We were feeling in the mood for a little getaway over Labor Day weekend but decided rather last minute to do so. Our family had been plagued by a persistent cold which had kept us homebound for several weeks and we were aching to get outside the four walls of our home and breathe in some fresh salt air. VRBO to the rescue! We didn’t have time to find a dog sitter so we looked for a house that was dog-friendly and found this one in Florence.

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If you’re traveling to Florence, this house is awesome. Truthfully it’s one of the nicest homes we’ve rented on the Oregon coast. Well-kept and clean (excepting one of the chairs in the living room which was rather filthy) we enjoyed a relaxing stay. As mentioned, we brought our dog with us (for the first time) and so experienced traveling with pets. The house rules were very flexible and accommodating for dogs. The main rule was that they needed to stay off of the furniture which made us glad. We kept our dog in his kennel at all times we were indoors (which wasn’t much) and that worked just fine.  I was a little nervous about dog smells being present in the home but we didn’t notice any. As I say, the home is well-tended which made it a real treat to be there.

The kids loved the house for one rather obvious reason:

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We stayed two nights so each child had an opportunity to sleep in this marvelous bed.

For the first time on one of our trips, we also brought all of our food with us and cooked at the house. All of the cooking equipment that we needed was on site. As is the case with just about any rental (at least on the Oregon coast) the kitchenware is a bit old but we could tell it had been cleaned well and that puts a mind at ease.

The house contains three stories, the third being a “lookout” room which allows you to look out towards the ocean. The house itself is roughly 2-3 blocks away from the water, within walking distance if you wish to go on foot. You can see the water from the distance and hear it at night when everything is still.

For us, this trip was all about playing on the beach. We spent most of our time in Florence out on the sand. The beach right next to this house was surprisingly quiet and we felt like we had it to ourselves much of the time. A gorgeous weekend made this for one of our all-time favorite getaways to the Oregon coast.

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“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” Henry David Thoreau