Our 3 bedroom/2 bath home sits high on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean in the quirky, fabulous hamlet of Pacific Beach. Enjoy a morning latte with the sound of the surf or watch the sun sink into the sea from our 450 sq ft ocean-facing deck. Centrally-located on the Washington Coast: 5-min walk/70-sec drive down to the beach (park right on the sand); 19 miles to Olympic Nat'l Forest; 29 miles to Lake Quinault/Olympic Nat'l Park; Olympic Rainforests: Quinault 29 mi; Queets 50 mi; Hoh 99 mi.
**A Note About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Understandably, we are receiving many questions about our cleaning and sanitation practices. We are following CDC guidelines specific for COVID-19. Specifically, after thoroughly cleaning the home following each guest, we disinfect the home with an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant with virucidal activity -- this includes all kitchen and bathroom fixtures, all light switches, all remotes, all door knobs, and other commonly-touched surfaces. This disinfectant is kid- and pet-safe once dry and, thankfully, has a pleasant eucalyptus scent. We clean our home ourselves; it is our only focus and our reviews evidence the pride we take in presenting our home for visitors. Our recommendation would be that you only travel with your immediate family unit at this time -- those with whom you normally live. Bring food to cook at the home or utilize take-out options. The region is rural and the beach secluded, so social distancing is quite easy. If meeting extended family for vacation, we would recommend that each household book a separate rental as an added precaution. With some ingenuity and care for others we will emerge from this, and we will be stronger for it.
Our 1,300 sq ft beach home offers a comfortable, convenient base camp from which to explore the Washington Coast and Olympic National Park while relaxing each evening to the roar of the Pacific.
The open-concept main floor includes a master bedroom and full bath for those who would like to avoid stairs. This bedroom has a king-sized bed, expansive drawer space, and walk-in closet so that you can spread out in comfort during your stay. A 40" Smart TV provides access to over 200 satellite channels as well as popular streaming apps, such as Hulu and Netflix. Photos throughout the home highlight coastal destinations which can be reached during an afternoon excursion while returning here in the evening. A sliding glass door opens onto a small deck providing access to the dog- and kid-friendly back yard (fully enclosed in privacy fencing) and edible garden (planted Spring 2019). When in-season, help yourself to some of the nectarines (Hardi-Red), apples (Karmijn de Sonnaville), blueberries (Pink Lemonade and Chandler), raspberries (Caroline), seaberries (Titan), and cherries (Surefire Pie). As with all things, take what you need but make sure to leave some for future guests and for us. A stainless steel grill allows for summer back yard cookouts.
The main floor bathroom has a full tub/shower combo with tile surround and glass shower door, providing a bright, modern setting while the privacy-screened window opens the room without compromising modesty. Plush white Macy's Hotel Collection bath towels, hand towels, and wash cloths, coupled with dual hand showers, help to create a spa-like setting.
Off the hallway outside the bathroom is a washer and dryer stocked with laundry soap, fabric softener, bleach, and color-safe bleach. A pressure iron and ironing board are available for those with more formal destinations.
The kitchen has place settings for 8 (as well as plastic dishes for the little ones), wine glasses, cocktail glasses, tea kettle, the usual assortment of pots/pans/cooking utensils, mixing bowls, graters, and cutting boards. Counter top appliances include a hand mixer, blender, rice cooker, coffee maker, Breville espresso maker, coffee grinder, toaster, and waffle maker. A dishwasher makes clean-up a snap. We stock the kitchen/pantry with staples, including 15+ spices, salt/pepper, flour, rice, sugar, coffee beans, vegetable and olive oil, vinegar, cornstarch, veggie bouillon, tabasco, corn starch, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract, soy sauce, rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar, red and white wine vinegar, saran wrap, tin foil, syrup, cooking spray, and butter. As you may have guessed, we list this in detail because grocery shopping is limited without a drive -- after all, peace and seclusion likely are components of why you are choosing Pacific Beach for your stay.
The living and dining rooms look out onto the expansive lower deck through four large windows; even on the lower level there are ocean views that align with the setting sun. The dining room table seats 6 with seating for 2 at the breakfast bar. Partially hidden by the bar stools is a small cabinet which houses board games and assorted reading materials. A 60" Smart TV graces the corner of the living room. In addition to popular streaming apps such as Hulu and Netflix, a Sling box provides access to a dedicated HD satellite receiver at our primary home with access to over 200 channels, On-Demand programming (though not Pay-Per-View), and a DVR; the Sling signal can be redirected to the bedroom TV's when you are ready to retire for the evening. Below the TV, an electric fireplace illuminates a quartzite facade and travertine mantle, not only providing ambiance but also helping keep the winter chill at bay. The home is fully electric, with the grill being the only fossil fuel source; this takes full advantage of the bounty of the Olympic Peninsula, which allows us to source 98% of our electricity from renewable sources.
The lower deck boasts a bistro set perfect for morning coffee surrounded by hanging baskets of phlox, bee balm, and hardy geraniums which attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Deck containers sport a series of fresh herbs, including thyme, mint, oregano, parsley, chives, and basil (whose growing season is shortened by our cool, damp nights). Just off the deck, lavender provides summer perfume while two dwarf apple trees (Liberty and William's Pride) complete the edible garden.
