Hipcamp host Ian W.,
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Our walk-in "Jess Cabin" is a cute little tiny house in the forest, with wood heat, a cozy double bed (bring all your own bedding or sleeping bags), and solar-electric lights and USB charging. Enjoy the quiet of this forest cabin, with access to lots of trails.  Endless firewood (and a bucket of kindling) are included. This is a tiny house, and cozy families have brought kid


Our walk-in "Jess Cabin" is a cute little tiny house in the forest, with wood heat, a cozy double bed (bring all your own bedding or sleeping bags), and solar-electric lights and USB charging. Enjoy the quiet of this forest cabin, with access to lots of trails.  Endless firewood (and a bucket of kindling) are included. This is a tiny house, and cozy families have brought kids along, but it's not spacious, and three very friendly adults is perhaps the max. If you have a larger group, see our listing for tent sites, and ask for the site nearest to the Jess.

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 8 AM is silent time here.

The homestead 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, as well as beach walking. It and other nearby points on the island are great jumping-off points for visiting nearby and wilder islands.

The island has multiple land trust properties that are open to the public, including Guemes Mountain, Peach Preserve, and Kelly's Point. The homestead guidebook has details about these and other island locations, and Ian can help you with advice and information.

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 and writer 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. 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.Our garden and orchard are overflowing in the summer and fall, and some things are available all year (like kale -- please don't buy any before you come!). 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 of the cost.

Quick Reminders:

NOT a party spot.

Not a place for lots of car trips in and out.

Bikers/hikers can ask for 25% discount code before booking.

Two-night minimum.

No pets.

Book a separate tent site for friends/family who want to camp near you.

We love kids enjoying our place. Ask me about discounts if needed.

Questions always welcome.

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
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
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


The island is great for biking, though it averages about 60 feet ascent per mile, so be prepared for some work.

Wildlife watching


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Swimming hole

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Hipcamper Jess
Jess B.
recommends this listing.
October 23rd, 2022

My friend Joe and I were looking for a quiet place to stay for our annual Halloween camping trip, and Ian’s Jess cabin was perfect! And not just because my name is also Jess. The ferry ride to Guemes Island is short and simple, and the car ride from the ferry to the homestead is also short and simple! We loved that Ian greeted us and answered our questions as we took the initial tour. The homestead is very impressive. The cabin is sturdy, well-crafted, and has a ton of thoughtful amenities. It’s also very cozy inside. We had the best time sitting at the small dining table playing games and eating. There is abundant wildlife on the homestead, which is especially exciting for us because we are coming from the city where there is not a single owl in sight. The beach is only a short walk away. And the compost toilet is super convenient! We made it our priority to be respectful because Guemes Island seems to be a tight-night community that doesn’t love obnoxious tourists. But people wave at you, and it seemed most island residents have cute friendly dogs (which I loved). Would recommend for any time of the year including fall/winter because the stove in the cabin makes the space very warm and cozy!

Hipcamper Fionnuala
Fionnuala G.
recommends this listing.
August 14th, 2022

My son and husband had a very special weekend in Jess cabin, and even set up the opportunity to work with Ian on a custom woodworking project as part of their adventure. Gracious hosts, who took care of every detail - we would highly recommend a stay!

Hipcamper Mark
Mark K.
recommends this listing.
July 13th, 2022

You must visit Ian's place ! We enjoyed learning about The renewable energy

Hipcamper Tara

Jess cabin

Tara P.
recommends this listing.
June 26th, 2022

So much to do! The tiny home is crafted beautifully and was very comfortable. The zip line was so much fun! Thanks for hosting, Ian.

Hipcamper Hannah

Hannah and the earthcorps crew

Hannah W.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2022

Thank you for sharing your wonderful property with the EarthCorps crew and I. This was a great experience in a beautifully peaceful place. I can't wait to visit again. The crew had a great time swimming, swinging, climbing, and exploring your property.
Thank you!!!

Hipcamper Summer

Guemes gem

Summer S.
recommends this listing.
May 30th, 2022

Ian has created a truly remarkable place with such consciousness. It can away from my weekend well refreshed.

Such a sweet place!I love the tree that greats you as you go into the cabin
Hipcamper Matthew

Two nights off the grid

Matthew H.
recommends this listing.
April 10th, 2022

Charming little cabin that felt worlds away from city life. Ian is a welcoming host, encouraging us to explore the fun activities (zipline, tire swing, rope climbing, treehouse) on the property. The wood stove, rocket stove, and fire pit + national strategic supply of firewood were a real treat. We kept warm in the cabin, easily prepped hot meals, and pampered ourselves with yummy s'mores. Looking forward to a future trip to Guemes Island!

Hipcamper Rick

Great experience!

Rick B.
recommends this listing.
February 14th, 2022

One of the other reviewers mentioned something along the lines of the description not doing the Jess justice and they weren’t kidding. It doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the things to do and explore. I won’t go into detail though; I’ll let you be pleasantly surprised. Ian hosts a very cool site. I really appreciated the abundance of firewood, the tranquility of the cabin, and, most of all, Ian’s kindness and accommodations for us. My wife and I would love to go back.

Hipcamper Ian
Response from Ian, the Host, on February 16th, 2022

It was a pleasure to have you, and I looks forward to seeing you again. Ian

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Natalie
Natalie R.
recommends this listing.
December 12th, 2021

We absolutely loved our stay at the Jess cabin! It was the perfect place to spend a winter weekend. We got a great tour of the property from Ian, who was the most wonderful, welcoming host. The trails (and zip line!) on site were so much fun and it was a close walk to the beach as well. Cannot recommend it enough!

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