Sunday, July 5, 2009

The most amazing vacation place is available, you know.






These photos are from a cloudy April stay two years ago... this time of year the place is sunny and bright. I swear.


We love THIS PLACE. It's a big property with two cabins (you can rent just one if it's all you need). I got an email today from the owners... they actually have availability in July, which is unusual for them.


Dear Homesteaders,

The summer season has started early here on Orcas Island. We haven't had a cloud in the sky for nearly five weeks now. While it's good for vacationers, the lack of rain seems to have kept the salmon in the outer waters with the Orcas whales until about two weeks ago. The farmers are irrigating their fields more than usual adding to the crush of spring planting and grass mowing.

My farm stand across the street has been open since early June offering organic salad greens,snow peas, herbs and flowers. I am farming another piece of land organically as well growing all the large vegetables and squash.
We've had a decent year at The Homestead so far but have a huge hole in our calendar starting July 12th. I would appreciate it if you enjoyed your stay at our property and could recommend it to your friends. The Seaside and Blackberry cabins are available July 12-23,26-31. Luckily, this is an unusual situation and has not happened before in our 15 years of doing business here. Our online calendar is up to date.

We would be very happy to have any of you back of course! Some of you stay with us year after year which is genuinely appreciated. Your comments and suggestions are also welcome.
I hope everyone is doing well, thank you for your patronage and hope we'll see you again soon!




If you live in Oregon, Washington, or British Columbia, it's totally worth your while to stay there. If you are coming from a distance, you can fly into Seattle and take a seaplane there and save the extra driving/ferry time to the islands. Although, I must say, the ferry ride is so amazing. If you haven't taken the ferry through the San Juan Islands, don't miss it. Seriously.

Orcas Island doesn't have any stoplights. None. Windy roads, amazing views, farms and alpacas and boats and starfish and amazing sunny days.

Even the smaller cabin sleeps 6 (you'll be packed in, but it's fun), so you can split the bill with friends.

You will have your own private dock with a kayak and a small fishing boat tied up for your use. This dock and the owner's big sailboat was recently featured in Coastal Living magazine.

You can learn more and book it HERE.

Their website doesn't do this place any justice, BTW. Trust me. It's fantastic. If you haven't booked a proper vacation for yourself yet this summer, consider this. It's heaven.

15 comments:

Maison Luxe said...

Oh, I've had this place in my 'favorites' file for a while now, I think you even recommended it to me! It truly looks like heaven. The only reason I haven't booked it yet is the NO DOG policy, which is a deal breaker for me this summer. Leaving Zoe behind is just not happening...she just turned 14, so including her is a MUST for any trip this year. Otherwise you'd be fighting me for the keys to this gorgeous place!

The Countess of Nassau County said...

How funny, I just spent the day on Guemes Island.

Orcas Island is amazing. My husband and stayed at the Spring Bay Inn several times and loved it.

Thanks for the tip, we have been looking for a place suitable for families. I will be sure to bookmark this.

Nikki said...

That looks amazing. Lots of great memories of Orcas Island from my childhood. I'm sending the link to my father-in-law who has ample time off. Thanks for the tip!

Decorno said...

Kelie - maybe you can email them and ask about the no dogs policy.. they are nice people and actually trying to sell the place ($2 million, anyone?) so they may be flexible with responsible dog owners if it gets the place rented.

Maison Luxe said...

okay, i'm going to email them...who needs a vacation? um...me! :-)

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

Oh, I wish I could do it but those dates don't work. Too bad $2 mill is nowhere near my budget for that weekend house I'm looking for because how awesome would that be?

Carrie said...

Thank you for this. Truly. After the fastest 4 day weekend which ended up having only a couple hours of relax time, I have decided I must just get away from it all and this place looks idyllic. Reminds me why I love living in this area.

Thanks again! xo

i suwannee said...

funny you should mention it. i'm available too. are we going?

Hanako66 said...

wow, how amazing! if I wasn't knee deep in maid of honor shi....stuff:) I would be there in a hot second!

Robin said...

To quote Liz Lemon, "I want to go there!" Looks gorgeous, too bad The BF doesn't get time off until August...

Anonymous said...

It's just no fair.

I swear when you are all off on cool vacations I'm going to wrap myself up in a giant macrame owl hanging and just rock back and forth muttering, 'they just don't get fiber art'.

Perhaps I'll bait the 'you never do enough for charity' troll, too.

Newburgh Restoration said...

looks gorgeous.

Kwana said...

Oh it's just beautiful.

Little Lantern said...

Orcas Island is an amazing spot and that rental looks incredible. The dog thing is a bummer though. Orcas seems designed for dogs. Who'd want to go there without one?

Marni at Style Carrot said...

Oh, this is lovely. Too bad I'm on the East coast with no plans to go West. No opportunity to even write about it. I have a relative with a house there too, maybe a visit should be planned...