Back inside, ascending the stairs you will encounter an armoire with spare blankets and pillows. To the right is the second bedroom, with a queen-sized memory foam mattress, ample drawer space, an armoire for hanging clothes, and a desk where you can squeeze in a last-minute work project or simply check your email while gazing out at the ocean. An android mini-PC is connected to the HDMI-2 input on the monitor which provides internet access (use the wireless keyboard in the desk drawer) while an HDMI cord attached to the HDMI-1 input allows you to connect your laptop to the monitor. A 32" TV and DVD player allow you to watch your favorite movie or keep the kids occupied. The room opens onto the upper deck, with sectional seating for 4 as well as two over-sized deck chairs. A deck box allows for storage of personal items, such as a good book, during your stay. Our home is located one block in on the bluff, with interrupted ocean views spanning approximately 160 degrees (see photos). The roar of the ocean tends to pick up in the evening and at night, while by day the shouts and laughter of happy beach-goers can be heard wafting over the bluff.
The second full bath is located off this bedroom, again with tub/shower combo, dual hand showers, and glass shower door. Macy's Hotel Collection towels and plenty of drawer and cabinet space further accommodate your grooming regimen.
Back across the hallway is the third bedroom with a queen-sized bed as well as a Euro Lounger which folds down into a full-sized bed. An armoire and nightstand provide storage space, and a sliding glass door opens onto a balcony with views of the surrounding neighborhood, forest, and rising sun.
Both upstairs bedrooms have A-frame ceilings with exposed ridge beam. During the winter, ceiling fans tied to the heating system help gently displace warm air down from the peak to keep the upstairs rooms quite comfortable. The thermostats will be programmed to keep the home warmer during the morning and evening, cooler during the day and overnight. You may override the programming in any individual room by raising or lowering the desired temperature (the primary temperature shown in the display is the current temperature of the room; pressing the up or down arrows will highlight the goal temperature, which you can then change). Keep in mind that the thermostat will revert to the pre-set program after a few hours. In the summer, the upstairs ceiling fans are reversed and can be manually activated, but we find that opening the ocean-facing windows and the back balcony window creates quite the breeze and maintains a comfortable temperature. Bear in mind that the average high in Pacific Beach is 70 F in July and 71 F in August; conversely, it rarely freezes in winter with average highs in the mid-40's.
As Roderic works in technology, I would be remiss if I failed to mention that the home has broadband internet with 100 Mb download speeds, WiFi coverage throughout, Ring security cameras outside covering the entire perimeter of the home (including decks and driveway), motion-activated safety lighting for letting the dog out late at night, exterior lighting set to run from sunset to sunrise (the top deck lighting turns off at 1 am so as not to interfere with sleep), a Ring video doorbell, and keypad entry. Each bedroom and the living room is equipped with emergency lighting which illuminates during a power outage and will run on battery power for up to 15 hours. Not only do these safety features keep the home secure when vacant, but they also serve to keep you and your family safe during your stay. Most cellular carriers struggle on the coast; therefore, you will want to activate WiFi calling on your cell upon arrival. If all else fails, you can reach us via the Ring video doorbell and we can walk you through connecting your phone to the WiFi. Finally, an EV charger is available for guest use.
We allow up to three dogs at no additional charge -- all we ask is that you prevent them from curling up on the beds/sofa when wet or muddy and that you conduct a quick vacuum before leaving if they are shedding. If you are hoping to bring more than three dogs, please contact us beforehand and we will attempt to accommodate.
Sunkissed is obviously a play on the color of the home, but it perfectly describes a Pacific Northwest summer -- including here on the coast. There is another shade named for the region: Grays Harbor. A deep, sulky blue-grey, it mirrors the color of the Pacific during our fierce late autumn storms. Whether your plans include strolling down the peaceful summer shoreline or watching violent waves from the safety of a bluff-top deck, we welcome you into our home to share in the beauty of the Washington Coast.
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Our home sits high atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific, though beach access is only 5 mins by foot or 70 secs by car. The closest beach access is via Analyde Gap Rd (head back out of the subdivision via Clerf St, left onto 1st St N, go 2 blocks then left on Homer St, 1 blk then right on Analyde Gap Rd -- a lot of words to describe a 0.3 mi walk). If you are carrying a lot with you, this beach is great since you can drive right out onto the sand. You can park anywhere to the right throughout the year; the area to the left is seasonally protected. The more well-known (and therefore more crowded) Pacific Beach State Park is 0.9 miles to the south. Between the two lies the town of Pacific Beach, with a spattering of mom-and-pop shops, a convenience store to stock up on basic supplies, bike rentals, kite shops, a hardware store, and fantastic ocean views -- topped with the endearing quirkiness that draws visitors here. Even the former Naval Station has been converted to a military resort and conference center.
