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“My Happy Place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Guemes Island Resort

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Guemes Island Resort
4268 Guemes Island Road, Anacortes, WA 98221   |  
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Seattle
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“My Happy Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Guemes Island Resort is the kind of place you don't come across much any more: quiet, rustic, and incredibly scenic. When I'm stressed out and feeling spread too thin, I imagine that I'm back at the resort losing fishing gear in the surf and waiting for my homemade bread to rise back in the cabin. It's a place where time slows down and you can spend a whole day watching the clouds move over the water.

The cabins aren't cheap and they aren't particularly luxurious, but they come with some amazing amenities: water views, a private beach, a sauna, kayaks and rowboats, a recreation room with ping pong and foosball tables, a huge pile of firewood to burn in your fireplace. It's like summer camp for adults. The cabins all have decently outfitted kitchens, and if you forget something essential (beer, garlic for the marinade, balsamic vinegar), you will almost certainly be able to pick it up at Anderson's Store or the on-site market.

I had to laugh at another review that said there's nothing to do on Guemes. If you're looking for movie theaters and shopping malls and restaurants then no, you won't find much to do there. But if you enjoy walking on the beach, fishing, paddling, crabbing, ping pong, toasting marshmallows, or just curling up to the fire with a good book, then you're in luck ... you can do all of things without even leaving the resort.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Manager Holly and all the staff were incredibly flexible and supportive at our three day family celebration at Guemes Island Resort. We warned our East Coast relatives ahead of time that this is not a cushy hotel, but a comfortable family environment, and they adapted! ( There are several new units that are, indeed, cushy, even with steam showers! The bride and groom occupied one of these! And the Salish house, which easily sleeps 8, was also spotless, lovely, modern with a dishwasher, too.) We reserved the whole resort for three days, and rented 5 other houses on the island, rented a van from U-Save Car and Truck Rental in Anacortes, port-a-potties from Wizards of Ooze, party tent and supplies from Pacific Party Canopies, and had an amazingly wonderful one-of-a-kind wedding celebration for 160 people! We used the resort's crab pots and row boats to catch the crabs for our paella, the straits of juan de fuca to soak our corn on the cob which we roasted on the resort's grills, the resort's crab cleaning station to prepare food, their activity room and freezer for extra prep space, their sauna and hot tub to relax in, the gorgeous views to inspire all. Wow! Thank you, Guemes Island Resort!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Woodinville, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Our family has been going to Guemes Island practically every summer for years. It is a revamped rustic fishing camp turned into a family vacation spot. Part of the charm of Guemes is the laid back feel and the lack of urban amenities. It is more like very cushy camping than going to a five star hotel - but they let you know that up front and the prices reflect that. If you are looking for room service and urban amenities you will hate Guemes Island Resort. If you are looking for a beautiful, rural, peaceful escape with a lot of outdoor activities this is a great spot! Another reviewer complained about the lack of businesses on the island but that makes much of it's charm. As far as lack of hospitals, there is a helicopter on call 24 hours a day for emergencies to take you straight across the water to a hospital on the mainland. Plus, for less urgent emergencies the ferry is on-call 24 hours a day to get across to a hospital. I also saw someone said there is nothing fun for kids to do - our 8 year old daughter would argue with that! Kayaking, canoeing, fishing, ping-pong and other games in the recreation room, horse shoes, a kids play area at Schoolyard Park, biking, hiking playing on the beach, plus live music on weekends at the one general store. Our daughter likes to bring lots of books and art supplies and spread out on the outdoor picnic tables with a view of the water and mountains right in front of her too. There are no video arcades, movie theaters, theme park rides or malls for shopping so if that's your thing you and your kids will be incredibly bored.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

This is one of the best family retreats in the Pacific Northwest. We love the cozy cabins with real fireplaces, the long beach walks, the trips to the "mountain" up the great trail made by Skagit Land Trust, the kayak trips right off the beach, and most of all the the mornings and nights of quietness, stars, mist and fantastic views of the San Juans. The owners are kid and dog friendly and the price can't be beat. A one a kind place.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford, Ohio
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

