Vashon, WA, United States Accommodations

Accommodations in Vashon

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The SpaceCrane Lodge Carriage House is part of Quartermaster Lodging and is located on inner Quartermaster harbor just a short distance from the main inn location. Crane Lodge Carriage House is just what it sounds like it is a great studio apartment built on a garage(so yes it has stairs) it has a very nice little kitchen area and a wonderful bathroom with a great old claw foot tub. Its a great little studio apartment and its all yours. This unit is on the water and has a nice yard and beach access and dock just walk past the main house Its a perfect getaway with no TV and limited internet The rate for this unit is $169 per night. Check in is 3PM and check out is 11AM unless special arrangements are made. Please call Troy 30 minutes before your arrival to get access. If you show up without calling you will have to wait outside and thats no fun at all, and certainly not a great way to start your stay so please call. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you! Come unplug and regenerate!! Guest AccessIts a great little studio apartment and its all yours. There is access to the beach and dock just walk past the main house Interaction with GuestsI like to meet folks when they arrive so I ask that you call me 30 minutes prior to your arrival so I can meet you there The NeighborhoodOff the main drag on a private little dead end road....close to everything and a world away! Getting AroundOn the Metro bus-line route 118 Other Things to NoteCheck in is 3PM and check out is 11AM unless special arrangements are made. Please call Troy 30 minutes before your arrival to get access. If you show up without calling you will have to wait outside and thats no fun at all, and certainly not a great way to start your stay so please call. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you!
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The SpaceThe Two Bedroom, Beach Front Suite just received an upgrade! It now has a kitchenette and separate entrance. The Beach Front Suite is part of the owner's larger home. Your accommodations include two bedrooms with a private bath & access to the hot tub. These are the only bedrooms on the main floor. The larger master bedroom has stunning views of Quartermaster Harbor. We've had guests say, "It feels like you are on a boat being so close to the water." If you love watching wildlife, enjoy the ebb and flow of the daily tides, and the quiet relaxation of island living with a view and a hot tub, this Two Bedroom Suite is for you. The master bedroom with queen, Beauty Rest mattress offers amazing, water-level views with deck access overlooking quaint Quartermaster Harbor, Vashon Island. 85' of beach front beckons you to watch the bird activity or take a walk on the tidelands. The second bedroom offers a single day bed, perfect for another guest. The kitchenette has a mini-fridge, a microwave, and a coffee/tea station for your early morning caffeine/"juice" or afternoon relaxation. The Suite also includes a private bathroom which is well appointed between the two bedrooms. Other features include Wifi throughout the house. Interaction with GuestsThe Two Bedroom, Water Front Suite (with private bath), are the only bedrooms on the main floor (of the larger 3,000 sq. foot home). The separate entrance provides privacy and space. It is a quiet home, with a restful tone and relaxed vibe. Because you *might* see the owners coming and going you can choose when and how much interaction to have with us. We love visitors and feel that our life is broadened through meeting travelers. However, we also value privacy, so we support our guests desired experience. Vashon Island is a wonderful place for a Get-A-Way...we hope your journey circles our way. The NeighborhoodThere is a charming, grocery store a five minute walk down the road with a amazing, local coffee stand (all less than a mile away). There are regular ferries & buses (this home is on the bus line) to West Seattle (Fauntleroy terminal on the North end of the Island, 15 min. drive) and to Tacoma (Tahlequah terminal on the South end, 10 minute drive). Monday through Friday (morning & evening) there is also a walk-on ferry to the heart of downtown Seattle.
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    Artist's Studio Loft B&B, an enchanting and romantic get-a-way, is nestled in a flower garden and meadow setting that abounds with wildlife and artistic arbors on beautiful Vashon Island, just minutes from downtown Seattle. This quiet, serene atmosphere provides a relaxing retreat, perfect for nature lovers, birdwatchers, honeymooners and those seeking an magical escape. Watch the eagle soar, the deer stroll and listen to the pheasant call on this lovely 5 acres of country charm. Beautiful rooms with separate entrances and private baths. Soft robes, comforters and a luxurious hot tub. Come walk our paths, make a wish at our wishing well, or simply take a relaxing soak in our hottub. Visit Vashon's wonderful shops and restaurants or stroll the quiet island beaches. Be nurtured with a delicious, light breakfast. Smoke-free for your comfort
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      Herons View is located on the desirable Burton peninsula, overlooking the idyllic inner Quartermaster Harbor. A short ferry ride from West Seattle or Tacoma, the island of Vashon has a distinctive character to it - very rural with a laid back feel to it. Don’t be surprised when you see cars with “Keep Vashon Weird” bumper stickers! The village of Burton, one of the first settlements on Vashon, has a local store (Harbor Mercantile but everybody calls it Sandy’s store, after the owner), Post Office, barbers, a garage plus an art gallery and antiques store. The social hub of Burton is the Burton Coffee Stand, written about in the NY Times ((website: hidden)2012/04/01/travel/vashon-island-near-seattle-a-rural-throwback.html?_r=0). Burton also has two marinas, one public and one for Quartermaster Yacht Club. At the center of the Burton peninsula is the 68 acre Burton Acres park with many trails winding through its leafy woods. A ten minute walk takes you to Jensen Point park with all types of watersport equipment to rent. During the season, Dungeness and Red Rock crab are plentiful. Clams can be found in the tidelands (including huge geoduck clam). Remember to pick up your State shellfish license before clamming or crabbing and check the State Health Dept website for any health warnings. Herons View is a birdwatcher’s paradise: we have a resident pair of Great Blue Herons that hang out on the dock and wade along the tideline. A couple of Belted Kingfishers enjoy perching on the dock pilings. In addition there are bald eagles, ospreys (aka sea hawks), hummingbirds and the usual seagulls and Canada geese. The Burton peninsula is home to many deer, so please drive slowly - and feel free to shoo them out of the garden! A private road/driveway serves the house and its three neighbors. Five private parking spots are located at the top of the property and more parking is available in the driveway. The terraced garden at the front of the house contains lavender, rosemary, rhododendrons and many other plants. The gardens by the waterside contain a fruit cage with raspberries, herb garden, blueberries and other herbaceous plants. Probably the highlight of the property is the large ironwood (AKA ipe) deck right on the water. A large stone table comfortably seats six and an additional glass topped table seats a further six people. Steps lead down to the private beach and a floating dock lets you tie up a kayak, canoe or sailing dinghy. A large natural gas stainless BBQ with four burners and a side burner is just a couple of steps from the deck. Accommodations include: Living room Large stone fireplace with gas stove insert. 