Secluded Pacific Northwest Waterfront Lodge on South Puget Sound
House • Grapeview WA United States
4 Car spaces
Exchange types accepted
Listed August 2021
The Vista Sea Lodge is our family’s year round retreat. With our kids grown it is mostly us now (with friends). We use the home year round - it is a great place to curl up by the fire with a book. We plan to make this our primary residence in mid-2022, but have a second home in Sonoma County CA so we are extra flexible. The home has one nearby house, and is in a rural area (15 min to nearest small town, 20-25 minute to larger small town).
Master bedroom with California king bed (183cm) and full bath on main level and two bedrooms - one bedroom with a king bed (193 cm), and another with a full bed (135cm) and a queen bed (153cm). There is also another full bath upstairs. We have a double inflatable bed and a pack and play for your use as well. Living room downstairs is open plan to dining area and kitchen with a wood burning stove (fireplace). Laundry room is on main floor with washer/dryer. There is a wrap around covered deck on three sides of the house. Upstairs there is also an open loft with sectional and TV. Also smaller covered upper deck off the upstairs loft TV room. Stairs to pebble and stone beach for kayak or paddle board access (we have both). There is a flight of steep stairs to access beach. NOTE STAIRS LOST JAN 2022 in storm
3 steps down from parking area to access main level with master suite on main level. Two story home. Flight of rather steep stairs to beach.
House is approximately 2400sq feet or 220sq meters
We have Wifi over cellular, so it is not unlimited speed/ downloading.
NOTE- storm and high tide with large debris destroyed our beach stairs in Jan 2022. First contractor quoted 2 years to repair. We are working other options but beach access currently gone!
High Speed Internet
First aid kit
Garden / yard
Deck / patio / courtyard / terrace
Covered porch / verandah
EV Home Charger
Sport and leisure
Suitable for infants under 2
Suitable for children ages 2-12
Pets not allowed
One neighboring home in sight, otherwise forest and water (saltwater front on south Puget sound). We are about 3miles by car from a marina with boat launch and moorage, across the water directly is another marina and a state park (1/2 mile). There us abundant wildlife - we occasionally even get orcas, but more commonly porpoise, seals, deer, eagles and such. It is about a 15 minute drive to a large lake (Mason Lake) and 30 minutes to Hood Canal and Alderbrook resort if you long for some fine dining or spa services. Gig Harbor and Olympia are each about a 45 minute drive. Also, you can drive about 45 minutes to Bremerton where a ferry takes vehicles and passengers directly to Seattle - a great way to get there that is an adventure in itself.
Getting to my home
Car is required - no public transit.
Closest airport is Sea-Tac (SEA- between Seattle and Tacoma) Is about 1hr 40mm drive from house.
We are on the Olympic Peninsula with access to Olympic National Park about 45 minutes and many beautiful state parks for hiking and recreation. It is 8 miles to closest town (Allyn with small grocery market, gas station, 2 coffee shops, 2 restaurants, donut shop, and burger stand). We are between two larger small towns Belfair (15 miles - 20 min) and Shelton (20 mile 25-30 min) Gig Harbor is 45 mn and Tacoma 1 hr. Seattle about a 2 hr drive and Portland OR a bit farther.
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Stephanie and Scott are the most amazing people with their home in Grapeview Washington being a peaceful respite on Puget sound that has the comfort of a fine hotel. It is a cool and amazing experience to stay in a log cabin that is really a fabulous getaway with every beautiful detail you can imagine, from comfy chairs indoors and out, to a hot tub overlooking the water, to a lovely table set to enjoy a yummy meal prepared in their well appointed kitchen . Stephanie and Scott baked amazing blueberry muffins for us and left a welcome gift as well. We feel so lucky to have the opportunity to stay in their beautiful home and explore Puget Sound, and the historic towns that are in close proximity to Grapeview.
If you have a chance to connect with Scott and Stephanie, consider yourself very lucky indeed. They are the most wonderful hosts and as guests , they leave my home better than they find it, With Scott and Stephanie's homes, you will have unforgettable experiences and tender loving care. They are super neat and responsible and exude refinement.
Scott and Stephanie are wonderful people that we have come to adore since we have had the great pleasure to spend time with them on various exchanges and visits.
Scott and Stephanie think of logistics , details and comfort and do so many little (like homemade blueberry muffins and welcome gifts, wine and groceries for our arrival) and big things (like picking us up in Seattle with their home directions programmed into the gps to make the car exchange seamless). They make one feel treasured and welcome. We have recently visited the Sea Lodge in Grapeview Washington and it was restful , beautiful, and very comfortable. Stephanie and Scott have great taste and the lodge was testimony to that skill. We loved the views and scenery and the close proximity to world class parks , hiking, and some of the most beautiful harbors (Gig Harbor stands out) one can see. We came back to rest our feet and relax with a good book at the home spa (always programmed to be 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This couple represents everything admirable.
