Hipcamp host Ian W.
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Our walk-in intern barn has bunks as well as double beds (bring your own bedding or sleeping bags), for a rustic camping experience with some basic comfort. Sleep under the metal roof and enjoy the sounds of the forest. The outdoor kitchen includes food preparation and clean-up space, as well assolar and wood cooking options.

The homestead is a mile in two directions from the

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Our walk-in intern barn has bunks as well as double beds (bring your own bedding or sleeping bags), for a rustic camping experience with some basic comfort. Sleep under the metal roof and enjoy the sounds of the forest. The outdoor kitchen includes food preparation and clean-up space, as well as solar and wood cooking options.

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 6 people per site
Potable water available
Spigot
Campfires allowed
Firewood provided, communal
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: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

    Activities

    Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

    Biking
    Boating
    Fishing
    Hiking
    Paddling
    Swimming
    Wildlife watching

    Terrain

    Natural features you'll find at Rustic Barn w/ Outdoor Kitchen 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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    Property
    Guemes North Homestead
    State
    Washington
    $55/night
    1 Site