55 inch LCD TV with Blu-ray player and receiver. Couches that comfortably seat nine. Dining room Solid maple wood dining room table with seats for eight Kitchen Cook’s kitchen! Newer stainless appliances including large side-by-side fridge freezer, gas stove with five burner cooktop, microwave, convection toaster oven, coffee maker and Miele dishwasher. Also well stocked with a blender, food processor, paella pan, etc. The kitchen is equipped for serving twelve people, with additional serving settings for another twelve. Downstairs Master bedroom With large sliding doors and windows overlooking the water, this beautiful master bedroom consists of a sleeping area with a king sized tempurpedic-style bed, a fireplace and roomy seating area, walk-in closet with California Closet fittings and hotel style safe and a bathroom with a large walk in shower. Laundry room Separating the downstairs master from the two other bedrooms on the east side of the house is a fully equipped laundry room with high efficiency front loading washer and dryer, iron and ironing board. Southeast bedroom Consists of two twin beds which can be put together to make a king wide bed and a large closet. Southwest bedroom Similarly furnished with two twin beds which can be put together to make a king wide bed and a wardrobe. Family bathroom Recently remodeled with twin sinks, soaking bathtub and dual shower. Flexroom This room can be used as a den, game room or bedroom with a leather queen sized sleeper sofa, game table and chairs. A 40 inch LCD TV sits on a set of cabinets with games, puzzles and other entertainment. A large closet has California Closets shelves, drawers and hanging space. A powder room with toilet and sink is located off this room. Owners' Suite Available for additional rent, the owner’s suite takes up the entire second floor and overlooks the harbor. The suite has a king sized bed, seating area in front of the fireplace, closet and a bathroom. The bathroom consists of a shower, vanity with sink and toilet. Additional fees may apply: - Additional rent for Owners Suite | $150 per night Cleaning fee includes sales tax (hence the odd number)
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      You and your pets will have a unique retreat on Vashon Island. A wonderful cottage is nestled in the Madrona woodlands with a fabulous view of green pastures and the French country barn. The one bedroom cottage has a queen four poster bed with a sleeper sofa in the living room. Cable television and Wi Fi are available. Lovely pine furniture is throughout the dining, living and bed rooms. A partially stocked full galley kitchen awaits your arrival. Out on the deck are a table and chairs for basking in the sun and enjoying nature. You'll want to take a walk along the woodland trail through the hidden meadow to our lovely pond. On the 5.6 acres you'll also find an orchard, firepit, riding arena, and large vegetable and berry garden. There's something to harvest year round!
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      1br Home/Apartment
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      The SpaceThis calm gracious space is just south of town center and only 40 min from Seattle. The Guest Suite is adjacent to the house and includes an airy bedroom and sparkling bathroom ;!elegantly minimal with modernist detail, organic sheets and towels, toiletries,and plants galore. Every aspect is tastefully designed and furnished, from the high ceilinged bedroom, to the floor-to-ceiling tiled bathroom and deep soaking tub. Even the function of the sitting room and private entryway is carefully considered as it blurs traditional boundaries between 'inside and out' Guest AccessThe quest suite has parking and a private access to the greenhouse-like sitting area. No shared spaces. The creative landscape and structural accents define the space and entice quests in. Eighteen years of devotion by passionate gardeners, along with some very old Poplar and Maple trees, give the two acre property a timeless feel-creating an environment that gardeners from all over the world have been searching out for years. Interaction with GuestsMinimal interaction but always available to help when needed via phone, a knock on the door, or just pop in the nursery. The NeighborhoodThe views from the bedroom and sitting room are out to the nursery and grounds, and apart from the nearby athletic club, there are no neighbors. However be aware this is a commercial property and it can be busy with activity and noises. The DIG Guest suite is close to shops, restaurants, theater, galleries, the preforming arts, and The VashonFarmers Market, as the center of Vashon is a 10-minute walk way-and the Coffee Roasterie is just down the street. Getting AroundThere is a limited Metro bus service at the end of the drive. Hopping on a bicycle is a wonderful way to explore the island. Though the easiest way to get about is by car, so you can search out all the island has to offer-especially if the time is short. Other Things to Note- Our peak months are June-September. -We also have weekend and off season pricing, so please check with us directly if you have a special request. - you will have an electric kettle for hot water, assorted teas and ground French roast coffee: but alas no kitchen/ and or services will be available to our guests. We have a small refrigerator and assorted plates and cultery for our guests. -please note the house is not not set up for children small or large; just two adults please. -We have a white noise machine installed in the room: because we are in a commercial zone we sometimes get both road noises and activities from businesses. If you need total peace and quiet this may not be the location for you. -Guests will receive a DIG gift certificate for 20% off plants and Pottery.
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      Good
      58 reviews
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      The SpaceIt is tiny and really nicely furnished with a great bed. The ceiling is low at 6'3", and sometimes is not perfecct for tall guests.... Guest AccessThough there is no actual kitchen you can make simple meals with provided cooking items: Hot plate, toaster oven, microwave, hot water pot, coffee press, plates, bowls, silverware, etc. Interaction with GuestsSometimes I don't see our guests at all, but it is always pleasant to check in and see how the visit is going. The NeighborhoodIt is only a block from downtown Vashon. Getting AroundWalking or biking is the best way to get around. There are buses but not great service on the weekends. Other Things to NoteThere is some kitchen equipment but not a full kitchen. There is a mini fridge, coffee press, microwave, electric kettle, toaster oven, hot plate. We don't have pans in there but if you let us know you will need some we can leave some in there for you.
