“We’ve stayed at the Beach House on Fox Island three times. The facility and its owners (Bill & Sue Spencer, pictured at right) are delightful and very hospitable. This comfortable cottage is right on the beach, with a huge deck in the back perfect for sitting and enjoying sunsets and watching the boats and kayaks go by. It’s just 40 minutes from our home, connected by a land bridge to Gig Harbor, so no ferry is necessary.
“The kitchen is well-stocked, and the upstairs loft bedroom very comfortable.
“There are lots of great features in the area – hiking trails, a fishing dock, and a nice beer garden.
“Bill and Sue will make sure you are comfortable and well taken care-of.
Darlene & Larry Short (Puyallup, WA)
“I came here with the goal (I thought) to hide away and do a painting for a gallery show – expecting weather to be rainy, dark & cold. However, I think it rained only 1 day and the place is so beautiful, peaceful and scenic, I could not concentrate!
“This wonderful Beach House was perfect and your hospitality so warm, it is hard for me to pack and leave!!
“Since I am not taking home a lot of work, I have a lot of inspiration.
“Thank you making this month so special. Can’t wait to come back.
Linda Griffin (Greenville, NC)
“Our second visit, three nights this time. Some sun, some rain, some cuddling with rain on the skylights. The scores of photos of the weather coming & going across the water will make a fine slide show. We plan to be back anytime Deb can get away from the jewery store … maybe a couple of times a year or more. Thanks!”
Glenn & Deborah Evans (Seattle, WA)
“These have been magnific days that will last in our memory forever. Just arrioved, when on the deck you realize that paradise is very close.
“Thank you very much for sharing with us your ‘Beach House.’ We have spent a wonderful Summer and enjoyed nature and your generosity and goodness. We like you very much. Best wishes!”
Ceferino, Concha & Alberto (Valencia, Spain)
“What great month! The views, the landlords, the surroundings – all wonderful! Bill & Sue you have blessed our lives,”
Mary & Richard Quinones (Chino Hills, CA)
“In spite of the Washington monsoon – we loved it here. There are so many beautiful touches to the Beach House and grounds. We East Coasters really enjoyed your West Coast. Thank You,”
Bob & Sue Tintle (New Jersey)
“A beautiful little slice of nature yoo have here, indeed! A great home base – we like to shop local, bring it home $ cook – so, great for that – beautiful scenery to cook by. We took several day trips to Olympia, Seattle, Tacoma Park, historic Gig Harbor & were able to come back here and feel very comfortable.
“Coffee with the sunrise was great!
“Beautiful dahlias, Sue. Thanks for sharing your space!”
“Our sojourn at your intimate hide-a-way was just what our souls needed – an extraordinary beautiful place. Thanks,”
Estelle & John Boskovich (Portland, OR)
“We had a lovely, relaxing time. The house was wonderful for a relaxing weekend getaway. Enjoyed the walks on the beach and the preserve. Thanks!”
Judy Bartle (Washington State)
“We write this on our last day at the Beach House with mixed emotions. We are ready to go home, however, our time here was a little piece of heaven – what a way to celebrate our (mutual) wedding anniversary & Dave’s retirement.
“The Beach House was spectacular – we felt so comfortable here. We enjoyed sitting at length on the deck. Your hospitality & helpful hints made our first trip to Washington perfect – of course, the unusually dry & sunny weather helped too. Thanks again!”
Dave & Patty Cooney (Erie, PA)
“Thank you for your generous hospitality. You have created a wonderful retreat at the Beach House. A perfect place for two close friends (one from Seattle and one from Dublin, Ireland) to catch up with each other’s lives. We took advantage of the BBQ and shared a bottle of wine on the very private deck looking at our gorgeous 180-degree view of the Puget Sound. The kitchen is well stocked with all the items you need. The Beach House will now be our annual meeting place!
“The views, the privacy, the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on will never be forgotten. See you next year!”
