House Hunting: Seek the Unheralded

May 2, 2004
Outside Magazine
Outside magazine, June 1995

House Hunting: Seek the Unheralded
By Sara Corbett

Blissfully removed from Jersey shore speedboats and the swank of Hilton Head Island, these five out-of-the-way places promise summer rentals with not a Dairy Queen in sight.

Cuttyhunk Island, Massachusetts. Cuttyhunk's brush-lined hiking trails and deserted stone beaches make it a peaceful respite from the upscale crowds of nearby Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. A 75-minute ferry runs daily to the island from New Bedford, Massachusetts, which is one hour from Boston, four from New York. Weekly summer rentals range from $700 to $1,600. Call Pete's Place Rentals, 508-992-5131, or Cuttyhunk Rentals, 508-991-7337.

Little River, Califonia. Three and a half hours north of San Francisco is Little River, a sleepy coastal town with rental cottages tucked among Pacific bluffs. An oceanfront house rents for about $1,100 per week. Call Pacific Resorts Realty, 800-358-9879.

Two Harbors, Minnesota. Where deep woods meet a rocky sweep of Lake Superior shoreline, Two Harbors is a relatively undiscovered getaway three hours northeast of Minneapolis. Rentals range from rustic cabins to three-bedroom homes, with weekly rates from $400 to $750. Contact the Two Harbors Chamber of Commerce, 800-777-7384.

Long Beach, Washington. Fish for sturgeon or halibut along the 28 sandy miles of Long Beach Peninsula. Beachfront rentals in town, four hours southeast of Seattle, run from $400 to $700 per week. Call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitor's Bureau, 800-451-2542.

Blairsville, Georgia. If you don't have a coastal preference, Blairsville's the place for your perversion, a breezy haven 90 minutes northeast of Atlanta's heat. Rent a cottage for $300 to $700 per week. Contact Property Management Services of North Georgia, 706-745-8932.

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