The homestead is a quiet retreat (NOT a party spot). Loud voices, radios, and significant drinking are not allowed. We encourage you to come if you want a peacefu
The homestead is a quiet retreat (NOT a party spot). Loud voices, radios, and significant drinking are not allowed. We encourage you to come if you want a peaceful time in forest and field, with respect for our home, our neighbors, and other guests. 9 PM to 9 AM is silent time here.
The homestead is a mile in two directions from the Pacific Ocean beach, and is 3/4 mile from the Guemes Island Resort, which is next door to a county park with launching opportunity for your kayaks and other small boats. It and other nearby points on the island are great jumping-off points for visiting nearby and wilder islands.
The Guemes Mountain Trail is part of 600+ acres of preserved land on the east side of the island, and affords wonderful views of the islands after a short (1.2 mile) hike up the 668-foot "mountain". The trail head is about 4 miles from the homestead.
Ian is a nationally known expert in renewable energy, and has been living off-grid at the homestead since the early 1980s. He wrote Wind Power for Dummies, was an editor with Home Power magazine for 20 years, and teaches workshops in Central America and elsewhere to help people learn about how to use renewable technologies. He also consults with homeowners and businesses, and sells renewable energy systems. As a bonus for your stay, Ian will give your group a tour of the renewable energy systems at the homestead on request. These systems include solar electricity, wind electricity, solar and wood hot water, solar cooking, wood heat, rocket stoves, and more. Just ask when you arrive or before, and we will schedule a time for this tour. As part of your reservation, you'll get to pick the brain of a renewable energy and off-grid living expert!
If you're interested in experiencing saw milling, offer to help for 3-4 hours, and Ian will likely be willing to fire up the mill. He's excited about turning local logs into boards, live-edge slabs, and pieces for benches and tables. He also enjoys building rustic furniture, and offering to help a bit might encourage him to show you what can be done. Workshops on building your own bench have happened in the past, and custom rustic furniture is available. Offer to help build something for the homestead at no charge for a fun experience, or inquire about the cost for building and taking home your own custom stool, bench, table or ??.
Our garden and orchard are overflowing in the summer and fall, and some things are available all year. We plants lots so we can share the abundance with family, friends, neighbors, and guests. Ask what's available when you are staying with us, and enjoy. And if you like getting your hands dirty, there's always weeding and other garden tasks available if you want to make a contribution.
If the cost of staying at the homestead is truly a challenge for you, you can ask for a discount for your children, or for options to work trade for some or all of the cost.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict (30 Days)
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2 nights
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Tent Camping in Woods or Field in Washington.
Places to see near Guemes North Homestead
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Staying at Ian's paves the way for unique and dynamic experiences. I camped here with a couple of friends, and we volunteered helping to build a sauna by the pond. This was my second visit and I love the sense of playfulness about the place. Walking down to the beach is lovely. Next time I hope to arrive via bike, an easy trip on the ferry.
The tent site had it's own composting toilet, a picnic table w/umbrella, fire ring, and plenty of green space. Ian's hospitality and willingness to share his experiences of his homestead are wonderful. His ability to be experimental is delightfully inspiring...
Beautiful. fun. relaxing.
Ian was wonderful working with us to accommodate our needs. The property is beautiful and fun!
Walking distance to the beach.
Plus we had an hour discussion regarding renewable energy.
Fun for all!
Great experience! We camped on the group site--was nice having a close outhouse and tons of space. Ian was very communicative and attentive. My daughter loved the swinging rope into the pond and zipline. We'll definitely return!
Favorite hipcamp ever
Little slice of shady heaven. Ian is both an incredible host and human, passionate about the land and the generous in sharing it. This is my favorite hipcamp of all time, a place where a 7, 8, and 9 year old could roam freely and play at the numerous offerings - swim hole, tire swing, incredibly beautiful trails covered with soft bark, and treehouses/zipline. Just can't say enough about the incredible knowledge, work ethic, and spirit of this host, and it shows in this hipcamp experience. We were the only ones staying mid week, but there are lots of areas to explore and play.
Highly recommend! Ian is a kind and welcoming host with a beautiful property. He met us at the front gate and gave us a tour of the land with an invitation to pick what we liked out of the vegetable garden if we needed anything. The grounds are beautiful and our site was complete with handmade picnic table, hammock, and a bouquet of flowers from the garden. Tranquil and serene. We would camp again any time.
Wonderful relaxing retreat
Three generations of my family stayed here together and everyone had a great time! Ian is a thoughtful and welcoming host and his property is a truly unique and fun place to play and relax.
Quiet & beautiful; exceptional host
Ian's place is absolutely wonderful! It is quiet, beautiful, and so interesting! Ian is a friendly and gracious host and our stay exceeded all expectations. He was happy to share his knowledge and experiences, generous with his beautiful space, yet also very respectful of our privacy. We would love to return again!