Just six minutes from the bustle and high energy of Seaside is a quiet enclave of peace and tranquility named Gearhart. Along with a pristine beach and charming storefronts, Gearhart houses this shingled Oregon Coast vacation rental gem with four bedrooms, room for eight, a large rear deck, and beautifully landscaped yard. Along with a lovely interior filled with blue accents - furniture, linens, and, yes, a blue door - there are also shiny hardwood floors and amenities like cable TV, DVD player, and private hot tub.
The interior of this Oregon Coast vacation rental is bright and cheery, with white walls that contrast nicely not only wi...th the blue furniture, accents, and linens, but with the dark woods of the furniture and hardwood floors as well. Built in the early 1900s, this charming space has been lovingly refurbished and, perhaps, afforded another hundred years as a beachside refuge! Warm yourselves by a crackling wood fire, or escape the chilly coastal wind with a soothing soak in hot tub on the deck. Kick back on the comfy furniture with music from the stereo, or pass the time with a movie on DVD. Gather 'round a board game on the coffee table, or escape to a quiet corner and check your emails with the free WiFi.
At bedtime, head upstairs where you'll find four cheery bedrooms with whitewashed walls, two of which have comfy queen beds and bedside chairs for late night reading. Put the kids or that extra couple in the other two bedrooms, each with two twin beds. There are two, tastefully decorated full bathrooms, one with a proper Victorian clawfoot tub. And, you can pack a little lighter: with the washer and dryer, you'll always have fresh clothes without trips to the laundromat.
When you're hungry, you could, of course, bring your appetite over to busy Seaside where you could indulge your taste for just about any fare. But you needn't bother. With its combination of beauty and efficiency, this amazing kitchen would have been just a dream to the original owners! Take, for instance, the state of the art gas stove with six burners, or the microwave (perfect for warm-ups and movie popcorn). Then there are the gorgeous granite countertops - ideal for prep and easily cleaned. When dinner's done, load up the stainless steel dishwasher and forget about it! Or, make it a barbecue - grill that surf and turf out on the deck, where you'll not only find a gas grill, but a beautifully landscaped backyard with abundant Hydrangeas and other flowers.
Little Gearhart is one of the best-kept secrets of Oregon's northern coast. Take a walk along its long stretch of unspoiled beach among wild flowers and grass-covered dunes that slope into the white, sandy beach. Or, take a stroll downtown and visit the one of the businesses along the short strip, including an old-fashioned grocery store, cafe, and bakery. Golfers: Not only is there a course nearby (18 holes), it's one of the oldest in the West. Stop by the local McMenamins outpost for a pint of Terminator stout on a windy day, or when the sun shines, wheel around Gearhart's charming streets on your bike - or do some serious pedaling over at Del Rey Beach or Sunset State Park(s). For a night out, more dining options, or to just shop or play in its arcades, make the six-minute trip to busy and colorful Seaside.
Come stay and play in the sand and waters of charming Gearhart. Make this classic, refurbished gem your home away from home and experience the same magic of Oregon Coast that vacationers have enjoyed for over a hundred years!
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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