The SpaceBecause Ebbtide is situated across a finger peninsula, it has waterfront on both sides. As one guest said, it is "freakishly unique." The back of the cabin opens up to a large lawn and an unobstructed view of Mt. Rainier. We provide a rainbow of Adirondack chairs for you to just sit back in and be mesmerized. If you are paying attention, you might see the resident eagle, "Eddy the Eagle," do a fly by. You can play a game of croquet on the lawn or when you want the afternoon sun on a beach, walk across the road to the west side of the property to the low bank beach and hang out for the afternoon. When the sun sets, look up and find a star filled sky on a clear night. You can gather around the fire pit to roast marshmallows and chat with friends and family. Ebbtide is also home to a resident pod of harbor seals that chase salmon and frolic on the floating dock and deer will often be seen bounding along through the woods. There is a full sized TeePee on the property as well as a secluded hammock for an afternoon nap. Although Ebbtide is a private park like retreat, it is effectively sandwiched between two sterling Washington State Parks on the Key Peninsula should you decide to venture off.
We are toddler/infant friendly to the extent we offer a pack-n-play and high chair for your use as you deem appropriate but we do not have child proofing throughout the cabin and you will be responsible for their safety on the property and beaches.
There is no WIFI Internet but there is a strong LTE signal for internet access. Guest AccessThe entire house and property is accessible to our guests. There are two beaches on the property. The east side of the property has a beach that is accessible via the stairs. The west side of the property has a low bank western exposure beach that is perfect for beach combing and is easily accessible by an easy grade foot path.
We will welcome certain dogs with prior approval and an additional $5/night charge per dog up to two dogs. Please contact the host if this is something you would be interested in discussing. Interaction with GuestsYou can reach the owners by phone, text or email as follows:
Ed: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) or (EMAIL HIDDEN)
Barb: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) or (EMAIL HIDDEN) The NeighborhoodEbbTide is a wifi free zone - we have great LTE service - but you will need your own hotspot device if you want more data. We enjoy the "off the grid" nature of Ebbtide and hope you will too with all these "low/no tech" things to see and do:
•Mesmerizing views from Adirondack chairs gazing at unobstructed, unadulterated, and panoramic views of Mt. Rainier (weather permitting) & Puget Sound (across Carr Inlet to undeveloped McNeil Island to Chambers Bay & beyond)
•Sun rise over the Cascades/Puget Sound and set over the Olympics/Delano Bay
•Creatures including resident Bald Eagle known as “Eddy the Eagle” and seals frolicking on the floating dock
•Stars and constellations shine bright on a clear night
•Catch wafts of the soothing smell of Puget Sound’s salty goodness
•Walk in the forest and smell the cedars and other earthy forest scents
•Listen to the water lap against the shore as the tides ebb and flow
•Sit outside at night and listen to the soothing sounds of nature
•Ebbtide is fully equipped with propane range/oven, Weber gas BBQ, microwave oven, toaster oven, toaster, popcorn maker (air), fondue set, fire pit for smores, etc. BUT if you feel like eating out…
•LAKEBAY MARINA – 5 minutes away featuring an old fashioned soda fountain with amazing shakes, great burgers, live music (summer weekends), cold beer, etc. (URL HIDDEN)
•MINTERBROOK Oysters, clams, smoked salmon – a MUST if you like fantastic shellfish. (URL HIDDEN)
•LULU’S HOME PORT – 1509 Kpn, Lakebay (closest restaurant, local spot with good burgers, fish n chips, breakfast, and more)
•SEABECK PIZZA – 9501 SR (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), in Wauna a few miles past Purdy Bridge. Popular spot founded in Seabeck with a branch conveniently located on way to Ebbtide. Call ahead and grab a pie on your way to Ebbtide if you don’t feel like cooking.
•WICKED GOOD EATS – 11717 SR (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), traditional foods from Maine on the very New England/Mainey feeling Key Peninsula including lobstah rolls, steak bombs, vinegar fries, whoopie pies, etc. On the Key Pen Highway on the way to Ebbtide.
•SUBWAY – 9023 Kpn, Key Center – tried and true standby (next to Key Market)
•GIG HARBOR – Gig Harbor and all of its stellar offerings including Anthony’s, Tides Tavern, Il Lucano, Devoted Kiss Café etc. is only 30 minutes away.