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      The SpaceVashon Island rural retreat. 1903 Farmhouse with fruit and nut trees on an all organic property. Close to town, restaurants and shops and the bus line. At the corner is the Roasterie for coffee,tea, breakfast goodies and sometimes music. The downstairs bedroom is very spacious and full of light. It faces the front. Upstairs is a smaller, cozy bedroom with windows on two sides. It faces the back garden. Both have super comfortable queen sized beds with down comforters. The bathroom is located downstairs and is only shared if both bedrooms are booked by a family or friends. Normally, only one bedroom is booked at a time. Bailee, the cocker spaniel in residence, wriggles her delight at company. Flash, our friendly llama, is more aloof, but loves greens from the garden or an apple from the nearby tree. There are several "protected" large and unusual trees on the property including a wonderful mulberry, fig trees, walnut and hazelnut trees. Walk down to the Roasterie for fresh brewed coffee or tea and bring it back to the deck to enjoy while you listen to the birds or watch the sheep in the pasture. WiFi is included, but there is NO television. This is a peaceful, quiet, environmentally respectful farm and we welcome all like-minded individuals. Vashon has many artists, musicians and organic farmers and a terrific sense of community. Saturday Market is a fun event during the warmer months and there is almost always an activity to enjoy whether its local theater, music, art walks, bike riding, kayaking or just stepping away from the hustle and bustle in nature's refugium. We are a "no outside shoes" house. Absolutely no smoking allowed. Ask about well-behaved pet policy. Host welcomes international guests and can provide help in German or French. Guest AccessKitchen is available for light use and a fridge is available. Please ask. Interaction with GuestsSince I live in the house as well, I am usually around to answer questions or offer suggestions for activities and Island resources. The NeighborhoodThere are several organic farms within short walking distance and a very large forested Park for longer walks. A popular beach is a short drive east. And Vashon's Allied Arts Center is about a 10 minute walk from here. Getting AroundAbout a city block down the road is the highway through town and the bus stops at the corner. Vashon town is about a mile and a half away. Other Things to NoteThe upstairs room is part of the original farmhouse and up a somewhat steep flight of stairs which makes it not suitable for small toddlers or those with physical limitations - sorry.
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      Excellent
      125 reviews
      2br Home/Apartment
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      The SpaceThe Last Resort Guest House is located at the end of a dead end road secluded in the forests of Vashon's West Side. The cottage is crafted with romance at her heart, just the thing for that special time with your loved one. It is also a great place for a gathering of friends, small wedding parties a honey moon or anniversary. Maybe you would just like to get away from it all. Come an experience the wonder of peace and quiet! Guest AccessYou will find a nicely appointed kitchenette, air tight wood stove with fire wood provided, TV with a DVD player, CD player, full bath, a portable BBQ with coals and starter fluid provided, a trail to the beach with a tide table and a hot tub ready for you year 'round. Interaction with GuestsI try to make myself as scarce as possible but am here for you if you should need anything. I'm right next door. The NeighborhoodThe neighborhood has the feature of not being seen from the cottage. This maximizes your privacy. Being at the end of the road you are afforded the quiet you came to the country to find. You are surrounded by tall stands of Douglas Fir and Red Seder which add to the aroma of the sea for a most unforgettable fragrance. Getting AroundThe Last Resort Guest House is about 4 miles from Vashon. Public transit will get you most of the way here and there is a taxi service from that point. For the adventurous, a short bike ride will bring you the rest of the way to the cottage.
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      Excellent
      74 reviews
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      The SpaceThe suite accommodates at least 4 comfortably within a large open space. If you have a larger family, we can provide a foam mattress for an additional person. The main sleeping area with the King bed is defined by a shelving unit which provides privacy and helps to make it more like a separate room. The comfortable couch is a Queen Futon that we make into a bed as needed. We have a treadmill if you are interested in some exercise during your stay. In addition, there is a cozy sitting area with a 42" flat screen television with Direct TV and a DVD player. The suite is accessed by an exterior staircase. Guest AccessAs mentioned, the suite is above a two car garage and is detached from our house. When guests are staying with us, we park our vehicles outside at night to avoid the use of the garage doors late at night or early in the morning. Interaction with GuestsWe are usually present to welcome you to our home and are an active family with three kids, so we will be running around to activities both on and off the island. We will make ourselves available for questions whenever needed. We love getting to know fellow travelers, but also respect your right to privacy. As this is our home, although we make every effort to be considerate and avoid excessive noise, you will sometimes hear our children playing or my husband and myself working on projects around the property. The NeighborhoodWe love the privacy afforded by being down a long gravel drive in the woods. We back onto 360 acres of protected woods called Island Center Forest. There are amazing trails for walking, horseback riding and biking. Waking to the birds and the sounds of nature are part of the package here. Getting AroundVashon is a rural island. There are buses that run on the major road through the island, Vashon Hwy, but a car or bicycle would be essential to truly explore the island. Parking is right outside the suite. You can reach Vashon from the airport either through Sound Transit buses via West Seattle to the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal, or light rail into downtown Seattle and then the passenger only ferry to Vashon (bikes or walk on passengers only). Other Things to NoteAfter a great deal of thought, we have decided to change our pricing structure. We will no longer have different prices for weeknights and weekends. Our flat rate will now be $100/night. We are also dropping our cleaning fee. So, from now on, all guests will pay $100 a night with no extra cleaning fee added. We feel this will make it more equitable as many of our guests are here for only one night and were paying a disproportionate nightly rate. Since there is no way through Airbnb to change the cleaning fee based on length of stay, we have decided to raise our rates, thereby incorporating the "cleaning fee" into our new rate. After almost two years of hosting, and just having completed our taxes, we had also come to the realization that after taxes, our profit was quite minimal when compared to the amount of labor and time it takes to run an Airbnb property. In order to continue to host, which we enjoy doing, we would need to increase our rates. Thank you for understanding. FYI: Island Center Forest (which is directly behind our house) and most of it's trails is usually closed to all other recreational uses due to a limited hunting season for just over two weeks in mid to late October. This year (2016) the trails will be closed from October 15-31.