Inez & Jill (Dublin, Ireland & Redmond, WA)
“We had a great two weeks here at the cabin. We know that you specially arranged for such wonderful weather just for us!
“Thank you for sharing all your travel adventures with us and hope you will enjoy Iceland and Newfoundland as much as we have. We look forward to seeing you around the world, if not back here in the Northwest.”
Bob & Eileen Gregory, Ph.D. (Winter Park, FL)
Note: Bill and Sue went to Iceland in August 2013 and LOVED it!
“What a picturesque cottage! Your views are glorious and we enjoyed daily walks on the beach filled with serendipitous finds, great wildlife and we felt like we had the beach to ourselves. This was a lovely place to reconnect with family and enjoy the Pacific NW. We only wish we had more time to just sit on the deck and enjoy the views.”
John & Lee Roper-Batker (Minneapolis, MN)
“Loved the cabin. The view was beautiful. Thank you so much”
Jim, Shelly, & Rachel Leninha (CA)
“My hand trembles and my heart throbs, but I must write what I darest not speak. Only yesterday it seems (30 days ago!) we arrived; the blood within us lept to greet the majesty of the rising sun and the peacefulness of the water. Our gizzards dropped to our stomach, when we viewed the world from such an amazing deck!
“What the heck! All kidding aside, both of you were extremely hospitable, helpful and very responsive. Leslie and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Thanks again.”
Mark & Leslie Soukup (CA)
“This has been a wonderfully QUIET week – we could not have asked for a better vacation. Thank you for all of the sightseeing tips and your warm hospitality. You have a small piece of paradise here and we have already begun planning our next trip to the Beach House on Fox Island! Thank you again for everything and we hope to see you again soon!”
Kevin McCoy & Megan Morris (Akron, OH)
“We stayed at the cabin and enjoyed being right at the water’s edge. How could we not relax and unwind? The views were amazing and we were able to see plentiful sea life right out the windows. The spacious decks provided the opportunity to get closer to the beautiful surroundings. We were impressed by the well-equipped kitchen, as we love to cook. Our hosts, Bill and Sue, were warm and welcoming, and are two wonderful people. We will be back to stay there for our honeymoon.”
Alice Holman & Dave (Issaquah, WA)
“Thanks so much for a nice, relaxing weekend. Even though the weather was a bit wet, we still had a wonderful time.”
Amy & Jeris (Portland, OR)
“Thank you so much. We’ll be back to this amazing space.”
John & Kathy Yeager (Federal Way, WA)
“This has been a wonderful central location for all of our daily adventures. Thank you for making sure there was a light on to greet us after a long day. Thank you for sharing your beautiful view with us this week. The fresh plums were enjoyed and appreciated.”
The Peelings (Allenwood, PA)
“Sure enjoyed our stay and the beautiful view. The weather was wonderful; however, any day on the water is a good day.
“Hope to see you next year!”
Scott & Judith (Chehalis, WA)
“Thank you for a very nice getaway from work and normal life. We loved the ‘fishing dog’ and his two furry friends.”
The Delaurentis (Enumclaw, WA)
“Thank you for an opportunity for us to experience Fox Island again. We were able to relive many childhood memories and had the opportunity to have our Uncle Milton Thompson here. It will probably be his last visit to the island (he is in his 80s and not in good health), and he was very moved when seeing the many places he knew from childhood. The view is unforgettable.”
John and Kathy Aitchison (Grants Pass, OR)
“Thank you for letting us stay in your wonderful beach cottage. We loved it! – so much, we want to come back next year.”
Glen and Elaine (Portland, OR)
“Thank you for your hospitality. This week has been wonderful and sure will be remembered. We hope you will be in ICELAND sometime and then we will be more than happy to guide you and show you our special ISLAND!”
