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Historic Paradise - Where the Olympics meet the sea in Hood Canal

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  • bedrooms 4
  • baths 3
  • sleeps 8
  • pool no
  • hot tub yes
  • pets allowed yes
  • type House
  • community Brinnon
  • rates (USD) $ 265 - $ 475 / night

vacation rental description

A natural, historic paradise where the Olympics meet the sea. Experience Puget Sound's only historic beach vacation rental on the National Historic Registry, and located on over 1,000 ft of privately owned, desirable Hood Canal waterfront, part of the D.W. Wildlife Estuary. One of a select few historic, waterfront, vacation rental homes in the entire Pacific NW, yet in much closer proximity to Seattle and Tacoma.  Nothing separates you from the beach, other than your expansive entertaining deck with attached beach stairs, so you are truly on waterfront that is rumored to be the closest to the water in all of Jefferson County. 

Step back in time to a magical combination of historic simple elegance with seafood/wildlife rich beach on the crystal clear waters of Hood Canal, near Olympic National Park/Forest. Closest side to Seattle + convenient, and scenic 1.5 hrs. The Historic Balch Retreat on Hood Canal is located on the Dosewallips Wildlife Estuary, considered the most desireable part of Hood Canal for numerous reasons. The northern portion of Hood Canal with considerably more oxygen and minerals produces some of the Pacific NW's best shellfish and seafood.  Sweeping, unobstructed views include Mt Rainier, Mt. Baker, and is on the widest portion of Hood Canal North America's longest fjord.  Feast on mouth watering crab, shrimp, oysters, clams, and mussels (some varieties seasonal), + shell laden beach complete with fascinating wildlife. This is all part of the Dosewallips Wildlife Estuary on Hood Canal.

***JUNE 15th & 16th discounted to WINTER rates & min nights!!  Please see rate section.

***CLEANING/LAUNDRY FREE with 6 nt stays in JUNE, or 7 nt stays JULY/AUGUST.

***Pay for 2, get 1 FREE...OCT/NOV (M-W consecutively) + all WINTER SEASON (holiday periods exempt). Please see rate section and calendar.

***PAY for 3, get 1 FREE....all SPRING SEASON, and OCT/NOV WEEKENDS. Please see rate section and calendar.

***PAY for 6, get 1 FREE...all SEPT dates. Please see rate section and calendar.

RAIN SHADOW positioning tends to provide more favorable weather than other areas of Dabob Bay and Hood Canal, away from convergence zones.

Near world renowned Olympic National Park and Forest on the closest side to Seattle (1.5 hrs). Cascading waterfalls, picturesque exploration trails, and FOREVER views of downtown Seattle, Mt Rainier, Mt. Baker, the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, and most of Puget Sound, all in close proximity. Dosewallips State Park with scenic and historic nature trails (historic logging train track route) is a mere 3 min walk.

Historic simple elegance and Dosewallips Wildlife Estuary - this Nantucket charmer is in process of joining the National Historic Registry, and was constructed by T.B. Balch in 1920, one of the original founders of Brinnon. Located on the Dosewallips Wildlife Estuary, a MAJOR WILDLIFE DRAW and feeding ground! Observe bald and HUGE golden eagles, heron, geese, ducks, PLAYFUL sea lions with their pups, cute river otters, and occasional orca whales that frequent the waters in front of The Historic Balch Retreat. Our prized Roosevelt 'Brinnon Elk' herd visit the yard and grasses of the DW Wildlife Estuary to graze as well.

Trident submarines...Also unique to The Historic Balch Retreat is the interesting Trident Navy subs that practice next to the Estuary ''shelf'' in the middle of Hood Canal. Subs are accompanied by two navy vessels. One of the few places to view this unusual and interesting sight.

Canoe, kayak, boat, and sightseeing...tour the DW Wildlife Estuary in front of The Historic Balch Retreat, or venture beyond with the canoe that is provided. If bringing your boat for crabbing, fishing, or shrimping, there is a public boat launch at Pleasant Harbor Marina, less than 2 minutes away. Indulge in wine tasting, sampling at unique distilleries, or visit quaint, historic seaports, some with gorgeous Victorians and whale watching tours, or soak in the soothing relaxation of your romantic Hood Canal paradise. The list is virtually endless....

