Hipcamp host Ian W.,
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We have multiple quiet, private campsites include forest and field options. Most sites have table, umbrella, benches or chairs, fire pit, and hammock. 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 peacefu


We have multiple quiet, private campsites include forest and field options. Most sites have table, umbrella, benches or chairs, fire pit, and hammock. 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, 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.

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

Bikers can ask for 25% discount (or use bike listing).

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
3 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Walk to listing
No 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 Tent Camping in Woods or Field in Washington.

Swimming hole

Places to see near Guemes North Homestead

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Hipcamper Michelle
Michelle G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 2nd, 2022

The host is an exceptional steward of the land and the sites are welcoming, peaceful, fun, and comfortable. Our second time at our favorite hipcamp!

Hipcamper Leslie

Something for everyone!

Leslie S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 29th, 2022

This was our 2nd year at Ian's fabuloous property. He nurtures the space and spirit beautifully so one feels right at home! My 8th grader son and his friends likely utilized every open space available to guests --from the pond's rope swing and row boats to the beautifully crafted teeter totter (and let me vouch that is fun for all ages!) to the woodshop. Highly recommend and we cannot wait to go back.

Hipcamper Sharon
Sharon G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 22nd, 2022

The host was great, clear communication and enjoyed the natural beauty of the grounds. Our son loved the playground!

Hipcamper Steve

Sensational time !

Steve M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 22nd, 2022

Such a beautiful, restful, inspiring time at Guemes Hipcamp. Truly amazing, brilliant and kind-hearted host, Ian shares this most amazing getaway with any guests who might be interested. Can’t recommend this place in our world enough. An incredible amount of outdoor activities, or just hop in a hammock, or sit around your own fire pit. Sensational!

Hipcamper Matt
Matt K.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 12th, 2022

This place is awesome! Ian is an amazing host! The rope swing, and giant ropes course/playground area we’re a ton of fun. When our kids get a bit older, they’re gonna love it, and we’ll come back for sure!!

Hipcamper Sanja
Sanja T.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 21st, 2022

I can't say enough wonderful things about the beautiful homestead or how wonderful Ian, the host, is. I look forward to returning to this beautiful island!

Hipcamper Naomi
Naomi P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 3rd, 2022

Ian was a wonderful host and has an amazing slice of heaven on earth. He has lots of fun activities for kids and adults- the zip line, tire swing, rope swing into the pond and treehouse to name a few. He has kindling and firewood at each site. The sites are nice and private. Right down the road there is access to a rocky beach. He asks for quiet hours 9pm - 9am so it’s a great sleep full of birdsong. Note, the sites are a little walk away from parking but he offers wagons to cart things. Amazing spot and amazing host- thanks Ian!

Hipcamper Faith
Faith F.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 27th, 2022

The tent site we were at was private and very nice. It was an amazing experience and we would love to come back one day.

Hipcamper Hillary

Wonderful hosts+incredible property

Hillary C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 26th, 2022

Ian’s place was something out of a childhood dream, and mine too. Enough space to spread out and feel a sense of privacy, and so many interesting/unique features that we were completely smitten, entertained, and comfortable. We can’t wait to return. Highly recommend!

Guemes North Homestead
United States
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