fort Clatsop Park and the hike from the Fort to the Sea Trail is only the beginning of a deeper understanding of our country's west coast history. And after hiking, shopping, eating, walking, surfing, body boarding, feeding the seals, playing in the sand you always have the perfect beach home to return to and soak in the hot tub, watch the sunset, decide which of the 400 plus movies from the video library collection you wish to watch and best of all to relax, enjoy and recharge.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $90
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 11.0%

Lodging Tax is 11% (10% Seaside, as of July 1, 2017 and 1% State of Oregon).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.