Do you need a car to stay at Beach Drive Bungalow?

2006-07-30-12-01-21Every so often, we have a potential guest ask us if they need to have a car to stay at Beach Drive Bungalow. The short answer is that you don’t need a car to stay at Beach Drive Bungalow once you have arrived, as long as you don’t mind walking, taking a bus or hiring a driver (like Uber or a taxi).

You can order groceries to be delivered to the Bungalow from PCC Market, Amazon or Safeway. We provide coffee and tea for the first morning.

The closest restaurant is LaRustica. This is a small, upscale Italian restaurant that will also provide your meal to go. It’s just a few blocks away from the Bungalow. There are also several aps you can use to order food to be delivered to you at the bungalow.

30 minutes away on foot…give or take… 

The walk to Alki Beach along the waterfront is flat. Along the way, you can see the Alki Point Lighthouse (open on weekends during the summer) and the “blue glass house”.  Alki has a sandy beach, several restaurants and fun things to do.

Walk to Alki Point (just past the light house) to catch the Dart Shuttle. This small bus will take you to Seacrest Park where you can catch a water taxi (foot ferry) to take you to Seattle. Or you can remain on the Dart Shuttle for a ride to the Junction.

If you don’t mind walking up some hills (some may be considered a little steep), the Junction offers several restaurants and shops. On Sundays, there is a farmers market with fresh produce, meats, flowers…today, we grabbed fresh oysters to cook up for dinner back home!  There is a QFC and Safeway located in the Junction for groceries too.

The Junction also has a metro hub where you can catch buses to take you to downtown Seattle.

There is a commuter Metro bus line (route 37) with several stops along Beach Drive. This will take you to downtown Seattle – however, since it’s a commuter line only – it only runs during work commute times.

You can also walk about 30 minutes or so south along the water to reach scenic Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park has a salt water swimming pool that is open during the summer.  Another 15 minutes walking will bring you to the Fauntleroy Ferry dock…which takes you to Vashon Island. You can catch a bus from the ferry dock which will take you to town.

So just to sum up, you can absolutely stay at the bungalow without having a car. There is plenty to do and see nearby and you can always nab a taxi, if needed.

If you have any questions about staying at the bungalow, please let us know!

 

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Thanksgiving at Beach Drive Bungalow

When we started offering Beach Drive Bungalow as a vacation rental, I don’t think we realized how much people would enjoy staying in the home. It has been especially wonderful for families and family reunions. There is NO comparison to staying in a home that sleeps six, where you can cook together and be in one space to a traditional hotel…which is why hotels are aggressively lobbying against vacation rental homes…that’s another post for another day!

We were thrilled when the home was rented for a family gather on Thanksgiving.  As someone who enjoys traveling and cooking, I wanted to make sure that the home was equipped for the cook. This family reunion was parents coming to Seattle to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with their adult children who live in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

They were so happy – they sent us pictures of their time together! Check out the feast they created while vacationing at the Bungalow.

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The delish food shown in these pics are NOT included in your stay! You’ll have to cook up your own wonderful meals. 🙂

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All serving ware shown in this pictures (posted with permission btw) are supplied in the Bungalow.

Here is their 5 star review:

We had the good fortune of staying at the Beach House Bungalow for the 2016 Thanksgiving Holiday. It worked out perfectly for our family, which included our son, daughter (and her fiance), my husband, and me. It is rare to find a reasonable rate/night for a house with a view that can accommodate all of us AND provide private sleeping space and two full baths for 5 adults. Rob and Rhonda are amazing hosts; knowing our intention to cook Thanksgiving dinner, they provided a folding table and tablecloth, which worked out perfectly for our buffet. Rhonda also made sure we had a meat thermometer, baster, roaster, and turkey platter for our use and they also had the BBQ set to go with extra propane. My husband decided to try a CrockPot recipe for the turkey breast instead of the BBQ, but it was great to know we had all these options available due to the home’s well-appointed kitchen and service ware. (Yes, they have a large CrockPot!) These hosts think of everything! My daughter and I were especially appreciative of the disposable makeup wipes and black makeup towels (many hotels could take a lesson here). Linens and bedding were all top-notch. The kitchen appliances and set up are all very new. Again, I can’t think of anything that was missing. Art and décor is very charming. It was great to have the welcome basket with cheese, crackers and fruits, on hand, as we arrived late — so helpful to have a couple of things to munch on while we got settled. The hosts provide a VERY helpful Welcome Binder that answers all your questions on using the home’s provisions. The view from the home is incredible and the binoculars handy so we could look at the landmarks, birds, and sea lions (seals?). The home is relatively close to Sea-Tac and downtown Seattle, but has the feel of being away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The only downside was the internet signal was a tad bit weak, but it may just be due to the location, or because we all had two devices. We often got knocked off and had to retry connecting. Nonetheless, our daughter lives in Ballard, so we look forward perhaps spending another few days here at the bungalow soon!

We are so thankful for our guest selecting our home. We have enjoyed offering our home as a vacation rental more than we would have ever expected! I can honestly say that when we started this venture, we had no idea how much joy staying in the home would bring our guest. We are truly grateful and thank all of our guest! ❤

Latest additions to the Beach Drive Bungalow: Beach Towels and Zero Water

Sometimes it’s the little extras that matter. This week, we picked up some “beach towels” that are prima cotton and can be used to lounge outside or to take to Alki Beach (or anywhere as long as they come back to the Bungalow).  The beach towels are super soft and one less thing to pack for your visit!

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The other addition is a “Zero Water” filter for the fridge.  Ummm… please ignore the beer, wine and cheese…it won’t be there when you check in. 🙂   This 23 cup filter will provide refreshing and healthy water during your stay and it’s easy to refill.2016-04-26 18.16.54

What is that?

Our latest purchase for Beach Drive Bungalow is something that can help answer the question, “What is that? …Is that an eagle or an osprey? …is that a seal or a sea lion? ….”

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We hope you get plenty of use discovering what’s in the sound and flying above with these high powered binoculars.