|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Our cottage is a two floor accommodation contained within the winery building at our family run vineyard on Southern Puget Sound's Anderson Island. A kitchen, dining area, and bathroom is on the main floor with a combined living/sleeping upstairs. Bed is king sized memory foam with a separate full size futon available. Rooms are heated and air conditioned. Guests are free to relax in the spacious grounds, play yard games, enjoy the fire-pit and even partake in vineyard or garden activities. Sometimes we crank up the outdoor pizza oven. Fresh fruit, berries, and vegetables are available during the season. Other island activities consist of hiking, biking, beachcombing, swimming, and boating. And of course, there is always the opportunity for wine tasting. Internet access and TV for streaming available. Sorry no pets. The Cottage is self-catering, which means we do not provide food or drink. There is a small general store on the island, however there are no large grocery stores within a couple miles of the ferry landing so try and get supplies before entering "downtown" Steilacoom area. We do try to have some initial coffee and tea available as well salt, pepper ,sugar and some other spices, etc. Also the island restaurants (2) and store have limited hours or are closed some days. Its best to check the websites or Facebook pages of the Riviera Restaurant and Big Al's Café for hours. The store tries to carry most essentials but may be low on some items.
My husband and I absolutely loved everything about the cottage, the vineyard, the island and the hosts! We flew into Seattle and took public transportation and it was an easy journey from the airport (bus 574 to the Lakewood Transit Center in Tacoma and then bus 212 to the Steilacoom Ferry Landing) and very conveniently the transit center is right by a Super Target so we stopped to get groceries while waiting for our next bus. When arriving on the island, we walked the mile and half to vineyard amongst beautiful old growth forest. (If you're planning to walk or ride bicycles on the island, know that the hills are rather steep.) The accommodations of the cottage were very comfortable and left nothing wanting. The view from the back patio is lovely. We took bicycles around island, exploring several of the forest paths and beaches and ate lunch at a small cafe that served wonderful fish and chips. The best part for us was the incredible welcome we received upon arrival, the generous manner in which Alan shared his excellent knowledge of wine making, and the way in which we were made to feel right at home.
We would (and already have) highly recommend this magical place!
Lovely location, great hosts, beautiful cottage, and I will come back again.
We loved out stay at Anderson Island Vineyards. The cottage is great for a small family. The owners are very pleasant people. Plus you have a chance to taste wine.
This was exactly what we were looking for. A place where we could relax and reflect on 25 years of marriage. A place where we could be left entirely alone or choose to associate with others. We did a little of both. Allen and Gale were very respectful of our privacy and verry accommodating without being the slightest bit intrusive. The cottage was very comfortable and relaxing and well supplied with all anyone could want as far as kitchen utensils and even spices, which we appreciated as we elected not to go to the local restaurant or Cafe, preferring to stay in and make our own meals. We tasted many of his wines and toured the Vineyard and listened to his accounts of his learning the process of winemaking. We elected to purchase a case of wine to take home with us. We are eager to return and visit again. Of any others considering going, be aware that the third week of April may be taken indefinitely.
Alan and Gayle were great host!
The cottage is spacious, clean and well decorated - we found everything we needed to make our stay comfortable as well as relaxing. We spent some of our second day walking the grounds as well as participating in the Chardonnay grape harvest! - clipping near 5 rows (2 short ones) between the two of us. We did take a midway break to sample some of last years rewards of the same vines! Didn't seem like work to us - we knew we could work at our own pace and quit anytime - but we both found it to be fun and enjoyable. Alan made sure we were adequately rewarded for our efforts. I'm sure harvesting the entire 12 rows would not have been as fun. Additional helpers arrived the next day to finish up - I don't think Gayle took any breaks. We were privileged to see the entire process from vine to glass - both Alan and Gayle were more than happy to answer all our questions as well as explain the processes in detail. I'm sure if you just wanted to get a goods night sleep and taste some great estate wine you could do that too - but why not get educated and enjoy some new company and conversation. Had a great time and would definitely recommend this little gem to anyone looking to experience a inside look at a small volume winery on a beautiful quiet Puget Sound island. I forgot to mention the fact that you harvest grapes while sitting in a chair - you got to try it!
The reservation process was easy from start to finish. As soon as I booked, Alan was contacting me giving me ideas of what to expect on the island. He took a lot of the guess work out of coming to an unknown place! The cottage was so charming. We loved it! They even had a bottle of wine waiting for us! It was a blast walking around their wonderful property including a vineyard and huge garden. We even got to sample his wine and cider! They were so kind. They invited us to have pizza in their outdoor pizza oven. We joined an evening with their personal friends. They sure made us feel welcome! We both thought that it felt like we were far away from home. To think we were just a short drive and a 20 minute ferry ride. This was definitely a fun and relaxing weekend. Would do it again in a heartbeat!