The cabin is a
magical place but it is also 30-40
minutes from shopping and restaurants. With no TV or email and limited electricity, heat by wood stove,
and cold storage through an ice box, think of
your experience as super deluxe camping.
For more information on the architecture and
design, read Pacific Northwest Magazine's
A Hut of Their Own.
The main cabin is 800 sq feet with a very open
design. There are two sleeping lofts, but no real privacy or sound barrier
walls (except for the bathroom.)
267 Tskutsko Pt Road, Quilcene, WA 98376
~ 2 hours from Seattle (+ ferry wait time)
For the Edmonds to Kingston Ferry that is 15 minutes to the ferry, 45
minutes at/on the ferry (+ any extra wait time) and 1 hour from Kingston
(ferries run from Edmonds about every 40 minutes or so). For Seattle to
Bainbridge, you have about 1 hour, 15 min drive from the ferry to the
Check Ferry Schedule;
There is NO
STORE within 40 miles of the cabin. So if you need anything, make sure
you have it with you before you've passed
Kingston, Poulsbo, Quilcene (where the store is
nasty) depending on your route. If you stop for
anything, feel free to pick us up some block ice
for the "ice chest" (but not ice cream as it
will not stay frozen). It's the only thing we'll
probably need. We have plenty of food and
WATCH FOR DEER past the Hood Canal bridge.
Also, There is construction on the Hood Canal Bridge. There are no major
closures scheduled until May 2009, but you can check for status:
The last ¼
mile to the cabin requires 4-wheel drive (or a good front wheel drive if there
has been a lot of rain recently.) If this is an issue, we can shuttle you
the last bit. We will try to check our cell phones for messages but
reception is spotty. Email is not reliable while we are there.
From the Edmonds/Kingston Ferry:
Take I-5 North to Edmonds
ferry (you'll take 104 and follow the signs). Take Ferry After Ferry
follow the road out of Kingston and follow signs to the Hood Canal
Bridge. Then pick up at “from Hood Canal Bridge” below.
There is a Thriftway
on your right on the way out of Kingston. After
that, there isn’t much, so get what you need
From downtown Seattle to Bainbridge Ferry:
I do not have
detailed directions from the Bainbridge to the Hood Canal Bridge, but it
is well signed. (basically SR 305 to SR 3 to SR 104) Also if you look at
a map, it is fairly straightforward. Follow all signs towards the Hood
Canal Bridge, Port Townsend and/or Port Angeles. Then pick up at “from Hood Canal Bridge” below.
you take the Bainbridge Ferry, the last best
shopping is Central Market on your right
as you leave Poulsbo. There is also a great
store in the center of Bainbridge. Take a left
at the first light after you exit the ferry and
a Thriftway/Metro Market it will be on your
From Tacoma or any place south of Seattle on I-5:
Take I-5 north
to either Olympia or Tacoma and then cut up the Olympic Peninsula. One
way is the least # of miles. The other is the least amount of time. You
can get detailed directions by going to
Expedia Map and plugging in where you are coming from and
going to "Coyle, WA". Follow these
directions to Colye and then pick up at
The Olympia way takes 101 N to 104 and you'd follow the Expedia
directions all the way to Coyle. Whereas the Tacoma way takes 16 to 3 to
the Hood Canal Bridge. Follow the directions from the Hood Canal Bridge just below.
From the Hood Canal Bridge
Cross Hood Canal Bridge (go to WEST
side) (you are traveling on SR-104) - About 1/2 mile past the Realty
office on the left, turn left onto South Point Road. After a mile or so
the road changes name Thorndyke Road. - At the Y intersection take a
right (staying on Thorndyke) towards Coyle. At the T intersection,
take a left towards Coyle. You are now on Coyle road.
From Coyle (COYLE Road):
- Our turn is just past mile marker #14. Just
beforehand you will descend a steep hill. You'll pass the fire station
on your left (start to slow down here) and see an Embarq shed on the
left, as well as signs for the Coyle dump. You will see a sign for an
intersection and you will go just past mile marker #14.
- At this
intersection, turn right. (If you see signs for the Coyle community
center on your left, you've gone 1/2 block too far.)
- Take a left (pretty quickly) at the Y intersection and go up Thousand
- Take a right at the next T intersection onto a dirt road named
Tskutsko. Continue up the hill. You'll see our gate, straight ahead.
We'll leave it open for you.
- Drive down the dirt road. On your left you will see a
older Airstream with a big porch.
That is “CabinAir”. After you pass that, the dirt road will fork. Go
to your left. Then make sure you stay straight through the yellow gates
(towards the fenced orchard.) Do not take the right into our grumpy
neighbor’s driveway! You are now on the road that leads down to
our property. Drive slowly. After about ¼ mile you will begin a very
steep descent. At the end of the descent, is our cabin.
