Strait View Retreat
This is a Boondockers Welcome host in Oak Harbor, WA
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Located in Oak Harbor, Washington, you'll find our stopover refreshing and relaxed with views of the Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains, abundant deer, rabbits, raptors, and the call of the wild. Deception Pass and the State Park are the premier attraction on Whidbey Island and are easily accessible. Fort Casey offers breathtaking marine views, and you should visit the Admiralty Head Lighthouse. Both Forts Casey and Ebey offer a glimpse to WWII history with defensive gun batteries. Hike the Bluff Trail starting at Ebey's Landing State Park or from the Prairie Overlook near historic Sunnyside Cemetery. Coupeville and Oak Harbor are small harbor towns with waterfront shops and restaurants to browse and dine. Toby's Tavern in Coupeville is the iconic drop in spot for some world famous Penn Cove Shellfish or the best Ruben Sandwich on the island. A few hours drive to Seattle, to Vancouver, BC, to the Cascade Mountains, or to the Olympic peninsula, you're ideally located for Adventure while you're here. Recent additions are a fire pit and picnic table. Firewood is available. Bring your axe as you may need to split some wood for kindling or starter sized sticks. UPDATE August 18, 4:00 PM: STAGE 2 BURN BAN IN EFFECT. NO OUTDOOR FIRES!!! CHARCOAL AND GAS GRILLS ONLY!!!!
Vehicle Suitability Information
Separate Tow Vehicle Parking
Outdoor Cooking Allowed
Guests are welcome to stay up to three nights. Mon-Thur: Check-in after 2PM. Check out around Noon. Dry camping only. Generators hours 7AM-11PM daily. Trash: Pack it in/Pack it out. ENSURE your campfire is dead out and cold and abide by local burn ban restrictions when in effect! UPDATE August 18, 4:00 PM: STAGE 2 BURN BAN IN EFFECT. NO OUTDOOR FIRES!!! CHARCOAL AND GAS GRILLS ONLY!!!! NEED ASSISTANCE? Just ask!!! Please cleanup after pets, and please leave us a review!
RV parking is in an open field 300 yards down a single lane shared driveway to our property. Lots of maneuvering room in the parking area.
Hosted By Bud.Betz
Bud is a retired Navy Man, photographer, world traveler, and great guy! Lots of insight on the local home area, good food, and hidden gems. Always traveling the two-lane highways to unknown destinations. Home Town: The small Navy town of Oak Harbor, WA, on Whidbey Island in the North Puget Sound. BW Host at Strait View Retreat when not traveling giving back what I have received so much of. Favorite Boondocking Locations: The roads less traveled on the shoulder seasons! Winter camping fan! Skills or Expertise to Share - Jack of All Trades and master of none. Pretty competent at most things
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References for this location from other RVers
3 weeks ago
We stayed at Buds property after a long trek from Alaska. Bud was super easy to communicate with, easy parking, dog friendly, and even enjoyed an evening beverage a few nights. We had plans to go to another BW but Bud offered us to stay through the weekend and we happily said yes so we could explore more of Whidbey Island. Bud gave us a list of great places to see and even brought us coffee one morning! What an amazing host and cant wait to come back!
4 weeks ago
What an amazing site. So beautiful, quiet and open. Our host was the best. Extremely helpful and just all around great guy. He’s allowed us to stay a few nights and thats been a blessing. Cant say enough how great full we are.
1 month ago
We loved staying at Bud's; the property is beautiful and close to town and Whidbey state park beach. Bud was a perfect host; cool to talk to and helpful with his suggestions of the area. The blackberries were in season and we filled up a large bowl to make jam. Verizon and T-Mobile were spotty when the jets were flying over, but were about 4G 2 bars otherwise. Lots of field space and great for solar panels. Beware of the yellow jackets this time of the year however; they were definitely a nuisance.
1 month ago
Very much enjoyed our 3 day stay at Bud's Strait View property. Bud is very friendly and so are the deer we saw daily. The beach is only 1 mile down the road and so is Joseph Whidbey State Park, where we enjoyed the gorgeous sunsets and scenery. We also visited Fort Ebey and Fort Casey and stopped at the many beaches along the way. Would definitely recommend Bud's place!
1 month ago
Better late than never with my review. First off, follow Bud's directions if you have a big rig, do not trust your RV gps. Bud was a super host, we couldn't have ask for a better boon docking location. He gave us information on every highlight in the area and good recommendations on restaurants. We enjoyed happy hour with beertinis and swapped all kinds of stories. A great stop, quiet and cool evenings. Large area to park with fire pit and picnic table. Would love to get back here!