Spend relaxing days and quiet nights along the Puget Sound at this 3-bedroom, 2-bath vacation rental in Gig Harbor. It began as a store in 1918 and has a character all its own - plus, it's located just steps from the water, so you'll have easy access to fun in the sun, whether you're seeking boating, kayaking, or beach time. If you'd prefer to hang back and enjoy your new favorite escape, take advantage of the furnished deck with water views, a beachside fire pit, a grilling station, and more.
PUGET SOUND (steps away): Kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, boating, fishing, wildlife viewing
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Skansie Brothers Park & Netshed (6.4 miles), Harbor History Museum (6.9 miles), Tacoma Nature Center (7.3 miles), Point Defiance Park (8.2 miles), Fort Nisqually Living History Museum (9.4 miles), Museum of Glass (11.4 miles)
OUTDOOR RECREATION: Narrows Park (2.9 miles), Cushman Trailhead (3.0 miles), Harbor Family Park (5.5 miles), Kopachuck Park (9.0 miles), Sehmel Homestead Park (9.1 miles), McCormick Forest Park (9.4 miles)
SIGHTSEEING: Tacoma (12.0 miles), Olympia (32.6 miles), Downtown Seattle (42.3 miles), Olympic National Park (62.8 miles), Mt. Rainier National Park (65.0 miles)
AIRPORT: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (33.8 miles)
Stayed at the house over spring break with our four kids. The house was so clean, so I could relax and enjoy! Kitchen was well stocked and special little details like butter, jam, biscuits, thought gifts to make us feel welcome. Felt very safe and comfortable. The beach, kayaks and games were well used. Even with the rain we had so much to do. Little windows of sunshine and close beaches to explore. Loved Devoted Kiss for breakfast in Gig Harbour. Perfect location. We will be back next year. Loved this house.
*This review was originally posted on Vrbo
I was trying to estimate the number of vacation rentals I've rented or stayed at during my life. Maybe 25? 30?
Kristen was far-and-away the most hospitable host we've ever had.
We got friendly texts before we even arrived, were welcomed with snacks and personal notes, and more friendly texts (and some help with an item we left behind) when we checked out.
I've stayed in plenty of rentals where the communication from the owner is along the lines of "HERE ARE THE RULES YOU'LL BE SORRY IF YOU BREAK THEM!"
Kristen's communication was entirely along the lines of , "I'm SO glad you're here! How can I make your stay better?!" (And the house rules were entirely reasonable)
The property itself is nearly as amazing as Kristen's hospitality. Right on the water, with a private beach and everything you could possibly need to have a good time on the sound. Kayaks, life jackets, a fire pit and plenty of outside seating.
We met some friendly neighbors, beach walkers and a possie of labradors during our time on the beach.
I know this will sound insincere if I keep using superlatives, but this rental deserves them, so I'll keep going: the interior of the house was the most thoughtfully decorated interior of anyplace I've ever stayed. An HGTV interior design show could just walk in, and convincingly film an episode of "how to perfectly and authentically decorate your beachfront cottage."
The beds were comfy. The kitchen had everything we needed. The location is far enough out of downtown to feel private, but about 5-minutes from great dining and grocery options.
I feel like reviews aren't convincing if you don't point out the negatives, but there weren't any.
The cottage is converted from an old store, but it's wonderfully done. Some of the floors aren't even (as you'd expect from an old house on the beach), and you may feel like you've had a few too many walking across them even when you're completely sober.
But honestly, it was charming and lovely.
The house is right next to a public boat ramp, hidden in a residential neighborhood. On a sunny Saturday, a handful of boats got launched. We found it good entertainment, but if you were hoping for complete isolation, I suppose this could be an issue?
My only regret is that our stay was too short, and we had obligations that kept us from spending our whole weekend relaxing and playing at the house. We're already planning our next trip.
Hi Andrew, The owner wanted to pass this along: "Wow. Oh my gosh, wow. I had to have my husband read this to me because I was tearing up! This is so awesome to read and a perfect description of watching the launchers. It was such a pleasure having you stay, and we do hope your travels bring you back!"
History meets serenity. This ocean getaway brought time to a stand still. We loved our relaxing weekend being surrounded by the character of a storied past and the joys of the living sea.
Thank you for sharing this gem!
Shared from the owner: "What a wonderful review to read from a special guest. We loved having you stay, and treasure your art piece hanging in the beach house. Hope to host you again soon!"