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Bliss Place - On the Wild & Scenic Smith River

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom cabin with mountain views (sleeps 6-7)

Thirty minutes from Crescent City, this charming, hand-built, off-the-grid cabin on the South Fork of the Smith River is the perfect blend of funky/rustic and cozy/comfy. In the winter, curl up in a rocking chair and enjoy a roaring fire in the cast iron woodstove. In the summer, open up the windows and let the forest breezes refresh you. Three large bedrooms sleeps up to 7 comfortably. The master bedroom upstairs opens onto an enormous deck perfect for yoga or enjoying your morning coffee while planning your days on the river or coast. Cook up the fresh fish you catch on the world-class Smith River or buy from the fishing boats in the Crescent City harbor in the well-appointed kitchen. Enjoy your meals on the wrap-around deck, under the shade of the dogwood tree. Help yourself to apples, Asian pears and figs from our home orchard in season. Spend your evenings outside listening to the river around the fire circle, or watching a DVD from our eclectic video library.

A short trail thru the woods takes you down to the River, where you can spend the day reading a book borrowed from our extensive in-house library, or kayaking, rafting or swimming in the cool waters of the river or sunning on the flat, warm boulders at the water’s edge.

Adjacent to the National Forest, our cabin is in the heart of the Six Rivers National Recreation Area; a hiker’s Paradise. The historic Kelsey Trail is literally steps away. This recently rediscovered trail was the original route from Fort Jones to Crescent City, and has just been rebuilt with the help of the California Conservation Corps. The southern trailhead is a 5-minute walk from the cabin, and hikers can walk upriver up to 8 miles along the trail as it follows the South Fork and beyond. Or just go far enough to take advantage of some of the emerald green swimming holes less than a mile away.

We don’t have satellite or cable television, cell phone service or wireless internet access, AND WE LIKE IT THAT WAY! We invite you to unplug, unwind, put the screens away, and experience the truly interactive worldwide web of life. See Nature: the original 3D…Cell phone service is available from a number of spots along South Fork road and Highway 199, and Crescent City has all the modern conveniences, including internet coffee shops.

If you appreciate solitude, privacy, wildlife, birdsong, and the music of the river that runs through it, we look forward to sharing our “Bliss Place” with you.

More Details

Property Manager
Beth Moore
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 a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 8, 2017

About Beth Moore

We live in the San Joaquin Valley and both work in environmental careers where we can exercise our shared passion of saving the planet. Spending time here on the Smith River is a way for us to recharge our souls and reconnect with the natural world we cherish. We call this cabin our 'Bliss Place' in honor of our beloved friend, mentor and poet-jester Peter Douglas, who followed his bliss all the way to the South Fork, and then brought us along for the ride. We hope it inspires you to protect something you love.

~Sarah & Dan

Beth Moore purchased this cabin in 2005


Crescent City Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Absolutely no smoking on the premises.
  • Children 5 and older are welcome.
  • Energy conservation is required.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Newly remodeled bathroom with travertine shower
  • 1
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , downstairs bedroom next to bathroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , upstairs bedroom w/ adjoining outside deck
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , additional upstairs walk through bedroom
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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(31 traveler reviews)

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Bliss Place - On the Wild & Scenic Smith River
average rating of 4.967742 based on 31 reviews

Beautiful, well maintained and well stocked kitchen.

  • 5 of 5

Very responsive and helpful property management. Beautiful craftsmanship and location. Will definitely rent here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Diablo ca

This place rocks

  • 5 of 5

Location is wonderful , it's off the grid but you would never know. It is set up to handle what we needed for a week. There is hiking near by and endless fire roads in to the mountains. The ocean is just a short drive away. The redwoods are with in 10 miles of the cabin. The cabin is clean ,up to date and had great beds.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

It was exactly what I was looking for. We even got snow which was perfect. It was my youngest two 13, 12 forst snow fall. I could not have planned a better stay. Thank you for having this beautiful place open for others.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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wonderful, beautiful, secluded

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place to get away and experience nature and the forest.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
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Bliss pleasure

  • 5 of 5

Cabin (house) was exactly as advertised...beautiful, clean, remote, well-supplied and completely off the grid and cell network. When its cold be prepared to feed the stove. Well situated among many trails and points of interest. Beth is most pleasant as other reviews note. Delightful getaway...thanks.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Baltimore, Maryland

It doesn't get any better than this!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I have decided that this was by far our favorite trip together. Bliss Place was perfect. We loved waking up to the sun shining on the trees, through the many wonderfully placed windows in the cabin. The hummingbirds zipping around the back deck and coming to the feeder for "nectar" was truly very cool, I think I watched them every morning. The house was well stocked all around. The kitchen was full of spices and cooking supplies, and even a a few goodies like apples (thank you Beth!). The DVD collection was current and diverse, I think we watched a movie every night after dinner. The solar power kept us mindful of our energy consumption, which was refreshing and habit forming! The trail from the house down to the river made it easy to enjoy the peace and quiet of the area and the wonder of the Smith River.

We saw the resident bear enjoying the apples from the tree next to the deck while we were watching a movie, which was an absolute treat. There are so many things to do in the area if you love nature and don't mind a GORGEOUS drive. We did so much while at Bliss Place. Visiting all of the redwood state parks was fantastic, we saw a huge herd of elk, visited Fern Canyon (Jurassic Park II was filmed there!) and Gold Bluffs Beach, hiked down to Enderts Beach, visited the Trees of Mystery, the list goes on... The possibilities in the area are endless and we will definitely be returning in future for the wonderful location, home and hospitality. A big shout out to Beth (property manager) who made our trip even better by being quick to respond to my many emails and a doll to work with.

As a young couple in our twenties, we LOVED this place. It was romantic, secluded and quiet. It doesn't get any better than Bliss Place!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Crescent City
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
Hwy. 199
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Crescent City
Car: necessary

Adjacent to the National Forest, our cabin is in the heart of the Six Rivers National Recreation Area; a hiker’s Paradise. Nearby Howland Hill Road hosts numerous trail heads for long walks through the magical redwood rainforest. Mountain bikers will appreciate the easy access to miles of Forest Service roads. Or just drive to world-famous Stout Grove or along the incredibly scenic Highway 199 and find your favorite scenic turnout.

The Smith River is one of the top 10 steel head and cutthroat fisheries in the country and excellent guides in Crescent City will share their local knowledge with you to customize your adventure. Ocean sport fishing boats are available in Crescent City or Brookings - be sure to check out fishing license requirements and seasons.

Crescent City has all the modern conveniences, including movies, restaurants, internet cafes and shopping. The closest gas and general store is 10 miles away at Hiouchi Hamlet. Ocean beaches are just a 30 minute drive away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 8.0%

$10.00 additional charge per person for more than 4 guests with a maximum of 7

VRBO/Home Away adds a 4 to 10% traveler service fee to bookings to use online payment system

Manager'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.

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