The SpaceWhy would you choose to visit an island and stay anywhere BUT the sea shore? David and I travel a lot and we can assure you that you won't find a more stunningly beautiful place in all the world! Even in the winter it's seascape is awesome. We still just stop and stare out the window at the ever changing vista of the water and sky. Eagles, seals, otters and deer often are staring right back at us! I think you will feel peaceful here. Where else can you step down to a private beach and open a bottle of wine undisturbed? You may notice prayer flags, earth colours, mosaics, details of local stones/driftwood, Buddhas and the like. True Tranquility. Guest AccessPlease enjoy our beach, stroll up the yard to pick an organic apple, or sit with a drink on the beach. You essentially have the bottom floor to yourselves, as David and I are upstairs. There is not a full kitchen. There is a little fridge, microwave and tea/coffee area, a sitting room and studio/CST therapy space.
One visitor really wanted a BBQ, so we have one now for guest's use. Yeah! Point of note... we don't have garbage collection on island. So, please plan to pack away any meaty wrappers etc. Much obliged ;-)
We have 2 single kayaks & jackets for rent. Perfect to explore the coastline and observe from a very different perspective. Both for 1/2 day rental $60, one 1/2 day $30. (Basically morning or afternoon rental time slots, but if no one else wants to reserve them that day, you can continue to use them as long as you wish).
If you want to book BOTH rooms and ensure that you have exclusive use of the lower half of the house, your rate would be $150 per night at the "Ultimate Tranquil Spot by the Sea". Great for a combined visit with friends or family!
I get the occasional request from guests to bring along their baby/toddler. Even if you plan to share the bed with your little one, I find it best if you book the whole floor to yourselves, thus you will want to book, "The Ultimate". Couples are attracted to the quiet tranquility and young energy, though delightful, is not usually a good fit. Let's talk about your specific needs :-)
If there were even more than that which can be accommodated by the 2 bedrooms and their respective queen beds, I can set up extra sleeping spaces for those that wouldn't mind a foam on the studio/sitting room floor. Add-on fee per extra people over 4, depending on who and what the arrangement ends up becoming!
There is also a little cabin on the hill that we let guests swap to stay in, if they are hankering after total privacy. The view is spectacular and there is a woodsy trail to the best outhouse in BC! Haha. Brand new: it smells like cedar and it has a tiled floor!
I teach yoga and if you are staying when classes are running (usually a couple of times a week outdoors in the summer), you are welcome to join in for free! This 2016 season I plan to teach Tues/Thurs @ 9:30 am, Outside weather permitting, under the big tree. If it is cold or wet outside, we can squeeze into the downstairs studio/sitting room space. I have extra yoga mats. If you don't want to join in, you could always stay in bed. :-)
I will be running a yoga and 'Soul Expression Dance Journey' at the Pender Island Hall 6 Sunday mornings this summer. You are welcome to join classes there as well. Try searching, "Ginalini yoga" for more info about me and/or classes. Interaction with GuestsI will be here to greet you and answer any questions you may have about the property and the island. David and I will be around if you need us, otherwise you are invited to cocoon with a good book, your computer or head off on an adventure.
You will notice coffee, teas, dishes, microwave, a little fridge and a outdoor BBQ for your use. There is the one bathroom sink downstairs, so I have a place for you to deposit your used dishes and I replace them with clean ones as needed.
You will find a welcome snack vs a full breakfast or kitchen. Instead, you may be out and about enjoying the yummy bakery, the farmer's market, the local restaurants, marinas or picnicking in nature. During the summer in particular, most visitors have a busy schedule, as many travel here to attend weddings etc. The longer days and warmth, tend to draw everyone into nature all the more!
Aside. Each guest has their own unique way of enjoying the space. We endeavor to take our cues from you! Some like to have a natter and "pick our brains", others are more apt to commune in silence with nature, or stare dreamily into their significant other's eyes ;-) The NeighborhoodOur area is the historic Hope Bay. You are right beside a working organic farm and near several other beach accesses and view point mountain/hill trails. We are steps from the Hope Bay dock and its restaurant, art gallery, real estate office, jewellers, hair salon, studio etc. I love to be pampered at nearby White Tara's; an intimate and unique home retreat. perfect for an aroma therapy massage. On that note, I also am a therapist...though I doubt you will want counselling here in paradise, but you may opt for an in-house craniosacral or reflexology treatment?
In the summer I teach yoga under the big tree outside overlooking the water. Wellness opportunities abound!
Most common activities which draw people to Pender Island are peace/nature watching, boating/kayaking, weddings/photography, walking/hiking, events/galleries, concerts/markets, golf/disc golf and cycling.
Getting AroundMost people access Pender Islands by BC Ferries from either Vancouver or Vancouver Island. You may also take ferries from Seattle or Port Angeles in the USA that can coordinate with our local ferry system.
We've had private boats pull up and anchor in our Bay and row to our beach. Or buoy up at Hope Bay, about 200 yards away.
Some choose to fly directly from downtown Vancouver with Harbour Air via float plane to Poet's Cove on South Pender Island. It is also possible to fly from Seattle on Kenmore Air. Or you can fly from the south terminal of Vancouver Airport on Sea Air to Port Washington, quite close by. ( Flying in is a memorable and enjoyable experience I totally recommend!).
We are locally serviced by Pender Island Cab Company. There is ample parking at our home and if you have an electric car, we have a L2 charger. (There are several charging stations around the island to explore!)
There is no public transit, but you can try "car stops", the official hitch-hiking alternative. It is a relatively short cycle from the ferry to us and to our "downtown", but be aware the roads are hilly and narrow! I find those aspects more challenging than the distances.
There are MANY trails and beach access pathways throughout both North and South Pender Island loved by those who walk. I can't guarantee it, but when I'm available and heading out with our electric car, I don't mind giving guests a lift on my way. I was considering adding a Ginalini Uber service, but Uber is not yet available in BC. If you want to book a specific pick-up early or late at the ferry, or require a longer journey, this diver gratefully accepts tips.
;-) Other Things to NoteAirbnb blocks websites, but you can try typing in "Pender Hall", you will be brought to a page showing all the activities booked there. It is a cool building with totems carved outside and it is also within walking distance of our place. Try googling "Pender Island events", and you will see listings of many local events held all over North and South Pender Islands, from walking group meeting places and farmer's markets to music concerts and art showings. Sea Star winery is now active and featuring a variety of events too.
The islands in general are "alternative", as such, we are diversity friendly. Also, we deeply value our unique and precious environment. We have a good well and a technically advanced water system... but please conserve. We recycle and compost here exclusively, so expect to find labelled bins. ;-)
If you create any huge amount of trash/meat wrappers etc. please plan to pack it with you if you are able. Cheers.