Hipcamp host L A.
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Spend some time off-grid in our one-of-a-kind 1939 military bunker. Built into the hill at the edge of a fenced 250' bluff overlooking The Salish Sea. Cozy at 16'x11 & rustic', enjoy breathtaking views of the strait of Juan de Fuca all the way to Canada. At night, stargaze with nearly zero light pollution, by day it is a birdwatchers paradise.

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Spend some time off-grid in our one-of-a-kind 1939 military bunker. Built into the hill at the edge of a fenced 250' bluff overlooking The Salish Sea. Cozy at 16'x11 & rustic', enjoy breathtaking views of the strait of Juan de Fuca all the way to Canada. At night, stargaze with nearly zero light pollution, by day it is a birdwatchers paradise.

Sleep in the bunker itself, or pitch your tent (or ours) & sleep under the stars or in the provided hammock, listening to the waves lap. Watch amazing sunsets from the roof while enjoying the total privacy and serenity of this special forest retreat. You will feel a world away, while watching the bald eagles and whales play right out front. Off-Grid: Think camping with a roof. No power. No water. Wood-stove for heat. A propane fire-ring is provided instead of a wood-burning fire-pit outside for heat and ambiance (no cooking) during burn ban season.

If you need provisions, (no other reason to ever leave) it is just a 10 minute drive or 1 hour bike ride into downtown Port Townsend with all of the beauty, art, history, and festivals that this Victorian Seaport has to offer. 

A 10 minute drive to Fort Worden State Park with sandy beaches, kayak rentals, a marine science center, bar, restaurant, and a light house. We even have Alpenfire, the 1st organic cidery in the state, a few minutes down the road in the woods with a tasting room and lawn games. We are long-time locals who love to share insight about the area, feel free to ask!

The neighborhood is mostly small homes on acreage, with quiet neighbors who like to keep to themselves. Please respect them by keeping noise levels down and not leaving the property boundaries which are marked with orange flags and stakes.

Important Details:

*Pets: We love animals, but due to insurance issues and wildlife, dogs must be leashed at all times and cleaned up after!

*Due to the bluff, NO CHILDREN between the ages of 2-12. Babies under 2 are welcome!

*Bluff: There is NO ACCESS TO THE BEACH. It is a very high, steep, primitive bluff. All signs and fences MUST be respected.

*Water: There is no water available currently, pack it in.

*Toilet: A regularly serviced porta-potty or outhouse, depending on the season.

*Cooking: Inside the bunker is a pub table that seats 6-8 and looks out over the bluff, and a small counter space. A picnic table is outside on the bluff, with a freestanding fire pit, and a propane 3-burner outfitter grill outside for cooking. You are also welcome to bring your small camp stoves for outdoor cooking only. Please clean up all food to keep wild critters from hanging around. The bunker has a vintage cast iron wood-fired cook stove for heating and boiling water in the provided kettle only. No cooking on the stove is allowed. A wood pile outside will keep you cozy. 

*Sleeping: There is a single "hanging daybed" & a queen bed with mattresses and sheets. Please bring your own blankets or sleeping bags!  

*We have 2 tents that sleep 4 each and 6 sleeping bags and ground pads available to rent if you don't want to pack your own! Just contact me for details.

*Parking: The turning space for vehicles is quite tight so 4 vehicles maximum are allowed. This is important, NO RV'S, MOTOR HOMES, OR TRAILERS. THEY WILL GET STUCK!

Lodging provided
Cabin
1 site
Up to 10 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No potable water
No showers
No wifi
Have a question? Send L a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict (30 Days)
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 25% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching

We are regularly visited by bald eagles, coyotes, and white-tailed deer. We are overlooking Protection Island which is a bird s...Read more

Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Paddling
Wind sports
Surfing
Swimming

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Historic Bluff Sunset Retreat in Washington.

Beach

Overlooking the water and a 15 minute drive to multiple public beaches. Direct beach access is not available at this time.

Coastal

Overlooking the water and a 15 minute drive to multiple public beaches.

Forest
Mountainous
Wetlands
Driveway

The vibe at Historic Bluff Sunset Retreat

Places to see near End-of-the-World Port Townsend

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Hipcamper Kasey
Kasey G.
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May 19th, 2019

The site was so amazing, the view and area was beautiful. We set up a tent to sleep in, but having the bunker to go into at night to be warm and play games before bed really added to the experience. We were able to use the campfire and gas grill to cook, everything you would need was right there. There was no noise pollution, we could only hear the birds and the waves. Perfect getaway. We even saw a deer on the road out.

Perfect tent spot next to the bunker, waking up to ocean views.View from the deck of the bunker.
Hipcamper L
Response from L, the Host, on June 16th, 2019

Thanks so much for being great campers! So glad your little family had a nice time!

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Hipcamper Van
Van F.
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April 14th, 2018

Our interest was piqued by history of world war II bunker and the ability to camp comfortably in the shoulder season in rainy NW. What was even more amazing, however, was being perched on a totally private bluff with panoramic views of protection island wild bird preserve and the straits of Juan de Fuca. We watched a pair of eagles carrying sticks and building a nest right on the property, as well as distant freighters sailing out to the ocean. It was quiet, private, and surprisingly sunny, given that Port Townsend is partially in the rain shadow of the Olympic mountains.

