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Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

If you are looking for rest and relaxation, look no further. So quiet and serene. We came here once in the winter, and although the weather was, well, typical Pacific Northwest winter weather, it was still a wonderful getaway. It's basically a San Juan Islands vacation without the hassle and cost of getting there. A quaint 5 minute ferry is all it takes to be transported to tranquility. If I were a more selfish person I would tell you it was miserable, and to keep away. But, alas, my mother raised me to be honest, which you can now take advantage of.

Stayed: June 2018, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed August 9, 2017

We dropped into the store for supplies while staying on the island. Small shop with just the necessities (good wine and beer selection). We didn't stay at the resort but it is a possibility for the future.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed July 8, 2017

We have stayed a few times at the resort and have loved it each time. It is really beautiful and peaceful and the staff is always very nice.
We also got married here- so the bulk of this review is for considering Guemes Island Resort as a wedding venue. We had a really magical time at Guemes Island Resort during our wedding. We chose to rent out the resort for 3 days and invite our entire wedding to stay with us. The resort staff was very accommodating and allowed us to have things delivered in the days before (including a giant tent on their lawn). There is a ton of fun stuff to do with everyone there: hot tubs, lawn games, kayaking, etc- so all our guests really got a chance to have a fun vacation. It was idyllic. It is very affordable if you have your guests reimburse you (even partially) for their cabins. The resort requires you use them for alcohol- and that also was very reasonable and easy to coordinate. There are a few things I wish I would have known in advance, and I will pass on as advice to anyone planning to get married there: they don't answer the phone or check email very often- because of this it can sometimes feel like things won't come together in time You may get held up making other decisions you need to make. Everything worked out beautifully for us, just be aware that they are on island time. I'm organized and like to plan ahead, so that was a little tough for me. Also- getting catering is hard out there. Places from the mainland charge a lot to go to the island, and there isn't an industrial kitchen set up. In retrospect a food truck coming over from the mainland would have been the easiest option. We used a caterer called DIGs that is associated with the resort, that I would honestly advise against- we tried to get a contract out of them for 10 months (!) and finally got one 5 days before and the pricing had changed significantly. The food was good enough, and it was reasonably priced, but not hearing from them when we needed to was hands down the hardest part of our wedding planning. I wasted many stressed out hours trying to get details out of them. So- rent the resort! Have fun with friends and family! Don't use their caterers- the good news is you aren't required to.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed April 25, 2017

Our group comprised six adults and four children age 1 to 5. By family unit, we were two families of four, plus a couple. We stayed at Salish House for three nights over Easter Weekend, 2017.

Access to the house is by stairs, so this cabin is not wheelchair accessible. The exterior stairs lead to the main balcony which has three adirondack chairs on it. Entrance to the house is from the main balcony. The interior of the House is well laid out. I would even adopt the floorplan for my own home if I could. From the entranceway, the main floor leads to the kitchen, dining area, living room, large fireplace, two bedrooms, and a large bathroom. Stairs lead to the loft area.

The entranceway is spacious, with a row of hooks for jackets, a bench to sit on, and lots of room for shoes underneath the bench. It leads right into the kitchen.

The kitchen is spacious and well-laid out, with a gas stove and oven in the island, full-size fridge, dishwasher, double sink, and lots of storage space. It comes equipped with basic place settings for 10-12 and pots and pans. Happily, the kitchen also has a coffee grinder, coffeemaker, hand mixer, large mixing bowls, and measuring spoons. However, the teflon pans were not in great shape, so we would consider bringing our own pans in the future. We made full use of the kitchen and felt right at home. Coming from Canada, meal planning was essential. We planned each meal in advance, brought things like oil, vanilla extract and waffle maker from home, then purchased all our groceries for the weekend before boarding the ferry. Note that there is no saran wrap, tinfoil, or bags, so bring your own to store leftovers in the fridge.

The dining table has bench seating on one side. With the four stools from the island as extra seating around the dining table, all ten of us could be seated around the table.

The living room has a couch, chair and coffee table on a large rug, plus TV and shelf with books and puzzles. The fireplace dominates the room and has a standalone safety screen. We did not use this fireplace due to our young children.

The bedrooms each have a double bed and a small window seat. The main bathroom features his and hers sinks and a large walk-in shower.

The stairs to the loft area wrap around the stone-surround fireplace, leading to a large loft area with its own small balcony. The loft has a queen bed, a double futon, and a twin trundle bed with another twin pullout underneath. It also had a large bathroom, with the toilet enclosed in its own room, his and hers sinks and a large shower with two shower heads. The children had great fun playing and sleeping in the loft, but the openness of it to the main floor meant the adults had to be extra quiet after the children went to sleep.

The cabin was very clean, with no concerns about mice or insects. It is situated atop a utility space for the resort, and during the day, doors could be heard opening and closing, but it was not a big deal.

The cabin comes with two parking spots right out front.

A nice plus is that Wifi is accessible throughout the house, but the connection isn't always great.

The property itself is lovely. The children couldn't get enough of the rocky, shell-strewn beach, getting soaked and picking up kelp with sticks, although the weather was not conducive to being wet! A morning in the recreation room, an Easter egg hunt in adjacent Youngs Park, a walk in the woods above the cabins, and campfires each night made for a wonderfully full weekend.

The resort provides the right level of service. During the day, staff are accessible either at the office, or by using the walkietalkie just outside the office. When we requested clean kitchen towels and a vacuum cleaner, they were brought promptly. Firewood for the common campfire was delivered to the cabin in a wheelbarrow. The were friendly, but were not overbearing.

We enjoyed a wonderful, rejuvenating weekend and will definitely return!

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed July 14, 2016

When ever we travel I try to find a location that will disconnect us from electronics and television. As well as offer us something to do that will help us to connect with each other. Guemes Island Resort offered that. We stayed in cabin #4, which includes a small living/dining area with fireplace, a small but very functional kitchen with all the necessities provided, a loft area with two twins and a separate bedroom with a queen bed. There is a bathroom attached to the cabin that you access just outside of your front door. The cabin has a rustic feel, which I love. It was spotless and cozy. It sits by the water, making the views out the window priceless. The thing that we were looking forward to the most was the use of the kayaks. On our second day there we were able to kayak out to a small island a little over 1 mile out called Jack's island. The water was smooth and glassy and it was a wonderful opportunity to get out and enjoy nature. We were also able to enjoy the use of their rec room which was filled with games, a ping pong table and an old video arcade system. This place is a treasure and we will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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