Betinol (owner) is a Filipino Canadian who
grew up in Calgary. He is a professional photographer (see
his website HERE!). Jeff
is passionate about his favorite sports - rugby and hockey
and a huge fan of the Seattle Seahawks. When Jeff is not
taking pictures you will see him on the mower and enjoying
his vast to do list of other projects at Chevy.
Jennifer Dickey (owner)
was born and raised in the Seattle area. She fell in love
(like many) with Chevy the first time she visited and is
excited to now call Chevy her home. Jenn is a total dog
lover, is super crafty, enjoys gardening, and loves making
beautiful flower arrangements for the cabins and for special
events. While Jenn plays a big role in the operations of
Chevy, her favorite hat to wear is that of event planner.
Jenn also is currently working on the UW Finance Transformation
Program for the University of Washington and commutes to
Seattle a few days a week.
how Chevy Chase came in to our lives? Read our story
keep the cabins in tip top shape and helps to tackle the massive
piles of laundry. Camille grew up in Port Hadlock and is a
Chimacum Graduate. When Camille is not working at Chevy Chase,
she is a full-time mom to her son Elijah. They enjoy swimming,
walking on the beach and going on other fun adventures.
one of the newest members to the Chevy family and helps keep
the cabins and laundry sparkling clean. Ellie enjoys gardening
and growing flowers in her spare time.
was the official greeter, ambassador and beach
tour-guide. She would wiggle, smile and howl for many guests,
absolutely LOVED children, and tolerated all of the other dogs
who show up at her house. She loved to join our guests for a
trip to the beach, play tetherball, frisbee and fetch with any
willing playmates. Sadly, our sweet Scout crossed the rainbow
bridge in July 2019. In addition to being a part of our little
family, she was a fixture and adopted family member of our guests.
She will be greatly missed and we know that her spirit will
live on forever at Chevy.
October 14, 2013, we bid a heartbreaking farewell to our 15
year old black lab, Tana Dickey.
Tana was the sweetest soul with an amazing and resiliant spirit
who had been battling cancer for the last 2 1/2 years. She
was such a fighter and was a total inspiration as she enjoyed
life every day. Tana brought us so much joy, it is hard to
imagine our lives without her. She was a beautiful, loyal,
loving, curious, smart and gentle girl and we feel very lucky
that she chose us as her people.
of 2012 we bid a heartfelt farewell to Barbara
Bailey, Thatcher Bailey and Phil Kovacevich (the
previous owners of Chevy Chase) and took over the stewardship
of this amazing property. Chevy had been in the Bailey family
since 1946, and we could not be more honored to take over
the legacy of such a magical and historical place.
The way that Chevy Chase Beach Cabins came in to our lives is truly
one of those magical “stars aligning” stories. In March
of 2012 we were totally focused on new adventures and enjoying every
moment with our beloved dog Tana who was battling cancer. Jenn had
a dear friend, Kate, who loved staying at “these cute cabins
in Port Townsend” and saw a social media special that prompted
Jenn’s first visit to Chevy Chase. The fact that the cabins
were dog friendly was the most important thing to Jenn, but when
she arrived at Cabin #4 and took in the sweeping views and peaceful
surroundings she was in awe – not to mention that sweet Tana
was so excited to be at the beach. In love with the property, Jenn
immediately made reservations to bring Jeff back to Cabin #4 just
a month later. We couldn’t get enough! We were quickly becoming
regulars and brought Jenn’s parents back for a week at Mother’s
Day. Sitting on the deck of the Clubhouse and soaking in the view
one afternoon, Jenn said, “Wouldn’t it be great if this
was our life? If this is what we did and this is where we lived?”
Everyone laughed. In line with Jenn’s outlook on life she
responded, “Hey, let me DREAM BIG – let me just put
it out in the Universe…”
Little did we know that the Bailey family, the owners since 1947,
were scheming about how they were going to find the perfect people
to take over the stewardship of the property. Would they be able
to find someone who could honor the history and the soul of the
place? They sent a heartfelt letter to 120 friends, family members
and long-time beloved Chevy Chase guests in hopes that someone who
already felt connected to the property would leap at the chance
to be the next owners. That same dear friend that had first introduced
Jenn to Cabin #4 in March caught a glimpse of the letter (via a
friend) and she passed it on to us. We were shocked, elated, ecstatic,
overwhelmed…we had asked and the universe had answered –
fast! We were living in Seattle. We had great jobs that we loved.
Could we really turn it all upside down and make this huge life
change? We had fallen in love with the place. From the moment we
had first set foot on the property it had felt like home –
and now the stars were aligning and we had the opportunity to make
it our home. We jumped in with both feet and have never looked back.
In a whirlwind of real estate excitement, we became the owners of
Chevy Chase Beach Cabins in December 2012, just 9 short months after
Jenn’s first visit. And an added bonus (and the best thing
about Chevy) was that the Baileys also asked us to keep their dog,
Scout. Scout was (and still is) the resident greeter and tour guide
and Chevy was all she had ever known.
The last four years have been a true labor of love, but we couldn’t
be happier. We really do pinch ourselves every day, in awe that
we get to call this magical perch on Discovery Bay our home and
that we get to share it with so many wonderful people. We often
get asked what the biggest surprise of this journey has been, and
we have to say that it is the strong connections that we have made
with guests over the years. We have had guests celebrating and mourning
every phase of life: birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, death,
recovery from cancer, a new baby’s first vacation, an old
pet’s last getaway…we get this rare and incredible opportunity
to participate in people’s lives in an intimate and real way
when we host them. For that, we are forever grateful. We look forward
to a lifetime of adding to the story of this special place.