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      The SpacePrivate cottage nestled in a landscaped yard with an organic vegetable garden. Walking distance to town. Guest AccessEnjoy the garden. Have breakfast at the picnic table. Watch our many bird visitors. Washer and dryer available for a small fee. Interaction with GuestsOwner lives in cottage on the property and is usually home. Ring old-fashioned doorbell on backdoor. Owner always available by cell phone. The NeighborhoodVisit our 37-square mile island and go back to small-town America. Just 15 min by ferry from Seattle, but a world apart. Everyone is so friendly and so helpful. Walk around town to see art galleries, unique coffee and tea shops, cute restaurants, pubs with live music and the best Thai food in Seattle. Getting AroundWalk to town or take the bus--they stop for you anywhere along the highway, just wave to the driver. Off street parking provided. Other Things to NoteMay-Sept weekends require 2 days booking. @$75/night and $85/night on weekend. Check-in time 400 pm. Check-out time 12 noon. Pets considered on a case-by-case basis.
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      Excellent
      22 reviews
      1br Home/Apartment
        The SpaceThink Gypsy encampment: Have a bon fire! Invite 10 of your friends to camp out in tents! Draw yourself a super hot bath under the stars. Say hi to my sheep (Blackberry & Bandit) Help yourself to Kale, Raspberries, & herbs in the garden. Feel free to use my well-equipped kitchen. I usually work in the studio space next door from 10am to 5pm. Between 5pm & 10am you'll have the entire 5 acres to yourself. If you'd like more privacy - that can be arranged, as I also like to go on trips! If I go camping, then you'll have the place all to yourself for the duration of the trip. Guest AccessFeel free to read books, play the piano, listen to records, or use art supplies. Please do not use my woodworking tools. Interaction with GuestsWant me to show you around? Need directions? Give me a ring; I'm pretty aware of events happening on the island, farm stand locations, fun hikes, & other diversions. The NeighborhoodVashon has a higher density of small farms than any other place in Washington State. Beaches! Madrona trees! Live music! Dance parties! Enjoy spending time in this creative, friendly, fun-loving community. Don't miss the Vashon Farmer's Market. Getting AroundThe bus stops at the end of my driveway - it takes you to Burton, Downtown Vashon, Maury Island, and the Ferry docks. Please be advised the bus does not run on Sundays. I may be able to help you get from the ferry to my place. Other Things to NoteI have a composting toilet - it looks just like a regular toilet, except you add wood shavings instead of flushing.
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        Excellent
        14 reviews
        3br Home/Apartment
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        The SpaceThis place is uniquely positioned on a popular bike route through the peninsula from the great city Seattle just across the water. It is also nicely positioned within walking distance (1/2 mile) to the ferry that goes directly to West Seattle, which is a 40min. trip. There are also several beach access points nearby. The house itself is a great destination for a family or a couple or a bunch of friends to gather, relax and enjoy a fun and beautiful garden space as well as a joining play field with volleyball net and crochet. Guest AccessGuests have access to most of the house, the owner does not live on the property. Guests are free to use a large kitchen and dining room area for entertaining, tv/family room equipped with toys and games, a beautiful garden space. Interaction with GuestsGuests check-in on their own with a code on the key pad. The owner is nearby and accessible at anytime by phone and will only come to the house only if needed. The NeighborhoodThis neighborhood is great because of the neighbors! Some of the nicest and friendliest people you will ever meet! The area is also very quiet as it is not apart of any direct route into the down town area of Port Orchard. Getting AroundThere is a bus route that connects the nearby ferry terminal (Fauntleroy/Vashion Island/Southworth Ferry) with downtown Port Orchard and it is about a 15 min. walk from the house to the Ferry terminal, about a 20 minute bus ride to Port Orchard. From downtown Port Orchard there is a small foot ferry that goes directly to the Bremerton Ferry terminal which can take you back to Seattle. Other Things to NoteWe do have a hot tub! And we would love to be able to allow you access to it, however we do have to empty and clean it between guests. If you are interested in having it available for your stay, please notify us at least a week prior to your stay so that we can make the appropriate arrangements, as well, we will add a $75 hot tub usage fee.
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        Excellent
        34 reviews
        2br Home/Apartment
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        The SpaceThis cabin offers ultimate privacy and serenity. There is one house to the north but no immediate neighbors to the south. It is close to both ferry terminals and 10 minutes from the town of Vashon. The cabin is 1,050 square feet, has one full bedroom and half bedroom/sunroom that has a daybed that can sleep one. There is also an option to use a queen sized inflatable mattress. Pets will be considered on a case by case basis. It should also be noted that there are about 70 stairs from the parking area down to the cabin.
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        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.
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        2br Home/Apartment
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        The SpaceQuartermaster Cottage is located in Burton, WA on the Island of Vashon. This quaint home was built in the late 1890's when Burton was a fishing village. Fantastic ocean views from the deck with patio tables seating 10. Sleeps 5 with two queen beds and one twin bed. Two full bathrooms with shower and tub. Completely furnished kitchen, washer and dryer and gas grill for those summer barbecues. All bath and bed linens furnished. Check in is 3PM and check out is 11AM unless special arrangements are made. Please call Troy 30 minutes before your arrival to get access. If you show up without calling you will have to wait outside and thats no fun at all, and certainly not a great way to start your stay so please call. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you! Other Things to NoteCheck in is 3PM and check out is 11AM unless special arrangements are made. Please call Troy 30 minutes before your arrival to get access. If you show up without calling you will have to wait outside and thats no fun at all, and certainly not a great way to start your stay so please call. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you!
