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Guemes North Homestead

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Anacortes, Skagit, Washington
10 acres hosted by Ian W.
2 lodging sites 路 5 tent sites
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Family-friendly
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
Ian is a Star Host
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Private pitches
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Near North Cascades National Park
Within a 60-minute drive from the North Cascades National Park Complex Headquarters and Visitor Information.
The Guemes North Homestead is ten acres of gorgeous tall trees, clearings, homestead buildings, pond, trails, renewable energy gear, and more, set in the middle of the north end of Guemes Island, at the end of a 1/3-mile dead-end driveway. It has nature, quiet, and privacy. It includes a 30-year-old orchard, a developed garden with fine soil, a pond with rope swing and waterslide, several solar and wind energy systems, and multiple buildings. It's about a mile in two directions from the Pacific Ocean beach, and is surrounded by wooded acreage that is criss-crossed with trails and friendly neighbors, on an island with about 700 year-round residents and an active weekend/summer population. Homestead owner Ian Woofenden is an expert in renewable energy systems. He's lived off-grid at the homestead for 40-plus years, where he raised his large family and managed several small businesses. He now consults, sells, writes, and teaches about renewable energy in the U.S. and in Central America. If your idea of a great getaway is to help out and do physical work, just ask Ian. There's always something going on at the homestead, including garden and orchard work, trail building, wood cutting, construction, sawmilling, and more. Ian built this place, and has a broad knowledge of lots of homestead and sustainability topics. He loves sharing his knowledge and experience with guest, students, and interns. Quick reminders: NOT a party spot. The homestead goes silent from 9 PM to 9 AM. Not a place for lots of car trips in and out. Bikers can ask for 25% discount code (or use bike listing). Two-night minimum. No pets. One tent per site; one car per site. Book a separate tent site for friends/family who want to camp near you. We can't accommodate day visitors; if you want guests, book a site for them, or meet them at the beach, park, or Guemes mountain.. Bring your own bedding, matches, flashlights. Questions always welcome.
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Anacortes, Skagit, Washington, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla, Semiahmoo, Hul鈥檘umi鈥檔um Treaty Group, Samish, and sa蕯q史蓹bix史-suya茮虝bix史 (Sauk Suiattle) First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Ian W.Joined in December 2017
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212 ratings 路 153 reviews
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Aidan B.recommends
September 19, 2023
Tent Camping in Woods or Field
A stellar spot in the woods
Ian's land is absolutely wonderful. A forest on an island, with trails going through it and an easy path to the beach. Lots of camping spots and options for shelter, a great big kitchen and gathering area. Lots of fun for kids and adults, there's a massive teeter-totter, a climbing and play structure, a pond with boats, a rope swing, and slide, the list goes on! We were especially lucky to be able to watch some log milling at the saw mill, very cool. Ian is a gracious host with a truly amazing space!
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Naomi P.recommends
September 4, 2023
Tent Camping in Woods or Field
Beautiful weekend in the woods
As usual, Ian鈥檚 place is tranquil and beautiful. Peaceful walking paths. It鈥檚 鈥渞ustic鈥 with well maintained outhouses. It鈥檚 also built for big kid fun with adult-sized see saw, zip line and tree house. Rope swing to the pond a favorite for the big kids. Ian is attentive and helpful. Always a pleasure to stay. Thanks Ian!
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Libby S.recommends
September 1, 2023
Tent Camping in Woods or Field
Dreamy Farm Stay
Our time at Ian鈥檚 homestead was wonderful. The kids played for hours on the pond, rope swing, and playground. We got to help with fun chores, walk to the beach, and play pool and board games in the barn to the sound of rain on the tin roof. I loved cooking on the rocket stove and doing the dishes with rainwater.
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Tolga C.recommends
August 30, 2023
Cozy Tiny House in the Woods
Ian is very welcoming. He has a lovely and peaceful place in the woods. This was our second time - we will be back.
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Erica B.recommends
August 28, 2023
Tent Camping in Woods or Field
Forest camping with preschooler
Ian was a wonderful host - friendly, and available as needed without being intrusive. We felt very welcome and comfortable here! It鈥檚 a beautiful spot. We camped in the farther forest spot which was quite private and had a great standup table top we used for meal prep as well as a separate bench. The outhouse was very close. Our 4 year old thoroughly enjoyed the various play items especially the tire swing and we spent some time in the small pond. It was walkable to get to the beach but I wouldn鈥檛 recommend walking with small children due to the distance. We also enjoyed the local general store/restaurant and hiking the local mountain. We found it very relaxing being in a place that our four year old could run off on her own a bit without the cautions needed in bear/cougar country.
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Jennifer L.recommends
August 26, 2023
Tent Camping in Woods or Field
Ian is a perfect host and his homestead is a beautiful place to unwind and unplug. Don鈥檛 skip the solar shower!
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