Wake up to a view of Storm King
The downstairs bedroom redone, with a new window seat
Settle down on the dock
Cottage is right on Lake Crescent, actually inside Olympic National
Anyone who loves the
outdoors but enjoys a little luxury has had this fantasy. You live inside a
national park next to a vast, beautiful lake. You swim, kayak, and
sleep to the sound of waves, but you have a proper kitchen, sparkling bathroom and pillow
top beds instead of a camp stove and sleeping bags. At the end of the
day you settle into a soaking tub on a deck overlooking the water.
You breathe some of the cleanest air left in the United States while
you beam at adorable twin fawns that come right up to the house. Then
you realize that the little horrors are chowing down on the Japanese
cherry tree lovingly planted next to the deck .....
Well, it's real, fawns and
all. Lake Crescent Cottage is one of the last private houses inside
Olympic National Park. It's a dazzling little place right on the water
on the sunny side of Lake Crescent. The cottage has its own dock for
swimming and kayaking, and you can walk or bike from the back door to
the Spruce Railroad Trail. It's the perfect base for exploring Hurricane Ridge, the Hoh Rainforest, Sol Duc Falls, Rialto Beach,
Kalaloch, and Cape Alava, all of which are an easy drive away. Two delightful wineries, Harbinger and Camaraderie, are less then thirty minutes from the cottage door.
Filled with light and
color, the cottage is simple, graceful, and filled with luxurious little touches.
Window seats float above the water. The three bedrooms all have views
of the lake; each has pillow top beds, high thread count sheets, light
blocking shades, and good reading lamps. There are one and a half baths
with huge fluffy towels. You will need them. Outside, on the side deck
facing the lake, is a two person soaking tub along with a hot shower, and an enormous cedar deck
directly in front of the lake has room for dining, entertaining, and
sipping local wine. Even in July, the nights are cool, so there is a wood stove,
for fun, not necessity, since the cottage is, of course, heated. The
kitchen has stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker,
dishwasher, pots, pans, plates, and cutlery. There is a full laundry
room in the basement.
The cottage is a ten
minute stroll to Log Cabin Resort, operated by the Park, which rents canoes and kayaks,
and has a small general store. You can also rent a kayak for several days and have it delivered to your door.
If you visit in the summer
you'll see people, but you'll still feel secluded since the Park owns
many of the small cluster of nearby houses. There are occasional motor
boats, but jet skis are banned. If you come in the off season, you will
have total privacy, except for the kingfishers, the ducks, and those
The Cottage is twenty
minutes from Fairchild International Airport. thirty minutes from the
Port Angeles Ferry. Bring your boat, your bike, and your kayak. We'll
provide everything else.