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We’re John and Mary, lovers of the ocean and parents to a whole passel of kids– ten to be exact– most of whom are beach-lovers as well. We’re in the process of dreaming an ocean-house into being, and we’d love to take you along for the ride.
In raising our kids, our happiest memories have always been at the beach. We want to make wonderful beach memories possible for other families too. But it takes an extraordinary house to truly welcome a big family traveling together.
You need a huge ol’ dining table and a slew of bathrooms. There should be bunk beds in unexpected places, and quiet retreats for couples, and ocean views out all the west-facing windows. You need big open places for people to gather, and tiny nooks for those who want to curl up with a book. A retreat in every sense of the word.
Over the years we’ve rented at least a dozen beach houses up and down the Oregon coast. Each house has had something to teach us about family travel. Details matter. A lot. What we want to do with this project of ours is to pull together the best details in an affordable, beautiful way. We want to create a stellar retreat for families.
Families like yours.
If you love the ocean like we do, or if you just love houses and want to see what we’re scheming, we’d love for you to follow along as we plan, and maybe even share your own ideas of what makes a beautiful family retreat. We’ll be updating our story as we go. You may also enjoy subscribing to Mary’s Pinterest page, where I often share pins that inspire the planning of the Owlhaven vacation retreat. And by all means subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss hearing this story. It’s going to be such fun!