Elias, Iigga, Helga, Villy & Ingo Gudmundsson (Iceland)
PS: I will never forget my visit on this unique, little island! (Helga, 17 years old)
Note: we visited the Gudmundsson Family in Iceland In late August 2013. Wonderful, gracious hosts.
“The ultimate ‘stay-cation!’ We’re local, so we know the joys of living around Puget Sound. But to be able to rent a little corner of a beachfront for a few days’ seclusion on a special birthday makes for a lasting memory … without long lines at airports or huge traffic jams on a holiday weekend. Great place, beautiful setting, gracious hosts.
“Thanks, we’ll be back!”
Wayne & Betsy Ohlson (WA)
“My husband and I spent two weeks here and had a fantastic time! The listing was 100% accurate, but I have to say that nothing will prepare you for the breathtaking view! We come to this area every year and this house by far has the best view (not to mention the best outdoor area) of any of the properties we have rented. This house is the perfect place to stay to explore all the nearby towns and cities that are just a short drive away (Seattle, Gig Harbor, etc). Bill and Sue are wonderful hosts, and made sure we had everything we needed. The house itself was spotless and the movie / book selection was a nice surprise. I would definitely recommend this wonderful vacation home to anyone looking to relax.”
Claire Wilson (CO)
“Aaargh, we are miserable!! The week just raced by and we simply are not ready to leave. Thank you once again for your beautiful Beach House, for quiet, for Fox Island hiking explorations and everyday hospitality. We will miss this place and try to come back again.”
Sandy Crow & David Zopf (Philadelphia, PA)
“What a slice of heaven you have here. We were so fortunate to have enjoyed for these few days. We really hope to be back here soon.”
Lee & Claudia Havensten (Nashua, NH)
“Thank you for accommodating my fiancé and I on such a short notice. We truly enjoyed our two-day getaway. The views were excellent. Again, thank you.”
Chan and Eric (Sacramento, CA)
“Thank you very much for the wonderful relaxing locale to spend John’s birthday at. The sun is out and seemingly shining on just the island – we feel so blessed. The walk on the beach encouraged us to start a sea glass collection of our own – just a few small pieces in six different colors. Thanks for the tour of your home and the hospitality. Enjoy the rest of your Summer.”
John and Janice Korgey (Cowiche, WA)
“Thank you for sharing your beautiful and quiet slice of island life with us. We had a wonderful, restorative weekend with our family. We enjoyed the beach walks, views of Mt. Rainier and the Olympic Mountains and playing backgammon.”
Kim, Geoff, Elane & Dylan Crook (Salem, OR)
“We loved the Beach House. We wished we had enough time for a long walk on the beach or to read some of your books. We did, however, watch the entire ‘Godfather’ trilogy over three nights. Anyway, it was a great and cozy home away from home.”
Brad Stevens (MA)
“My husband and I, together with my daughter and grandson, stayed at Beach House on Fox Island just prior to Christmas. Despite the atrocious weather – the worst for over 40 years for the area – we have only fond memories of the kindness of our hosts and the comfort of our accommodation. The views are spectacular and the peace and quiet just what we needed. Beach House will definitely be a place we will revisit.”
Susan (Victoria, BC, CANADA)
“We stayed here for a weekend, just to escape and re-connect. It was both beautiful and peaceful, just as described. The floor-to-ceiling windows provided a panoramic view of the ever-changing Northwest weather in November. Stunning!
“Thank you, Bill and Sue, for your hospitality and attention to detail! The book of attractions was very helpful. We are planning our next visit!”
Crystal and Terry (Seattle, WA)
“We just returned to Minnesota after staying at the Beach House for a week to visit our son and granddaughter. What a amazing week we had! The accommodations are first class, with everything you would need available, including toys for our granddaughter. Since we arrived at night Bill was there, with flashlight in hand, to lead the way to the house.
“Thank you, Bill and Sue, for your hospitality and for sharing the Beach House. We will be back in April for another relaxing vacation at the Beach House.”
