When the Airbnb description said beach front I didn’t realize it really meant on the beach.
So, I was pleasantly surprised when the tide lapped against the bottom of the porch. And, when the tide went out I had a rocky beach to explore. It doesn’t get more Pacific Northwest than that.
You might be wondering, where is this Airbnb rental? It’s about a six-minute drive north of the small town of Coupeville on Whidbey Island. It’s also 11 minutes from Oak Harbor, Washington and about a 20-minute drive from the Port Townsend/Coupeville Ferry. If the bus is your thing it stops right across the street and it’s free. The rental is in close proximity to a variety of dining, outdoor activities like hiking and biking, and two Washington State Parks (Fort Casey Historical Park and Fort Ebey State Park). The popular 3 Sisters Market and Penn Cove Pottery are a short walk away.
The duplex has an upstairs occupied living space, and while I was there they were very quiet. The rental is rustic (think Grandpa’s man cave) and very roomy with large windows that take advantage of the view. I stayed here for a little over a week by myself and had more than enough room.
The bedroom includes two queen beds, a futon couch in the living room and a single cot is available. There is one bathroom, a large living room with an electric fireplace, an outside porch with stunning views, and since the beach is only a few steps away it’s easy to have a beach fire.
The kitchen area is very basic and meals are not easy to make. It has a refrigerator, toaster, microwave, teapot, plates, cups and silverware, and a stocked snack basket. They provide an electric wok, but there is no kitchen sink, so any dirty dishes and plates need to be washed in the bathroom sink.
I didn’t bother with any cooking during my stay as there are so many great restaurants in Coupeville. In fact, this small town has my all-time favorite restaurant―The Oystercatcher. It’s on the pricey end, but so worth it. I also suggest Pra Hakorn, Ciao, Knead & Feed, Front Street Grill and Christopher’s on Whidbey. And, if you want cheap beer and a local experience go to Toby’s Tavern.
If you’re looking for a luxurious getaway, this rental isn’t for you. It’s perfect for those who want access to Penn Cove and experiencing the small towns and restaurants on Whidbey Island.