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
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 or all of the cost.
- 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.
Natural features you'll find at Tent Camping in Woods or Field in Washington.
Places to see near Guemes North Homestead
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Camping at Ian's property is an inspiration and a heck of a good night's sleep. Our gracious host toured us around his sustainable Guemes North Homestead and showed us gardens and several fun features built on his property. We slept soundly through the quiet night and enjoyed the birds in the morning. The setting is peaceful and a world away from city life.
My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time camping! The site was secluded and lush and green. Ian even supplied fire wood for our little personal fire pit. Ian was such an awesome host. He took the time to walk us down to the water and shared his knowledge of Guemes Island. I would definitely stay here again!!
Ian's homestead was perfect for getting out of the city with many activity options onsite and nearby. He has truly create his own outdoor eco playground which is fun for all ages. He gave us great advice for beaches to visit, bike rides, and places to watch sunsets. He also gave us a tour of his renewable energy setup for the homestead which was very informative.
Each campsite has its own fire pit and endless firewood. All campsites were very private with their own personality to it (Forest, meadow, barn, tiny house in the woods). It really just depends on what your looking for. The barn and tiny house are under separate bookings for a different rate. Overall, his property is very beautiful, unique, and a comfortable.
Best camping on guemes island!
Well, it may actually be the only camping on Guemes Island, but I couldn't have been happier with my experience! With 10 acres of land surrounding you, it's all the privacy you could want. The host Ian was fantastic and took a lot of time to show me around the property, and to give me great tips on where to go on the island. Having camped on many of the other San Juan Islands, I found Guemes to be refreshingly small and un-touristy. Also Ian is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to alternative energy. Thanks Ian!
Camping with a personal touch
Ian and his property blew away all our expectations!
My wife and I wanted to get away from our tiny apartment and let our toddler experience some nature. We ended up finding this gem of an experience and cannot wait to go back.
The property is on Guemes Island, which is very private and easy to get to with a five minute ferry ride from Anacortes.
Everything is well maintained and you can see the love Ian puts into taking care of his slice of paradise. There are places for kids of all ages to play and explore including two amazing tree houses. There are well-groomed trails to wander around on. There's an orchard and a garden next to a great pond.
One of the best parts of the experience is the privacy. There are several camp sites around the property but each one is secluded enough that you could walk right by and never know it was there.
Ian is a great host. From the moment you arrive at the homestead you can tell he is excited to have you. He will do everything in his power to make you feel at home, from sharpening your axe to helping you get the local weather updates. It doesn't matter what he is doing, he will show you around the property or help you out whenever you need it. It was really fun to learn about his work in renewable energy and off-grid living.
All in all my family and I loved camping on the Homestead. We cannot wait to get back out there and joy the peace and serenity of nature.