The Martinez family (St. Paul, MN)
Thank you for letting us stay in your cute Beach House. The views are beautiful off your deck. Take care of your little piece of Heaven and all those lovely flowers.”
Dan & Marla
“What an amazing Beach House!
“The property is right on the water with a large beautiful deck overlooking the water. There is an amazing peacefulness there.
“I had a few friends and family over and we enjoyed a great afternoon BBQ on the deck.
“I had a friend that lives across the way come over by kayak and then we were able go kayaking together and saw some amazing wildlife including otters, seals, and hawks perched up in the trees.
“There is a nice downstairs area with full kitchen and dining room table. The upstairs bedroom is romantic and has a very comfortable bed. There is a bench window that you can sit in and read or look out on the water.
“The owner (Bill) is very accommodating and provided excellent customer service. I am the Director of Guest Services at Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, TX and appreciate great customer service as that is what we strive to provide our guests daily. That is what Bill provided for us, along with an amazing place to relax.”
Brent Wolf (Austin, TX)
“Thank you so much for sharing your Beach House with us. The access to your boat ramp was awesome for our drift boat. We’ll have many fond memories of spending our afternoons fishing on the sound with breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier.
“We enjoyed the beautiful dahlias and the deer too.”
Jim and Laura Collar (Portland, OR)
“Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and grounds. Our golfer did not get home until after dark so we never did do the beach fire! Thank you for setting the fire up anyway.”
The Hellmans (Cleveland, OH)
“Thank you for sharing your beautiful Beach House and all your kindness.
We wish we could have stayed for the whole time. Now we just pray the Ted will recover as we travel home. We will absolutely return under better circumstances.”
Pam & Jim (Santa Rosa, CA)
Note: Jim’s brother, Ted, had a heart attack in CA and they had to cut their visit short.
“Thank you so much for your generous hospitality. This was such a beautiful setting for our (small) wedding. You were so generous to let us use your gorgeous flowers and canopy.
“We really enjoyed our stay here and hope to come back soon.”
Dedrick and Lindsay Williams (Fort Polk, LA)
“Thank you so much for the tour of your home and gardens … the wine bottle idea is terrific!
“You two are the consummate hosts and you made a wonderful celebration even more perfect. You can be sure we will be telling friends about this magical place and your kindness.”
Mary Sloan (the bride’s mother, Spokane, WA)
“This beach house provides the ultimate in clean, quiet, private, well-appointed accommodation. Photos don’t come close to capturing the pristine Northwest beachfront sanctuary. The gracious hosts made us feel very welcome and while they were available and responsive, they allowed us our privacy.
“We travel often and stay in many different types of accommodation. This one is wonderful and we’ll definitely visit again … the deck is spectacular!
“What a wonderful Beach House and a beautiful view – we had a fantastic time. Thank you for your hospitality.”
Nick and Nora (Los Angeles, CA)
“It turned out to be a great Memorial Day weekend for our extended family who came up for a wedding.
“It is simply beautiful here, rain or shine. This would certainly be a great place to stay for a long while. The views, the peacefulness, the nature and the “Green” … never have seen so much green.
“Enjoyed the your gardens, the walks, finding the Clay Babies. We will just have to make it back again in the future.”
Tom & Jane, Mociute & Regina, Mark & Lorina (Southern CA)
“Your little Beach House is amazing … a wonderful experience being here … very spiritually uplifting for us.”
Randy & Robin Anderson (Reno, NV)
Note: Randy and Robin traveled here for a friend’s funeral. They held a wake for a dozen or so of the deceased’s family and friends on the Beach House deck.
“What an amazing six weeks we spent here at the Beach House. It offered us a much needed time of peace, beauty and tranquility. Our grandchildren loved every minute they spent here and were enthralled with the Clay Babies.
“Thank you for all of your kindness and for ordering spectacular weather along with it.
