The SpaceVashon Island is a beautiful, enchanting place, and Sunrise Cottage is set at one of the most gorgeous spots on the island. The view literally takes your breath away; it looks out at Puget Sound, Cascade Mountains, and sunrises that astound. Nestled above the water on a high bluff, the cottage is located near the bottom of a wooded, dead end road. It is kitty corner from the main house, so the view out the front windows is unimpeded by the house, yet close enough to stop by if you have any needs, questions, or just want to say hi. Public access to the rocky beach below is just a short walk down the road. Bald eagles regularly soar by, seals call, and occasionally a pod of orcas will bound through the passage.
You can make yourself cozy indoors and out. The cottage is beautifully built with wood everywhere, cathedral ceilings, large windows, skylights, and a peaceful feel. Make a cup of tea and sit by the fire as you watch the boats drift by. Treat yourself to a massage on-site. Sunrise Cottage is the carriage house next to my home. Outdoors there are benches, a deck overlooking the water (both shared with the main house), and greenery all around. This cottage radiates an inviting warmth which permeates your being; the perfect place for a writers retreat or relaxing, romantic get-away.
You could never leave this oasis and be very happy, but if you are inspired to explore, Vashon is well worth venturing out. Take walks in one of the many parks and wooded areas, or for miles along the beach; bike around the island roads, or take a mt. bike to the extensive state lands trails; go visit art galleries, antique shops and restaurants; try horse back riding, or rent a kayak on Quartermaster Harbor.
One may find it hard to believe such an island paradise is so close to two major cities (Seattle and Tacoma), but time seems to have stopped on Vashon, and it's a magical place to be. Come and visit, and let the spell work on you!
Sunrise Cottage is a studio with a full kitchen and bathroom, and sleeps 2 people maximum. Guest AccessGuests have the cottage completely to themselves, and are free to share the yard space with the main house. The yard is right in front of the cottage, and has a garden, benches and wonderful views. Guests should be aware that the residents of the house use the yard to spend time in, garden and enjoy. If you want to be assured of complete privacy, you'll need to draw the curtains. Interaction with GuestsThere are three of us who live in the main house; we're all friendly and love to interact with people. Feel free to come over to ask questions or just to say hi! If we're out in the yard, come and join us! The NeighborhoodMy home and the cottage are on a dead-end road that leads right to the beach and Puget Sound. The road is wooded from top to bottom, and it is lovely to walk up and down in either direction. Walking up with lead you to town, which is only a mile away. Walking down leads to a path down to the beach. Getting AroundMy home and the cottage are one mile from downtown Vashon. The walk to town is very pleasant, albeit up a very steep hill! Everything you need is in town; groceries, cafes, movie theater, restaurants, and shops. If you walk down the hill instead of up, you will find yourself on the beach, where you can walk for miles during low tide.