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

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A view from the southwest side in May.

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Last updated: 02/11/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

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

Our Guesthouse is a new 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. Fishing downstream (the Middle Fork is restricted) or walking the river are easy 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 cougars 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. There is a full kitchen but currently no television or clothes washer/dryer. Verizon Wireless gets good reception. 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. We can accommodate groups in excess of 4 but please be aware that there are additional costs and it gets a bit crowded.

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.

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Owner

Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, A little French and even less Spanish.
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/11/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome:

    We have a highchair and a Pack 'N Play tucked away in the closet that may be useful for parents of infants. Let us know and we'll get them out....moreless

  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Sorry, you are not allowed to smoke for the rest of your life....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless

Entertainment

  • Games:

    Cribbage provided for the discerning visitor...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Sort of. Bring your MP3 or iPhone and plug into the speakers....moreless

Theme

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

Attractions

  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Foothills of the Mt. Baker National Forest. ...moreless

  • Rural:

    Located 3 miles down on a dead-end country road. Very wooded....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Middle Fork of the Nooksack River is 100 yards away along a path. There is easy access for a walk along the river....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Rafting
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Heat pump serves as air conditioner....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Current technology heat pump and propane stove for a bit of ambiance....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wireless...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    We will make the beds for you....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Kitchen and living room combined in one large open space...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Quality beans, grinder and filters provided. Uh-oh, no cream, however. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Most of the necessary condiments. Coffee, oatmeal and pancake mix provided to get you started if you failed to plan ahead....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Bicycles:

    2 bikes available that work just fine....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Fine view directly west of the neighboring blueberry farm and sunsets....moreless

  • 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. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Vast lawn and even more vast forest....moreless

  • 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....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    40 miles from Mt. Baker Ski Area....moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$100
$630 $2,400
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning $40
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

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.


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.


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Location

23 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bellingham International Airport
9 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Well, nearest fine brewpub: North Fork Brewery
25 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Alaska Ferry, Lummi Island Ferry
25 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak Station, Bellingham
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 9
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Il Cafe Refugio, North Fork Beer Shrine
40 Miles
Nearest Ski
Mt. Baker Ski Area
30 Miles
Nearest Beach
Larrabee State Park: good kayak put-in, gorgeous

Car: Necessary

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: We have lived adjacent to this property for 35 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 have been international travelers. We never imagined how satisfying this whole enterprise would be.

Why the Owner Chose Deming, WA, USA:
We bought it four 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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.


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Speaks: english, A little French and even less Spanish.
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/11/2017

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Photos

  • A view from the southwest side in May.

    A view from the southwest side in May.

  • Main room viewed from the stairs.  The river is 100 yards behind you.

    Main room viewed from the stairs. The river is 100 yards behind you.

  • View from kitchen area to downstairs bedroom and loft bedroom.

    View from kitchen area to downstairs bedroom and loft bedroom.

  • Downstairs bedroom.

    Downstairs bedroom.

  • The bathroom.

    The bathroom.

  • View of Rutsatz Road looking west toward the head of the road.

    View of Rutsatz Road looking west toward the head of the road.

  • Walking the road: nifty little forest path that leads to the river...eventually.

    Walking the road: nifty little forest path that leads to the river...eventually.

  • Walks on the road: Land Trust path to salmon spawning pools and Nooksack River.

    Walks on the road: Land Trust path to salmon spawning pools and Nooksack River.

  • The Nooksack River has a number of excellent eagle viewing site.

    The Nooksack River has a number of excellent eagle viewing site.

  • One of the reasons you come here part 2.

    One of the reasons you come here part 2.

  • View from the southwest.

    View from the southwest.

  • February snow.  Really wonderful.

    February snow. Really wonderful.

  • Kitchen area.

    Kitchen area.

  • View from the front door looking north.

    View from the front door looking north.

  • Upstairs loft bedroom

    Upstairs loft bedroom

  • You have arrived when you reach the mailbox.

    You have arrived when you reach the mailbox.

  • Local walks: east end of the road approaching beaver pond; dog is optional

    Local walks: east end of the road approaching beaver pond; dog is optional

  • Middle Fork of the Nooksack, 100 yards north of the Guesthouse.

    Middle Fork of the Nooksack, 100 yards north of the Guesthouse.

  • Walking the road: entrance to DNR land on Van Zandt Dike.

    Walking the road: entrance to DNR land on Van Zandt Dike.

  • Winter, especially around Solstice, offers the best eagle watching.

    Winter, especially around Solstice, offers the best eagle watching.

  • One of the reasons you come here.

    One of the reasons you come here.

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Monday, February 20, 2017

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