"The pictures on the site do not do this property justice. We were in awe of the character of Birdie's Cottage from the moment we walked in the door. Before unloading we had to take a moment to explore the property and admire the decorations. The amount of detail and love in the house was evident and appreciated. Unlike a hotel or condo, this felt like home. That allowed us to fall completely on to "Seaside" time. We slept in and really had no schedule. This was our first family vacation and first long road trip for our 3 year old son. He loved his room and had fun looking for toys and books to read. We were concerned that he wouldn't sleep well in a new environment but he dozed away. And we loved our bed! It was like sleeping on a cloud. No embellishment here. Our SUV was packed to the gills so there was no way we could have fit it in our car when we left. Our first morning home we both agreed that we missed the bed in Birdie's Cottage. Another aspect that truly impressed us was how stocked the kitchen was with everyday items. We brought our own food and easily prepared our meals as if at home. Spices, cookware, plastic wrap, coffee (!), tea, sweetener, sugar, etc. And how about the milkshake machine! That was one amenity we wished we would have gotten around to. The spa was absolutely perfect. The third day of our visit was our anniversary. After a wonderful day at the beach and walk on the Prom, we put our son to bed and hopped in the spa. We were oblivious to the world and enjoyed the serenity. The grill. I have to comment on the grill. We brought some steaks and were eager to try out the grill. It was clean and heated up nicely. Beautiful grill marks! I almost forgot to mention the yearbooks that stocked the magazine rack. I thoroughly enjoyed leafing through 1961, 1963 and 1964 editions of the Seaside Union High School annuals. I became emotionally attached to the high school drama of Mike and Teresa. I was left wondering how life treated them. We were so close to the beach and North Prom that daily walks were a must. The neighborhood is quiet and safe. It almost seemed like a retreat from the hustle and bustle of tourists. Coming "home" from a day of adventure was a comforting sensation. We absolutely loved this place and recommend it to first-time visitors to Seaside and even veteran visitors. Try it out. You won't be disappointed. The Garcias - 09/08/2016 to 09/12/2016"
Guest: Christopher G.
Date of Stay: September 2016
Review Submitted: September 14, 2016