"Great Winter Getaway!
This is not one of the tony luxury homes at Stinson Beach. It's more than that, mainly because of its location and history. Beyond 100 years old, this cottage started life as the office for tent camping at Willow Camp, which is what Stinson Beach was called a century or so ago, before it became Stinson Beach and before there was a road in. So the old dowager can be forgiven if her floors are a bit uneven and her layout just slightly odd compared with the mansions nearby. There's a photo of her in her youth, in 1912, on the wall near the kitchen.
She is still a perfect place for a couple or two couples or a couple with a kid or two and a kid's friend or two to spend a weekend, or a week or whatever … the kitchen and dining area are well appointed, there's a great king-sized platform bed in one corner of the living room, and two double beds in the back bedroom. Assorted love seats and chairs add comfort. Best of all, it's just steps from the beach itself and just a bit over a quarter-mile from the main intersection in town and the grocery store, several restaurants, a jewelry shop, an antique store, an art gallery, a fine little book shop, and other diversions.
In the back yard there's a separate viewing deck that gives a great beach view and is the perfect place to sit for wine hour and watch the sunset. The front porch also offers a view of a chunk of beach and of Calle del Sierra from entrance to end. There's a hot tub and assorted beach toys for folks to enjoy. In short, the cottage is comfy and cozy and not so richly appointed that you'll fret overly about the kids causing minor damage.
We found it the perfect winter getaway. In winter, there aren't that many folks out and about, except maybe on weekends. You can take long beach walks and/or just sit and enjoy the constantly changing weather. Turn up the heaters if it's cold, leave the door open if it's not. If you are brave and skilled enough, surf, boogie-board or bodysurf the big winter waves but look out for debris when the tide is way up. Bored? Visit picturesque nearby Bolinas or Pt. Reyes Seashore or drive up to Pt. Reyes Station. Or do what we did one evening: play Charades and Scrabble! Definitely our kind of place, we can hardly wait to go back!"
Guest: Robert L.
Date of Stay: January 2016
Review Submitted: January 12, 2016