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        The SpaceHigh-bank, East facing waterfront vacation rental on pastoral Vashon Island for short or long-term rent. One mile from town, yet private as can be. This 1 bedroom + loft, 1 bath nearby Seattle vacation rental was completely renovated three years ago, down to the foundation, and now includes new hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, stone counters, a steam shower, heated bathroom floors, and Mitsubishi ductless heating and cooling. The house is also thoughtfully furnished with special pieces like a Saarinen Womb chair, and in the loft is a high-quality queen size futon. This one of a kind property is being rented out for the first time ever (as of December 2012) and is sure to feel like your special home away from home. Within a stones throw of Seattle, Vashon Island is like a trip through the way-back machine. Home to some 10,000 full-time residents, Vashon is proud to be a bit odd, zoned to limit future growth, and proud of its farming and self-sufficient heritage. It's amazing that you can be in Seattle one moment and then have access to this artistic, rural world that seems so far removed. The separation of getting on the ferry and leaving the mainland is palpable. You can finally exhale on the ferry, and know that time really does slow down on the island! And especially that first bit of the drive off the ferry, when you turn left and go up that big hill, the busyness of life on the mainland and in Seattle just melts away. And then presto, you're in the middle of nowhere driving past green fields and along forested roads, and a dazzling array of farm animals - from horses, to alpacas to beef cattle to miniature ponies. It's like hobbit-land and just seeing all of these different ways of life is intoxicating. To get to this little gem by car, one can take a WA State Ferry from either Fauntleroy (West Seattle), or Point Defiance (just outside of Tacoma). There is also a passenger only ferry operating from Pier 50 in Seattle. Our rental house is a 10 minute drive from either the north or south end of the island and only 1 mile East of downtown Vashon. **Price includes 8.6% sales tax (on all rentals of 30 days or less)** Note: preference given to longer-term rentals (one week or greater).
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        Guest AccessLocated about two miles from the town of Vashon in a rural neighborhood ,this space is set up for a private, independent stay. It is ideal for an inexpensive Island retreat. The town of Vashon has everything you will need for an island getaway in the Puget Sound . The efficiency kitchen is equipped with microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven, electric skillet, and Mr Coffee coffee maker, dishes etc. Guests are responsible for providing their own provisions . There are two TWIN beds, The small back bedroom has a twin bed and there is a foldout twin bed in the main room. Linen service is included. The bathroom has a shower, sink and RV style toliet (uses a holding tank) The many windows and high ceilings provide a spacious, bright feel to this 360 sq. ft. space. The attached 10x10 room is a sunny sitting area with couch, rocking chair and small TV with basic cable and dvd player and a door leading out to the deck next to the private driveway. The small yard is partially enclosed by a privacy fence. Interaction with GuestsOur home is closeby. We are friendly, quiet and value our privacy and value those qualities in our guests as well. We are available by phone or a knock at our door with any questions, concerns, or requests . We will expect guests to have a working phone and will ask for ID and emergency contact info. upon arrival. This space is not available for long term rental. Other Things to NoteVashon Island is accessible only by ferry, The Washington state ferry system runs a car and passenger ferry that docks in West Seattle (the Fauntleroy ferry dock) on the north end of the Island .This dock also runs ferries to the Olympic Peninsula (Southworth ferry dock). There is also a passenger only ferry, a Water Taxi, run by King County, from the north end that goes directly to downtown Seattle, To get to Tacoma, there is a car/passenger ferry on the south end of the Island (Tahlequah/Point Defiance ferry dock). There a is a park and ride lot in the town of Vashon with numerous bus runs to the north end ferry and less to the south end. Some north end buses get on the ferry and go directly to Seattle. Our house is a mile and a half walk (with some big hills) from the main road where you can flag down a bus anywhere along the highway. The town of Vashon is two miles away. The Island has some flat stretches but has mostly hilly terrain for those choosing not to bring a car. The hill from the north end (Seattle ferry) is extremely grueling for bicyclists although the bus meeting the ferry has a rack for 3 bikes. Vashon is an Island with many commuters. We Islanders enjoy a great spirit of community with many parks, beaches and a robust arts community (even our own opera company!) The town of Vashon has many lovely shops, restaurants, and businesses to meet your needs independent of the mainland.
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        The SpaceRoom "J" has a queen bed a view over Quartermaster Harbor. There are 4 other rooms available. On the waterfront of outer quartermaster harbor, and built before there were roads on the island Marjesira was once an inn, general store, post office, and one of the Mosquito Fleet steamship stops. Now its main access is a short shell strewn trail past the garden, and a flight of 63 stairs (please take note of this if stairs are a challenge for you). To come down the trail, stairs, and walk through the doors of Marjesira, is to step back in time. Over a hundred years old, it maintains a charm and rustic elegance in a craftsman style. You will see the remnants of a time before; fixtures from the gas settling lamps still adorn the walls. Its east facing covered porch is a favorite place to watch the birds, otters, or the early morning sunlight dancing on the water. The top of Mt Rainer peeks up over Maury island on the other side of the harbor. There are two rooms available with Queen beds, The two bathrooms are shared by the quests (one has a large claw-foot tub, the other a shower.) A well equipped kitchen and extra refrigerators are available for guests to use. Other common spaces: the Great Room has a large table that extends for many, and a sitting area with rockers for all.... the parlor has an extensive library, a piano, many musical instruments, and a wood stove to cozy up around when the temperature is cooler. There is a wrap around porch with lots of seating, a hammock, and views. Decks off of the kitchen and the upstairs, and a dock out front, offer more lounging space. Miles of beach are just out the front door when tides allow. Located about a mile south of Burton, 4 miles North of the Talequah Ferry, 5 miles south of Vashon town, 10 miles South of the North end ferry to Fauntleroy and Southworth, Marjesira is on the 118 bus line. You could come stay down on Magnolia beach the whole time, or use Marjesira as a base to explore the Island, Tacoma, Seattle, or the extended beauty of the Pacific Northwest mountains and waterways. It is a great place for pre / post hiking ,biking, or kayaking adventures. All five rooms can be rented for a week at a time, which is great for family and groups. Alternatively, individual rooms are rented for one night to a month. The hostess , her dog and outdoor cat live on the premises. The most common descriptors of those who have spent time at Marjesira : magical, nurturing, healing, peaceful,...Come experience it for yourself.
