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A River Runs Through It #3 Cozy waterfront studio apt overlooking Sol Duc River

Bedrooms Studio
Space 400 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

The loft is a compact but complete studio apartment sleeps 4 in 2 queen beds.

The loft is a cute, cozy studio apartment above the garage. It has a complete kitchen with undercounter refrigerator, apartment size stove, microwave and coffee maker with grinder. The bathroom has an Italian tile shower, toilet and vanity. There is a queen bed and a queen sofa bed. On the deck there is a gas BBQ and a table with two chairs. The loft overlooks the river. There is a fire pit on the river bank for the use of all guests.

Brenda Connely
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Brenda Connely

We are Ted and Brenda Connely. Brenda grew up in Forks. Ted is from Nebraska but has been here on the Olympic Peninsula since 1976. We were living in Port Angeles when we found our river place. A friend mentioned the property might be available. We bought it and spent every spare moment for the next four years fixing up the old house on the property. One day in March of 2004 Brenda came back to the cabin from work in Port Angeles carrying Sam the cat, who had been the only one occupying the house in Port Angeles most of the time. 'We live here now,' she announced, 'we're always here anyway.' She got no argument from Ted and so the house in Port Angeles was sold and we became full time residents at the cabin. Since the cabin had only one bedroom and no garage, we decided to take care of both problems at once and build a garage with an apartment above. The loft was our guest room until we decided to buy a larger home closer to Forks, still on the river but not as special. We couldn't bring ourselves to sell the Riverside place so we decided to share it with others by turning in into a vacation rental. It has been gratifying to see our guests love it too. So many have told us they don't want to leave at the end of their stay.

Brenda Connely purchased this apartment in 1995

Why Brenda Connely chose Port Angeles

Even though the property was all grown up with weeds and the house was very run down, we knew at first sight this was our place. The sparkling river running along the edge of the yard, the golden light coming through the trees, just the peaceful feel of the place. Many guests have used the word 'magical' to describe their feelings about the place.

What makes this apartment unique

We originally bought this property for our own vacation home with no thought of its potential as a vacation rental property. But not only is it a beautiful, relaxing, welcoming spot to stay, it is very handily located within an hour's drive of nearly all the attractions of the northwest section of Olympic National Park. Many guest comment on what a great base camp it is for seeing the park. We have often heard how nice it is to come home to after a day of hiking and exploring to sit by the river, BBQ on the deck, sit by the river, build a fire in the firepit, and sleep in the very comfortable beds.


Port Angeles Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom with vanity, toilet and large tile shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • This is a one room studio apt. It has a queen bed and a queen sofa bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming


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A River Runs Through It #3 Cozy waterfront studio apt overlooking Sol Duc River
average rating of 4.864865 based on 37 reviews

A cozy and thoughtfully equipped loft, great for exploring the Olympic Peninsula.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Brenda's Riverside Loft. It had everything we needed except seafood (and we got that in Port Angeles!!). The loft is comfortable and warm (there was snow when we arrived the day after Christmas) and was a great place to regroup after hiking the rainy trails of the Rain Forest and the beaches of the north and west coastlines. We would highly recommend the Riverside Loft to anyone looking for a centrally located spot for their Olympic Peninsula explorations. The loft is fully equipped for cooking and has excellent "trout motif" dinnerware! The Sol Duc River is beautiful and greets you each morning when you look out the front doors. Check it out. Thank you Brenda for a great stay. Jon and Pam

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, what a nice review! Thank you Jon and Pam, and thank you for leaving it so nice and clean. Hope you can come back again soon. Ted and Brenda
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Beautiful setting

  • 4 of 5

The loft was comfortable and cozy for three. Brenda was nice and hospitable, even coming out when we couldn't get the internet to work for us. The kitchen was nicely apportioned with pots, pans, coffeemaker and utensils. Bed was comfortable. Logging truck noise was a little annoying and kept some of us up. The river and the lawn leading up to it was exquisite and very inviting. It's a very nice place. We may want to book the adjoining cabins for a little more space as next time there'll probably be more of us.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review Dave. Sorry about the road noise. I'm glad you liked it otherwise and I like to hear you say next time. See you then! Brenda
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Great place!

