Hipcamp host Ian W.,
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Our bike camping sites are reserved at this special rate for people who arrive and leave by bicycle or foot only. Our sites are in the woods, with privacy, quiet, and lots of nature. Endless firewood (plus a bucket of kindling) is included with your reservation.

If you need advice on how to bicycle to the island from Seattle, Bellingham, or elsewhere, message me. I am

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Our bike camping sites are reserved at this special rate for people who arrive and leave by bicycle or foot only. Our sites are in the woods, with privacy, quiet, and lots of nature. Endless firewood (plus a bucket of kindling) is included with your reservation.

If you need advice on how to bicycle to the island from Seattle, Bellingham, or elsewhere, message me. I am knowledgeable about best routes, bike trails, buses, and trains. It's possible and fun to come here via bike only, or bus/train and bike.

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.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
2 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
Wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Ian a message!
  • 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%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Paddling
Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Bicycle Camping in the Island Woods in Washington.

Beach
Forest
Swimming hole

Places to see near Guemes North Homestead

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Hipcamper Stefan

Idyllic and inspiring!

Stefan P.
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(Site 2)
September 6th, 2021

We had a wonderful stay! The homestead is a jewel, the island is nice, Ian is a great host and human being, and we can’t wait to be back.
We drove to Marsh Point Park and Ride and rode our bikes from there, a very nice and easy trek except for the very last segment (we stayed on the bikes but barely, and almost walked that 5 minute part). Highly recommended - getting there on bikes was very rewarding and definitely added to the experience. We also rode around the island which we wouldn’t have done otherwise.

Hipcamper Ian
Response from Ian, the Host, on September 7th, 2021

It was a pleasure to have you here. I’m glad you made the trip by bike. It saves you money and eases the impact of cars on the island and for our neighbors. Bikers also avoid the ferry lines. Driving to March Point outside Anacortes gives you a beautiful 5-mile ride across and along the bay on the Tommy Thompson rail trail into Anacortes, and then an only somewhat hilly 4.25 miles to the homestead once you get on the island. . If you or anyone want directions for my fave bike-only or bike-bus/train routes from Seattle or Belllingham to the island, just ask!

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Hipcamper Cameron

Best kept secret next to guemes.

Cameron D.
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(Site 2)
September 6th, 2021

Magical, absolutely magical. I can't recommend this place enough. What Ian has created is a stunning forest retreat. I can't wait to go back.

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Hipcamper Martin
Martin S.
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(Site 2)
August 9th, 2021

Thanks for another great weekend, Ian! Truly appreciate your hospitality and all the improvements you've made to the camp. The kids loved it and the littlest one said "Why are we not camping anymore?" when we left on the ferry.

Hipcamper Noel
Noel R.
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(Site 1)
July 7th, 2021

I had a great time staying at this off-the-grid wonderland. I booked it just for a place to camp while on the island meeting other friends but wish I could have made more time to peruse the orchard, pick berries and jump in the pond. It’s an entire destination, not just a campground. Our campsite was equipped with everything we didn’t know we needed for us to enjoy a private lil spot in the woods.

Hipcamper Nicholas

I made a pun about wind, it blows…

Nicholas S.
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(Site 2)
July 5th, 2021

It was an experience! There were a tonne of things to do in and around Homestead - from swinging into a pond, to visiting a nearby beach. Ian and Lisa were very welcoming and super helpful.

The camp is right in the forest, with lots of wildlife around and birds to wake you up early - we had a deer come within a few feet of our tent!

The shower is a bit tricky to work - but this is only a mild inconvenience when compared to the aggressively non-claustrophobic bathroom.

TL;DR Can’t wait to go again!

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Hipcamper Ian
Response from Ian, the Host, on July 9th, 2021

Avid bikers with charming accents who also help at the sawmill are always welcome! :-)

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Hipcamper Andrew
Andrew L.
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(Site 1)
June 22nd, 2021

Had a great time biking to this property. Ian and Lisa were great hosts and had a great time here with our 5 year old daughter. Will definitely come back.

Hipcamper Ian
Response from Ian, the Host, on June 23rd, 2021

We loved having you here! It’s so impressive that you gave your daughter the opportunity to bike camp, and she rocked it! We look forward to having you back. Ian

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Hipcamper Benjamin

Bike camping get away in the woods

Benjamin S.
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(Site 1)
June 8th, 2021

My kids and I had a wonderful time staying at Ian's homestead in the woods! Ian was a fantastic host, with an incredible warmth and knowledge and generosity. We really felt welcome on his property and my kids LOVED exploring the tree house, rope swing and trails. We didn't really have enough time to dig deeper into Ian's passion for sustainable energy including solar and wind- but I have read some of his work and this would be a great connection for someone interested. Ian and Lisa were also generous with their time sharing ideas on fun and beautiful things to do and see on Guemes - including gorgeous benches scattered around the entire island created by Ian.

Hipcamper Ian
Response from Ian, the Host, on June 8th, 2021

It was great to have you, and I hope we will see you again. Thanks to H. for the sweet drawing.

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Property
Guemes North Homestead
State
Washington
Country
United States
$35/night
2 Sites