Lovely pastoral setting, with obvious special care given by the gardener; cute and functional micro-cabins with good beds; lotsa bunnies; cart to wheel your stuff 100 yds to the cabins (which is kind of fun and OK); hot tub under the stars; a decent value for the San Juans (which are fairly expensive); good location near ferry, winery, and the village; tons and tons of quiet and solitude. Also, the three comment books in our room (dating back about 12 years) were mostly full of that trite BS you'd expect, but quite a few entries (including, now, mine) were super-hilarious, or cute, or racy--just plain fun (from drawings of each rabbit, with a suitable name for each, to the 5th annual "Dykefest," to some sexual references. Yee haw!
The not so good:
1. This was the first time I ever stayed at a hotel or B&B and didn't meet the owner. I guess they are totally xenophobic or are over-respecting the guests' privacy with the solitude vibe. You pay in advance, you check yourself in, and it's all self-serve from there. This may be the wave of the future; who knows? You may find it unfettering. Or it could just be another example of the continuing loss of service in what were formerly service professions.
2. This was the first time I ever stayed at a B&B and didn't get anything that was home-baked by the host. We got a basket in our rooms, which served as tomorrow's breakfast: It had pre-packaged biscotti, fruit and tea. There was yogurt in the fridge, but it had corn syrup so we couldn't eat it; that was really contrary to the island's hippie/green vibe.
3. Hot tub was too hot. Temp gauge said 105F, but it felt hotter than that. No fun. But a lovely machine in a great outdoor setting.
4. If you are prone to going stir-crazy, more than one night here will send you to the funny farm. No phone, TV, or computer. Many commenters said "where are some books to read?" But there is a great little library in town--you just have to prepare.
Overall, though, I'd go back. I'd take more of my own food next time. Lopez Island is the best--some farmers, some eccentrics, some hippies, and some rich folks-a great combination. Try the kayak tour and rent a bike.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 30 acres - Privacy - Northwest Scandinavian Cottages in a cedar grove. Fireplace, Kitchen, Spa, Breakfast delivered in a basket. A dog is allowed in Cottage 4 only. We also have Gourmet Tent Glamping and Camping in a peaceful wooded setting. Camp Building with Fireplace, Barbecues, Microwave, morning coffee. Only campground on Lopez Island with showers and flush toilets. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lopez Farm Cottages And Tent Camping
- Lopez Farm Cottages & Tent Camping Hotel Lopez Island