“We look forward to seeing you again and spending more time here. Our memories from our time here will be with us forever.”
Bev & Allan (Kalispell, MT)
February & March 2010
“It has been such a wonderful little getaway after our conference. Wish we could stay a little longer! We enjoyed the beachcombing and even found some Clay Babies to take home. The museum was interesting also.
“I am convinced that there is something very special about Fox Island. We loved your Beach House, such a wonderful setting. We would love to visit again and certainly plan on staying a little longer. Thank you for sharing your little piece of Heaven with us.”
Craig & Lorita Haueter (Kennewick, WA)
“What a wonderful weekend getaway you provided me and Joel! It was perfect for all the studying we needed to do. Quiet and semi-isolated with few distractions. We couldn’t have asked for a better spot.
“It is a very special place you have out here. I hope to see you all again.”
Joel & Caroline Rogers (University of Washington graduate students, Seattle, WA)
“Thanks so much for sharing your beach cottage with us. The setting is hard to improve upon. The cottage was the perfect getaway and we’re convinced that Fox Island is a unique gem in the sound.
“We appreciate your hospitality and really enjoyed chatting. We look forward to an opportunity to return.”
Bern & Sandy (Redlands, CA)
“How can we begin to say what a wonderful week this has been … restorative, entertaining, comfortable, terrific! We’ll be back!
“My husband and I stayed here 10 days, to be near our Tacoma-based daughter and family but still to have an away-from-it-all Puget Sound experience and do our own day-trip adventuring from time to time. Loved it. We’ll be back.
“Gorgeous waterfront view from the downstairs room and the large deck; very comfy king bed and skylights in the upstairs room. Easy to use kitchen. Books and homey touches all around. Sleep couch in downstairs main room has built-in air mattress – very comfy, our visiting son discovered.
“Expansive view next door of owners’ exquisite gardens, which one may visit. Owners Bill and Sue very welcoming and helpful. Had fun inviting grandkids to explore on the beach at low tide or pick blackberries; loved watching the tide – and two local seals – as the waters rose.
“Small store on island for necessities, Gig Harbor 15-ish minutes away, for very good restaurants and grocery shopping; you can reach the Tacoma mainland in about a half-hour; you can do Rainier in a day. All that most convenient, but in the end, we always found ourselves coming back to the Beach House with a happy sigh, ‘Ah, home.’”
Sandy Crow and David Zopf (Wayne, PA)
Note: Sandy and David returned in April, 2011
“Thank you so much for the use of your beautiful Beach House. We were able to observe some Harbor Seals splashing in the distance and the view of Mt. Rainier was just spectacular. We visited Mt. Rainier one day and Mt. St. Helens another. You really need more than a day to appreciate each of these parks.
“We were also able to beachcomb some Clay Babies where Bill told us to go. Your gardens and landscaping are something to behold.”
Tom & Chris (New Lenox, IL)
“What a lovely spot you have.
“From our canoe, your Beach House seems just right for really living on Puget Sound.”
Alan & Vicki Westerberg (Packwood, WA)
“We have really loved staying in your Beach House. The natural views, beauty, serenity and home were all more than we expected. Thanks for your hospitality and suggestions. We ended up at the Tides Tavern and really enjoyed it!
“We look forward to keeping in touch and revisiting in the future.”
Jamie & Kyle Nixon (Chehalis, WA)
“This was a great place for an impromptu, three–day getaway. We only wish we could have stayed longer. We enjoyed watching many kinds of weather blow in from the South and hunting the elusive Clay Babies.”
Glenn and Deborah Evans (Seattle, WA)
Note: The Evans returned in August 2013.
“Your hospitality was more than we could have asked for. Thank you for making our Thanksgiving with our son, who is leaving for Iraq, so wonderful!”
Bryant & Karlene (Gulf Shores, AL)
“The past two months have been awesome! What a way to start a retirement after 44 years of a nursing career. Your hospitality and friendship have been something I will not forget. The weather could not have been better. I would recommend your Beach House to anyone who wants a beautiful place on the beach.”
