Welcome to The Blue Ox, and do plan to stay awhile at this wonderful beach front home located in Hoodsport, Washington, because you won’t want to go home!
Enjoy breathtaking, unobstructed views of the Hood Canal from the main living areas, large patio, and spacious front lawn. Bald eagle, seal and otter sightings are common.
The “Great Room” layout lends itself well to entertaining or just relaxing. The family room has a TV, 2 sofas, two recliners, a day bed, and wood burning stove. After preparing meals together in the spacious, fully equipped kitchen, there is plenty of room to relax and dine together, given the large farm table, pub table, and bar area. The kitchen opens up to a large, water facing patio with plenty of seating.
The “Surf Shack” room is the perfect spot for younger guests to hang out. The Surf Shack boasts a foosball table, three sets of bunk beds, TV and extra seating.
The "Sunflower Room" -named as it gets the morning sun- offers a queen bed and rocking chair.
The "Bird's Nest Room" -named as the plentiful windows with full garden and water views make it the perfect spot for bird and waterfowl watching-has a day bed with trundle forming either 2 twins or a king. In this room also enjoy the large, down stuffed chair and the exterior door to the beach.
The entire property is on the "beach" side of Hwy 101, so there is no crossing of any streets during your stay. Low tide is a wonderful time for spotting marine life including starfish and moon snails. As the tide comes in, the tide pools are a perfect spot for toddlers and children to explore.
If shell fishing or long beach walks are your primary interest this is likely NOT the best rental for you. The Blue Ox is on a stretch of beach that is all privately owned. There are very strict property boundaries. The beach in front of the guest house is large, but renters must be aware that it is bordered by private property on each side.
Kayak rentals are available in town.
At the end of the day gather with family and friends around the outdoor fire pit. At night the stars are astonishing, and you will be able to sit fireside as you star gaze and enjoy the sound of the tide lapping at the bulkhead.
The town of Hoodsport is the perfect base for expeditions into Olympic National Park. The magnificent Olympic Peninsula offers some of the best hiking in the Pacific Northwest, with trailheads a short drive away . Also popular is a drive up Mount Ellinor in the Olympic Mountain Range, boasting a panoramic view. Lake Cushman, 6 miles from the property, is a wonderful spot for picnicking and swimming, jumping off Party Rock and inner tubing.
Scuba divers will love the wealth of ocean wild life to be seen when diving at Sund Rock, Pulali, Yellow House, Flagpole, Point Whitney, Mike's Beach and Octopus Hole (the latter just down the beach and visible from property). At depths of just 55 feet, you can see octopus, wolf eels, starfish, crabs, shrimp, anemones, algae bloom, and many other sea creatures.
In the quaint little town of Hoodsport you will find a helpful Visitor’s Center, IGA Grocery Store, several gift stores, The Hoodsport Coffee Company with delicious ice cream and espresso drinks, Puerto Angeles Mexican Restaurant with large outdoor deck, The Burger Stand and the Model T Tavern with its beer garden and mouthwatering broasted chicken. Very close by you will find the Hoodport Winery for wine, chocolate and hard cider tasting as well as the Hoodsport Distillery for spirit tasting. Other attractions include The Lucky Dog Casino with plenty of slots and delicious daily meal specials, Alderbrook Golf Course (12 mi.) and Lake Cushman Golf Course (6 mi.), both of which are public.
If you are looking for a day trip from the property the opportunities are endless; here are some that are most popular;
*Bremerton, with short Ferry ride to Seattle's Waterfront
*Chambers Bay (60 miles) , site of 2015 US OPEN
*Olympic Game Farm (driving tour, face to face with wildlife)
*Gig Harbor and Tacoma (50-60 miles)
The driveway has plenty of room for parking. Although there is no launch or mooring on property, boat launch and mooring are available at the Port of Hoodsport or in Lilliwap.
Groceries available at IGA, 2 miles from property, and Super Walmart 12 miles away in Shelton (open 24 hours).
Fly into Sea Tac International Airport, 90 miles (1.5 hour drive) directly to property. Ferry available between Seattle and Bremerton - which is 40 miles from property.
***If there are fewer than 4 guests in your party, or more than 10, please contact the owner. Price may be adjusted. ****