Romance abounds...Intimate and popular with couples and honeymooners. Indulge with a romantic toasty fire (indoors and out), a relaxing indoor PANORAMIC jetted spa with amazing Hood Canal view (the moonlight on the water is truly inspiring), and expansive master suite, with luxury pillow top king bed. Reconnect on the unique cushioned leather double rocking chair for 2 (see photos) in front of a cozy warm fire, or yesteryear rocking glider for 2 on your covered balcony while viewing the wildlife by day, or moonlit water at night. Celebrate each other with so many appealing things to do together, or revel in total relaxation.

The little extras...We provide natural and luxury soaps, shampoos, and lotions that are gentle, and eco friendly.  Numerous varieties of stemware, atmosphere candles, and high powered zoom binoculars that bring wildlife and Trident sub activity up close. We want you to feel as though you are staying at the home of a friend that enjoys some of the finer things.

Fire ring by the waters edge with considerable built in seating, the fire ring is complimented with expanding roasting forks for s'mores, hot dog, or hobo dinner perfection. A great place for stories around the campfire, and reconnecting with loved ones.

Food for the soul - Come experience some of the sweetest, plumpest oysters you may ever eat from numerous acres of former premium oyster farm, along with clams, mussels, shrimp, and crab. The perfection of our seafood is due to the minerals and oxygen coming out of the Dosewallips River in close proximity Shellfish thrive on it! Clam rake, bucket, oyster knives, and oyster gloves are ready to help you prepare your fresh from the water feast!! To cook that wonderful seafood or favorite recipes, there is a large gas grill on the deck, and large open concept chef's kitchen with original antique kitchen sink, with built in drainboard. Well appointed chef's kitchen offers retro style small appliances, non toxic, non stick commercial saute/fry pans, and all the modern amenities, complete with spice racks, fresh mint from your garden (summer and fall), and LUSCIOUS BLACKBERRIES ON SITE July-Sept. 

Prefer not to cook? Esquire magazine's #2 choice for 'Best Bar in America' is just a three minute walk at the Geoduck Restaurant. Additionally, The Half Way House Restaurant a couple of minutes away, is famous for legendary HOME COOKING, HOMEMADE PIES, and 2 for 1 steak night on Friday's! Pizza anyone?? Pleasant Harbor Marina makes a mouth watering pizza, along with hot sandwiches, salads, and homemade apple crisp with fresh Grannie Smith apples ala mode. Restaurants in Brinnon are highly rated on TripAdvisor.

Seniors and those with limited mobility. Our retreat is user friendly. Only 3 steps down from the parking area, and 1 step up to the country covered front porch, if staying on the main level.  Charming main floor ''blue room'' bedroom, with private view balcony entrance also includes a large, open concept kitchen, 1920 style bathroom with antique shower ring tub, media, dining, and living rooms. Media room w/ comfortable gel foam covertible twin, and blue room bedrooms are both near the main floor bathroom. Covered view balcony provides patio heater, zero gravity recliners, old- fashioned rocking glider, and the ultimate in views that is constantly evolving. Panoramic views through original leaded glass windows and numerous skylights are also provide breathtaking views. The Historic Balch Retreat is rumored to be the closest home to the water in Jefferson County, so you can talk to those on the beach with ease from the balcony or deck as well.

STEP BACK TO A SIMPLER TIME and experience a magical combination that displays history, Olympic Nat’l Park/Forest, Hood Canal, and the best of the Pacific NW in nature’s paradise.


A) Number of adults 

B) Age of each child

C) Potential number of others that may join you, including day visitors beyond those mentioned above.  We can often accommodate adding others a week before arrival. If none, please specify 'no others.

D) Will pets accompany? Please state AGE and BREED(S) of each pet, and if spay/neutered. If none, please state 'no pets'.

We look forward to assisting you with a romantic piece of history in nature's paradise.



