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 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.

The homestead is a quiet retreat (NOT a party spot). L


Our walk-in "Jess Cabin" is a cute little tiny house in the forest, with wood heat, a cozy double bed (bring 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.

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 of 2 nights or more, 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 or all of the cost.

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA 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
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • 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


Natural features you'll find at Cozy Tiny House in the Woods in Washington.

Swimming hole

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Hipcamper Megan
Megan P.
recommends this listing.
March 19th, 2018

If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of other vacation beach towns, Guemes Island is the perfect place for you. Nestled in the Salish Sea, just a quick ferry ride from Anacortes, this enchanting little island is peaceful and homey all on it’s own.

Ian’s Tiny Home (“Jess Cabin”) is just one of the options for staying on this solar powered homestead. We opted to stay in the Tiny House, which was almost like a Tiny Treehouse as it is lifted on to two tree stumps. This tiny house is equipped with a fire burning stove, counter space, some kitchen utensils, a (double) bed nook, a chair and some books. We brought our own sleeping bags and pillows, but the bed and fire burning stove allowed for a comfortable and warm night’s sleep. On the outside of the tiny house is a private, sheet covered compostable toilet.

Scattered around this beautiful property are a few other options for resting your head. One of them is an open barn with bunk beds and a bed in the loft (as well as a pool table if you like yourself some billiards). Next to the bar is an outdoor kitchen area. There is also an option for camping in a nice grassy area close to the entrance of the property. And I was so impressed by how the property runs only on alternative energy sources (solar and wind)!

Ian was kind enough to guide us on a little hike to the beach. With it being the ‘off season’, we had the beach all to ourselves for sunset. It was quite stunning! Overall, I loved getting to stay out on Guemes Island on this gorgeous Homestead.

Jess CabinsinkSleeping nook in the Jess Cabin (Tiny House)hiking activity
Hipcamper Mallory
Mallory N.
recommends this listing.
July 3rd, 2018

My husband and I stayed in The Jess while visiting Guemes Island for a wedding. Ian and his partner have a BEAUTIFUL property, I wish we could’ve spent more time there! Ian was an excellent host, very response and took time to show us around the property. The cabin was a perfect distance to the Guemes Island Resort. Take your bike instead of your car! It’s a wonderful ride over! We can’t wait to stay with Ian again.

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Hipcamper Curt

Tiny and toasty

Curt F.
recommends this listing.
January 4th, 2019

delightful, homey, cozy, warm, toasty, quiet cabin.
lovely, natural, wet (december) setting.
helpful, inviting, warm host.
tasty pastries and food at general store.
great hikes right outside door or at the mtn!
sweet tiny house on a awesome little island!

Hipcamper Loriann

Perfect escape...

Loriann G.
recommends this listing.
July 14th, 2019

Ian’s whole property is just wonderful, truly inspiring. The cabin itself was lovely on the inside and so prettily situated in the forest, with so much privacy. We appreciated having to take the effort to cook in the African stove and even haul some more washing and drinking water. (Reminded me of my Peace Corps days in Africa!). The off grid electric system is solid, the best I’ve used. The bed nook was divine, hard to tear ourselves away from.

We enjoyed some seasonal treats from the garden, and “playing” and interacting with all the cool stuff on the property, and exploring the trails.

Hosts were kind, and communicative! We look forward to coming back!

Bye Jess!The pond.Shower buddy we picked up at an island yard sale.Shared solar shower.
Hipcamper Ian
Response from Ian, the Host, on July 15th, 2019

It was great to have you, and we look forward to the next time!

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Hipcamper Lexie

Sanctuary for your soul!

Lexie Z.
recommends this listing.
September 5th, 2019

This place exceeded our expectations. So much more to do on the property than was advertised. Cabin was cozy and well set up. Host was great and very informative on any questions we had. The sawmill experience was one of our favorites! We felt so welcome, and had such a personal experience! This place is magical! We highly recommend this place! We will be going back soon, and often!

Another tree house! View from the "palace" compost toilet...what a peaceful way to go...lolThis cozy stove is in our cabin! Our magical cabin!
Hipcamper Ian
Response from Ian, the Host, on September 5th, 2019

I was so happy to have you, Lexie and Tony. You were quiet and respectful and contributed so much! I look forward to having you back. Ian

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Hipcamper Michelle

Hidden off grid gem

Michelle M.
recommends this listing.
January 4th, 2020

This cabin is a little hidden gem. We stayed here over New Years and it was the perfect quiet place to celebrate the new year. The Jess cabin is adorable. It has a wood stove that is easy to use and keeps the place nice and cozy. The little wood stove in the outside kitchen is cool and works well. The cabin has plenty of stocked wood and it’s own little sawdust outhouse. There are pots and pans but we had brought our own just in case so we used those. The only thing we really need to bring was a sleeping bag. Everything else was provided in the cabin. As for hosts, Ian is incredible. He met us as we arrived and showed us around the property and how to use the stove etc. He also led us down to a perfect beach walk location one day. I would highly recommend helping with the sawmill if you have time. It was cool to see how everything works. And a nice productive way for us to start 2020. Ian will also give you a tour of all the renewable energy systems on his property if you are interested. He is an expert in renewable energy and his whole homestead is off grid and run on solar, wind, and wood. We would love a place like this ourselves one day so it was helpful to see all the options available and Ian answered any questions we had. It was a little cold this time but we’d love to go back in the summer and be able to use the pond with a rope swing and slide and outdoor fire pit. Overall I can’t say enough good things about this place. We would move in tomorrow if we could. And we’ll definitely be back to visit again.

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Hipcamper Ramnik

What a memorable stay!

Ramnik G.
recommends this listing.
April 19th, 2020

Ian’s property is lovely and so is Jess cabin where we chose to stay. The cabin setting is like out of a storybook with trees all around and forest trails. We absolutely loved our stay at Jess cabin and will be back! Also my wife and I thought that Guemes island is one of the most beautiful in Washington. The mountain trail is a must do and so are beach walks. Ian is a great host and guide around Guemes Island and kind of celebrity in town... everyone knows Ian :-)

Trails With deer behind the cabin, great morning walks!Jess cabin, like out of a storybook Beautiful eagle encounter on our beach walk not too far from Ian property Cozy Tiny House in the Woods
Hipcamper Noah

Quiet, comfortable retreat.

Noah W.
recommends this listing.
May 27th, 2020

The place was comfortable and when I got there Ian already had everything stocked for me in terms of water and firewood, as well as a fire already lit in the stove. I was able to settle in fast and relax.

Hipcamper Gretchen
Gretchen G.
recommends this listing.
June 9th, 2020

Ian is an amazing host. His 10 acre property is amazing. It's a perfect escape from the city... and if you're interested Ian can share with you his vast knowledge of renewable energy/how to live off the grid, saw mill, and an amazing 30 yr history of owning the property. We fully enjoyed our time and meeting his partner Lisa. We will definitely be back!

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