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Craftsman Guesthouse/Private/Wooded acreage/Hike, Bike, Ski, Read, Relax

Deming, WA, USA
  • House800 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum StayNone

The world if full of delightful places; we have found this to be one of them.

Our Guesthouse is a tidy little craftsman home, trimmed with locally milled alder which was logged when the home was built in 2014. We charge $100/night plus cleaning with weekly discounts.

The Guesthouse is set on 2 wooded acres in the Foothills area of Whatcom County, 100 yards from the Middle Fork of the Nooksack River and 20 miles from the Mt. Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest. Fishing or walking the river are options. Eagles are abundant during the winter salmon runs and our area is a favorite location for photographers. We've viewed beaver swimming upstream, we've had black bear and cougar through the property, and resident deer and eagles. It's pretty wonderful.

The Guesthouse sleeps 4 comfortably with a downstairs bedroom and upstairs loft. The loft is reached by a steep stairway so please monitor if you have small children. Regrettably, the maximum number of guests, whether adult or child, is 2/bed, 4 total.

There is a full kitchen but currently no television or clothes washer/dryer. Verizon Wireless gets good reception but we can't speak for other providers. High-speed internet, coffee, pancake mix and oatmeal are always provided. Regrettably, no pets.

You'll find a highchair and Pack 'n Play in the closet that may prove useful to parents of a young child.

Situated on a dead end country road, the house is nestled between the Middle Fork of the Nooksack River and the northern flank of the Van Zandt Dike in an area that boasts delightful views and abundant wildlife. Bike the road, walk the trails and river, watch the eagles. It is a quiet space with pleasant country neighbors.

While it's just fine to sit inside and watch the sun go down, a significant number of guests come to either hike the trails, ski the slopes or photograph the eagles. There are several excellent locations for the latter within a very short distance. We'd be glad to help you locate them.

Our guesthouse is a convenient location for a number of noteworthy outdoor events that occur in our county over the course of the year. In February, the Mt. Baker Ski Area--which holds the record for the greatest seasonal snowfall in a single year--hosts the Legendary Banked Slalom, a 3-day event that has made Mt. Baker famous. We are 40 miles from the ski area, an hour-long drive that is staggering in its beauty.

Winter transitions to spring in late May with the incomparable Ski to Sea Race, a multi-sport event that draws international competitors, hundreds of participants and exploits the full range of our area's recreational offerings: skiing and snowboarding, canoeing, kayaking, running and biking. It all culminates in Fairhaven and is a signature event unlike anything else. We hosted a team this year for the first time!

And, in June, the metropolis of Deming hosts the Deming Logging Show, another iconic event that dazzles the crowds whether or not you've ever fired up a chain saw. You'll find the logging show grounds just 10 miles west, in the opposite direction from Mt. Baker.

Later in the month the Baker Blast, at the Northwest Soccer Park, holds forth and draws hundreds of youth from both the northwest states and from Canada. The soccer fields are another 10 miles beyond the logging show grounds.

Snuggled in between these unique events is the ongoing charm and beauty of our area. Our road alone features a number of trails through both undeveloped DNR land and land held in trust by the Whatcom Land Trust. A rather spectacular seasonal display of Chum salmon can be witnessed in early winter by lucky visitors if your timing is good.

Other nearby destinations lie only slightly further afield and include the idyllic Silver Lake Park, the charming little towns of Maple Falls and Glacier and, of course, the incomparable Mt. Baker National Forest with its abundant year-round recreational offerings: downhill and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and sledding in winter and vast hiking trails and biking opportunities in the spring, summer and fall.

And, as board members of the Friends of the Deming Library, we would be remiss if we failed to mention the location--a mere 5 miles away--of one of the most extraordinary country libraries in the state. The community built it and owns it and it boasts a delightful children's area, current technology, gracious librarians and 6-day-a-week access. It is directly across from the Nooksack Casino in beautiful downtown Deming.

Getting around

The growth of the Bellingham International Airport now means that direct flights to Bellingham are often a reality. Otherwise the airport connects easily with the Seattle International Airport. Our airport, which is just north of the city of Bellingham, is 50 miles south of Vancouver BC and 90 miles north of Seattle.

We are 23 miles due east of the airport. It's a pretty straight shot on roads that are well maintained and offer 55 mph speed limits. Our little country road is also well maintained as well, although you'll have to slow down a bit as you travel down it to reach our guesthouse. Always watch for deer.

