On a recent trip to visit friends in Seattle they took us to Guemes Island for the July 4th holiday. It was an excellent stay.
Guemes Island is part of the San Juan Isalnd chain, located about 80 miles north of Seattle. But unlike the more popular, developed and crowded San Juan's, Guemes is an unspoiled gem. First, Guemes has it's own ferry and the wait was approximately 15 to 30 minutes. To gives some context, the rest of the San Juan's use the Washington State ferry service, which the waits can be several hours.
The Guemes Island Resort is a wonderful, affordable, Pacific-Northwest experience. It dates back to the 1940's but the new owners/ managers (Kelly and her husband Mark) have made substantial improvements to the existing cottages, the grounds, the amenities, as well as new facilities. There are several small one and two bedroom cabins and two large houses. They offer canoes, kyaks, crabing, and miles of beach to walk on. The cabins oose charm, from the locally produced organic soap to the eco-friendly approach to the photography and art work from local artisits.
If you are a dog lover you will especially appreciate Mark and Kelly's 4-year old lab/ golden mix, Beeko. He's lovable, energetic, loves to go on hikes on the trails and beaches.
One hint: if you want to go crabbing you need to secure a lcense before the ferry in Anacortes.
- Also Known As:
- Guemes Island Hotel Anacortes