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“Laid Back Romantic Escape” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Guemes Island Resort

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Guemes Island Resort
Washington State
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23 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Laid Back Romantic Escape”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2012

My husband and I had a much needed weekend getaway to Guemes Island Resort in early December. Stayed in one of the two newer cabins with it's own private hot tub right outside the back door, literally 2 or 3 steps and you can get in and warm up!
The wood details in the new cabins are so beautiful. They are not right on the beach but set up so that you still have a view out to the water, especially in winter with less foliage.
The older cabins on the beach have great views but also a variety of sizes and "rustic-ness", ask for advice and let them know what you are looking for to be sure it's appropriate lodging for you.A couple of them are very small(but still have the nice views).
If we came with our teens it would definitely be warmer weather -even Sept/October- and one of the medium/larger beach cabins.
The newer set back cabin was perfect for my husband and I, we loved that hot tub!!--you're looking at the forest in back when in the tub but can still (depending on the tide)hear the waves lapping at the beach--and the resort was very quiet this time of year. You would have less privacy in the summer with the hot tub as it's very close to the yurt trail--yurts are closed in the off season.
Bring all your groceries, there is just one store on the island with limited stock.

The staff was friendly and helpful. Pretty neat to get that "island vibe" with just a 5 minute ferry ride!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank maw
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Portland, OR
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2011

We loved staying in the yurts at Guemes Island Resort and can't wait to go back! The yurt was spacious enough for me, the husband, his teenage son and our two dogs. The yurts had electrical plugs and heaters which we made use of. We had a great time walking along the beach and watching the sunset. It was a very peaceful weekend. Making our food over the fire pit was a fun little challenge but we managed to have some really fantastic simple meals. I wish we had a chance to use the dutch tub but it along with most of the resort was rented out by a wedding party. The office/store was very cute with lots of amenities to purchase.

At night we pulled the futon mattress out to deck attached to our yurt and just watched the stars and talked, it was almost magical.

*This review was from a stay in June 2009.

Room Tip: The yurts are a great value!
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank pyrofemme
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San Diego, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2010

What a wonderful vacation spot! Guemes Island Resort was the perfect place for our family to experience the San Juan Islands. The setting is beautiful and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Very family friendly. We stayed in the 20 foot yurt, which fit our family of five just right. Very clean and open layout with one queen or king size bed, twin bunk beds, a fold out futon, table and chairs, and a large deck perfect for relaxing and playing games. The cook area and bathrooms are also new and very clean. The current owners have really put a lot into the resort and it shows. We rented the yurt with linens, camp stove, and cookware, which included everything we needed to prepare all our meals. The "no extra cost" nature of the resort is also a real plus and made our already fantanstic vacation even better. We went kayaking, row boating, and crabbing without a single charge for use of their gear (boats, life jackets, crab pots, and more). We've never caught crab before and the staff were very helpful in showing us how to use the gear, handle the crabs, etc. This is apparently a very good location to catch crab, which were plentiful in the waters immediately in front of the resort. We caught our limit the first day and enjoyed a wonderful meal of freshly cooked crab right on the beach with the most amazing views of the islands. The resort also includes a small but very well stocked shop with an incredible beer and wine selection, snacks, locally made crafts, and more. If you like well-crafted microbrews, you won't be disappointed with the selections (many from the best San Diego and Pacific NW breweries). All in all, we couldn't ask for more and will definately return in the future!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank SD5
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Bellingham, WA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2009

Last summer I was lucky enough to share a week long stay in one of Guemes Island Resorts yurts with my significant other.

The Yurts are a great alternative to the wonderful beachfront cabins, in which we have stayed on previous occasions. The yurts were situated peacefully in the woods above the beach. Each yurt has a private deck to relax on and private bathrooms in a nearby building. A short stroll along a lovely wooded path will find you at the waters edge where the views are only surpassed by the serenity and majesty of the Puget sound and all of its denizens.

There are no shortage of activities on Guemes Island, and when the evenings came we were especially surprised by a beach side fire pit that remains in operation throughout the summer with a special permit obtained by the managers, despite the Island wide fire ban imposed every summer.

As always the management was extremely friendly and helpful. They were always available to provide us with any needed amenities, as well as providing insight and knowledge about the local ecosystems and indigenous flora and fauna.

We can't wait to return next summer. We will definitely choose the yurts again for a comfortable and cool forest retreat that is conveniently situated next to one of the finest beaches in Skagit County.

Many thanks go out to Mark and the rest of the friendly staff at the Resort. Can't wait to see you next year on our annual pilgrimage to Guemes Island for rest , relaxation, and fun!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank islandhopper43
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DenverCO
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2009

What a great place to call home for 5 days! The location & views are amazing. The accommodations are fabulous. The management & staff are all wonderful & treated us like family. The crabbing was great, the food in town & on the island was all good. Really enjoyed the relaxation of days that included strolling on the beach, taking hikes up to Guemes Mountain, making great dinners in the stylish new cabin, hot tubs & bonfires at night... what more could you ask for. Be prepared to get inspired & want to return soon! I'm already looking forward to my return to Guemes Island Resort.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Denver80207
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Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2009

My family had a fabulous trip to Guemes Island Resort. The staff was friendly, professional and always timely to our needs. Our cabin was exceptional: comfortable, killer views, styli with a hot tub and steam shower... nice!
They even dialed in some crabbing and a pod of orca to round out the experience. We'll be back as soon as we can.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank COarchitect
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denver
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2009

this resort exceeded every expectation I had. the staff was resourceful, kind and professional, the location was unbelievable, and the cabins were exquisite. we stayed in the newly built cabins, and enjoyed reading books in the outdoor hot tub while birdwatching, sleeping on the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in, and using the kitchen equipment and comfortably as if it was our own home. with 2 adults and a little one, this cabin and resort was perfect. we walked up and down the beach every morning, saw a pod of orca whales, skipped stones, and looked for rare agates. the gift shop is quaint and artistically driven, and there are many places to wander and get lost within the spiderwebs, rosehips and big old cypress trees that fill the resort property.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank ktrapp
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Additional Information about Guemes Island Resort

Property: Guemes Island Resort
Address: 4268 Guemes Island Rd, Anacortes, Fidalgo Island, WA 98221-9032
Region: United States > Washington > Fidalgo Island > Anacortes
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Anacortes
Number of rooms: 16
Also Known As:
Guemes Island Hotel Anacortes

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