3 Bedroom, 1903 Lightkeepers House On Shores Of Puget Sound
Ali, Browns Point Lighthouse Cottage Manager
About Ali, Browns Point Lighthouse Cottage Manager
US Coast Guard still owns the property and maintains the working lighthouse. Metro Parks Tacoma has a long-term lease to have the grounds open to the public as a waterfront park. Points Northeast Historical Society, a volunteer organization since 1986, is responsible for restoring the property, having it available both as a vacation rental and interactive history museum. Rental fees go back into restoring the property and presenting history and museum programs like school field trips.
Ali, Browns Point Lighthouse Cottage Manager purchased this House in 1903
Why Ali, Browns Point Lighthouse Cottage Manager chose Browns Point
This is one of five lighthouse properties in Washington available for vacation rental. Online travel magazine, Smartertravel, says this is 'one of the 10 best lighthouse properties to sleep in' and US Lighthouse Society designated it as one of the best examples of restoration of lighthouse property in the country.
What makes this House unique
You are not just 'renters' but designated as honorary 'Lightkeepers' with duties such as raising the flag daily, keeping a log, and having the premises open for visitors on Saturday in summer season.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
A Living Museum
The Keeper's Cottage and the grounds are just lovely. The cottage looks like a lighthouse keeper might be living there; wonderfully furnished with period furniture and full of objects of maritime interest. There are volunteer ladies who spend much time working on the flowers and plants in the beautifully maintained yard. The location is, of course, grand - right out on a point of land with at least a 180-degree view of the water. It is also just a short drive North of Tacoma for those who will want to visit the many sights in the area.
Everyone I came in contact with was very pleasant and most helpful. You couldn't ask for nicer people.
The Cottage can accommodate up to six people. In my case, I was there by myself. That makes it a bit pricey for just one person, but keep in mind that you are also supporting a most worthy cause.
It has one bathroom, so take a number and wait your turn. I can't pass up the topic of the bathroom without mentioning the shower curtains in the old-fashioned, claw-footed tub. You stand in a very small space and get your morning exercise by "fighting" with the shower curtain(s). (To be honest, my size did not help the situation.) After several shower 'experiences' you begin to have thoughts like, "I wonder if the Geneva Conventions include rules against clinging shower curtains like these?" But in the end you do manage to survive and you also come out a little cleaner to boot.
All in all, I would highly recommend that you take advantage of this opportunity. It is unique and will provide you with memories that will last a long time. It is so much nicer than staying in a sterile hotel room.
Thank you for your wonderful review. We are happy you enjoyed your stay. We are very lucky to have such a great group of volunteers who take pride in the upkeep of the cottage. Thank you for all your help while you were visiting and we hope you come back and see us again.
Exciting property on the water. Great place for walking the beach. People were catching salmon at the shore. Home manager very accommodating and responsive. Beds were comfortable. Great place to browse the history of this area (books and antiques). We all had a very good time. thanks. Jeff
Thank you for your kind words. We appreciate feedback and and am so happy you and your family enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again in the future.
BY THE SOUND
Wonderful views, wonderful folks.
Nice site for a family vacation
The property manager was wonderful. We had everything we needed.
This place was just so special. We loved everything about it. Idyllic spot. Kids loved the history & museum. We loved watching the ships, sailboats, kite surfers, eagles, sealions and the wedding that happened right outside our front door. Thank you for this very special family trip!!
Beautiful and unique cottage on the water
The cottage is comfortable and the location couldn't be better--the views are lovely and we were within walking distance of a coffee shop, nice diner, and a local brewery. Very short drive to downtown Tacoma and everything else. We also went to Ruston and rented bikes that we rode all the way around Point Defiance. While the cottage is in the park, it never felt like people were too close--it was fun to watch the fishermen in the morning, and we saw eagles and seals as well. The beds are comfortable and the kitchen has the essentials. Ally (the house manager who met us with the key) was a great host who was able to point us to several of the house's unique features and what there was to do. We had a great time and would definitely rent the cottage again.
Property is in a neighborhood community park with spectacular views of Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains and the lights of Tacoma. Located 100 feet to the shore for fishing, kayaking, swimming, and beach combing. Huge container ships, sailboats, and ferries pass by daily. Within five miles are: golf course, Dash Point Dock fishing pier, Dash Point State Park with camping, picnicking, skim boarding on sandy beach and miles of walking trails.
Within a mile are two fine dining restaurants, a neighborhood Browns Point Diner and Sandbar, and pizza parlor. Groceries and a shopping mall 10 minutes away.
World-class attraction in downtown Tacoma (15 minutes) include Washington Sate History Museum, Chihuly Glass Museum, Lemay, America's Car Museum, Children's Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, live theater, AAA baseball.
Walk Tacoma's Waterfront Esplanade from Tacoma Dome to Point Defiance Park, Aquarium and Zoo.
Day trips could include: Seattle (40 min); Mt Rainier (90 min); Olympic Mountains, Mt St. Helens, four other Washington lighthouses, Pacific Ocean beaches, a ferry ride from Tacoma to Vashon Island to West Seattle or another from Seattle to Victoria , Candada.