•LIQUOR STORE & WINE SHOP – Key Peninsula Liquor, 9121 Kpn (next to Key Market – growler fills too!), Blend Wine Shop, 8914 Kpn (across street from Key Market)
•TRILLIUM WINERY – 17812 G Street, Home, WA LOW SULFITE WINES! (URL HIDDEN)
•HERITAGE DISTILLING - 3118 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, Craft Distillery (URL HIDDEN)
•7 SEAS BREWING – 3006 Judson Street, Suite 110, Gig Harbor, voted best brewery in South Sound 6 years in a row (URL HIDDEN)
•HAMMOCK – chill out in the secluded hammock and look for the resident bald eagle that has a nest nearby
•TEE PEE – sit in a full sized tee pee
•Ebbtide is a private park like retreat effectively sandwiched between two sterling Washington State Parks on the Key Peninsula, PENROSE POINT & JOEEMMA BEACH STATE PARKS
•KEY PEN PARKS – local park district that operates several terrific and lightly used parks on Key Peninsula (URL HIDDEN) including 360 Trails (360 acres of walking, biking, and equestrian paths), Maple Hollow Park, Taylor Bay, Rocky Creek Conservation Area, Getaway Park, Volunteer Park, Home Park
•COSTCO, TARGET, HOME DEPOT, ALBERTSON’S, STARBUCKS, etc. etc. etc. in Gig Harbor – box store biggies and much more (Big 5, Qdoba, Pier 1, fro-yo….) are tastefully clustered next to the Burnham Drive Gig Harbor exit (exit right before Purdy exit on way to Ebbtide – approx. 30 minutes)
•IN A PINCH – convenience store with ice, beer, gas, basics 10 minutes away in Home. Across the street from the Lakebay Post Office.
• LOCAL BOYS – local fruit, seafood, syrups, seasonal goods, growler fills, etc.
• FOOD MARKET AT KEY CENTER – 9021 KP Hwy – closest “real” supermarket, 15 minutes.
DISCOVER KP & ENVIRONS!
•Key Peninsula is unique in both its beauty and eclectic offerings. Keep your eyes peeled as you are driving to Ebbtide from Purdy to spot all manner of shops, Ma and Pa farmers, and artistic offerings. (URL HIDDEN)
•THE APPLE MAN – Ron Nelson (“The Apple Man” – (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)) can often be spotted in the lot across the street from Wicked Good Eats selling delicious and reasonably-priced apples and other fruit driven over from Central Washington.
•MY MOTHER’S GARDEN – small farm that sells seasonal goods as well as firewood located 5 minutes away from Ebbtide. (URL HIDDEN)
•LAKEBAY POTTERY - (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) (call for directions) Gary Andersen is an acclaimed potter that operates a studio right down the street from Ebbtide. Studio open10am-4pm most Saturdays. Lessons are $20 per hour including clay and firing. (URL HIDDEN)
•ALLYN, GRAPEVIEW, & HOOD CANAL – Nearby Allyn (30 minutes) & Grapeview enjoy gorgeous views of the protected harbor waters of Case Inlet. The area features quaint shops, restaurants, and beach parks. (URL HIDDEN)
•HORSESHOE LAKE, TROPHY LAKE, MCCORMICK WOODS, MADRONA, GOLD MOUNTAIN, CHAMBERS BAY – several scenic and unique golf courses within an hour’s drive including the site of the 2015 US Open, Chambers Bay (which can be seen across the water from Ebbtide).
•Horseshoe Lake ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)) is the closest and funkiest course around. Right off Key Pen Highway about 2 miles after Purdy Bridge. (URL HIDDEN)
The trails at Ebbtide are fun to explore but if you have a hankering for a longer hike the Key Peninsula and nearby Olympic Peninsula offers a diverse array of hiking for all abilities.
•MARY E. THELER NATURE PRESERVE – 22871 SR 3, Belfair, WA – over 2 miles of walking trails within 139 acres of protected saltmarsh and estuary wetlands at the mouth of the Union River in Belfair. 30 minutes. (URL HIDDEN)
•360 TRAILS - (URL HIDDEN)
•LAKEBAY COMMUNITY CHURCH – 11 Cornwall Road, Lakebay
•BAY LAKE (fresh) - 2 miles down the road (on the way in/out of Ebbtide) – stocked with rainbow trout and supports naturally reproducing largemouth bass, bluegill, and catfish.
•PUGET SOUND (salt) – seasonal salmon and crab (Dungeness, Red Rock) fishing.
•The nearby Lakebay Marina has a boat launch ($5).
•Depending on tides kayaks can be launched on Delano Bay from the low bank side of Ebbtide (west side).
•Boating is at your own risk of drowning, loss of equipment, or theft of equipment.
•MOVIES – theaters showing first run movies in Gig Harbor (30 minutes) and Tacoma (45 minutes). DVD player with library of family friendly DVDs available at Ebbtide.
•TACOMA RAINIERS – Mariners’ AAA affiliate located right off SR 16 in Tacoma.
