Our Stint at Sea Blue: Stinson Beach Vacation Rental

While staying in the Bay Area this spring, we happened to meet a realtor/artist who invited us to review Sea Blue in Stinson Beach (about 45 minutes north of San Francisco) and the surrounding area. We took up the challenge and are happy to report it’s a great place to stay!

Stinson Beach from above − ain’t too harsh on the peepers!

Stinson Beach from the Hills

We had visited Stinson Beach before, and really enjoyed our peaceful afternoon escape from San Francisco.

A quiet Highway 1 beach town (pop. 600), this outcropping of beach houses, restaurants and market located on sandy shores backdropped by verdant foothills.

On the weekends, the beach comes alive.

We spotted volleyball, kites, boogie boarders, families, and lots of happy dogs lapping it up along the water’s edge.

Volleyball at Stinson Beach

In contrast, during the week, the beach is quiet and meditative, seemingly exclusive to you and your neighbors. 

The town of Stinson Beach stretches into the hills, but the distance from Sea Blue’s front door to sandy beach is about 50 feet (it’s the second house from the beach).

Sea Blue’s patio —  this was where we spent our days:

Sea Blue Patio View of Stinson Beach

We could tell that the owner thought about all the details that make a space comfortable, whether for families with children, a couple having a romantic weekend, or the blogging/cooking/working-from-home couple (read: us).

The furniture was new, the linens were soft, the house was clean (a must in our books). We loved the extra large dining table—we used it the entire time either for working on our laptops or serving up dinners. Plus we found a packed shelf of board games, a 42″ flat screen TV, CDs, books, and an iDock where we cranked up Songza and Pandora radio stations from our iPhones.

The upstairs living room and kitchen was worth a look or two!

Sea Blue High Ceilings and Designer Furniture

And folks, a picture may say a 1,000 words but here’s five more to go with it: “Locally made organic bathrobes included!”

Organic Cotton Robes at Sea Blue

We ate on the patio every day.

This was one of our meals: grilled asparagus served with pesto pasta and chardonnay. We cooked on the grill, and since the local market carries Niman Ranch beef, we couldn’t help but pick up some steaks.

Dinner on the Patio at Stinson Beach

Santa Maria-style steak on the grill.

Niman Ranch Tri Tip from Stinson Beach Market

There are a lot of personal touches that we found charming. We spotted a mason jar light fixture in the hallway, an antique mirror in the bedroom, artwork and photography on the walls, and a play-kitchen set and toys.

The owner’s own childhood wooden kitchen set is ready for playtime:

Stinson Beach Playroom Kitchen

Sea Blue has two apartments. We stayed upstairs and we checked out downstairs for this review.

The downstairs apartment is completely separate, with its own entrance and a patio deck that spills out to the ground floor shared patio. It’s like a one-bedroom apartment with its own fireplace, open-layout living room/kitchen, bathroom, views of the beach, and a gigantic king-size bed.

A view from outside the downstairs patio:

Sea View at Sea Blue

The downstairs living room:

Downstairs Living Room at Sea Blue

Plus, there’s a large shared patio on the lower level with a 10-person L-shaped patio lounge, a fire pit, and a small charcoal grill. We imagined coming back to Sea Blue someday with friends or family, and hanging out in a big group on the outdoor patio where we’d eat, drink and be merry.

Sea Blue in the Sand

Did we mention there’s a lot to do and see within an hour’s drive? Check out our review of things to do around Stinson Beach!

This review was brought to you by Sea Blue, but all opinions are our own. Click here for our disclosures and review policy.


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