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Camp Blackbeary Forest Cabin Escape

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,080 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Designated Bedroom sleeping area in open floorplan, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5

1080 sq. ft. of open floor plan on second floor of cabin/barn. It is an Adirondack style cabin in all decor and comfort. Including bear skins, antlers and rustic furnishings.

A true vacation getaway located on the South Puget Sound on a ten acre estate of beautiful northwest woods. Has access to the beach for strolling, beach combing, kayaking, or taking in wonderful views of Mt. Rainier. Boat launch and beach access is available 1/2 block north on 72nd St.

The sleeping area has three single beds, or one single and one queen size bed , a day bed with trundle for up to 5 guests (airbeds for more people upon request). Blankets, bed linens and towels for up to 5 people are provided.

We welcome your well behaved pets, one dog or one cat preferred, all must be approved prior to stay by owner. Dogs must be leashed, no roaming freely or allowed on furniture. Pets need to be free of fleas and shot records must show they are current especially with regards to rabies. We are very pet friendly here.

The cabin has a single bath with a shower, no tub.

The kitchen area is equipped for basic cooking. It includes a gas range with oven and broiler drawer. There is a farm sink, coffee maker, toaster oven, and microwave. We have a small under the counter refrigerator and a beverage refrigerator. Dishes, pots and pans and most all basic kitchen utensils. More may be provided upon request. Some basic pantry items include a few spices, salt and pepper, flour, sugar, crackers, bread crumbs, pancake mix and syrup, homemade jam, coffee, tea bags, oil and vinegar, rice, mixed pastas, marshmallows and graham crackers for smore's. We supply paper towels and toilet paper. Hand soap and dish washing liquid, sponges, dish cloths and towels. There is a dish dry pad and drainer rack, no dishwasher.

The large upper deck has a table and chairs for dining, and chairs for relaxing as well. A gas BBQ is provided for grilling outdoors, we supply grilling utensils, grill wipes and non stick grill spray and small gas bottles for guests use.

You feel as if you are up in a wonderful tree house cabin. Though the cabin itself is not at the waters edge, you can view sail boats and the water through the trees from the deck. Also bald eagles, great blue herons, king fishers, wood peckers, ravens and many other birds. Watch the stars, listen to owls and fall asleep listening to frogs and coyotes in the distance.

The cabin is in a great location for access to Gig Harbor (25 minute drive) and a grocery store at Key Center. There are many day trips to enjoy to Olympia, Tacoma, Olympic National Park, Hood Canal, and other great points of interest around the Olympic, Key and Kitsap Peninsulas and South Puget Sound. Penrose and Joemma State Parks are short minutes away and great for additional hikes, beaches and picnicking with drop dead sunset views of the mountains and water. A 2 hr drive can get you to the Pacific beach at Ocean Shores, Greys Harbor region via Shelton . North is Bremerton, Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles on Rt 101. Seattle is 1 1/2 hrs via rt 16 and I-5. Mt. Rainier NP is to the east about a 2hr. drive from cabin. We get to see the mountain (Mt. Rainier) from here everyday the weather allows.

We hope you find this comfortable cabin provides a relaxing escape! A true western WA experience in the beautiful Pacific NW woods.

Directions from Seattle:

Option 1) 1 hour 45 minute drive south on I-5 through Tacoma, across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (tolled eastbound only), and down the Key Peninsula from Gig Harbor, take the Purdy exit.

Option 2) 1 hour ferry ride from Seattle to Bremerton, and 45 minute drive through Port Orchard to the Key Peninsula via rt 16 take Purdy exit S and stay on Key Pen HWY to Longbranch near bottom of Peninsula past the Longbranch Improvement Club and Wharf.

More Details

Dorothy Gehgan-heim
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2018

About Dorothy Gehgan-heim

I am retired from stage and television as an actress and worked for over 20 yrs as an interior designer. I have lived in many parts of US. I have lived here on the Key Peninsula since 2003. The barn and guest cabin living quarters was built in 2008. We wanted family and friends to have a special place to stay right here.

Dorothy Gehgan-heim purchased this cabin in 2003

Why Dorothy Gehgan-heim chose Longbranch

We moved from a beautiful waterfront home located on the Lynnhaven River and Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. We wanted to be on water again with views of the mountains and Puget Sound. This property had all we were hoping to get with wonderful NW woods as well. Close enough to three cities, Seattle, Olympia and Tacoma, yet out of the crowd for peace and relaxation. Gig Harbor is a beautiful town and has all we need just 20 minutes away. Key Center has enough to fill in the basics only 11 minutes away.We still have easy access to three cities by car or ferry and the Sea/Tac airport for any longer distance travel.

What makes this cabin unique

The world is a hectic and stressful place for many people much of the time. We have a spot that offers a real get away to no stress for total relaxation in a beautiful natural setting. Just relax and take in nature at it's best here in Western WA. The true Pacific NW of old growth forests, water and mountain views. Magnificent sunrises and golden sunsets. There are many ways to enjoy the life here on the South Sound. There are long stretches of beaches to explore and National and State Parks to enjoy. You can do many activities outdoors and explore small towns around the Sound, take a ferry to several different Islands and Canada. Within a two hr. drive you can be at the Pacific beaches. Visit Mt. Rainier NP or Olympic NP, Hoh Rain Forest, Crescent Lake, the San Juan Islands or Cape Flattery. We are very close to Hood Canal, Harstene Is. and several local wineries. The Glass Museum in Tacoma with the Dale Chihully bridge is special, a must do where you can actually watch works of glass art being made. Point Defiance offers a wonderful Zoo and dining at Anthony's. Gig Harbor is our little gem of a town.

