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Whales Tale Cabin: STUNNING VIEWS, Very Private and Cozy

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

WHERE THE MAD RIVER MEETS THE PACIFIC SURF: The Whale's Tale Cabin is a cozy bungalow style cottage sitting on the bluff overlooking the mouth of the Mad River as it meets the crashing breakers of the Pacific Ocean. From the western rooms and deck visitors can enjoy whale watching, viewing the myriad of wildlife on the Mad River, and just relax, taking in all the beauty that nature has to offer.

The Whales Tale Cabin is a home built in the 1960's situated in an eclectic neighborhood of million dollar view homes mixed with modest residences in the small community of McKinleyville just a few short miles north of Arcata off of Highway 101. To maintain the cozy mood of a cabin we have maintained the rustic feel of that time period while presenting an impeccably clean and comfortable ambiance with simple furnishings. There are three bedrooms, one very comfortable King Bed, one very comfortable Queen bed, and Two Twins. There is a wood burning fireplace for ambiance. (Bring your own firewood or Duraflame logs; the furnace provides great heat). It is a very short drive to gain access to the beaches and there is no direct beach access from the cabin. Several Redwood groves and parks are very close. There is a flat screen TV in the Living Room and one in the Master Bedroom, with basic cable service; and an old boom box to play CD's., and a DVD player. There is also free WiFi to keep you connected with the 21st Century.

The quiet and secluded cabin is near downtown Mckinleyville, with a full service cinema, restaurants, and shops. The picturesque fishing village of Trinidad with its famous lighthouse is just ten minutes to the north. Parents and visitors to Humboldt State University are only 10 minutes from the campus. Nearby are gorgeous beaches, Patrick's Point State Park, Redwoods, hiking trails, and the artsy old-style lumber town of Arcata is just 10 minutes south. The Whale's Tale provides an exquisitely serene, relaxing, and private break from the usual mad rush of our hectic lifestyles. Call or E-mail for information.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS AND GREAT INFORMATION: In order to protect the privacy and security of guests, and your booking we will provide driving directions, lock box code, information on beaches and parks from a local's perspective, and other good information that will enhance the enjoyment of your stay. Please contact me via email at whalestalecabin@sbcglobal.net or text me with your email address and I will email you documents


Keywords: House, Cabin, Cottage, Bungalow, Ocean View, Retreat, River, Ocean Front, Hot tub, river front, waterfront, Arcata, Humboldt, Trinidad, vacation rental, Mad River, Whales Tale Cabin

More Details

Member since: 2005
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2017

About Richard

We grew up in Arcata and Blue Lake and love the ocean, beaches, and Redwoods of Humboldt County. Among the owners are a chiropractor, and a school administrator, an orthodontist, and a retired school psychologist. We all have grandchildren, but remember, 60 is the new 40 (or something like that).

Richard purchased this house in 2005

Why Richard chose McKinleyville

The views are fabulous and the river amazingly alive with wildlife; we keep the Whales Tale Cabin immaculate, and the value is great. Truly a "one of a kind" property. Very private. Very comfortable. Very cozy.

What makes this house unique

Incredibly Private, Serene, Relaxing, I think the best views within miles, Comfortable, Convenient Location far enough away and yet close enough to conveniences.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Before the whole glow faded, I wanted to write and tell you how very much we enjoyed our time at Whales Tale. I wished we had another day or two there. What an amazing view! And such a lovely, comfortable house. The weather was absolutely perfect, raining one night and clear and bright during the days. We woke yesterday morning to a double rainbow over the dunes. Thank you so much for allowing us bring our dog along and for sharing your cabin. You are a lucky man to own that place. I think I'd never leave if I did!

All best wishes, Joanne
Dec 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the McKinleyville in the Humboldt County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , a small half bath off the laundry room with a toilet & sink
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , double sink, toilet has privacy door
  • 1.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1) high quality, very comfortable, Queen size Beds (1) high quality, very comfortable, Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing


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Whales Tale Cabin: STUNNING VIEWS, Very Private and Cozy
average rating of 4.9375 based on 71 reviews

Beautiful view of the Mad river and ocean

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our weekend at this house. We loved sitting in the backyard with the beautiful view of the Mad river and the ocean. The house was cozy, and fully stocked!! Nice and quite neighborhood.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much. We are doing some renovations. Look for us February 2019
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Stunning sunsets, fun days, restful nights!

  • 5 of 5

Arrived later than we'd planned, just after sunset, but walked in to a still-colorful and dramatic sky out the big beautiful back windows that took our breath away! We could feel stress melting away as we settled into this lovely spot for a few days. Like so many others, we loved the view and enjoyed exploring Patrick's Point, area beaches, and the shops of Arcata's darling square. That said,

I wanted to share some aspects that really landed this home in the outstanding category for our family. Beds and linens VERY comfortable. Clean, clean, clean. Everything we could ever need kitchen-wise. Giant fluffy towels for the fantastic hot tub. Nicely appointed, warm, inviting - feels like a beloved family beach house, which it exactly what it is - where you come to relax and reconnect. Not too big, not too small - JUST RIGHT. Owner is friendly and responsive. Easy parking for our trailer during our stay. Dog friendly. Quiet neighborhood. Good wifi. Great for a family, but would work for couples or friends looking to get away. I'm already trying to figure out how to get back here by myself or with a friend for an art and writing retreat!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You captured in words wonderfully how we feel about the property and why we bought it. Thank you for staying at The Whales Tale Cabin. Regards, Richard
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Neat, clean and comfortable. Incredible view and sunsets!

  • 4 of 5

We were within a short drive from so many beautiful areas and beaches. We made day trips and enjoyed the comfort of the cabin in the evenings. We hope to return!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean, cozy and comfortable cabin

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful views and not too much of a drive from the Redwoods! We had a great time. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Delightful, pristine, well appointed, comfortable, in a stunning setting overlooking the river and the ocean. Quiet, hearing only the sea. Wildlife. Sitting in the hot tub overlooking this was sublime. Fireplace cosy. House well tended and clean. Owner is gracious and friendly. We had a wonderful stay and highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just great!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a relaxing time...the hot tub sealed the deal! Thanks for the comfortable environment and thoughtful details...see you again!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Arcata Airport
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Mad river Beach and Clam Beach

kayaking and canoeing on the Mad River--The famous Hammond Trail is just steps from The Cabin


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in the McKinleyville, California

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £68.6 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £361.05
cleaning £97.48 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Please call for special rates, last minute discounts. Standard rate represents an average. Rates are lower sometimes midweek and low season, and higher on Holidays and week-ends, and high season. Rates also vary by number of people. For example, a low season rate for 2 midweek might be $185 per night and a high season rate in July or August, Christmas, etc. might be $285 t0 $345 for 6. Pet fee is for one dog. 2nd dog fee is additional $35 to 95 depending on length of stay. Additional deposit of $200 for pets. We can negotiate rate for full house and longer stays. Call to discuss 707-373-2647. Regards, Richard

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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