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        The SpaceRoom "A" has a queen bed and view East over Quartermaster Harbor. On the waterfront of outer quartermaster harbor, and built before there were roads on the island Marjesira was once an inn, general store, post office, and one of the Mosquito Fleet steamship stops. Now its main access is a short shell strewn trail past the garden, and a flight of 63 stairs (please take note of this if stairs are a challenge for you). To come down the trail, stairs, and walk through the doors of Marjesira, is to step back in time. Over a hundred years old, it maintains a charm and rustic elegance in a craftsman style. You will see the remnants of a time before; fixtures from the gas settling lamps still adorn the walls. Its east facing covered porch is a favorite place to watch the birds, otters, or the early morning sunlight dancing on the water. The top of Mt Rainer peeks up over Maury island on the other side of the harbor. The two bathrooms are shared by the quests (one has a large claw-foot tub, the other a shower.) Located about a mile south of Burton, 4 miles North of the Talequah Ferry, 5 miles south of Vashon town, 10 miles South of the North end ferry to Fauntleroy and Southworth, Marjesira is on the 118 bus line. You could come stay down on Magnolia beach the whole time, or use Marjesira as a base to explore the Island, Tacoma, Seattle, or the extended beauty of the Pacific Northwest mountains and waterways. It is a great place for pre / post hiking ,biking, or kayaking adventures. The hostess , and outdoor cat live on the premises. The most common descriptors of those who have spent time at Marjesira : magical, nurturing, healing, (URL HIDDEN) is a great place to gather or to get away. Come experience it for yourself. Guest AccessMarjesira has WIFI . A well equipped kitchen and extra refrigerators are available for guests to use. Other common spaces: the Great Room has a large table that extends for many, and a sitting area with rockers for all.... the parlor has an extensive library, a piano, many musical instruments, and a wood stove to cozy up around when the temperature is cooler. There is a wrap around porch with lots of seating, a hammock, and views. Decks off of the kitchen and the upstairs, and a dock out front, offer more lounging space. Miles of beach are just out the front door when tides allow. Interaction with GuestsMy work schedule is irregular. There may be times when our paths do not cross. When I do get the pleasure of meeting you, I will likely follow your lead as to how much you want to interact.I will gladly give suggestions for your stay on the island. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting the many people that have graced Marjesira through Airbnb. Getting AroundThe 118 bus passes by marjesira, though its times are limited (no late night runs) and does not run on Sunday.
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        26 reviews
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        This property was deactivated by the owner. We have found several other available options for your stay.
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        The SpaceOur privacy, water view and central location to the town of Vashon makes this ideal for visitors to the Island. However, if you are interested in exploring Seattle and Tacoma, we are an easy ferry ride away from both these cities. We do recommend bringing a car or at least a bike as public transportation is quite limited. As longtime Vashonites who enjoy outdoor activities as well as inveterate travelers we are a welcoming spot and hope to make you feel comfortable. The spot is ideal for one or two. However, we do discourage children. It is not as if we don't like children (we have 2) we just find they may take up more space than we are comfortable with. While there is a good chance we will be sharing the house with you, we see your stay as a launching spot for your own excursions or a spot to lay your head while visiting family and friends on Vashon. We have two cats which come and go in the house. We can keep them outside during your stay if this is an issue. A sliding door downstairs provides privacy between the upstairs space and our space downstairs. Guest AccessYou are welcome to use the kitchen as needed or hang out on the porches in good weather. We have a BBQ you are welcome to use. Interaction with GuestsWe are happy to point you in the direction for sightseeing and recreating. Otherwise, you are free to do your own thing. We are often gone during our guests' stay so there are times when you have the entire house to yourself. When we are in residence, we are in and out. The NeighborhoodPrivacy is what we most love about our location. Getting AroundThere are buses which run to both the north end ferry to Seattle as well as to the southend ferry which goes to Tacoma. However, buses to get around the island are almost non existent. There is no taxi service on the island.
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        The SpaceOur charming 30's farmhouse overlooks 1500 lavender plants, Inner and Outer Quartermaster Harbor and Mt. Rainier and the Cascades. The house is bright and cheerful in rain or shine, with almost an acre of gardens, walking distance to coffee and general store, on the bus line and away from it all. The entire house is yours - six guest rooms, three baths on three levels, a large double living room, separate dining room and gourmet kitchen with six burner stove, three ovens - a true cooks kitchen. There is a second refrigerator in the daylight basement. The home has WIFI, three televisions, gas fireplace, charcoal grill and seating for 12 guests on the farmhouse porch. Our property manager will welcome you and check you out. She's only minutes away if you need help, but not hovering. The house has a door code so keys aren't necessary. Lavender Hill Farm sits on the Burton hill, overlooking the little town of Burton, which includes a post office, Burton Coffee (the local gathering place), Harbor Mercantile (aka Sandy's) for whatever you forgot to pick up at the supermarket, second hand store, home design store and Burton Auto (not charming, but really handy when you need that battery charged!). We are a 5 minute walk to the beach, 10 minutes to kayaking and paddle boarding and a 12 minute drive to the town of Vashon, with shops, restaurants, the best Quilt Shop ever, the Farmers Market and more. Vashon is known for its biking and hiking and all the guidebooks are in the house. It's best to bring a car to Vashon Island. There are buses that meet the ferries from Seattle and Tacoma (and you must take a ferry to get here - no bridge!) We are on the bus line, so it's possible for guests to get up town and back or to the ferries. (on Vashon Uptown means the town of Vashon; over town means Seattle). There is a passenger ferry to downtown Seattle that runs weekdays during commuter hours, and the Fauntleroy Ferry to West Seattle connect to bus routes that go downtown. Guest AccessThe entire house is yours, including 3/4 acre of gardens and lavender field, two car carport, 3 story house, wifi, tvs, tennis rackets, games and a full kitchen. Interaction with GuestsWhen you are renting the farm, we will be elsewhere. Our on-island property manager will welcome you and is responsive to your needs and questions. Janett will meet you and give a quick tour of the house and go over our checkout procedures. The NeighborhoodThe house is two blocks from the small town of Burton. There's a general store and Burton Coffee within walking distance. The Burton loop is the perfect place for a brisk walk and you can access the outer and inner Quartermaster Harbor. Getting AroundBelieve it or not, on rural Vashon, there is bus service. The bus stop is two blocks away, and also swings by our house on the hour (and the bus driver will stop). Buses go into the town of Vashon and to the north and south ferry terminals. Please look at the schedule carefully - service is infrequent at certain times. No bus service on Sundays. Other Things to NoteIf you are planning an event (birthday party, wedding, rehearsal dinner) that includes more than your houseguests and a few others, you must notify us before booking. Additional fees and requirements apply. Please inquire before booking.
