120-year-old little tech-free cabin with well-equipped (for a cabin) kitchen, fireplace, very small double and twin bedrooms, shower, grassy yard on main road across from market and gas station. Half-mile walk to the ocean beach. Please read whole description before booking! Not appropriate for children under 6.
Our historic Long Beach cabin was built as a fishing shack by a local (and roguish) judge about 1890. It's a snug, quirky little retreat on the main road that runs north from the mouth of the Columbia River. What we love might be disadvantages for some: no TV, no phone, NO WIFI, just lots of books, an old sea-chest full of old games and jigsaw puzzles, a fireplace, knotty pine walls and beachy kitsch. The grocery store and gas station right across the street have a sweet staff and all the last-minute necessities that make up for occasional noise and bustle. Our busy lives don't let us get to The Wrecktory as often as we'd like; Airbnb lets us share it. A note here: it's too small for easy storage of items that could endanger toddlers, it's on a busy main road and not all the property is securely fenced. We don't feel we can book families with children under 6 and guarantee safety.
SPRING AND SUMMER are busy and beautiful at the beach. Go birding at Leadbetter Point or Beard's Hollow. Walk to a lighthouse. Fly a kite, go beachcombing, look for sand dollars at the north end of the peninsula, run on the beach, hike a network of great trails, dig clams if it's open season, and if it's foggy or wet, get out of the weather at great museums and interpretive centers. Or plan a self-indulgent retreat with reservations at some great restaurants or cook in and relax by the fireplace with a book or game.
SLEEPS TWO OR THREE IN COMFORT. There's a standard double bed in the small main bedroom and, at the other end of the house, a twin bed in the little room off the entry. Below the twin is a trundle on wheels, which when pulled out fills the room (but is useful if you have two kids)! It can, in a pinch, accommodate two adults so long as it's understood this is close quarters personified. Bathroom is a three-quarter one; no tub, just a shower. What can we say. It's a beach cabin.
LIKE TO COOK? KEEPING COSTS DOWN? The kitchen has stove/oven, microwave, refrigerator, sink, coffeemaker, electric kettle, blender. No dishwasher except you. Lots of mismatched dishes and basic pots and pans -- vacation-cabin stuff. Staples like sugar, seasonings, olive oil, flour, tea and coffee are on hand if you enjoy cooking on holiday. An antique gate-leg table in the living room can accommodate up to five or six settings by the fireplace if you have dinner guests. The market across the way has you covered if you want a pound of bacon at 7 a.m. or a bottle of wine at 10 p.m. (or need to beg a spare key if you've locked yourself out).
REASONABLE RATES: Note: Airbnb now collects sales tax, which is on top of our rates (we have lowered them accordingly). There's a $10 per person additional nightly fee for third and fourth guests (human and/or dog, see below), and a strict limit of four. Our local host's routine cleaning in preparation for the next guest, and laundry for sheets and towels, is included in your nightly rates; so far our guests have been great about leaving the place clean so we haven't added a cleaning fee. (Please help us keep it that way!)
COZY ATMOSPHERE. The cabin is so old that it's box construction; adding knotty pine in the living room, kitchen and small back bedroom has eliminated most (not all) of the draft. It was raised in the 90s for a foundation and some fill, and it's settled a bit unevenly -- hey, it's a cabin! Heat is baseboard, but the fireplace with its stone chimney adds to an eclectic, beachy decor: historic local and family photos, local art and nautical kitsch. There's a ramp to accommodate folks with mobility issues, but a step up probably precludes wheelchairs, and the bathroom's too small to be wheelchair-friendly. NOTE: Cabin and grounds are strictly non-smoking. ALSO NOTE: Across the back street, virtually out of sight, is a small, private drug/alcohol rehab center. Participants are mostly young. KLEAN has been a great neighbor, but it's just something to be aware of; we have contact info in the cabin should any issues surface.
LOTS OF SPACE TO PLAY. The cabin sits on a double lot of grass and hawkweed which has served for 34 years as Nerf baseball diamond, soccer field, picnic grounds, and cutthroat-croquet court. You'll find most of the old croquet set in the shed. When it was built, the cabin was just across Ocean Boulevard from the primary dune and beach, but after more than a century of shore accretion it's a half-mile walk through the dunes to the high-tide line. (If that's more walk than you want, you can drive to one of several beach approaches within a mile or so.) The cabin's a mile north of the center of Long Beach, a stone's throw away from a Mexican restaurant and four blocks from the beach's favorite hamburger take-out (watch for the Tsunami Burger) and a nice golf course with a restaurant.
LOTS OF LOCAL ATTRACTIONS. Long Beach and the peninsula offer a boardwalk, the 8 1/2-mile Discovery Trail for walking or bicycling, kicky shops, far more really great restaurants than you can explore in a single visit, lighthouses, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, organic blueberry farm and a regional museum, kite museum and even a cranberry museum -- not to mention Marsh's Free Museum with (eew) Jake the Alligator Man. One golf course is a few blocks away; another awaits 10 miles up the peninsula. It's a short drive north to historic Oysterville and the wildlife preserve at Leadbetter point, or south to Astoria. There are festivals and events year-round. You can swim at Waikiki Beach in Cape Disappointment State Park (please don't swim on the open beach -- tide rips and undertows claim victims every year) and you can drive on the long, long beach (but don't get into soft sand unless you have 4WD or a friend nearby with a tow truck!) and watch the tides.
