More Art for the Bungalow

My hubby and I have really enjoyed working on Bungalow. It’s been so much fun to continue to add to the home. Recently we splurged on a new chandelier from local West Seattle artist, Russ Morgan.

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Russ uses upcycled glass that he collects to create his unique and amazing pieces.

He also created the “fish” light that hangs over the dining room table.

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Check out more of Russ Morgan’s beautiful works of art here

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Beaches near Beach Drive Bungalow

Beach Drive Bungalow is located on Beach Drive, a residential street that runs along the Puget Sound. Although the Bungalow is waterfront, it does not have beach access.

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The bulkhead and “back yard” at Beach Drive Bungalow are a great place to relax during the summer.

There are, however, several public parks nearby with beach access.

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Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook

The closest park to the home with access to Puget Sound is Emma Schmitz Overlook and Me Kwa Mooks Park. The parks, located at 4503 Beach Drive, have steps on the north side, that go down to the beach. Emma Schmitz Overlook is a marine preserve. Here’s a fun post from our sister blog, Beach Drive Blog featuring a historic photo of the park.

A few blocks north, at 4035 Beach Drive, you’ll find Weather Watch Park. This post shares some history on park, when it once had a pier.

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Andover Place Park

Just another block north at 4000 Beach Drive is Andover Place Park. This is a “street end” park that is tucked between two residential buildings.

Continuing north along Beach Drive, with the sound to your left, you’ll find Cormorant Cove. This park is just north of condos that are built on piers extending over Puget Sound.

Continue on to 3521 Beach Drive to find Constellation Park also known as Charles Richey Sr. Viewpoint.  A portion of this park is a marine preserve. This park stretches to furthest point of Beach Drive. The Alki Light House is just a few blocks away and a little further on is Alki Beach.

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Lowman Beach at sunset

South of the Bungalow, you’ll find Lowman Beach Park at 7017 Beach Drive. A photo I took of windsurfers wound up being published in the book “Wings Over Washington”, a copy of which is available for your viewing during your stay in the bungalow.

Lowman Park neighbors one of my favorites, Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park has a salt water swimming pool that’s open during the summer months and plenty of trails and beaches to explore. You can watch the Fauntleroy to Vashon ferry run from many park benches or picnic areas. A portion of Lincoln Park is a marine preserve.

When exploring beaches at the parks, it’s good to know that beaches in front of homes are most likely private property and depending on the legal description, some properties have further property lines than others. Clams and other shellfish found in these parks are not be safe to eat. Speaking of shells, it’s important to leave shells and sea critters (like sand dollars) on the beaches. The Seattle Aquarium often hosts walks on some of the beaches – we do our best to publish them on the events page of this blog and to post them in the bungalow.

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Beach Drive Bungalow as seen during high tide.

 

 

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! ❤

Watch the Argosy Christmas Ships from the Bungalow

The Argosy Christmas Ship schedule has been announced. This year, one of the sailings pass by the Bungalow! You can watch the ships from the warmth of the living room, out on the covered deck or join the festivities!

Here’s when the ships will cruise by:

Saturday, December 10, 2016:

Lowman Beach is south of the Bungalow on Beach Drive, next to Lincoln Park. You’ll be able to see the Christmas ships pass around 3:00 on the way to Lowman and again when they head to Alki Beach.

The Christmas ships will return later that night to West Seattle when they stop by Salties on Alki around 9:00 pm. You won’t be able to see this later cruising from the Bungalow, however you can go to the nearby parks by Salties to see the ships and join in on the carols.

As of the publishing of this post, December 10, 2016 is available for you to stay at Beach Drive Bungalow.

 
Here’s an article from Beach Drive Blog showing the Christmas Ships passing by a couple years ago.

Things to do… if you plan on watching the Mariner’s (or Seahawks, Sounders or Storm game…or…

A few weeks ago, guest staying at the Bungalow who had tickets to see the M’s play the Twins asked for suggestions on what to do during their stay.  I won’t go into the details of that game… but thought I’d share our suggestions with our readers.
In West Seattle, I recommend going to Alki to see the beach, Seattle skyline and people watching. Alki Beach is about 1 – 1.5 miles from here. You can walk along the shore from the bungalow and pass the  Alki lighthouse (opens Memorial Day weekend). Here’s some things to do around Alki.
Rob suggestion for Saturday evening: Stop by Harry’s Chicken Joint (on California) and order some chicken and sides to-go (I like the gravy). Walk across the street and south to the Beverage Place Pub to have a beer or try the Bridge, while you wait for your chicken (approx 15 minutes). Take your to-go dinner back to Bungalow, slide open the doors on the balcony, turn on M’s game – channel 1764 (7:10 start), enjoy dinner and watch the sunset from the deck.
Did you get tickets to the M’s game yet? My husband buys the cheapest tickets he can find and stands over the bull pens (left center field) where they have a long counter you can stand at with your beverages and food. The upstairs tv in the Bungalow is typically set to Root Sports (channel 1764 to watch the M’s. 🙂
If you’re interested in brunch before the game, in West Seattle, I’d recommend:
  • Jaks Restaurant on California in the Junction by Alaska (our favorite steak house – they also have the best happy hour hamburger you can find)
  • Ma’Ono on California in the Junction by Alaska (they also have GREAT fried chicken)
  • Circa is on California towards Admiral
  • Salty’s on Alki – this is a great spot. You can’t beat the views. The brunch is over the top… it’s just a bit pricey as it’s an “all you can eat” set up. (See more about Salties below).
 If you’re taking your car to the game on Sunday, you could go to Pikes Place Market afterwards to explore, see the famous fish market where they toss salmon and perhaps pick up some farm fresh goods to cook up back at the bungalow. Parking is free on the streets on Sundays. You should be able to find parking on 1st Avenue south of the stadium (you will probably have to walk a few blocks). Or there are paid parking lots closer to the stadium.
If you’re using “uber” to get around to the game, you could take the foot ferry from West Seattle to the game and skip having to find parking.
Pyramid is a nice ale house with good food across the street from Safeco Field. We should mention that that the Safeco is known for their tasty restaurants (and pricey beers). 🙂
Salties in West Seattle has an amazing view. I recommend going to their bar for appetizers and/or cocktails. I think their dinners and brunch are pretty pricey and you can find better quality at other spots in West Seattle for the money… the view is the best.
I recommend stopping at Metropolitan Market on your way to the bungalow to pick up some groceries. Coffee and tea are provided for your first morning. There is a “zero water” filter in the fridge.
Let us know what your interest are if you are wanting more recommendations for things to do or places to eat.
We look forward to your stay!
If you’re looking for suggestions – we love giving tips to our guest upon their request. Just let us know what your interest are and/or types of food you enjoy and we’ll share what we know.
PS: Be sure to check out the events page to see what’s going on around town when you’re booking your vacation… and “like” us on Facebook!