Last week I had the pleasure of a hosted stay at ANACORTES COTTAGE BY THE SEA, a two bedroom Airbnb lodging in the small town of Anacortes, WA. If you’ve been following Small Town Washington & Beyond’s one year anniversary, you might recognize it as part of the “Anacortes Getaway for Two” Giveaway.
ANACORTES COTTAGE BY THE SEA
I stayed at my first Airbnb beach cottage in Coupeville, WA, and since then have stayed in a few more. I think Airbnb has revolutionized the way people travel, as it connects travelers with a local, which allows one to experience a destination in a more personal and authentic way. That is exactly what you can expect at ANACORTES COTTAGE BY THE SEA.
Bia, the host, is super friendly and goes the extra mile to make guests feel welcome. I arrived to find a welcome note and a chilled bottle of white wine. Great way to kick off a stay! She also showed me around her two-bedroom home, which was built in 1966 by a local architect, and other need-to-knows, like where the Keurig machine was in the kitchen, where to find the house rules reference sheet, and how to use the fireplace.
Want a More Hands-On Vacation?
Bia is very knowledgeable about the area and local activities. Upon request she’ll give you a quote for valet service to and from the airport (Bellingham or Seattle) and the ferry, she’ll be your tour guide for Skagit Valley beer and wine excursions, stock your kitchen with your favorite foods and local produce, and more.
Classy and Chic and Close to Downtown
The cottage is in Old Town, a very desirable location which is close to historic downtown Anacortes. From the outside, it’s hard to get a feel for the layout of the cottage as it is gated on both ends and has an enclosed backyard. One thing that does stand out is the manicured lawn and garden, and the fun garden art like a dancing frog with a flower in its mouth, a very tall birdhouse, and inside the entryway, a very blue gnome.
The cottage’s decor is classy and chic with local art donning the walls (some of which may be available for sale, just ask if you like something), bright colors, wood floors, and eclectic and beach-themed accents. The are two bedrooms, a guest bedroom, and a master bedroom that shares the bathroom in the hallway. The master bedroom also has a sliding door that leads to the outside patio.
There is also a living room with a gas fireplace, another sliding glass door to the patio and grill area, and a small dining area with a view of the front yard and its dancing frog. The kitchen is spacious and has all the dishware you’d need, stove, refrigerator, Keurig coffee maker, and a washer and dryer. Guests may park behind the house or in front along the street.
Since I live in Anacortes, I decided to enjoy the cottage and spent a good portion of the evening reading Seabiscuit by the fire. For my bedroom, I chose the master bedroom. The bed was super cozy, and in the morning, the house was so quiet, that I didn’t want to get out of bed.
Travel Tip: There is a two-night stay minimum at the cottage. It’s also important to note that rates change seasonally.
Travel Tip: Small pets are allowed upon approval. At this time (date of post), there is no additional fee.
Travel Tip: There is no television, but there is Wi-Fi, Bose speakers, and a Blue Ray player.
The Perfect Location
The cottage is a short drive into town or a fifteen-minute walk. The town has fabulous restaurants and shops. Some places I recommend are A’Town Bistro, 5th Street Bistro, The Brown Lantern, Adrift, Dad’s Diner, The Rockfish Grill, H20, Vagabond, Gere-a-deli, Bob’s Chowder & BBQ Salmon, Greek Islands, Mad Hatter Ice Cream, and Johnny Picasso’s. Secret Cove has the most economical Happy Hour in town, and they have a view of Guemes Channel, and I also like the Wheelhouse, and if you want a view of the marina head to Anthony’s or The Cabana. I don’t eat much pizza, but there are several pizza places downtown, as well as Mexican, Thai, and Japanese cuisine.
For shopping, there are unique shops, art galleries and antique stores to peruse. Be sure to stop into Donatello’s, Anacortes Oil and Vinegar, Pearl Buttons, Elizabeth’s Cottage by the Sea, and The Red Snapper.
There is also a small convenience store – Steinman’s– three blocks away from the cottage.
Anacortes has 2,800 acres of forestlands with over 50 miles of multiple use trails. If you want to get out and hike the trails, there are plenty to choose from. Within walking distance of the cottage are a couple of parks.
Causland Park is on the National Register of Historic Places.
If you walk to and from downtown, Causland Park is on the route and is about 9 minutes away from the cottage by foot. Built in the 1920s, it is one of the islands most unique parks because of its mosaic rock walls and bandstand. The 2-acre park includes grassy areas with picnic tables, shady and sunny spots, terraces that face the bandstand, and near the center of the park is a memorial to Anacortes Veterans.
Kiwanis Waterfront Park
If you want to spend some time near the water, but not wander too far from the cottage, then head to Kiwanis Waterfront Park which is a 4-minute walk away. The park hugs Guemes Chanel and has a short trail, grassy areas and a beach with views of the San Juan Islands. It is also a good place to watch the sunset.
On the east side of the park is the Guemes Ferry terminal. The ferry ride to Guemes is five minutes and within walking distance of the terminal, is Guemes Island General Store which has a restaurant, bar and a patio with fantastic views. I highly recommend the Beach Burger.
ANACORTES COTTAGE BY THE SEA Pros & Cons
- Welcome bottle of wine
- Use of entire house
- Close to downtown
- Enclosed backyard with outdoor patio with grill
- Allows small pet, and there are dog bowls and treats
- Ability to have a more personalized stay with arranged excursions, valet and more
- Comfortable and classy
- No television
- Washer and dryer
- Extra inflatable mattress
- No television
- One bathroom
- For larger groups, the dining table will be tight quarters
Would I stay here again? YES. In fact, this is the place I will recommend when family comes into town. The cottage has a great vibe, with fun and chic decor, an enclosed and private backyard, and all the niceties of home and then some. It’s location – in Old Town – is perfect for vacationing more like a local and experiencing the Fidalgo Island lifestyle.