*LAUNDROMAT: There is a self service laundromat 10 minutes from EbbTide. It is located across the street from the Shell station/next to the post office at approximately 1309 Key Peninsula Hwy. Open Daily 9am to 8pm with the last load starting at 7pm. Other Things to NoteWe recently had guests stay who sent us the following email after their stay:
From the moment you pull off the main road it feels as though you have been transported to a remote oasis but it only gets better. After a short drive through amazing greenery all around us we pulled off the road where the big welcome sign clearly marked our location. The house itself feels like a well-kept cabin with its concrete floors and bunk bed style room options. Take a moment when you first walk in to open both of the long shades covering beautiful view windows on both sides of the living room. Next, open the big sliding glass doors all the way for an amazing cross breeze that is one of the places best features. Once you go outside into the backyard it’s quite possible you might not come back inside before dark. The unobstructed water view is perfect and when the morning clouds break and you realize that smack dab in the center of this amazing view sits Mount Rainer and now the view goes from perfect to downright flawless. Colorful chairs line up in a row right in front of this postcard come to life and if you are like us most of your time here will be spent sitting here! Once you have finished relaxing head on into the kitchen and brew up a pot of coffee which the hosts graciously provide. While you are waiting for it to brew, open up the kitchen window and enjoy that spectacular view from inside as well. The property itself has some fun features like a life size tee-pee and a hidden hammock. The seclusion and pin drop quiet nature of the property is amazing and it cannot help but relax you. We enjoyed cooking corn and making s’mores over the fire pit at night and going down the stairs to the water during the day once the tide rolls out. Cannot recommend this place highly enough it is truly paradise. Eric, CA
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This was our second time staying here. We celebrated our 25th Wedding anniversary here. Had family to celebrate with us. Plenty of room for the whole family. It's a special place for us and we love the cabin! And the view! Gretchen, Auburn WA
Well, we were at the cabin last month and here we are packing up to go back today! The Riptide was the most special place our family has ever visited. Our eight year old asked if we could spend our summer holiday at the cabin every year. The Riptide is a place to sit in a tree house, hang out in a teepee, go fishing, dig for clams, watch the seals, spy on a little fox family, roast s'mores every night, sit by the outdoor fire and drink wine and read a good book, chase little beach crabs, enjoy the magnificent view, cook wonderful fresh meals, make sangria, get romantic, play in the forest and stay up late! When the 4 of us first walked into the Riptide, I started to (URL HIDDEN) is truly the perfect little getaway. From the setting to the views to the vibe of the cabin...we will be regulars at the Riptide! Darcy, Portland, OR
This place is amazingly relaxing. I have gone down to the beach to wander. I have gone for a walk along the country roads and waved to the friendly people that live there. Sure you could rent a kayak and paddle around the sound. But me? I'd rather sit and stare at the volcano. I have seen seals, eagles, blue herons and a (contested) viewing of a pod of porpoises feeding on the sand bed in the channel. I've skipped rocks in the middle of moonless August night to see the phosphorescent ripples spread out in ghostly circles. I have cooked fresh oysters with butter and garlic on the outdoor grill, I have cooked pounds of fresh clams from the farm down the street. And eaten fresh produce from the farmers market we passed on the way. I climbed cliffs to find lost toys and gathered huckleberries and blackberries for pies and pancakes. I have watched the sunset from a tree house and had a pow-wow in a tee pee. I can think of no place I'd rather be and look forward to another. Scott, Seattle, WA
I had a wonderful relaxing time with friends last Labor day. The setting was great and I really enjoyed the feeling of being away from it all, but in close enough driving proximity to get supplies and such. Fresh air, plenty to wander around and do or just a great time sitting back taking it all in. I look forward to my next adventure out there. Its fun to lift up logs on the beach and watch the little crabs scatter. Tara, Salt Lake City, UT
We are fortunate to live close enough to drive to Riptide for weekend get aways when we just need a break from the world! The calming atmosphere makes for the most wonderful and relaxing experience to be found. My son cooked and ate his first clam, dug up by his own hands - it was quite an experience! Sandy - thank you for the beautiful memories and 'R&R' your cabin, the beach, the sunrises & sunsets have brought to our family and friends! Kerry, Everett, WA
During A "strenuous" week at Riptide I read three books and sketched and painted sunsets over the mountain, wild flowers, and the woods. I feasted on salmon and oysters, purchased locally and barbequed on the patio. The bald eagle even flew by one evening to check us out. What a wonderful rest. Thank you. Erin, Las Angeles, CA
situated above puget sound, a trail down to the beach...this was such a serene and peaceful world away from the city..terrific hiking, beachcombing..great patio..open living, with the feel of being at an established summer home...architecturally mid- century cooooool Felt like a great family camp. The sunrises over the water and Mt Rainier greeting you every day is sheer heaven....thanks for letting us be a part of it ! We'll be back! Marcus, Washington DC