The SpaceWe love sharing our Eagle's Roost Guest House. Hosting is an honor. The eagles will be arriving in December and stay through February. Our place is currently occupied by friends til the end of January, but will be available again after that.
The space is very comfortable and cozy for 2 people, but we welcome up to 4. If you are bringing children, you will want to view the loft in the pictures to see if it's an appropriate fit for them. We welcome families!
We grow a big garden, have fruit trees, chickens, cats and a dog - leaving the large animals to the neighbors. The spaciousness and wide open sky gives it a farm like atmosphere.
We'll always provide fresh ground coffee, often locally roasted beans from our friends at Mt. Baker Coffee, as well as 1/2 & 1/2. When fresh eggs are abundant here (as they are in spring) some may be found in your fridge. :-) Beyond that enjoy cooking up your yummy meals in our full kitchen, or heat something up in our microwave. Not interested in cooking? See the many restaurant suggestions in The Neighborhood Overview. Guest AccessOur guest house is completely yours to relax in. While it sits not far from our house and shares our driveway, we think you will feel that it's quite private while inside.
We are a family that enjoys the outdoors, in the garden, trouncing in the woods or whatnot, so we will not be completely out of sight, nor can I promise you won't hear us! I think you'll like what you hear though. Interaction with GuestsWe won't hover over you in the least, but we do enjoy meeting our guests and are happy with answering questions or just chatting for a bit. Just call or knock on our door or catch us outside when we're about. When we're not here you could reach us by texting if you need to and we'll certainly answer if we're able. The NeighborhoodThere's much to see right here in our neighborhood. If nature is what you’re looking for you can find it right here. Fishing access is within walking distance and walking during the daylight in our neighborhood is safe and quiet. You can currently see the river right from our road or you can walk or drive down (30 seconds) to the Mosquito Lake Rd Bridge to join the eagle watchers in one of the Eagles' chosen locations. This is a well known spot for photographic opportunities. There’s a public access to the river right by the bridge. The Deming Eagle Park on our road is also a great place to walk, go fishing and view the 2 eagle's nests there. Eagles are here all year round but they congregate in the greatest numbers from mid November through the end of January.
Biking is great too, depending on this being your thing. Talk to us about what's available if you need. For hiking or skiing, the drive to the end of HWY 542 takes you to the Mt. Baker Ski Area. In late spring or early summer, on through summer and early fall, it's open all the way to the famous Artist Point, Chain Lakes Loop and Ptarmigan Ridge trails. There are many other trails to choose from along the way. Stop by the Forest Service office in Glacier for information, maps and parking passes if you need them.
Almost all food or supplies you might need could be found just minutes from our place, at 2 locally owned little stores, Everybody's Store or the Welcome Store.
When you don't feel like cooking you might go down the road a mile to Cafe Il Rifugio for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 7 minutes further east on HWY 542 takes you to locally crafted beer and only the best thin crust pizza ever at the North Fork Beer Shrine and Pizzaria. Further up the valley in Glacier are three other fine restaurants, Chair 9, Milanos and Grahams (a good place to listen to music!). If you'd rather head up to the Ski Area (in Winter, from 9-4) for a glorious look at Mt. Shuksan and a decent burger or bread bowl of soup, you wouldn't be disappointed by the phenomenal views, nor the food. Don't forget to gas up in Maple Falls or earlier as there's no fuel past Maple Fuels, 30 minutes away from the mountain. We shouldn't forget to mention that if you are looking for a good filling, diner type breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can find that also quite locally at The Acme Diner, in Acme, on HWY 9, just twelve minutes away.
If you'd rather stay really local though, and you can wield a fly rod or fishing pole, it's not impossible to provide your own dinner given it's the right time for fishing (please see WDFW regulations). If you find success there, we'd be happy to share our good old traditional BBQ with you for cooking that up.
If country is where you'd like to sleep, but town is where you want to choose your fun, perhaps after a day of work or play, the world of Bellingham is your oyster. We can give you lots of recommendations. Bellingham (25-30 minutes back down HWY 542 to Bellingham Bay) and its surrounding small towns in the county have more to choose from than you could need! If you really need a big city fix we're a little over an hour away from Vancouver, Canada and less than an hour to the Vancouver Island ferry.
So we think we are perfectly located to have it all! But local is our thing and we love it right here, with our community and our relatively quiet life. Getting AroundIf you're hoping to get to the mountain for skiing but don't want to drive, The Baker Bus is one option. You will have to drive to one of their several pickup locations and you will want to make a reservation at least the day before. (URL HIDDEN)
The Whatcom Transit Authority (WTA) bus is quite close if necessary. (URL HIDDEN) It is about a 15-20 minute walk up to the bus stop right in front of The Welcome Store. Running hours are every two hours, but not past 6. If you wish to park and ride, I think the best place would be right in Van Zandt across from Everybody's Store (a must go to for out of towners). Other Things to NoteYou will want to familiarize yourself with our Biolet composting toilet. Though it is super easy so far, and a standard all over Europe, there are some rules to follow around that. They are posted in our guest book, as well as in the bathroom. Please note that we are still learning about it since it's brand new, but so far so good! Really good in fact.
Our water is quite hot for the shower and gives you a very decent 5 minute shower. The kitchen sink is on the same 6 gallon tank, so take that into consideration when looking to shower. Our guests have found the shower to be perfectly lovely and we agree with this claim.
The main bed is located in the loft. Decide for yourself if this is an appropriate fit for yourself or those who may be with you. The futon couch is new and very comfortable (inner springs) and it is a perfect alternative for those hoping not to climb a loft ladder (nor climb down a loft ladder). Just let us know if you'd rather sleep on the futon and we'll make up the bed for you. Our loft ladder is constructed with solid 2x6 wood and has non-slip paint on the steps as well as a nice edge for holding. We expect guests to use this safely and thoughtfully.
Our friendly interactive dog named Oliver may visit your porch and if you do not want his presence he listens well. One guest suggested we let people know that he sometimes lays on the porch when it's dark outside. He sleeps in our house at night.
There is great cell phone coverage at our guest house. Our own WiFi is not currently strong enough for us to share.