The SpaceAn iconic 1909 Farmhouse, in a pastoral setting, recently restored and furnished. High ceilings, historic yet modern-feeling, uncluttered space. 1,000 sq. ft, 2 stories with the bedroom, writing study with long-range view and half bath on upper level and living room, spacious kitchen, full bath and large entry and storage area on first floor. Opens to arbor covered walkway and wood deck, accessed though 3 glass doors from the house. Overlooks fields, apple orchard and long-range views to the often-dramatic western sunsets. Covered, east-facing front porch off the living room overlooks the lawn and some of the property’s extensive garden borders – perfect spot for the morning’s coffee.
A laundromat is a block away.
The TV has basic cable. ( TV has a VGA port for streaming from a laptop.) A DVD player is included - library loans DVD's.
Farmhouse has wireless internet connection; the modem extending device is on outside east, 2nd floor of barn so reception increases a bit for devices in line with sending unit.
Cell service on Lopez is variable. Verizon, our provider for example, enables us to get - typically - 1x bars in places around the farmhouse and a bit better in the driveway. From our residence, we have to go into the south field to get a connection. Our urban area kids chide us for not using our iPhone - they don't get it! There are lots of "really good service" places on the island, and in the Village.
To make this “your” getaway, reserving the Farmhouse for occasional and exclusive use throughout a season is possible. Guest AccessGuests are welcome to enjoy the entire house, deck, porch and gardens surrounding the Farmhouse.
Rental of the Farmhouse is for two guests. It can accommodate a couple of toddlers or young children, 3-7 yr, if the guests provide appropriate bed or sleeping bag. Bedroom with double bed is on the 2nd floor, adjoining the writing study space. It can be used for extra sleeping accommodations. There is a gate at the top of the stairs.
Solely for parties renting the Farmhouse, 2 other facilities are available.
The delightful 2-story Bunkhouse, adjoining the Farmhouse deck with access to Farmhouse bath, can provide additional accommodations (3 max). Attractive option for kids 8 and older: it has (2) kid-sized beds on main floor and a double bed in the loft. Rental/night with guest-provided bedding/sleeping bags and towels would be $25/night/person.
The nearby, detached North Cottage may also be secured to provide additional accommodations for parties renting the Farmhouse. It sleeps 2 on sofa sleeper, has its own bath with shower. $125/night, includes bedding and towels.
No more than 6 guests total can be accommodated for Farmhouse stays. Interaction with GuestsWe stay in the passive solar residence on the property, southwest from the Farmhouse and lower down in the field. Guests can see our green roof from the Farmhouse’s higher elevation. We will be available during your stay for information about Lopez Island as we go about our property and horticultural maintenance and other projects on site. The NeighborhoodLopez Island is a pastoral setting with a viable agricultural economy including sheep, cattle, grains and a small aquaculture enterprise. The Island’s topography is fairly gentle, making it attractive as a biking destination. Roads pass through forested lands, fields and open spaces with views of the water and surrounding islands. Lopez is the first stop for the San Juan Islands ferry departing from Anacortes (about 40 minutes). This “friendly isle” encourages drivers to wave, cyclists to nod and walkers to chat
The Farmhouse is 2.6 miles from the ferry landing – drive or bike, and 1.4 miles into Lopez Village – walk, bike or drive. In the Village you will find several espresso cafes, numerous restaurants, bakery, bookstore, pharmacy, large well-stocked grocery store including wines, beers and spirits, and an organic market as well. The deli/wine shop offers a first rate collection of wines and a creative take out menu. Art galleries, crafts and supplies, post office, bank, a fine history museum, community center and a wonderful library (visitor cards available) are in the Village along with a lively Farmer’s Market on Saturdays during the season.
Bike anywhere! To Odlin Park - 1.6 miles, Spencer Spit State Park- 2.8 miles, or 5.5 miles through the Village, past the marina and along the Bay to Fisherman Bay Spit Preserve.
Kenmore Air (float planes) is an alternative mode to the Washington State Ferries for arriving on Lopez Island, as are private boats to the marina at Fisherman Bay or Spencer’s Landing. Taxi service is available. Bicycle rentals at the marina or in the Village. Getting AroundThe Farmhouse is 2.6 miles to the Washington State Ferry on Upright Head to the north, and a mile to Lopez Village to the south. We are art 568 Fisherman Bay Road, west side of road, 2 driveways south of the intersections with Military Road ( and the "Bicycle Barn" - old barn with yellow bike hanging on the gable)
No-car option: Visitors with bikes can bike from the ferry landing, leaving the car in Anacortes.
Car-option, reminder: WA State Ferries has a reservation program in effect from Anacortes to Lopez Island. (URL HIDDEN)
(see note below on how ferry system releases spaces available for reservations) It's possible to get on without a reservation - there are no-shows - but in summer season, your chances are greatly diminished. With a reservation, you must arrive at the ticket booth at least 30 minutes prior to sailing - in the summer, the lines to the ticket booths can be long, so give yourself another 30 minutes. There is a nice walk along the water east of the Anacortes terminal, if you are wondering what to do with extra time!
Leaving Lopez with a car: There are no reservations possible for leaving. To determine how many Lopez cars can get on, go to the WSDOT - Ferries - Lopez Island Ferry Terminal website, scroll down to bottom. There may actually be more space than the list indicates; if other islands did not use their full quota, Lopez as the last stop benefits. Along the waiting line up at the Lopez Terminal, look for small signs on the right hand side, indicating generally what your space is in the line.
For Anacortes/San Juan Islands: Reservations are released in thirds.
• Two months before the start of the season, one-third of reservations for all sailings for the entire season are released.
• Two weeks before the sailing date another one-third is released.
• Two days before the sailing date the final one-third is released.
Space is always released at 7:00 a.m. Other Things to NoteThe Farmhouse is on the northeast edge of the Fisherman Bay watershed. Views overlook the agricultural valley that extends south to Bay and the Olympic Mountains beyond. Lopez Island Vineyards is nearby.
The Farmhouse is well set back from the road, and screened with a thick stand of evergreens, but as in many early farm houses orientation to the island's byways was a standard design principle. Fisherman Bay Road is a primary connector to Lopez Village to the south, as well as to the marina and related functions along Fisherman Bay. Ferry traffic on Fisherman Bay Road is episodic with the ferry schedule. Center Road parallels Fish'bay Rd to the east and is the island's major north south arterial; ferry traffic is more substantial on Center Road. Bicyclists elect Fisherman Bay as the preferred route. BTW, the speed limit in and near the Village is 25 mph.