Hipcamp host Ian W.
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Multiple camp sites include forest and field 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 s

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Multiple camp sites include forest and field 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.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
6 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
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: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Paddling
Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Tent Camping in Woods or Field in Washington.

Beach
Forest
Swimming hole

The vibe at Tent Camping in Woods or Field

Places to see near Guemes North Homestead

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Hipcamper Peter

Best camping on guemes island!

Peter J.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 20th, 2019

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!

Hipcamper Joshua
Joshua C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 24th, 2019

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.

Hipcamper Irene

Utopia

Irene N.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 5th, 2019

This is a dream place and the host a dream builder, they share wonderful values, knowledge and care.

Hipcamper Ian
Response from Ian, the Host, on August 13th, 2019

We loved having you staying here, and also reconnecting with your island family. We look forward to your next visit!

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Hipcamper Carold
Carold N.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 29th, 2019

It was beyond my wildest expectations.

Hipcamper Leah
Leah B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 3rd, 2019

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!!

Hipcamper Daniel
Daniel L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 15th, 2019

This place is incredible and Ian was an awesome host. There are so many cool things to do on the property itself. We plan on coming back!

Hipcamper Ian
Response from Ian, the Host, on September 18th, 2019

D & J were great guests and I look forward to having them back!

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Hipcamper Donna K.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 25th, 2019
Property
Guemes North Homestead
State
Washington
$35/night
6 Sites
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