The bunker itself, build in 1939 is a real piece of history. According to our host, M. It would have been inhabited at that time by 2 soldiers who spent their days peering through giant telescope looking for enemy craft. it is likely more comfortable now - with a queen sized bed as well as a sweet fold down "reading nook" bunk with views of the water. The antique wood cookstove was easy to use and kept us warm through most the night. We had brought sleeping bags, which probably helped also. We also had an outdoor stove which made dinner prep easy. There is no running water, but M thoughtfully left us some drinking water and "emergency" beer!

We brought our two dogs and kept them on leashes, both because of wildlife (deer and eagles seen) and because of the bluff. There is a fence for safety, but any small kids would need a close eye also!

the location was close to Port Townsend, which has lots of great offerings in terms of cool victorian houses, bakeries, coffeeshops, and walks. If you have time a walk at Fort Worden and the marine science center are well worth the time, as well as the Uptown farmers market on Saturdays.

Walk in the woodsLooking down from roof at yard and and bluffReading nook! (Or single size bunk)From the roof of bunker
Hipcamper L
Response from L, the Host, on April 15th, 2018

Thanks so much for staying with us and takiing great care of the place, glad you had fun. You guys are welcome back anytime!

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Hipcamper Megan
Megan P.
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April 30th, 2018

Tucked away in the woods of Port Townsend is this rad little WWII bunker. We were greeted by our host upon arrival and given a tour. Not only is the outdoor space beautiful, with stunning views of protection island and the straight of Juan de Fuca, but the inside of the bunker was equally awesome. The bunker is stocked with a table, chairs, two beds (a double and a small lofted bunk), a sink and a wood burning stove to help keep warm during the night. The toilet can be found outside the bunker, just a few meters down – TP and a light are inside. A fire pit, lounging chairs and a picnic table are located just outside the bunker, perfect for stargazing or enjoying a meal and watching the sunset. There is also a camping stove that we used to make dinner. We also brought our own sleeping bags, extra water, and adult beverages, but the bunker had a few extra items (bottled water, beer, utensils) incase we forgot anything. The property is only about 15-20min away from downtown Port Townsend, which has tons of restaurants, shops, and water/beach access. I cannot wait to visit this property again!

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Hipcamper L
Response from L, the Host, on April 30th, 2018

Thanks so much for visiting our space Megan! It was great to meet you guys and I hope you can make it back out in the summer!

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Hipcamper Brenda
Brenda Y.
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June 14th, 2018

Wonderful place, super private, amazing view. Lots of amenities (propane stove, tables, chairs, games). We will be back!

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Hipcamper L
Response from L, the Host, on May 6th, 2019

Thanks you! Please visit us again and see how our site and guest experience continues to evolve!

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Hipcamper Mike
Mike L.
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April 11th, 2019

We had a great stay at the bunker. We loved seeing the bald eagles and a submarine in the Strait. We visited the farmers market and downtown Port Townsend. We hope to bring some family out to this spot when the Airstream is ready. The history of this place is fascinating. What a view too!

Hipcamper L
Response from L, the Host, on April 11th, 2019

Thanks so much, you guys were the perfect guests and it makes us so happy to get to share our special land with others who appreciate it as much as we do!

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Hipcamper Katherine
Katherine H.
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April 16th, 2019

This place is so unique and wonderful. We had such a great time, thank you for sharing this spot with us!

Hipcamper L
Response from L, the Host, on May 6th, 2019

You are so welcome! Please come again!

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Hipcamper Ashley

Perfect, unique getaway!

Ashley H.
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April 21st, 2019

This place was heaven on earth! The bunker was amazing, and the view was breathtaking! A truly unique, incredible camping experience. C was so kind, welcoming and shared the really cool history of the bunker bluff as well as what to do/see in the area. We also had the incredibly fortunate experience of seeing an eagle family that made their home in a nearby tree. All necessities for the perfect outdoor experience were provided, and this place exceeded our expectations! A truly wonderful experience - we will definitely be back again!

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Hipcamper L
Response from L, the Host, on May 6th, 2019

Thanks again, please come back soon!

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Hipcamper CHRISTOPHER
Christopher W.
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May 4th, 2019

The bluff has an energy about it you can rarely see elsewhere. Would definitely go back!

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Hipcamper L
Response from L, the Host, on May 6th, 2019

Thanks you! Please visit us again and see how our site and guest experience continues to evolve!

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Hipcamper Noelle

Amazing experience!

Noelle S.
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May 10th, 2019

Had an absolutely amazing time staying at bunker bluff retreat. The eagles greeted us as soon as we drove up, and kept us entertained throughout our stay. We were given a couple of great recommendations on where to go to eat and ended up grabbing some beers and ordering to go food from the pourhouse, a great little spot on the water. The sunset was amazing, and we ended the night stargazing.
Can’t wait to come back! Have been telling my family and friends about the coolest place I’ve ever camped. Thanks again!

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Hipcamper L
Response from L, the Host, on May 10th, 2019

Thanks so much for being awesome guests! Hppe to see you again soon!

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Property
End-of-the-World Port Townsend
State
Washington
$99/night
1 Site
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