In summary, although we are nestled into a fairly secluded area of the county we are easy to access year-round. In fact, the drive to reach us, particularly if you come up the South Fork Valley, is worth the time it takes: rivers, mountains and glaciers are visible from nearly all routes...unless you're driving at night, of course.

While there is a Whatcom Transit bus stop at the head of the road (3 miles away), you are really pretty limited in your choices. You'll need a car.


Leaf Schumann and Louise Granger

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english, A little French and even less Spanish.
Calendar last updated:
Apr 06, 2018
About Leaf Schumann and Louise Granger

We have lived adjacent to this property for 36 years. It's wonderful. Louise is a Washington native but Leaf had to return to the NW, the birthplace of his parents, after a childhood in Southern California. We retired a few years ago after careers in nursing (Louise) and school counseling (Leaf). Our two fine sons live within striking distance in Seattle and life has been very good to us. Making the guesthouse available for travelers has proven to be a lot of fun with a surprising number of guests being international travelers. We never imagined how satisfying this whole enterprise would be.

Leaf Schumann and Louise Granger purchased this House in 2013

Why Leaf Schumann and Louise Granger chose Deming

We bought it five years ago but actually owned the property a decade earlier. This time around we had the original home removed--burned, actually, by our fire district in a practice burn--and started over.

What makes this House unique

Same benefits as exist in the whole area: quiet, secluded, ample wildlife, charm. Beavers swim up the river on occasion and we've been visited by bear and cougar. We even managed to snap a photo of both. Eagles abound and a surprising number of guests are here to photograph them during the winter salmon run. Long winter nights are made warmer with the location of a fine little brewpub up the road. Life is very good here and it's a joy to share it. A highchair and Pack 'n Play are in the closet for the use of parents of young children.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4


          • 1 Bathroom
            • Shower, sink and toilet. No tub.

            Location Type

              • Mountain View
                Foothills of the Mt. Baker National Forest.
              • Rural
                Located 3 miles down on a dead-end country road. Very wooded.
              • Waterfront
                Middle Fork of the Nooksack River is 100 yards away along a path. There is easy access for a walk along the river.


                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Budget
                  • Romantic
                  • Sports & Activities


                      • Guests provide their own meals


                          • Air Conditioning
                            Heat pump serves as air conditioner.
                          • Fireplace
                            Sort of. There is a propane free-standing stove that adds a bit of ambiance.
                          • Hair Dryer
                          • Heating
                            Current technology heat pump and propane stove.
                          • Internet
                            High speed WIFI
                          • Linens Provided
                            We will make the beds for you.
                          • Living Room
                            Kitchen and living room combined in one large open space
                          • Parking
                          • Towels Provided


                              • Coffee Maker
                                Quality beans, grinder and filters provided. Uh-oh, no cream, however.
                              • Dishes & Utensils
                                Well equipped kitchen.
                              • Kitchen
                                The kitchen is quite complete. BBQ, while somewhat unique, is available.
                              • Microwave
                              • Oven
                                The oven runs about 75 degrees warm so turn it down for a pizza.
                              • Pantry Items
                                Most of the necessary condiments. Coffee, oatmeal and pancake mix provided to get you started if you failed to plan ahead.
                              • Refrigerator
                              • Stove
                                4-burner electric stove top
                              • Toaster


                                  • Child's Highchair
                                  • Dining
                                    Small table adequate for 4 people.
                                  • Dining Area
                                  • comfy seating for 4 people


                                      • Books
                                      • Games
                                        Cribbage provided for the discerning visitor
                                      • Stereo
                                        Sort of. Bring your MP3 or iPhone and plug into the speakers.


                                          • Bicycles
                                            2 bikes available that work just fine.
                                          • Deck / Patio
                                            Fine view directly west of the neighboring blueberry farm and sunsets.
                                          • Kayak / Canoe
                                            I wouldn't kayak the Middle Fork of the Nooksack, where the house is located, but we kayak Bellingham Bay and the nearby lakes.
                                          • Lawn / Garden
                                            Vast lawn and even more vast forest.
                                          • Outdoor Grill
                                            The interesting part. A large, standing stone fireplace and chimney are all that remain of the previous structure, burned down last fall by our local fire district. Works great as an outdoor grill.
                                          • Ski & Snowboard
                                            40 miles from Mt. Baker Ski Area.


