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.

The homestead is a mile in two directions from the Pacific Ocean beach, and we have a gorgeous three-mile loop walk that

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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.

The homestead is a mile in two directions from the Pacific Ocean beach, and we have a gorgeous three-mile loop walk that takes you on over a mile of wild beach with island views. We are 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.

Accommodation provided
Cabin
No. of sites
1 bookable site
Access
Short walk (1 - 5 mins)
Group sizes
Up to 2 people per site
Potable water available
Spigot
Campfires allowed
Firewood provided, firepit, communal, wood burn...
Toilet available
No pets
Showers available
Cold water only
Pack it out
Picnic table available
Wifi available
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: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

The island is great for biking, though it averages about 60 feet ascent per mile, so be prepared for some work.

Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Paddling
Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

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

Beach
Forest
Swimming hole

Places to see near Guemes North Homestead

Bay View State Park
Bay View State Park
9 miles way Explore
Larrabee State Park
Larrabee State Park
9 miles way Explore
Moran State Park
Moran State Park
10 miles way Explore
Spencer Spit State Park
Spencer Spit State Park
10 miles way Explore
Deception Pass State Park
Deception Pass State Park
11 miles way Explore
Hope Island State Park
Hope Island State Park
12 miles way Explore
San Juan Island National Historical Park
San Juan Island National Historical Park
19 miles way Explore
Birch Bay State Park
Birch Bay State Park
23 miles way Explore
Fort Ebey State Park
Fort Ebey State Park
25 miles way Explore
Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve
Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve
25 miles way Explore
Fort Casey State Park
Fort Casey State Park
28 miles way Explore
Fort Worden State Park
Fort Worden State Park
30 miles way Explore
Camano Island State Park
Camano Island State Park
31 miles way Explore
Fort Flagler State Park
Fort Flagler State Park
33 miles way Explore
Rasar State Park
Rasar State Park
33 miles way Explore
Fort Townsend State Park
Fort Townsend State Park
35 miles way Explore
Joseph Whidbey State Park
Joseph Whidbey State Park
35 miles way Explore
South Whidbey Island State Park
South Whidbey Island State Park
35 miles way Explore
Sequim Bay State Park
Sequim Bay State Park
41 miles way Explore
Kitsap Memorial State Park
Kitsap Memorial State Park
52 miles way Explore
Olympic National Forest
Olympic National Forest
57 miles way Explore
Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park
57 miles way Explore
North Cascades National Park
North Cascades National Park
61 miles way Explore
Dosewallips State Park
Dosewallips State Park
62 miles way Explore
Scenic Beach State Park
Scenic Beach State Park
64 miles way Explore
Wallace Falls State Park
Wallace Falls State Park
66 miles way Explore
Illahee State Park
Illahee State Park
67 miles way Explore
Klondike Gold Rush - Seattle Unit National Historical Park
Klondike Gold Rush - Seattle Unit Nation...
68 miles way Explore
Blake Island State Park
Blake Island State Park
71 miles way Explore
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
76 miles way Explore
Belfair State Park
Belfair State Park
79 miles way Explore
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests
80 miles way Explore
Saltwater State Park
Saltwater State Park
84 miles way Explore
Twanoh State Park
Twanoh State Park
84 miles way Explore
Potlatch State Park
Potlatch State Park
87 miles way Explore
Dash Point State Park
Dash Point State Park
87 miles way Explore
Jarrell Cove State Park
Jarrell Cove State Park
89 miles way Explore
Bogachiel State Park
Bogachiel State Park
91 miles way Explore
Penrose Point State Park
Penrose Point State Park
91 miles way Explore
Joemma Beach State Park
Joemma Beach State Park
93 miles way Explore
Kanaskat-Palmer State Park
Kanaskat-Palmer State Park
93 miles way Explore

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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 CabinSleeping nook in the Jess Cabin (Tiny House)dog animalCozy Tiny House in the Woods
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.

Cozy Tiny House in the Woods
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!

Property
Guemes North Homestead
State
Washington
$75/night
1 Site