Saturday, 10 September 2016
It felt like a long walk to the two vintage cottages at the north end of the tour.
This will orient you as we walk past a couple of resorts.
On the west side of Pacific, even the garages have an ocean view.
a tall escallonia hedge
Hydrangeas do well this close to the ocean.
at the end of a block
Even if new, this house looks convincingly vintage.
another beachy view home
sweet peas and autumn clematis
Below: This 1982 home was actually the next stop on the tour, but we walked on. Time was short, with only an hour left, and I wanted to make sure to see the vintage cottages. We would return here if we had time.
a modern ocean view home
the beach access by the 1982 house
Fortunately for such a long walk, the weather had become cool and misty.
Allan saw a funny sign on the way:
on the east side of the street, a view deck
We were closer to Haystack Rock now. (Allan’s photo)
We walked past the Ocean Lodge.
cute guest cottages across the street from the Ocean Lodge
another guest cottage built to look vintage
Next came The Stephanie Inn, reputed to have an excellent restaurant. Carol and I almost stayed there once. Then we looked at the amenities online and realized that, while it would be a big extravagance for us, we’d be offered a “Complimentary beer and wine gathering in the oceanfront library” and “Complimentary late evening nightcap in the oceanfront library”. We couldn’t imagine passing up such amenities and yet did not feel comfortable at the thought of mingling with other guests who would be, well, no doubt so much richer. So we chose instead to stay at a more humble abode, the Sea Sprite (also on the map above).
The Stephanie Inn
I thought then that we might have to walk back up to the highway to get to our destination. I was thrilled to find a grassy path through to the next block.
Allan is way down at the corner; I am waiting at the grassy path.
Finally, we arrived and were delighted to find the two vintage cottages across the street from each other.
#4: The Sea Star
The Sea Star
from the programme: According to county records, this home was built in 1948, but may have been built sooner. Upon the current homeowners’ purchase ten years ago, the cottage was completely renovated to look like a true beach cottage. The home was remodeled by Mike Capper of Capper Construction, along with the fellow resident and storyteller, Peter Lindsey. Be cautious of the low vaulted ceiling upstairs.
ocean at the end of the block
by the front door
living room with stone fireplace
back deck has outdoor stairs to upper deck and top floor
little shed in back yard
peekaboo view dining
view of next door cottage called “Snug”
my telephoto sees beachfront gardens
Allan went upstairs:
cozy low ceilinged rooms
The door by the red chair is only a couple of feet tall, and kids who lived there used to call it the “monster room” (where the monsters lived).
looking down to the Snug Cottage
stairs to lower deck
main floor view window (Allan’s photo)
lighthouse lamp (Allan’s photo)
#3: The Anchor
Right across the street, to the south, was The Anchor Cottage.
from the programme: This property was part of the original Warren homestead. Frank and Irta Woodfield purchased the land in 1919, and in 1928, “Anchor” was built by Dermot and Pearl Lagassee to rent as a summer cottage. Dr. Tom and Sally Olsen purchased the home in 1970. Frank Woodfield was a prolific and acclaimed photographer of the Oregon Coast during the early 1900s, and his wife, Irta, was a talented poet. Both had a love of Cannon Beach that was obvious from their works, which will be on display in the home. “Beside Our Sandy Shore”, the short film featuring the life of the Woodfields, will be screening in the carport.
You can read more about the Woodfields here. You can see some of Frank Woodfield’s photos here. Irta Woodfield wrote a book (of poems?), which I intend to track down.
Beside Our Sandy Shore
Now that’s what I call a cottage!
front garden (Allan’s photo)
front garden view
around the back
view north to the Sea Star Cottage
northwest corner porch
in the carport
When I sat down to watch the narrated home movies in the carport, I became verklempt that all those people are gone. The narration, by a man with an elderly voice, reminiscing about his childhood, must have been by Frank Woodfield.
a ghost from the past by Haystack Rock
family and flowers
Oh, how very much this movie moved me. I did not care that we were running out of touring time; I had to see it all. You can watch a movie with the history of the Anchor family here.
This little door led in from the car port.
And a window at the back of the carport looked in to a wallpapered room.
the front door
front porch window box
This poodle had been touring along with us all day. (Allan’s photo)
west windows in living room
porch view (Allan’s photo)
on the mantel
old fashioned windows
the wallpapered bedroom
looking out the narrow side door to the carport to more ghostly images
In the kitchen, below, behind the woman who is listening to the owner’s stories, is a corner window over the sink with a view of the ocean a block to the west.
When I commented what a great view for washing dishes, he told me that the neighbours to the west had had their house lifted and moved north slightly, thus opening up the ocean view that did not used to be there.
looking north to the Sea Star as more tour guests arrive.
It was 4:38 by now and the tour ended at 5:00, and it was at least a ten minute walk back to the modern house we had not yet seen. I had a feeling we wouldn’t make it, but we would try.
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