|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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We call this property 'The Aerie on the Strait' in honor of the Bald Eagles' nest hidden at the top of a conifer just above the house. We often hear their cries and see them soaring along the bluffs.The Aerie is ideal for family gatherings, or as a base camp for groups sight seeing and enjoying outdoor activities on the Olympic Peninsula. Situated midway between Sequim and Port Angeles on the coast, it affords guests convenient access to wineries, festivals, and Olympic National Park. To the west, take Highway 112 (the Juan de Fuca Scenic Highway) from Port Angeles to Neah Bay, the Makah Nation and Cape Flattery. Or, take Highway 101 west to Lake Crescent, Sol Duc Hot Springs, the fabled community of Forks and the Quileute Nation at La Push for fishing, surfing and kayaking. Proceed on south to the Hoh Rain Forest. Go east of Sequim to Port Townsend, and on to Whidbey Island. Take the ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria, B.C. Don't forget your passport.
During winter months, the road to Hurricane Ridge is open during winter vacation, weekends and holiday Mondays. Enter 'Hurricane Ridge' in your browser to see current snow conditions, and learn which amenities are open at this family-style ski hill. It is a short drive of about 20 minutes from The Aerie to the main Park Visitor Center. Another 20-30 minute scenic drive from the visitor center takes you to the Hurricane Ridge visitor center. Depending on snow conditions, you can enjoy cross-country or down-hill skiing or touring on snow shoes. There is a tubing hill for kids.
This 3100 sq.ft. three-level home, perched on high-bluff acreage along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, offers privacy in a forested, retreat-like setting. It features a Master Suite with king bed on the top floor. The Great Room, well-equipped Kitchen, open Dining Room with seating for 12, and two bedrooms, each with a pair of twin beds, complete the middle floor. Views from the Great Room and Master Suite include the Strait coastline west to Ediz Hook, traffic in the shipping lanes, with Victoria, B.C. in the distance. The lower floor comprises a bedroom with queen-sized bed, a generously sized Recreation Room and a Laundry. There is one full bathroom on each floor. The Master-Suite bath includes double sinks, separate shower and a soaking tub with ocean view. Access to private decks off of the Master Suite and the Dining Room and to a small patio off the Recreation Room is through sliding glass doors.
Although there are excellent water views from the property, the high bluff prevents guest access to the beach, 150 feet below. We ask guests, even the most athletic among them, to refrain from attempting to reach the beach by rappelling, rock climbing, scrambling, base jumping or any other means of navigating down the bluff.
We are active retirees who enjoy outdoor activities.
Ruth purchased this house in 2010
We view ourselves as stewards of our lands. This 15-acre property is a part of more than 120 acres of contiguous forest and wetland. We and our neighbors have chosen to promote a mature forest and healthy wetland on this acreage, protecting the diverse wildlife habitat through conservation easements with North Olympic Land Trust.
The North Olympic Peninsula is a magical place. Not too far from major-metropolitan Seattle, two smallish cities, Sequim and Port Angeles, bracket a large unincorporated rural area, of which this property is a part. Each of the two cities offer antiquing, art, festivals, wineries, golf, tennis, parks, marinas and access to beaches. Threading its way all across this peninsula, the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT), mostly-paved, is used by runners and walkers, bicyclists, and horsemen. Guests can access the ODT about 1/2 mile from the Aerie. The Aerie is a secluded, serene, forested retreat. From here guests can explore Olympic National Park, wander the Olympic Discovery Trail, enjoy the attractions of the nearby cities, or simply relax in spacious privacy.
This is our third year returning to the Aerie. It's become very special to us. The house is spacious but cozy, with a well-appointed kitchen and great spaces for sleeping, playing games, eating, and viewing nature. Ruth is very conscientious and responsive. We hope to continue the tradition for years to come.
This was a wonderful place to stay. Our family of 8 adults was very comfortable. The windows have grand views over the Juan de Fuca. The house is surrounded by trees. Everything in the house was in lovely condition. There was plenty of space for us for Christmas and thousand piece puzzles, and cooking up dinners. The location was convenient for skiing at Hurricane Ridge, and the ferry to Victoria as well.
Our family gathered at the Aerie for Thanksgiving weekend, and it was a perfect fit. The home is large with a Great room which looks out over the forest and Straits. So we felt at all times that we were in the woods. We cooked and enjoyed the views all weekend. We saw bald eagles and deer in the yard. As to the furnishings, the beds in the house are all very comfortable, and it is very clean. I can't say enough about how nice this house is! It is close to the national park and also (for our group) close to a very nice golf course. I wouldn't hesitate to rent it again.
The house is huge and beautiful. It has everything you need. Very clean and well appointed. The view is stunning. The grounds are fun to walk around. The entire area is perfection!
The Aerie is a lovely, big, well appointed, well cared for home away from home. We were greeted upon arrival with the view of a large bald eagle resting in a nearby tree, a wonderful sight.
Our family appreciated the space of the home and it's restful location. Since we live close by we did not use the house as we might have had we been true vacationers but we chose to rent this home because we wanted our family to have the space it afforded. So much nicer than a hotel room.
Thank you, Ruth, for providing a fond memory for all involved.
Our first impression upon arrival and driving up the driveway was the privacy offered by the tall trees and surrounding flora and fauna. Our second impression upon entering the house was how immaculately clean and inviting it was. Our third impression was the view and the telescope with which to watch ship traffic. Following impressions were how completely equipped the kitchen is , the abundance of towels for each bathroom, and the layout of the house in general to accommodate our party of nine adults and a toddler. We had other family members who live in the area, and some who brought their RV and stayed in a KOA Campground close by. The Aeire was more than adequate for consolidated family meals and the ability to congregate and enjoy one another's company. Not to be forgotten is a first rate gas grill which was a plus in preparing meals.
Ruth was very helpful, friendly, and accommodating for our special requests and for providing information concerning other accommodations in the area for future get togethers in numbers beyond the capacity of the Aeire.
All in the family agree that we should return to the Aeire for our next reunion.
Many of the services checked are located either in Sequim or Port Angeles or both. The property is 15 minutes drive (give or take) to either of these cities.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest|
|Cleaning||$175 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Maximum of 12 guests. Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed.
• 100% if canceled 30 days prior to the Check-in Date.
• 50% if canceled 20-29 days prior to the Check-in Date.
• No rental refund for any cancellations less than 20 days prior to the Check-in Date; we do refund the unused cleaning fee and damage deposit if paid