PERSONAL ATTENTION AND ON-SITE HELP: Our local host will be sure the hot water's turned on and that there are fresh sheets on the beds and fresh towels in the bathroom. She'll be available if you need help or advice, and check your departure for a prompt deposit refund. Backup comes from the great crew at Pioneer Market, right across the street; they open early and close late, so they're available during most waking hours. Early check-in or late checkout can sometimes be arranged if there's a day or two between guests.
CANINE COMPANION: If your dog is well-behaved and stays off the furniture, it's welcome with an extra $10 fee per night, limit ONE DOG please. You must advise us in your inquiry before you book and add a dog as an additional guest. A dog should not be left unattended in the cabin, and must be leashed if outdoors. There are bears in the area, and abundant deer, so your dog should be carefully controlled at all times.
Accès des voyageurs
Entire cabin EXCEPT attic, which is small, cramped and gritty. Washer and dryer are only for Terri's use or use with her permission, and PLEASE don't put sandy items in either washer or dryer. Access includes toolshed, which has room for bikes, and yard. As for beach, there's city-provided beach access seaward from the end of each numbered street; it's about a half-mile walk through the dunes. We recommend using 19th St.; the trail at the end of Pioneer is marshy in winter and mosquito-y in late spring and summer.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
Our interaction is at a distance: e-mail, phone if desired. We're happy to provide information on our favorite places. Our local host handles day-to-day details, cleaning, replacing linens, and trouble-shooting as needed. She is rarely away from her phone for more than a few hours and lives just over a mile from the cabin. She's happy to answer your questions and help you find whatever it is you need.
The Long Beach Peninsula has a great schedule of tourist events, and a host of wonderful restaurants.
If you live in a quiet area, you may find the noise from the road and market/gas station bothersome. It doesn't worry most people, but we don't want guests to be taken by surprise or feeling misled! Earplugs provided.
No children under 6, please -- neither yard nor cabin appropriate for little folks. One dog welcome but must count as an extra guest; crate at night, never leave alone. Sorry, no cats or other critters.
Please respect family items that remain in the cabin. Be sure and book for the ENTIRE number of people in your party; note that the rates for extra guests and for dogs are the same, so if there are two guests and a dog, that's three, etc.
When you stay at an airbnb listing, you are staying in a private home. Please be a good houseguest: if you spill, clean it up; if you use kitchenware, wash and return it to the cupboard; wipe away any spilled crumbs, because the beach environment can be ant-ish; if something gets broken or doesn't work, please let us or our host know. We've had such wonderful airbnb guests (almost all of them!) who have taken especial care of our beloved cabin, and that's what keeps us sharing it.
You're most welcome to use the staples and condiments, tea and coffee as well as the minimal breakfast things left for you; if we're nearly out of anything, please let us know.
The washer-dryer is for Terri's use only; if you have an emergency, can't get to the laundromat, and must use it, please call her first. No beach towels or sandy clothes in the washer, ever, please.
NO SMOKING. Period. Anywhere on the property. Only the fireplace has permission to smoke. We have instructed our property manager to consider anyone smoking to be on fire and to be doused accordingly.
Please be sure the sofa doesn't slide back into the baseboard heater.
You are welcome to build a fire in the fireplace and to use wood from the woodshed off the deck (take care if it's wet outside !) Please keep the fire small and at the BACK of the fireplace so it will draw, and use a minimum of paper so there's no risk of chimney fire. If you burn a lot of wood, please replace some--there are firewood sellers all over the peninsula.
Please be sure to turn thermostats down to 50-55 when you are out of the cabin, and check to see that you don't leave the toilet running or water dripping. Surcharges on water to finance a new sewer system means water is high-priced. While we're on the subject, please don't put anything except toilet paper in the toilet to avoid backups.
If you require scented candles for ambience, please take them home with you in deference to guests who are sensitive to scents.
Please bag all trash. If the wastebaskets fill, please put bags in the storage shed (key's on a hook in the kitchen) and let Terri or her backup know they need removing. Do not leave any refuse or food outdoors; we have had a bear in the neighborhood. DO NOT try to attract it with food; bears are a troublesome nuisance and if they get used to being fed, they'll eventually have to be euthanized.
If you want to sunbathe on the beach, please use only the beachtowels on the top shelf in the bathroom or your own towels or blankets, not other towels and blankets from the cabin. If you want to swim, PLEASE go to Waikiki Beach in the state park. There are vicious tide rips and undertows on the open beach, and we don't want our guests to be among those who drown each year.
IF YOUR DOG IS ACCEPTED, please ask it not to get on the furniture. Do not leave it outdoors (we do not want to feed the bear!) or alone in the cabin, and crate it at night. (We do, too.) Please clean up after it in the yard (there's a shovel in the shed) and on the beach (there are dog-poop bags in the pine cabinet in the entry). Do feel free to use the dog pillow and dog bowls tucked under the end of the kitchen counter. DOGS MUST BE COLLARED AND ON LEASH IF OUTDOORS.
Please sign the guest book. Have a wonderful visit and travel home safely.
Carolyn's a writer/journalist/teacher and Don's a sort-of-retired Episcopal priest doing Hispanic ministry at St. John's Church, Olympia. We love people, antiques, books, classical music, gardening, eating fresh-and-local,unstructured travel, small hotels and B&B or self-catering cottages. We also love our funky Victorian beach place and our on-site host Terri. If only Shelton was close enough to meet all our wonderful airbnb guests! However, we enjoy getting to know our guests through e-mails and sharing information about favorite places. Recent travel? Santa Catalina, setting for a beach-read mystery Carolyn's just finishing!