Take a Ferry to the Country (15 Minutes from Seattle or Tacoma)(2 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Ask Owner
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
4 Bedroom House sleeps 15 or 3 Bedroom Hand-hewn Log Cabin sleeps 14
We have owned our property since 1970 and in 1982 opened an American Youth Hostel with Indian teepee, covered wagons and have the islands only legal campground. We operated for 30 years and then we dropped the hostel status. We are now just a campground and lodging. Our cabin is called the Lavender Duck Inn and the main house is known as the Rusty Buffalo. Both are part of our VRBO listing and give guests an opportunity to sleep 29 people within our two lodgings plus extra lodging in our summer teepees. We also have a 5000 sq ft recreational barn that offers a great work shop for retreats, weddings and reunions.
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Member since: 2011
- 2500 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Events Allowed
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 15
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- We have a fully equipped kitchen with barbecue available.
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Pier Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 10 people
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $300
- cleaning $200 + tax
- Tax Rate 8.6%
rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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best time to visit is Strawberry Festival the 3rd weekend in July. Otherwise Vashon is a bike friendly island also great for hiking and beachcombing. Try a night in an Indian Teepee at the ranch. The ranch has hosted many weddings and family reunions. We occasionally have a concert so check our web site for special events.
Year Purchased: 1970
About the owner: I have lived on Vashon for 43 years. Divorced in 1980 I created the hostel called the AYH Ranch ( American Youth Hostel). We were part of the International Organization for 27years then broke off and served as an independent hostel for 3 years. We have since dropped the hostel status and operate as lodging and Vashon's only legal campground. I raised my two boys while operating the hostel and as they grew, they became managers too. One has gone on to create his new business in the Seattle area called 'Apodments' and one remains to help manage the ranch. During this adventure I have flown with United Airlines as a Flight Attendant for 48 years. We also have another VRBO #388767 and recently sold our lovely Lavender Duck Inn. We continue to book the Lavender Duck which has moved to the ranch property. If I have not been busy enough, we have a new business endevor. We are now producing custom teepees. You can see us sewing up our creations while staying at the ranch.
Why the Owner Chose Vashon Island, WA, USA:
I grew up in the Walla Walla area of Southeast Washington. It was a small rural town called Waitsburg. I am more comfortable in a such a setting and Vashon fits that image. I needed to be close to the airport since I work as a flight attendant. Vashon sets in a great location close to two large cities, it sets in the bottom of Puget Sound and is quiet and easy going yet convient to the large opportunities of the cities. It is like a secret garden, once the ferry leaves the dock, you feel a relief and calm come over you and your body just relaxes. I have flown all over the world, and there is no place like Vashon
The Unique Benefits at this House:
We wanted a rural setting and when we looked for property on Vashon, we fell in love with this beautiful pastorial real estate. It is lined in 100 foot Douglas Fir trees with 6 acres cleared and 4 acres forested. The property boarders the Fisher Pond Reserve of 90 acres with is like having masive hiking trails in your backyard.
- Primary: +1 2064188788
Rusty Buffalo House sleeps 15.
Vashon's only legal campground: 10 acres joined by 100 acre reserve; Fisher Pond
Living Room also has a queen hide-a-bed near fireplace. Lots of sitting chairs
TV end of Living Room. Lots of sitting and great for conversations
Master Bedroom, King size bed, private balcony, TV, fireplace, and pvt bath,
East Room, 2 twin beds, shared bath with North Room. Down comforters...cozy
Hall Bath, shared by North and East bed rooms. Small claw foot tub.
Japanese Soak tub/shower plus sauna, off main bunk room. Tub is deep.
Another view of Cabin kitchen. Stairway leads to Cloud 9 suite
Cloud 9 bath with shower. You will glow in this room.
Western Setting is picturesque and fun for all. Main House not shown
Volley Ball for all. Enjoy the exercise for you group
Lavender Duck Inn Sleeps 14 has big full equip kitchen
Yes we have teepees, there is an extra charge to stay in them but kids love them
Great stone fireplace built off the property's rocks. Designed by Judy
Kitchen has open concept for more company while you cook for the group.
Small bunk beds in Master suite great for kids as they are narrower than twin
North Room has 2 twins and this great twin size train bed, loved by children
Main floor bunk room. sleeps 5 has adjoining bath with sauna, soak tub/shower
Cabin kitchen sits lots of guests, plenty of room to cook
Cloud 9 Suite, private bath, private balcony, queen, twin, twin hide-a-bed
Cloud 9 sitting room plus door to outside balcony. Twin is partially shown.
Extra showers and toilets available for campground. Kids love the grounds.
Campfire, smores or hot dogs yum. Got music, enjoy around the campfire
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Monday, January 16, 2017
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