house rental amenities

  •  6 comfortable beds in 5 rooms - 1 king, 1 queen, 1 queen convertible, and 3 twins.
  •           Jetted spa in master suite, with panoramic Hood Canal day and night view.  Candlelit ambiance combined with the moon on the water while relaxing in the jetted spa is likely a memory you won't soon forget.
  •           Expansive master suite that is a guest favorite, with pillow top Calif. king bed, panoramic view skylight that opens to the Canal, and panoramic day/night view jetted spa.
  •           Semi-private upper level room with 2 twin beds and  antique cedar chest provides opening panoramic view skylight to Hood Canal
  •            Charming “blue room” main floor bedroom with warm quilt, and ultra plush pillow top queen bed with private covered view balcony entrance. 
  •            Lower level panoramic view suite, with premium gel foam convertible queen bed, ensuite 3/4 bath, and private entrance to expansive entertaining deck with connecting beach stairs.
  •            Acres of shell laden tidelands. Great fun for shelling, or harvest plump, sweet shellfish for your sumptuous seafood dinner. 
  •           Stairs to beach attached to large entertaining deck with deluxe propane grill, large table, chaise lounge, outdoor recliners,  and relaxing outdoor rocking chairs.
  •           Covered view balcony with comfortable zero gravity recliners.
  •           Covered country porch with bench seat for that back to a simpler time feeling.
  •           Fullly equipped gourmet kitchen with original 1920 antique country farm sink with built in drain board. Includes microwave, retro blender/toaster, coffee maker, crock pot, and pet bowls too.
  •            Dining for eight and additional breakfast bar
  •            TV with DVD, games, books, and picturesque puzzles. When was the last time you relaxed, soaked in a constantly changing view, and indulged in constructing a fun puzzle?? It's one great way to enjoy time with friends and loved ones, especially if attempting to break the electronics habit. It truly brings back a simpler and enjoyable time.
  •            High speed wireless broadband and computer desk.
  •            Large brick bonfire ring near the water, with built in seating.
  •            All towels and linens supplied.
  •            Washer and dryer.
  •    High chair/booster seat, and child gate. 

activities and attractions in Hood Canal Washington

Master suite jetted soaking tub with romantic, panoramic water day and night view!Activities: Golf, Sightseeing, Outstanding restaurants, Wineries, Oyster harvesting, Olympic Nat'l Forest, Clamming, Crabbing, Kayaking, Sailing, Boating, Waterskiing, Jet Skiing, Shelling, Swimming, Snorkeling/Diving, Windsurfing, Biking, Mountain Biking, Wildlife Viewing, Phenomanal View Hikes, Fishing, Hunting, Antiquing, Museums, View Victorians, Nursery Tours, Mushroom harvesting in fall, Marina with boat launch (1 mile), and Dive excursions. This is only the beginning.

vacation rental rates

FREE nights and DISCOUNTS available on listing description page.

Please see applicable charges at base of rate section. FREE night based on standard occupancy rate.

JAN 4-MARCH 20 (Winter Season)...3rd nt FREE Jan & M-W consecutively Feb/March. 4th nt FREE Feb/March Weekends. $265 nt based on 1-4 guests. Additional guests $25 per person, per night. 2 nt min. Presidents Wknd @ Spring Season rates w/ 3 nt min, and 5th FREE.

MARCH 21-JUNE 12 (Spring Season)....4th night FREE. $295 nt based on 1-4 guests. Additional guests $30 per person, per night. 2 nt min. MEMORIAL Wknd @ $475 nt + 3 nt min.  Mother's Day Weekend: 3 nt min.

JUN 13-SEPT 14 (Peak Summer Season)...$475 nt based on 1-4 guests. Additional guests $35 per person, per night. 3-4 night min. 6 nt stays in June, 7 nt stays July/Aug receive FREE Cleaning ($95- $175 savings)!! 

SEPT 15-30 (Early Fall Season)...4th nt FREE (Su-Th consecutively)! 5th nt FREE Weekends! $295 nt based on 1-4 guests. $35 per person per night for additional guests. 2 nt min. 2 nt min.

OCT 1-NOV 25 (Fall Season)...3rd nt FREE (M-W consecutively)! All other nights 4th nt FREE!  $295 nt based on 1-4 guests. $30 per person, per night for additional guests. 2 nt min.

THANKSGIVING NOV 26-30...$495 nt based on 1-4 guests.  $25 per person, per night for additional guests. 4 nt min. 

DEC 1-22 (Winter Season)...3rd nt FREE!!  $265 Th-Su nt based on 1-4 guests. Additional guests $25 per person, per night.  2 nt min.

CHRISTMASDec 23-26 @ $475 nt + 4 nt min...DEC 27-29 @ $295 nt + 3 nt min...NEW YEARSDec 30-Jan 3 @ $475 nt + 3 nt min.Rates based on 1-5 guests.  Additional guests $35 each per night.

Cleaning/laundry:  $95..1-2 guests. $135..3-6 guests.  $175..7+ guests.

Refundable Security Deposit:  $50 per person. Additional criteria may apply.

Canine Guests: $50 each covers stays up to 1 week stay for small/med breeds. Please inquire for large breeds. Restrictions may apply.

12.5% added to all charges.

GIFT CERTIFICATES available....for that special gift.

Rates non-negotiable

Until confirmed, rates and fees are subject to change without notice. 

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