Stephanie and Scott are amazing guests and we were fortunate enough to meet them . My house was lovingly kept and it was spotlessly clean and beautiful when I returned . Scott adjusted a cabinet door that he noticed wasn’t lining up quite properly ( because he is brilliant and finds these things easy ) and this was such a welcome surprise. Stephanie and Scott are an interesting, engaging couple with many talents and we felt so great having them at the house . We would actually rather they be in our home if we are away going forward because we came home and met the most reliable warm and interesting couple who truly care . Anyone exchanging with Stephanie and Scott would be very lucky .
Shelly was a first time exchanger, and we had back to back exchanges scheduled so I probably scared her about cleaning up! Shelly left our home immaculate for the next exchangers and we look for ward to visiting Shelly’s home in Chattanooga in 2023. Don’t hesitate to welcome Shelly to your home as she was a friendly and considerate guest.
Lionnel’s home is beautifully restored and fitted out. While we were out exploring during the day, we enjoyed relaxing in the back yard with apéros on the picnic table. Did I mention that he is adjacent to a vineyard (with excellent Savoie wines a short walk around the corner)? Also your view of the mountains and the château de Miolans is — in a word— spectacular!
You can drive an hour in any direction and be in a different mountain region, all with amazing hiking. We ate at some great restaurants including an amazing meal at Le Clocher. However, with Lionnel’s kitchen you do not need to go out. Another favorite meal was making Raclette with Lionnel’s electric raclette pan.
Finally, Lionnel and Sandrine are so welcoming. They left us amazing local specialties and wine — and homemade jam and duck rillettes!!! Lionnel was a great communicator and the explanations on how to use things (the sauna, spa and Sonos music system) were great. We truly hope to be able to return and meet them in person. Thank you for trusting us with your beautiful home! ❤️
Lionnel was a fabulous communicator and continues to provide me with helpful feedback about our home and France. He used our car and washed it and he and Sandrine also left our home in pristine condition. We feel lucky to have exchanged with Lionnel and hope to do so again — or welcome them in a hospitality stay if they return to our area. We had a universal power supply failure and Lionnel even helped us replace the battery and has many talents beyond his warm and hospitable nature.
Once again Marc and Michelle were five star guests. We have had them stay at both of our homes now and they left them in immaculate condition. Michelle even sends photos to reassure you that all is in order. We truly hope they can exchange again in the future and that we will see them in Swampscott. They are trustworthy and caring guests (and great hosts).
Cristina and her family were dream guests. Great communication and she cared for our home as if it were her own. I am fairly certain when we returned it was cleaner than when I left -- and I thought I left it extremely clean. We are looking forward to our stay at Cristina's in October and we so appreciated the thoughtful note and gifts she left for us. I now have a tea towel to show me the area where we are going to stay soon! You will be lucky if you have Cristina as a guest and I only wish we had been able to meet her in person to welcome her but I feel like I have made a friend from our facetime and texts. We are hoping to meet her for an aperetivo next month in Italy when we stay at her home. Grazie mille Cristina!
We just returned after Michelle and Marc's stay to a sparkling clean home, dinner in the fridge and fresh bread in the freezer from a local bakery. We picked up Michelle and Marc and had the pleasure of spending the day with them before we left. They are so nice, great fun and truly epitomize the spirit of PLU. We look forward to more exchanges with Michelle and Marc and will welcome them back anytime! You will feel lucky if you have the opportunity to exchange with these two.
Joan and her family were wonderful guests. This was the first exchange group at our home, so Joan dealt with all of my concerns with aplomb. She was a great communicator and left our home exactly as she found it. Joan and her family are welcome back anytime and you couldn’t ask for a nicer more trustworthy exchange partner. She left us a wonderful bottle of New Zealand wine and chocolates- it was not at all necessary but shows how thoughtful Joan is. I hope to meet her ( and maybe exchange with her if dates align) when we go to New Zealand next year!
Michelle’s home is absolutely beautiful, with amazing views, comfortable beds and everything immaculate. The photos are great, but they do not do this lovely home justice. We stayed over Christmas and hosted dinner for my daughter and her family who live nearby. The kitchen is a chef’s dream, so if you like to cook you will be in heaven - and sea views while you work! We loved sitting in the sunroom watching the water and city lights. The bed was so comfortable - even for my husband who is 6’4”. Everything has been completely renovated recently and done with great thought and taste. You are within a 15 minute drive of quintessential New England historic towns, beaches and other sites — and a short drive into Boston.The best part was we were able to have dinner with Michelle and Marc and make new friends - they are so warm and welcoming. We hope to exchange again with them and look forward to having them at our home in a few months.
Thank you so much Stephanie and Scott! You are wonderful to know and we are still glowing from our time in Santa Rosa. You are perfect guests and hosts!! And I will never forget coming home to Scott adjusting/ fixing my kitchen cabinet for us-that was the cherry on top!