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        The SpaceCharming 400 square ft. apartment in our modest home on 3 acres is fully furnished and has everything you will need for a private, independent stay. Ideal for visiting grandparents or relatives. This space accommodates up to three people for short term stays with a minimum of 3 nights. Monthly stays require a month-to-month lease, $500. security deposit and additional info/verification. No smoking inside or out. No pets. The kitchen includes a gas range, small refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, dishes etc. and linens are provided. Once a week use of the washer/dryer is available for monthly rentals. The sunny combined kitchen/living area includes a small table & 2 chairs, recliner, daybed, etc with a cable TV and Xfinity WIFI. The very private covered deck also has an open area for checking out the stars! Guest AccessGuests have Interaction with GuestsWe are very friendly long-time Islanders who value our privacy, peace and quiet on our little piece of heaven and value those qualities in our guests as well. But of course, we are available anytime via phone, text, or knock at the door to help or answer any questions/concerns our guests might have. We are very committed to happy guests! Getting AroundWe are located in a rural neighborhood about 2 miles from the town of Vashon and a bit closer to the main highway. For those choosing not to bring a car, please keep in mind that Vashon has a mostly hilly terrain. There are several steep hills up to our house and the hill up from the north end (Seattle) ferry dock is a very grueling bike ride. We are about four miles from the north end Fauntleroy-Vashon Ferry dock. Buses run the length of the island on regular routes and can be flagged down anywhere along the highway and connect with both ferry docks. For more info please contact the Washington State ferry System, The King County Water Taxi, King County Metro Bus System . We have an extensive public transportation system in our area and these are just the main options.
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        Excellent
        154 reviews
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        The SpaceThe 200 square foot cabin has a luxurious queen bed, small sitting area, bathroom with shower and private front porch. It is equipped with a small refrigerator, electric tea pot, drip coffee maker and a gas bbq on the porch with a side burner. Tea, coffee are kept in the cabin and fresh raw milk is provided upon request. The cabin is a 80' from the main farmhouse giving you lots of privacy. Please note there is no taxi (or Uber) service on Vashon. Having your own car or bicycle is the best way to get around. We can pick up from the ferry for a $25 fee and return you to the ferry for an additional $25. The bus stop is across the street from the farm so you can use the bus to get around everyday except Sunday. Guest AccessYou will have access to the expansive vegetable and herb garden and back yard, you can visit the cows and/or chickens with an owner as your guide. Please note that we have electric fences to keep the animals in their pastures. Interaction with GuestsWe live and work on the farm daily. You will see us as we do our chores. However, we respect your desire for "time away" and will give you all the quiet time you desire. You can check yourself in anytime after 1:00. We are available by phone or text. The NeighborhoodVashon Island is safe rural community filled with art, farming and foodies. The Vashon Chamber of Commerce web site is a good overview of visitor opportunities. The Beachcomber publication "Destination Vashon" is a must have resource for visitors. It can be viewed online at (website hidden) or picked up in your room. Getting AroundCornerstone is located in the center of the island very close to the highway. It is very easy to get into town or to explore the outer areas of the island. Having your own car is the best way to see the island. If you don't have a car, the bus can pick you up and drop you off in front of the farm. We can pick you up from the ferry for $25 and take you back to the ferry for an additional $25. The buses run daily except for Sunday. We have parking for your car, motorcycle or bicycle. Other Things to NoteWe are happy to wash your dishes during your stay in the cabin. Just load your dirty dishes on the tea tray and drop them off on the deck of the farmhouse. We will wash them and return them to the cabin porch. Please note there is no microwave or toaster oven in the cabin. The gas bbq and side burner can be used for toasting, heating up, cooking, roasting and grilling.
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        The SpaceBelle Baldwin became the state’s first female physician in 1912 and features prominently in the study of women in America. Named a State Historic Landmark, the Belle Baldwin house may be the only known intact example of the residential work of Harlan Thomas, a renowned architect whose buildings are distinguished Seattle landmarks. The Vashon Park District’s ‘green’ restoration process has returned the house to its 1912 glory, creating a relaxing, natural environment that honors the park and the past. And, all this is located on 750 feet of pristine Puget Sound beach. It doesn't get any better than this. The house has a large living and dining room with the original paned windows facing the shore and Baldwin creek. The three bedrooms (two queens/two twin), one bath house is comfortable for a group of six and provides all household items to assure a comfortable stay. Guest will have full access to the first floor of the house. The upstairs and basement are off limits. Guest privacy is treated with utmost respect. Lodgings Manager will be available via phone 24 hours per day. The Belle Baldwin House is located in Vashon Park District’s Fern Cove Park. The park is open to the public during the day for passive uses such as beach walks and bird watching. Parking is limited so guests to the house are asked to drive to the end of the driveway and park in the carport. This area can only accommodate three vehicles so if you have visitors during your stay, please ask them to park on the road and walk to the house. The house was built in 1912 and fully refurbished in 2008 to provide for weekly rentals to the public. There is a carport at the end of the drive for guests. Please note that pricing includes cleaning fees and 8.6% WA State sales tax. During summer season we book by the week. Guest AccessGuest will have full access to the first floor of the house. The upstairs and basement are off limits. Interaction with GuestsGuest privacy is treated with utmost respect. Lodgings Manager will be available via phone 24 hours per day. The NeighborhoodSecluded beach front. Getting AroundThere is a carport at the end of the drive for guests. Other Things to NoteDuring our high season (Memorial Day - Labor Day) we rent by the week.
