It is hard to impress guests that already live on Pacific Northwest Islands but we succeeded ......the Southerly Views from the Lazy Bowen Hideaway is special and spectacular. They also took advantage of the great skiing at Cypress Ski resort........A short 20 minute ferry ride from Bowen Island to Horseshoe Bay plus a 30 minute drive to Cypress. The ski resort is so close you can see the glow of the night lights from the seaside deck.
"Our family came up from Bainbridge Island to Bowen Island for a 2-day getaway after Christmas, and to ski and snowshoe at Cypress. What a perfect combination! Gorgeous, sunny vistas over Horseshoe Bay from Lazy Bowen, the wonderful beach house, then a scenic ferry ride over to Cypress, where the snow was perfect and panorama breathtaking. Even for those like us who are accustomed to the great beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the scenic ferry rides to and fro', this experience was a show-stopper.
Visitors, pay heed to all the caveats about Cleator Road - -our Audi A-4 wagon seemed perfect as it is not too large and has AWD - - but do not let the road stop you from renting this house, which has the most beautiful views imaginable and is nicely stocked for your getaway. The property is quite rustic, but extremely comfortable and clean. Our favorite features, other than the view, were the fantastic fireplace ( raised hearth) and the beds, which were really comfortable and dressed in lovely linens and pillows. The one bathroom is very nice with a very good shower and tub.
Working with the owner has been a real pleasure, and we hope to rent there again. It is wonderful in the winter, and we'll bet the summers there are even more fantastic, although the winter scape with the snow-capped mountains and lights from Cypress across the water were truly unforgettable.
One more thing: the ride into town is short and scenic, so getting in to shop or enjoy the most delicious latte ever at Snug Cafe is a cinch. A+ in our book."