If not day tripping, the very best is to stay put right here and enjoy all the relaxation and beautiful location, maybe go kayaking, or for a walk or bike ride. After a lovely day fall asleep to the sounds of nature.


Longbranch Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1080 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • 5 single beds in open floor plan sleeping in designated areas.
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Camp Blackbeary Forest Cabin Escape
average rating of 4.571429 based on 14 reviews

Charming, unique, and peaceful...

  • 5 of 5

The Blackbeary Cabin, complete with delicious blackberries to nibble on in the surrounding acreage, is charming and unique- from owner Dorothy’s eclectic antique and decor collection, to its location on 10 lovely wooded acres. Sitting on the second level deck truly feels like lounging in a treehouse. Dorothy is a helpful and friendly hostess- one of those humans who becomes a friend by the first or second conversation. We look forward to the time we can return. (PS- Our two pups were also welcome and enjoyed a few blackberries themselves!) Kim and Pete- Eugene, OR

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kim and Pete. I enjoyed getting to know you and your sweet dogs. I am so glad you found my Cabin In The Woods a peaceful, comfortable retreat. Please do come back again. It's not that far from your home in OR. Keep in touch and thank you for your nice review. Ps: I loved the blueberries!
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Magical cabin surrounded by trees and close to water. Simply lovely.

  • 5 of 5

The cabin of dreams. Windows are huge and it’s airy inside and spacious, yet feels cozy. Cabin filled with antiques and lovely things. Everything feels loved and well thought out. Location is private and quiet. Best of all, our host Dorothy is absolutely wonderful; a very special person. This has been a delightful stay and just what we hoped for and more. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I so enjoyed us getting better acquainted. So happy you chose my Cabin and all worked out well with it. Thank you for such a nice review. I am so happy for you getting your new home here in Longbranch on the Key Peninsula. This is my 15th anniversary here and I love it. Washington is a special place. The community will love you gals and we will keep up a wonderful friendship! Lovely getting to know you both. Best Wishes in your new home! Welcome! Dorothy
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Great Escape!

  • 4 of 5

Really wanted to give this 4.5 stars!

Sweet little cabin with everything you need for a weekend (or longer) escape.

Attention to detail, warm welcome, and responsive host. We didn't miss the lack of WiFi at all and there are plenty of games and books to keep everyone occupied. We were there on an uncommonly hot weekend and the cabin does heat up, but the cool Washington evenings cooled things down nicely. Thanks! We will recommend this to friends and family.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your thoughts and lovely review. Due to the temperatures rising for a few of our summer days we do have a commercial grade fan and there is a ceiling fan. Very hot temperatures are not the norm here, number of days during the summer that go into 90's are few and far between. AC is rarely needed in the woods or near the water. It normally cools down several degrees in the night, as much as 10-15 degrees. Blankets are usually needed and are also provided. So if your stay happens to fall during the higher temperatures in weather we do the best we can to help you to be comfortable. Most visitors are out and about during the heat of the day doing and seeing the areas sites. There are Parks with swimming beaches close by. The water in the Sound is always refreshingly cool.(Cold)... Thanks
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Good comfortable cabin.

  • 4 of 5

Nice comfortable cabin style rental nested deep in the woods.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet and oh so cute!

  • 4 of 5

What a cute little place! We loved sitting out on the deck reading, watching the birds, and eating our meals. Our weekend was spent at both of the local parks just kicking around. There is no TV, so we brought a DVD player and watched movies on that. The record player was fun and we played lots of tunes on it! There are lots of games, and we brought a few of our own.The owner Dorothy is very nice! If you are looking for quiet and relaxing this is the place for you!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Private and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to spend a quick getaway with family. We felt comfortable and welcome perched in the spacious Camp Blackbeary. Dorothy was a delightful hostess, offering anything we might need, from children's books (for the 3 year old) to ideas for the best beaches. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
54 Miles
Seattle/Tacoma International
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Nearest Motorway
29 Miles
Hwy 16 and I- 5
Car: necessary

Gig Harbor has churches, banking, shopping, movies, nice restaurants, a world class St. Anthony's Hospital and medical centers. Costco and a new YMCA.

Uptown Gig Harbor with it's new malls has more restaurants and shops and Galaxy movie theater.

The historic downtown Gig Harbor on the waterfront has specialty shops and festivals, with weekly summer events in Skanskie Park along the harbor. Several galleries, museums, and wonderful restaurants like Tides, Anthony's, The Green Turtle, Brix 25, Kelly's and El Publito. There are kayaking and boat rentals to tour the harbor.

This historic fishing villiage offers many wonderful ammenities and is a very picturesque place. It has one of the best photo views of Mt. Rainier and the Harbor.

The Longbranch Wharf is the very best photo view of Mt. Rainier and the Sound just a few minutes walk from our Cabin on Filucy Bay.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $25
Additional Guest Fee $28
Pet Fee $20

A Dog will be considered but must be leashed. All pets must be pre approved by owner! They must be current with all medical vaccinations, including rabies and flea preventative. Show a copy of current records of this upon arrival. Otherwise animal must be boarded at a kennel. I love dogs but some will be subject to refusal. No aggressive breeds. Dogs must be well behaved and sociable, no barkers. Pets are not to be left unattended in Cabin. The owners decision is final.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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