Patty Chilcutt (Sheridan, WY)
September & October 2008
“Thank you very much for your warm hospitality and kindness to us and our family. Joe was thrilled to be able to use his boat here and we enjoyed fishing. The Grandsons enjoyed collecting shells, playing by the water and also playing tennis.
“We’ll always have fond memories of the Beach House.”
The Sheehys (Overland Park, KS)
“Thank you so much for providing the perfect place for this year’s vacation. I think you have the most beautiful view on the island and I could live in this Beach House forever. We appreciated all the cookware and pretty dishes, glasses, pottery. Also, appreciated all your help as far as locating restaurants, shops, etc.
“I will never forget my four days on Fox Island.”
Ana Harris (Lander, WY)
“Thank you for a lovely place to spend the past week. We enjoyed exploring the many beaches on Fox Island, sitting on the deck of the Beach House, listening to the water lapping and with the incredible view before us all the time. We’ll see you again soon.”
Patricia & Judy
“Thank you for the warm, friendly hospitality! We enjoyed our time at the Beach House immensely. The views are incredible and the comfort and relaxed atmosphere were just what we were hoping for. We have many, happy memories to take home.”
The Donahues (Estes Park, CO)
Note: the Donahues returned again in August, 2010.
“We could not have imagined a better location and setting for a week’s vacation. It was fun to spot eagles, seals, geese and dolphins right off the deck. The deck is a relaxing place to enjoy the gorgeous weather and scenery.
“This was a great place to come back to after whale watching in the San Juan Islands. This was an excellent location … only a short trip to Tacoma and Seattle for sightseeing.
“You guys were very generous and helpful and we had a wonderful time!”
Brian & Alisse (Dallas, TX)
“Fabulous – highly recommend for adults. Great place to stay. Highly recommend by a well-seasoned traveler.
“Not only was the king-size bed very comfortable with tasteful bedding but also set up with high quality, high count sheets. In addition there were tons of very lush towels. Typical items that are not provided in most accommodations! Very quiet atmosphere with large windows overlooking water on main floor and several skylights in bedroom loft which allow one to ‘sleep under the stars’ if they prefer to not pull shades.
“Best highlight for this “A”-type personality is the massive deck. With the expansive view, and quiet atmosphere, I actually found it easy to relax and pick up a book which is not a typical situation at any other accommodation, as even with suites you always “feel” the confines of the room or balcony.
“Would love to own this place. It is a gem! We had a great and relaxing time here. It’s really a beautiful place you have! You are really blessed to be here 24/7.
“We are glad we found you. I’m sure we will be back.”
Cat & Ron Sutherland (San Diego, CA)
“Your Beach house is beautiful and your hospitality has been most appreciated. Our ‘Chicks Club 50th Birthday’ was perfectly located here … massages in ‘Old Gig Harbor’ and way too much Washington State wine contributed to a marvelous celebration for friends on 30 years. Thanks!”
Jean, Jan, Varessa & Diana (Snohomish, WA; Parker, CO; Bothell, WA & Rochester, NY)
“We had such a relaxing time at the cozy beach cottage. The awesome view was so beautiful and ‘therapeutic.’ The décor and amenities made it so welcoming and comfortable. Enjoy the pictures!”
Sherry & Dave Lindsey
“What a terrific week! Storms, seals, eagles, rainbows too. Too many memories to list. It will be awfully hard to return to the ‘real world’ after spending a week here.Thanks to Sue and Bill for providing a fantastic place to relax, enjoy the island and recharge the batteries.”
Germaine Jarvis & Jon Znamiekowski (Michigan & Hawaii)
Note: Jon and Germaine returned the next summer to celebrate their 25th anniversary with family and friends on our deck. It was “decked out” with a Hawaiian theme.
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