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


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 of the cost.

Quick reminders:

NOT a party spot.

This rate is for no cars (use other listing if you'll have a car).

Two-night minimum.

No pets.

One tent per site.

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

Questions always welcome.

Campsite area
Tent sites
2 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
Wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
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%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching


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

Swimming hole

Places to see near Guemes North Homestead

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Hipcamper Hannah

Bike camp adventure!

Hannah K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 22nd, 2022

My mom and I loved Ian's unique property! We bike camped in and enjoyed the beautiful sites, the pond and the rest of Guemes Island. Ian's place is a natural playground with lots to do on the property.

Hipcamper Eric

Camping with a dash of re

Eric N.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 22nd, 2022

Going to be hard to find a place to camp as awesome as this. Such a unique place and I highly recommend making time on your trip to tour the place with Ian. Very cool, will return.

Hipcamper Daniel
Daniel H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
August 14th, 2022

Great spot. Quiet, Pleasant, and homey.

Hipcamper Ian
Ian P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
August 9th, 2022

Incredible place. So much care has been put into this space and it is so lovely and peaceful, beautiful camp spots, a tall tree platform, tons of lovely paths. Ian was also a tremendous host, giving a tour and making sure my stay was excellent.
I was a little hesitant to book since it would mean navigating the ferry, but it was super easy! Seriously stay here if you are considering it at all.

Hipcamper Zach
Zach L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 11th, 2022

This was one of the best camping experiences I’ve ever had in my life. Beautiful scenery and so clean and the best hospitality. Thank you Ian!

Hipcamper Stefan

Idyllic and inspiring!

Stefan P.
recommends this listing.
(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.
recommends this listing.
(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.
recommends this listing.
(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.
recommends this listing.
(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.

Guemes North Homestead
United States
2 Sites