Since visiting guemes island resort we are constantly telling other families from around the country to go there. It is my idea of a perfect family vacation. The experience harkens back to what I imagine the resorts in the Catskills to be in the '50's. The setting is breathtaking. The houses and cottages are nicely appointed with everything you need. The resort store has an amazing selection of wine, beer, chocolate, coffee, ice cream and cheese which pretty much covers all my needs! There are loads of games available for all ages, we often enjoyed a game of bocce or croquet with grown ups and children playing together. You can spend hours walking on the beach looking for agates. There are non-motorized boats available to use which is great fun, and ample hiking trails. The resort has a delightful building just for massage and if you ask one of the friendly staff they will set up an appointment to fit your schedule.

Overall Guemes Island Resort is just a great place to go and relax and get away to be with your family. it's the sort of place where my son goes out after breakfast and finds other kids to play with on the Beach or in the communal areas of the resort, checks back in for lunch, then heads out again until dark and I never have to worry about him. We often go during open crabbing season and get a license in anacortes, row one of the resort boats out and set a crab trap, then spend our afternoons picking crab and drinking wine on the porch while we chat and admire the views and listen to the kids play until dark. What more could you ask for from a vacation?

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

6/25/2012
We LOVE the resort it is in an AMAZING setting. We have stayed numerous times and for many occasions. We have stayed in the Deluxe cabins for a romantic getaway. Placed on the hill so your away from the commotion of the beachcombers. In a park like setting. Hot tub on the back deck very private. Amazing linens and thread count on the sheets. And I love the steam sauna. We have stayed in all of the beach cabins over the years. All have their own unique energy again great bedding. Rustic and romantic. For larger gatherings we have stayed in the Baker house which is Amazing right over the water. Great view. We have held many gatherings here large parties with many children lots of sleeping room and very separate spaces for noise level comfort We have stayed at all times of the year and love a stormy northwest day with a real fire in the fireplace. Watching the waves, reading a good book or just being. Sunny days are great for beach coming, playing yard games, kayaking, fishing. Dog friendly environment. I love the little store GREAT variety of wines and beer some tasty snacks . Interesting trinkets. The grounds are well kept and lovely. I find the staff to be incredibly accommodating. I spend a ton of my time in the sauna and find it so wonderful to get so relaxed in there and then go watch the waves. One of our favorite retreats. Suites the many moods and needs of our family PERFECTLY!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mount Vernon, Washington
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

I absolutely loved our stay at Guemes Island Resort. It's peaceful and beautiful and totally unique. It isn't your typical cookie cutter resort with restaurants and poolside bars, so if that is what you are looking for, maybe its not the place for you. However, if that is what you tend toward, do yourself a favor and do something a little different by visiting this place. We went for a girl's weekend but its the perfect place for family vacations or a couples retreat.

Instead of sterile rooms with identical furnishings, there are cozy cabins that are rustic and kept in excellent condition, very clean and extremely inviting. There is a common picnic area complete with a bonfire pit. There are also REAL fireplaces in the cabins. The cedar sauna is wonderful. The employees are pleasant and helpful, a trend clearly set by the owner who personally helped us at check-in and check-out (we were graciously invited to hang out, take our time, and enjoy the scenery after check out). The gift shop had a lot of unique items in it. They even have little care packages for your pet if you want to bring your dog, how often do you see that?! The view is amazing and I slept so well there. Our bride-to-be friend was so impressed with it and thanked us profusely for choosing it for her get away weekend. I can't thank the helpful staff enough for making her weekend as special as she imagined it. I just love it and can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4268 Guemes Island Road, Anacortes, WA 98221
Location: United States > Washington > Anacortes
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Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty lodging in Anacortes
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Guemes Island Hotel Anacortes

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