  • 5 of 5

My folks loved this weekend! Right on the water, well-appointed and clean. Perfect.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a nice review Shawn. Your parents were great guests. Hope all of you can come back and stay again. Brenda
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Welcoming and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the was cozy and relaxing. Had a wonderful fire in the evening in the fire pit. The sound of the river is so soothing. Lots of fun activities near by. Ted told us about an awesome walk next to the river very close to the loft. Hope we can stay in one of Ted and Brenda's properties again!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the nice review Heidi. I really hope you do come back again soon. Brenda
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Perfect for us

  • 5 of 5

This is a relatively small, open loft space over a garage which was perfect for the two of us and our well behaved black lab. The bed was firm and comfortable, the kitchen had all the things one needs and the water pressure in the shower was excellent. The selectively landscaped grounds are gorgeous with a lot of space along the Sol Duc river. The 3 cottages are somewhat close together, however, seemed very private due to mature trees, shrubs, fencing, etc. A fourth cottage appears to be being constructed/remodeled. There is a fire pit, stocked wood bin and chairs down by the river which we did not use but clearly, a nice touch. The location, centrally located a bit past Lake Crescent, is perfect for exploring the Olympic Peninsula. This is a gem of a place, reasonably priced and allows well behaved dogs. Some have complained about the highway noise, however, it was not an issue for us. We will not hesitate to come here again. Thanks!!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the very nice detailed review, Susan. We'd love to have the two of you and your dog come back. I bet he had a good time. Hope to see you again. Brenda
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Great place to relax and very nice, good quality

  • 5 of 5

Cute, unique, comfortable, great place to have multi family gatherings, I would go back lots of open space

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review, Dan. Glad you enjoyed yourself. Yes, we do have family gatherings, often one extended family rents all three places. We'd love to have you do that too. Brenda
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Nearest Airport
160 Miles
major airport Sea Tac
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Lake Crescent Lodge Barnes Point
Nearest Ferry
38 Miles
Port Angeles to Victoria British Columbia
Nearest Golf
38 Miles
Port Angeles
Nearest Train
125 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Hwy 101
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
Lake Crescent Lodge Barnes Point
Nearest Ski
55 Miles
Hurricane Ridge Port Angeles
Nearest Beach
32 Miles
La Push, Rialto, Trailheads Beach 2 and 3
Car: necessary

This property is a great base camp for exploring the north Peninsula area of Olympic National Park.

It is located just off Highway 101 ten miles southwest of Lake Crescent providing quick and easy access to Lake Crescent Lodge, Storm King Ranger Station, Marymere Falls, Eagle Peak Ranger Station and Sol Duc Falls with hiking trails continuing into the Olympics.

Heading east from the cabins, it's less than an hour's drive to the main Park visitor center in Port Angeles, Hurricane Ridge, and the ferry to Victoria, British Columbia.

West from the cabins 8 miles is the junction of Hwy 113 which will take you to the Lake Ozette Ranger Station and the loop trail to the ocean at Ozette, the Makah Museum and Cape Flattery on the Makah Reservation. Shi Shi Beach on the Makah reservation is one of the most beautiful and remote beaches on the west coast.

Continuing from the cabins on 101 past the 113 junction for 9 miles will take you to Highway 110, (La Push road) providing access to 1st beach at La Push, the trailheads for Beach 2 and 3 and Rialto Beach across the Quillayute River.

Just past the 110 junction you will enter the town of Forks which provides shopping, restaurants, and Twilight attractions. Continuing south from Forks for 12 miles will take you to the access road for Hoh Rain Forest visitor center with miles of hiking rails. Another 25 miles south on 101 you will find Kalaloch Lodge perched on the bluff above miles of beautiful sandy beaches. There are many access points to this stretch of beach.

Many guests have told us how nice it is to come back to our cabins after a day of hiking and exploring to sit by the river, BBQ on the decks or soak in the hot tubs.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25

We will consider renting for one night if we have only one night available.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.