What is that you see? Could it be a sticks and brick house, one that does not have wheels and an engine? Yep, we traded in the moho for a real house…at least for a few days. The moho went to visit the doctor and needed to spend three days in the hospital having surgery on the roof rails, the wet bay floor replaced, and a couple of other minor things. Since the work was covered under warranty and we can't live in it while the work is being done, we decided to make the most of our time and rent a beach cottage on the west coast of Washington in a little town called Seabrook.
After extensive searching, I found a new urbanism town that had pet-friendly cottages and beach access. The plan was that we would relax for the four days – no museum, no sightseeing, no hurrying up to do everything – just relaxing. And that we did in a house named Worry Free Days.
New Urbanism is a design movement that started in the 1980’s and promotes walkable neighborhoods. The neighborhood typically has a discernible center, usually a large green space that is surrounded by shops, offices, and restaurants. Interconnected streets lead to tightly woven houses that face the street or another green space and are within a five-minute walk to the town center. We were familiar with this concept from years ago when visiting Seaside, Florida – a beach community starting in 1988. The first lots in this Florida Panhandle community sold for $15,000 and are now houses fetching in excess of five million. Seabrook is not in the five million dollar range yet but it is a gorgeous community that is well thought out and appointed.
Seabrook was just what we wanted – relaxing and easy. The town center had a couple of shops (including a dog wash and boutique), a restaurant, market, beer garden, pottery studio, and of course a real estate office in case you want to spend more money than just in the market. Houses are beautifully decorated in a coastal theme and sport whimsical beach names.
|Loved the name of this house.|
|Mill 109 is the restaurant and pub in Seabrook.|
Every day we walked along the expansive beach and sat by the fire pit reading novels that we have been carrying around for way to long.
The house was perfectly comfortable, charming, and exceptionally well stocked with things we needed. While small, it was perfect for us with a bedroom, loft, bathroom, and combined kitchen and living area. There were even two beach cruiser bicycles for us to ride around town on. We were not saddened when we got the call that the moho was going to have to spend one more night in the hospital and Tiffin Motorhomes would cover a fourth night for us to relax.
|The house had a little yard, picnic table, adirondack chairs and a fire pit. Perfect!|
|View from the upstairs loft.|
Spirit loved the house that was exceptionally dog-friendly. There was a fenced in dog yard, bed, bowls, and dog biscuits at her disposal. Not to mention the enjoyment she found on the beach.
|And look what we found in the kitchen|
|There is nothing happier than a lab running in water chasing something.|
Unlike Seaside and the other towns in Florida, this does not have a crowded beach. We were not disappointed to be the only ones on the beach.