- If it is raining or you are worried about your car, etc – feel free
to park at the well house (you’ll see it on your left – just a cement
block shed) and walk to the remaining ¼ mile down the hill. Or make a
lot of noise (beep) and we’ll come get you in the Subaru.
- If for some reason the gate is locked
walk down the road and find us. Or walk to Cabin Jr and look under the
front step and there is a gate key.
What to Pack
Bring super casual clothes for walking, kayaking,
lounging. There are lots of oyster shells, etc on the beach – so some
shoes that can get wet while walking the beach can come in handy. If you
don’t mind coldish water, bring your swim suit and take a dip in the
Hood Canal. It gets cool at night so an extra sweater/pants, etc are
useful. We ask folks to take off their shoes inside & we provide
slippers, but if you want to bring your own, feel free. There is a full
bathroom & working basic kitchen. The refrigeration is an ice chest – so
feel free to bring an extra block of ice… but no ice cream (we can’t
freeze stuff.) There are good places for walking, hiking, road biking
and ad-hoc mountain biking near by. And we have kayaks there. My
personal favorite activity is laying on the rocky beach and taking a
And, if you are
staying at CabinAir
to CabinAir. The great thing about
CabinAir is that there aren’t many
rules!! That said, a few:
Before you leave ask us about the gate
key. If you forget, just park next to
the gate and walk down.
What to bring: preferably bring your own
sheets and towels. We have back up, but
then we have to deal with cleaning them,
etc. Sleeping bags are ideal. There
should be toilet paper, some bottled
water, etc. But it never hurts to bring
extra. We are still getting all the
mechanisms up and running. Right now
that means no fridge, so bring a cooler.
Also we are still testing the furnace,
so it may be a touch cold.
There is are 2 small (“full sized” beds)
and a queen sized air bed (blows up via
an integrated foot pump and is stored
under the bed in the front room) that
fits (just) on the floor. For the 2 beds
built into the AirStream, they both pull
out. For the back bedroom that big foam
“back pillow” slides into the open slot.
For the front bed, you’ll figure it out.
Cooking: there is a grill and cook
stove. There are plenty of plates,
glasses, pots, pans, silverware, etc. If
you cook inside, open up window’s or use
Electricity: the electricity is via
solar panels. Usually there is enough
juice to run the lights & water pump
that are integrated into the airstream.
But there is very limited electricity
for other items such as computers, tv,
cell chargers (i.e. anything you have to
plug in.) For these you need to turn on
the inverter first and turn it off
immediately after use. (The inverter
uses a lot of electricity & requires
instruction.) If we haven’t talked about
it, assume you don’t have electricity
outside of the stuff built into the
Other utilities: There is a working
toilet and running water. You just have
to flip on the water pump for them to
work (on the panel above the stove top.)
The water is probably fine for drinking
as we use our well water to fill up the
Airstream reservoir. But we haven’t
tested it. We use it all the time for
coffee, washing, etc. There are usually
2 extra blue jugs of well water outside
as well. We have a telephone (you need
your credit card for long distance
calls) and DSL (which needs
electricity.) Phone# is: 360 765-0605.
There is usually good cell service.
There is a wonderful large porch with
table, chairs and an amazing view. Oh,
and a climbing wall off the side. Be
careful and use at your own risk. We
have mats in the crate. Ask us where the
Keys! There is a key lock box right by
the front door of the airstream. To open
it, use the first 6 digits of Alex’s
If you need something, it is probably
there - just keep looking. First Aid kit
is usually up above the fridge. There is
bathroom stuff in the bathroom. Extra
sweaters, caps, etc in the closet.
Books, games, etc in the drawers across
from the 2nd bed, candles
above the bed in the first room, “solar
shower” in the bathroom above tup. Lots
of back up salt, sugar, coffee, tea,
even dog food in the kitchen. Just
search and yee will find.
What to do when you leave: TURN OFF THE
INVERTER AND ALL ELECTICAL EVERYTHING!
Once the batteries for the solar get
drained, they are useless for a long
time. Sweep & clean up, remove all
trash, make sure there are no open food
containers and make sure that all paper
products & bedding stuff are back in the
plastic boxes/bags (to protect from
mice) , close all windows (at least ¾
closed). If you use any sheets, towels,
etc – please let us know and put them in
the bright blue bag hanging in the sheet
closet and leave it in the front room.
Cleaning stuff is in the bathroom
closet. Return the keys to the lock box.
Wave good bye.
Other stuff: dogs, kids, etc are ok –
just clean up when you’re done. If you
plan to use our kayaks, ask us where the
keys are. If there is ripe fruit in the
orchard, help yourself.
If you take oysters and clams from the
beach, please return the shells to the