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Guemes North Homestead

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· Anacortes, Skagit, Washington
10 acres hosted by Ian W.
2 lodging sites · 5 tent sites
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Family-friendly
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
Near North Cascades National Park
Within a 60-minute drive from the North Cascades National Park Complex Headquarters and Visitor Information.
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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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David F.recommends
May 28, 2024
Tent Camping in Woods or Field
Ian is the most attentive host. When we arrived, he was waiting to show us around the property and where our campsite is. He also led the way to a local hike. Can't ask more from hosting than that! This place is a kid's playground. My 11-year-old loved the giant seesaw and the zipline, as well as the trampoline and the huge ladder to the tree canopy. Trails and campsite were lovingly maintained.
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Emily Z.recommends
May 28, 2024
Rustic Barn w/ Outdoor Kitchen
Great time, amazing host who went above and beyond.
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Justine H.recommends
May 19, 2024
Rustic Barn w/ Outdoor Kitchen
I loved our stay at Ian's rustic barn. We made a quick trip for a wedding. Ian said the venue would be a sweet 15 minute walk away and it was. We fell asleep in the evenings to the sounds of frogs and I was able to spend my mornings swinging in the trees while crocheting some peace and serenity in a baby blanket.
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Alex G.recommends
May 13, 2024
Tent Camping in Woods or Field
I loved camping on Ian's land! The directions we simple and easy to understand and the property was easy to find. Ian was very respectful of our privacy but quick to respond with any questions. On this amazing property there is a zip line, giant see saw, playground, orchard, garden and a swimming hole with rope swing and water slide! The bathrooms were clean and well kept and the hot water shower was amazing. All the sites were spaced out and private.
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Monica C.recommends
March 21, 2024
Tent Camping in Woods or Field
Woodland Wonderland
Lovely place. It’s easy to see how much care went into creating a place like this. So thankful this magic is being shared with the world.
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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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Anacortes, Skagit, Washington, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla, Semiahmoo, Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group, Samish, and saʔqʷəbixʷ-suyaƛ̕bixʷ (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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