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“Rustic family tradition” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Beach Haven Resort

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Beach Haven Resort
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Portland, Oregon
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Rustic family tradition”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014

We've been coming to Beach Haven since the early 80s, first as a "courting" couple, then as newlyweds, then as new parents. Our son grew up with Beach Haven friends among other families who had reservations the same time of year each year. Because of Beach Haven, I fell in love with kayaking and viewing the otters, porpoises, bald eagles, herons, seals, deer and more both from the cabin on the water. Our son became the best crabber around and even I caught a lingcod and let it go. I do personal art and writing retreat each year in Cabin #1, followed by family vacation in the downstairs lodge. No TV or phone in cabins. Quiet time after 10pm. Feels like being at camp!
And just when you think you've seen the most gorgeous sunset ever, another comes along...

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Peaceleaves
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bhresort, Manager at Beach Haven Resort, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
We're so glad you've created so many wonderful memories here at Beach Haven. Hope to host your family many more times. Thanks for the review!
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

Beach Haven is our most loved family tradition. We started going Labor Day weekend 13 years ago and haven't missed one since. The kids have enjoyed each and every year and start talking about it months in advance and we so enjoy Cabin #10. The excitement starts when we line up for the Ferry in Anacortes and check the lines to see if our friends who are in Cabin 8 are on the same ferry. Then we'll look for the families who are in Cabin 11 and 12 - same families each year! We've met some wonderful friends and always look forward to catching up with them. No phones, tvs, computers - a perfect place to get away from it all. The cabins continue to have little upgrades each time and the managers are wonderful. Nothing better than to sit on your own deck and watch the boats, ducks and sea lions out on the water. If you're lucky you might get to see a deer or otter too. A great play area for the kids with swings, slides, ping pong table and horseshoes. After a day spent exploring the beach or driving around the island you can end the day with a wonderful time around the communal campfire catching up with old friends and roasting s'mores!! We hope to continue this family tradition for many years to come.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BLbeaudry
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bhresort, Manager at Beach Haven Resort, responded to this review, 2 April 2014
Your time is coming soon and we look forward to seeing you as well. It is great that you have made this a tradition for your family as we have seen the generations share the experience and it is so refreshing to see families share such a beautiful place. See you soon!
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Hayden
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27 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

We have been visiting this hideaway annually for 10 years now. There are many others who have been coming for much longer than we .. all for the same reasons. Peace, heartwarming comfort, familiarity of the animals, the rocks on the beach, the trees along the shore, the sounds (and the science) that are Beach Haven. It is HOME to many of us who don't even know each other. Quiet nights under stars, with only the sound of the waves on 'our beach', 30-40 ft off the low deck. The 'welcome back' visits by the otters, multitude of birds, harbor seals, deer, bald eagles. Walking the beach in search of ever elusive 'sea glass' for my spouse. Paddles to islands and around the shore in our kayaks.

If all this sounds like what you're after, some caveats. The older cabins are ... older cabins, rustic, but well maintained to BE RUSTIC! No WiFi and no phones (at the cabins). The office has a land line available and cell coverage is available near Eastsound. The cell coverage along this NW corner of Orcas Island is minimal, so you're likely to hit Canadian towers from Vancouver Island or one of the other Canadian Gulf Islands at Beach Haven. If you are need of constantly looking at your phone for texts, for scanning your email ad the web, all as if your life depends on it ... Beach Have will help you learn or reconnect with what really matters.

Cabins offer rustic minimums, for those expecting hotel luxury of a 'resort'. For those of us who like to camp or have RVs, these accommodations are right up our alley without all the prep time and setting up you would otherwise expect, offering a 'private' slice of heaven for the period of your stay with much to do right at your cabin or our about on Orcas or one of the adjoining San Juan Islands. So schedule a time to 'get away' and make peace with yourself and nature! It really doesn't matter what time of year. Nature changes constantly and so does the weather and water at BH. But many of the above aspects never change. ENJOY!