Pacific Beach hosts several seasonal events, including Chocolate on the Beach in February, Sand Castle contests, and the Kelpers Day Parade and Shakerat (logger) Rendevous in September. Absent a festival, it's usually a great day to fly a kite!
Seasonal Clam Digs!
Running from late September through April, razor clam season draws thousands of clammers to Washington’s beaches. It’s no wonder – according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), the Pacific razor clam is one of the most sought after shellfish in the state, often drawing more than 1,000 people per mile of beach on approved dig days.
Long a staple of life for the Coast Salish tribes and early European settlers, this precious resource is now sustainably managed by the DFW. Dig days are organized by region (Kalaloch, Mocrocks, Copalis Beach, Twin Harbors, Long Beach) and divided between fall digs (when the approved low tide occurs at night) and spring digs (when the approved low tide occurs in the morning). Those willing to grab a lantern and brave the elements can take advantage of the less crowded fall dig days while those looking for a more social experience can opt for spring dates.
Razor clams are found in the intertidal zone of the beach – the region inundated at high tide and exposed at low tide (from 3 feet above to 2 feet below sea level). A license allowing you to bag 15 clams per day can be obtained at You and I Market in Pacific Beach. You’ll also need a shovel, clam gun, and a separate container for each license, all of which can be obtained at Buck’s Bikes in neighboring Seabrook. Head to the beach 1-2 hours before low tide and commence digging!
The beach region adjacent to Pacific Beach is called Mocrocks by the DFW (Moclips to Copalis Rock) and officially stretches from the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation southward to the mouth of the Copalis River. The Copalis Beach region, which begins on the other side of the Copalis River, is just 10 miles away. Make sure to check the DFW website for a list of tentatively-scheduled dates, then check back a few days ahead of time to make sure the date received final approval following toxin testing.
A Storied Past
Pacific Beach has a storied history. Prior to establishment of the reservation in 1855, the Quinault Nation sustained itself hunting from ocean-going canoes along this coastline. By the early 1900's, urban tourists began flocking to the region via a newly finished rail terminus. The Pacific Beach Hotel, constructed in 1906, became a honeymooner's paradise. The area thrived on tourism and canning razor clams until World War II, when the Pacific Beach Hotel was purchased by the Navy as an anti-aircraft training center. Soon thereafter, the Air Force established a radar site to close several radar gaps along the Washington Coast which could have allowed hostile aircraft access to sites in the interior. This radar site was temporary, and in 1951 the military attempted to sell the site back to Pacific Beach; however, since the town is unincorporated, the sale could not be effected. In 1958, the Navy established a secret Sound Surveillance System designed to track Soviet submarine movements under the guise of oceanographic research. The town was intentionally removed from maps, and remaining tourism dried up. Technological changes made the station obsolete in the 1980's, and in 1987 the base was converted to a Naval Resort and Conference center. Since then, tourism has slowly trickled back to a region dubbed by the New York Times as "The Coast that Defies Big Dreams." [Thank you to Seabrook, The Museum of the North Beach, and NavyLifePNW for providing historical context).
Solitude in Nature
Nineteen miles to the northeast lies the southwesternmost boundary of the Olympic National Forest, established by the Grover Cleveland Administration in 1897. The core of the National Forest became Olympic National Park under the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration in 1938 and lies 29 miles northeast at Lake Quinault. Olympic National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site secondary to its dramatic beauty and biodiversity. The Olympic peninsula is biologically isolated from the rest of the continent and survived glaciation during the last ice age; consequently, it harbors many species of plants and animals which exist nowhere else on Earth. The park spans a stunning array of ecosystems, from glaciated peaks to alpine meadows, to old-growth forest. Best known are the temperate rain forests of the ocean-facing river valleys which channel moisture off the coast and drench the forest floor. Olympic also spans 62 miles of wild coastline -- the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in the lower 48. This coastline not only allows visitors to experience the stark beauty of native coastline unchanged by the hand of man, but also, in places, to contemplate our impact on the planet when stretches of wild coastline are littered with the detritus of a polluted ocean. Olympic National Park is vast -- nearly 1 million acres -- and mostly to be experienced on foot. Few roads penetrate the park and none cross it. To experience the park, visitors need to stay in various coastal towns encircling the park, and Pacific Beach is a great location for exploring the southwest flank of the park, the three largest rain forests (Quinault, Queets, and Hoh, with its Hall of Mosses), and the wilderness coastline.
A 2015 article in The New Yorker introduced Americans to what geologists had discovered over the preceding twenty-five years: whereas settlers thought they had discovered the only peaceful region of the Ring of Fire, they had unwittingly built a civilization on its most violent section. A Cascadia Subduction Zone quake is overdue and, in a full-margin rupture, will launch the entire Northwest six feet lower and 100 further west in the span of minutes. The ensuing tsunami will be the most devastating natural disaster in American history. The good news is that this section of Pacific Beach is the gathering spot post-quake and is high enough in elevation to be above the inundation zone. If you are a geology buff, the nearby Copalis Ghost Forest is the geological Rosetta Stone which helped scientists discover the subduction zone in the late 1980's and can be reached by paddle board via the Copalis River. There really is something for everyone here.
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