                                              • limited accessibility


                                                  • festivals
                                                  • library
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • winery tours

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • boating
                                                      • gambling casinos
                                                      • photography
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • sledding
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • groceries

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • mountain climbing
                                                              • cross country skiing
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • fly fishing
                                                              • freshwater fishing
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • mountaineering
                                                              • paragliding
                                                              • rafting
                                                              • skiing
                                                              • snowboarding
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • water tubing


                                                                  • Don't mean to put you off, but no parties or gatherings. It's really quite a charming area. You have access to the Middle Fork of the Nooksack River, a mere 100 yards away. Hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking Bellingham Bay. Eagles abound in the winter. Several charming restaurants within easy striking distance and a delightful brewpub a short ways up the road. For parents of infants, we have a highchair and Pack 'N Play that may be useful.

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 1:00 PM

                                                                    Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                    69 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    Just like staying with friends

                                                                    Debra V.

                                                                    The owners are warm and friendly hosts. The cabin is the perfect relaxing getaway. Clean and comfortable. Full of light.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    It was a complete pleasure Debra. Thanks for your kind thoughts.

                                                                    Wonderful setting!

                                                                    Robert A.

                                                                    My son and I stayed here for skiing at Mt Baker; we loved this accommodation and all of nice little touches that the hosts provide; important to me is that the kitchen is well supplied, and this one is; if you are looking for peacefulness in a beautiful setting, this is the place for you; the location to hiking, fishing, skiing, ski touring is fantastic

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    I love that I managed to catch you before you left, Robert. Too brief a conversation and hope to see you again.

                                                                    Wonderful retreat!

                                                                    Evangelynn H.

                                                                    We loved our time at the guesthouse! And a fresh blanket of snow made it even more magical. This little house tucked away on the outskirts of Mount Baker is luxurious, beautifully designed and comfortably cozy all at the same time. If you are looking for a modern cabin away from it all this is your place! The space is organized efficiently and creatively and a pleasure to discover and enjoy all the comforts and details that the owners have made to make everything fit. It must have been so fun to design this place and collect items as accents to create a beautiful space!

                                                                    We spent a long birthday weekend lounging by the fire, reading, a little catch up on work, and simply escaping the hustle of real life. The kitchen is well equipped to whip up delicious meals with a variety of appliances if you desire. What a wonderful place to find the rhythms of rest and relaxation. It made it very easy to step in and feel at home. Very clean and well cared for. Leaf was also excellent with communications - he even met us upon arrival to guide us down the drive and quickly introduce us to the guesthouse. He was quick to respond and always welcoming and gracious. We will be back to enjoy summer season!

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    What a delightful review! We are touched, Vange. It was, of course, a total pleasure. In the words of the immortal Spock, live long and prosper.


                                                                    We love the guesthouse!

                                                                    Will & Patty T.

                                                                    The guesthouse is a perfect place to get-away. Very clean, comfortable, quiet and restful. Leaf greeted us, with the lights and stove on to warmly welcome us. The west-facing windows provide light during the day, and beautiful sundowns in the evening. We have not found a home in this type of setting to match it!

                                                                    We highly recommend you stay and enjoy this lovely place.

                                                                    Beautiful gateaway 1hr near Mt Baker

                                                                    Patty H.Vancouver

                                                                    What a beautiful and cozy place to stay! The photos can’t do the justice, it is fairly Spacious inside. We arrived around 2pm in the afternoon and had a warm welcome by the owner Leaf. He even brought us wine to apologize the cleaning was being late. (The place is already really clean). The owner Lewis even make out of her way to take us to a trailhead for a little short hike around the area to see the valley, very kind of her. The beds are very comfortable, and kitchen is very well stocked. We were there for Mt Baker Snowboarding and comes back to the cabin for overnight and making meals. We had such comfortable stay, will come back again.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thanks Patty, it was a treat. What a tidy bunch you are! It was a complete pleasure.


                                                                    Theresa M.

                                                                    We loved your home! We both slept really well with the windows open smelling the flowing river air!

                                                                    Our plans are to come back in the near future! Thank you.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    It was a total pleasure, Theresa. We enjoyed the brief but memorable visit. Hope to see you again.


                                                                    Deming, WA, USA

                                                                    Rates & Availability

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                                                                    Cleaning Fee

                                                                    Check in/check out is flexible if no one is on either side of your booking. Otherwise, check in at 1 pm, check out at 11 am. While it accommodates 4 people most comfortably, there are occasions in which we accept more (Ski to Sea is an example). In this case, we charge an additional $35 per person which includes the additional cleaning fee.

                                                                    69 Reviews
                                                                    Wonderful 4.9/5
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