  • Liked — essentials for peaceful solitude
  • Disliked — For us there is NOTHING not to like!
  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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bhresort, Manager at Beach Haven Resort, responded to this review, 15 May 2014
Thanks for the detailed and lovely review. We always inform new guests, before they book, that there are no televisions, telephones or internet access in the cabins. We know that in our technological age, many people need to be connected, but happily, most of our guests treasure the days away from it all here at Beach Haven. Thanks again for sharing your experience.
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

Beach Haven is truly a dream location in a lovely, restful forested hideaway on a beautiful bay on the western side of Orcas Island. It is absolutely a haven. Summers are usually booked but we got on the waiting list and finally nabbed an annual week in August. We also go each February and love it that time of the year as well. What to do? water sports, beach walking, sun bathing, reading or game playing by the fire on rainy days, playing ping pong or horse shoes in the woodsy play area located under old growth Douglas Firs. This is a real gem, a one-of-a-kind getaway location. After a stay at Beach Haven, the sign at the end of the road leaving the property resonates deeply: "Leaving Beach Haven, Entering the World"

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Frankye J
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bhresort, Manager at Beach Haven Resort, responded to this review, 31 March 2014
Thanks for the stellar review. So true so true. It is great to see you get to enjoy an week on your own and then your bring the whole family in the winter for some great bonding time playing games, walking the beach, canoeing to Pt. Doughty etc. It has been a pleasure getting to know you over the years. See you in August!
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Lewiston, Idaho
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon. We loved the rustic feel of the cabins. Sleeping at night with the windows open, hearing the waves come in was so relaxing. It was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of cities. This has to be the best vacation I have taken. The cabin was clean and cozy. For people who need the internet and phones, this might not be for you. But that is what we loved about it. We will definitely be coming back!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Amy P
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bhresort, Manager at Beach Haven Resort, responded to this review, 2 April 2014
We are so happy you found us to celebrate your honeymoon here in a cozy log cabin on the beach. Your photos really capture the essence of the view. Thanks for sharing your experience and hopefully you will return for an anniversary in the near future.
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Bandon, Oregon, USA
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

What a pleasure to have stayed at Beach Haven last summer. From the forest to the sunsets to the people, and most of all the simplicity, I can't say enough about the beauty and tranquility of my time there. We had fires each evening, took hikes and rode bikes each day, and had the warmth and coziness of the little cabin. Hope to return soon!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TJeff123
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bhresort, Manager at Beach Haven Resort, responded to this review, 30 March 2014
You got it - simplicity is key to loving beach haven. It's old school - getting back to the basics. What more do we need in life really? Hope you get a chance to return soon.
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Bandon
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58 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

Like many people who return here year after year, I started coming here as a very young child in the mid 60s and have returned almost every year since. We are 3 generations that come now and I think we all cherish it in the same ways - the long western sunsets that seem to last until 10 or 10:30 each night, the peace and calmness of the place, the overall scenery and vibe of the island (like someone else said, "from the minute you get off of the ferry") and the hominess of the cabins. Yes the are rustic and certainly not close 5 star by most standards, but that is what makes it so special to some of us. Yes they are usually full all summer and you may have to start coming in the off season to get your foot in the door and on a waitlist for summer cancelations, which are rare I am sure. But once you come here you will see how special it is and want to come back again and again. There is a sign on the road as you leave to head into town or back to the ferry that says "Leaving Beach Haven, entering the World", which is exactly how you feel and why you will love it here.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BandonBeachlover
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bhresort, Manager at Beach Haven Resort, responded to this review, 30 March 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We appreciate you mentioning that we cannot get new folks in during the summer as we are full with regulars like you and your family. As you mentioned if new guests come in the shoulder seasons we will work toward getting them into the summer season. Many guests have chosen a "special" weekend in the off season to create their own tradition. We appreciate your loyalty to Beach Haven and look forward to seeing you this summer!
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Property: Beach Haven Resort
Address: 684 Beach Haven Rd, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98245-9313
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Region: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > Orcas Island > Eastsound
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Eastsound
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful log cabins are nestled along private beach among old growth forest. Full of tranquility, beautiful views and wildlife. Furnished with full kitchen and wood burning stoves. No phones, TV or pets. Families welcome. Open all year. ... more   less 
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