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        The SpaceEagle Heights Cottage is a one-bedroom vacation rental located on Vashon Island in the Puget Sound. We like to call it a B&V--for bed and vegetables--because we offer our guests fresh, pick-your-own vegetables, herbs, and fruit in season, grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Eagle Heights Cottage is located on the bus line and is easily accessible from Seattle, Tacoma, or the Kitsap Peninsula, with or without a car. We offer: DVD player CD player/Radio Double bed Bath and shower Washer & dryer Easy access to public transportation Vegetable and flower beds Outside seating area with grill Guest AccessI will leave a key for you under the front doormat. You have access to the whole house. Interaction with GuestsI come every few days to let the chickens out into parts of the garden and I spend a day gardening at least once a week. I do not live nearby. The NeighborhoodVashon has a lot of opportunities for dining, seeing theater, and browsing art galleries. We even have an excellent opera company and a new arts center. And, of course, there are numerous farm stands, a farmers market, and lots of quiet country roads. Getting AroundEagle Heights Cottage is located on the bus line. Just stand outside the cottage and wave down a bus. Seriously. There is also a shuttle service that will pick you up at the airport and drop you off at the Cottage. Other Things to NoteThere will be a detailed list of house rules on the kitchen table when you arrive. Please read them. Here are the basics that you may want to know before booking: There is absolutely no smoking anywhere on the premises. Eagle Heights Cottage is not a residential rental and you may not bring in your own furniture or rearrange the furniture, books, electronics that are there. Check-in is at 5:00 p.m. or later and check-out is at 10:00 a.m. or earlier, no exceptions unless previously arranged. Some disclaimers: We are located on the "main drag" and while Vashon is quite rural, about every hour you will hear a lot of ferry traffic. If you think the sound of traffic will bother you, Eagle Heights Cottage is probably not for you. On the map it looks like we are close to the beach. We aren't. Eagle Heights Cottage is around 300 feet above sea level and all of the beaches near it are private. However, there are plenty of public beaches on Vashon that you can drive to or ride a bike to. It is my goal to see how many edible or otherwise useful plants I can cram onto the property. It is a work in progress and the landscaping is sometimes messy. I may have to leave a pile of weeds if I am in the middle of a weeding project that goes on until you are about to arrive; sometimes I let things go to seed because I have a plant breeding project in progress or maybe I just want to save the seeds. The gardens are primarily vegetable gardens, and I don't rip things out as soon as they look ratty but let them finish their useful life. I cultivate a wild and haunted look on purpose. If you need to see watered and manicured lawns and closely trimmed shrubbery, there are places on Vashon that fit that description, but Eagle Heights Cottage does not. However, you are welcome to enjoy the bounty of my experiments while you are there, the tomatoes, the herbs--if the season is right--the fresh eggs, even dig for sunchokes in winter! There are a lot of bees all over everything in the summer. Thanks! Elizabeth
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        34 reviews
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        This property was deactivated by the owner. We have found several other available options for your stay.
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        The SpaceInside, over 2,100 square feet of living space divides itself between two floors. On the first floor, the great room and modern farmhouse kitchen welcome you with heated saltillo floors and vaulted beam ceilings. Attached to the living space is the inglenook, an authentic 'hearth room' with a cozy wood burning stove and fold-down sofa. An entertainment room with another sleeper sofa, a 3/4 bath and laundry complete the main level. Upstairs you'll find four bedrooms (2 queen, 1 full, 1 kids room with bunk beds) with charming window seats. The large bath is the perfect place to unwind and settle into the island life. Guest AccessFull house private vacation rental Interaction with GuestsOwners not present during stay The NeighborhoodVashon Island is home to over a dozen small family farms — the kind that in most places were swallowed up by big agribusiness decades ago — selling their kale and beets and free-range eggs through unmanned farm stands that accept payment on the honor system. In the island’s main town, shopkeepers greet their patrons by name, and the only traffic jams are found on the sidewalk where townsfolk stop to chat unhurriedly with their friends, neighbors, and even complete strangers. The island’s galleries, forests and beaches are all worth exploring. If you're looking for more activity, the main town is the hub, which is in the northern third of the island and is also called Vashon. Many locals simply refer to it as Uptown. Viewed from one angle, Vashon is your average small town, with three banks, a hardware store, a post office, a theater, a bookstore and a couple of supermarkets. From another perspective, it is an enclave of hippies, with a gluten-free/vegan cafe, a fair-trade gift store selling items like woven root place mats and hand-thrown pottery, a yoga studio, a Saturday farmers’ market (a MUST do, starts @ 10am spring-fall) and a half-dozen art galleries showing everything from wildlife photographs to works consisting entirely of words. Vashon is full of arts-minded people, both connoisseurs and creators. This is an island with a fraction of the population of an average New York neighborhood, yet it has its own opera company, chamber music society, artist studio tour, a Prairie Home Companion-like variety show called “Church of Great Rain,” a Shakespeare in the Park program and summer concert series — not to mention a First Friday Gallery Cruise and a $16.5 million performing arts center breaking ground. This sanctuary for artists is also a popular destination for Seattle-area cyclists and sea kayakers, the former for the island’s backwoods roads, and the latter for the protected waters of Quartermaster Harbor. Getting AroundVashon is accessible from the Kitsap Peninsula in the west and also Tacoma in the south, but most people will arrive from the east, via West Seattle. Ferries from West Seattle run every 20 to 60 minutes, depending on the time of day. There is public bus service on the island as well.