Perfect place to get away from it all
We spent almost two weeks at this comfortable and welcoming house and loved every minute of it. It held our two families (4 adults and 3 kids) with ease. When we weren't exploring every inch of the island, we enjoyed hanging out around the table playing games and listening to the fantastic record collection. The Giant Jenga on the deck was also a big hit. The spacious kitchen allowed for many cooks! -- but we did sample Big Al's and the Riviera Lakeshore Restaurant too. Mostly we spent our days swimming and picnicking at Lake Josephine, letting the kids free-range on the bikes, exploring the parks. We were lucky that our first trek down to Andy's Marine Park was at low tide -- what a stunningly beautiful spot, full of sand dollars and other creatures. The dogs loved Andy's Wildlife Park, and meandering along the beach at the Marina. Three hardy souls took the canoe and the kayak out into the Sound (we had gorgeous weather), paddled around the southern tip of the island, and sampled salt-blown blackberries on the shore. (The rest of us enjoyed the canoe on the lake!) We brought a laptop and small projector with us, so we were able to have a couple of family movie nights (the large wall next to the fireplace was perfect for a 'big screen'). This was just the right amount of technology for us, but the general store does have free wifi if you need it. Our one day off-island was spent exploring funky Olympia; we had planned to spend a day in Seattle, but decided it was just too nice being out of our cars, and being with each other in the summer sun. If you are looking to get away from it all, and enjoy a quiet, relaxing time with loved ones, this is the perfect house for you.
Mid Century Modern Retreat