When you imagine your ultimate dream life, does it include lounging on a back deck while the ocean laps at the nearby shore? Or strolling along soft beaches in search of sea glass, shells, and coral? If so, you may be a coastal grandmother. While age, gender, or relation is not necessary to this title, the spirit of a relaxing life on the coast most certainly is. Timeless, fuss-free, and cozy, this lifestyle is a more refined version of “laid back.”
While not all of us can achieve our highest dreams and live in a small cottage on a secluded beach, we can momentarily achieve this peace and comfort by staying in coastal cottages available for rent. The below list contains the ultimate homes across the United States where you can let your inner coastal grandmother live their life to the absolute fullest.
Located near the upper Puget Sound, this luxury oceanfront cabin provides spectacular island views of nearby wildlife, tides, and sunsets. The home is filled with plenty of large windows to maximize your viewing experience or take a step out on the spacious deck to enjoy some fresh sea air while you gaze. The home itself also features a midcentury modern flair with beautiful wood beams, furniture accents, and a large stone fireplace. And, to top it all off, it has private beach access making it the perfect couple’s retreat.
Beautiful, modern, and chic, this unique mushroom-like home features plenty of windows and deck space to bring the outdoors right inside. Located on the Atlantic Ocean, its two stories contain two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a spacious living area, and a multi-tiered deck. On the bottom deck, you’ll find a barbecue and hammock chair available for your enjoyment, and a dining/lounging area on the upper deck. Make yourself a morning cup of coffee and enjoy the sun rising over the ocean from the comfort of your own cabin.
With 3 bedrooms, a full kitchen, and only 5.6 kilometers from Morehead City, this rustic beach cabin is a beautiful family getaway to southern small-town living. It features a stunning open interior design with wood-paneled walls, slanted ceilings, and a traditional brick fireplace. With plenty of windows and a back porch that faces the ocean, the sunrises here will be absolutely magical. Try your hand at fishing from the dock or climb up into the tree platform and look for any sea life swimming by.
Clean and simple, this classic beachside cottage is coated in the weathered coastal shingles that are a staple for ocean communities. A massive two stories with five bedrooms and three bathrooms, it has enough space to bring both family and friends. Spend your time on the spacious back deck and overlook the Atlantic Ocean or try out the hot tub for a midnight soak. If you’re feeling like it’s 5:00 o’clock somewhere, then give the tiki bar a spin while on your way down to the private beach access.
Capable of having up to six guests, this spacious and picturesque oceanfront home on the famous Highway 101 is absolutely stunning. It features wood accents, a painted brick fireplace, and bright pops of colored furniture to bring life to the clean interior. A nautical home with modern taste, the curated design will appease your need for a true ocean escape. Sit out on the back deck and spot some whales, go for a stroll along the seven-mile beach, or try out some of the local clam chowder just a few miles down the road.
Pulled right from the Shire and set back amongst the pines, this rustic cabin glows with an inner warmth that is brought to life by antique furnishings, wood walls, and plenty of windows that let in the supreme ocean views. Small but mighty, every corner is packed with perfectly curated character to create a magical escape. If you can pull yourself from the interior, you’ll find a large deck where you can enjoy your morning coffee while gazing out over the sea. Lounge in large deck chairs, walk down to the shore, or just lay in bed all day, either way, you’ll find yourself met by breathtaking scenery.
Nicknamed after the man who inspired its creation, Kendrick Marshall, this cottage allows its visitors to unplug from modern life and live in the moment to truly enjoy what it means to live the beach life. With an authentic beach house interior, you will feel transported through time and back to the early 1900s when life was much slower. Sit on the back porch and read a book, watch the lobster boats come in, or wake up early enough to catch the sun rising over the distant swell.
This 50-year-old charming cottage is a step back through time. It features the classic beach house interior with white paneled walls, a wooden ceiling, and antique pops of character. While the inside is undoubtedly breathtaking, the highlight of your trip will be the closeness to the ocean. Step off the back porch and right into the sand because this home is practically on top of the water. Beachcombers will rejoice as they search for shells and washed-up coral only feet from their home. If you’re too tired after a long day of exploring, relax on the back porch while whales swim in the distance.
Quiet, clean, and peaceful, this zen sanctuary is situated in a Japanese garden by the ocean. The interior is heavily influenced by Asian design and features heated bamboo floors, tatami mats, and plenty of original artwork. Experience true inspiration and ignite your inner yogi on the back porch which contains props for yoga or sit around the fire and gaze up at the stars. The backyard features a private pond with a deck and stunning landscaping to cultivate ultimate relaxation. A private beach access sits only a quarter-mile walk from the house.
Situated on Washington’s Hood Canal, this restored 1930s beach cottage is an oyster lover’s paradise. Step off the porch and onto a private beach that offers 315 feet of rich oyster beds where you can shuck them and eat them right off the ground. Launch kayaks into the water, watch for any nearby orca pods or sit back and enjoy a book while the water nudges into the shore. The interior features gorgeous warm wood walls and plenty of windows and awesome views. Cook yourself up some freshly caught dinner in the full kitchen or let the breeze roll in.
If small living is more your style, this tiny home located on the Strait of Juan de Fuca is the ultimate rental cabin for you. With a beautiful hygge and interior and a large bed that you can melt into, this home is a pinnacle of relaxation. Nearby to Olympic National Park and with beach access, you’ll be able to enjoy both the Pacific Ocean and the snowcapped Olympic mountains. Sit out on the back deck and enjoy sunrises and sunsets from this unique vantage point or take your kayak out on the water.
With a wall of windows, a large back porch, and beach access, this cute cabin contains the true essence of what it means to live on the Pacific Ocean. Moody yet beautiful, its cozy interior includes a wood-burning stove, wood accents, colorful furniture, and a spacious living area. Perfect for a family vacation, it provides spectacular ocean views and access to countless nearby activities. Hike, Bike, or walk around the local state parks or venture over to Olympic National Park. When you get back after a long day of adventuring, curl up on the back porch and look out for any incoming ships.
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