ZeKiwi BnB opened Memorial Day Week-End 2018
Ze Kiwi BnB - Built with Guests in Mind
Meant for two people, the kitchen has a full size refrigerator, 24" oven with stovetop, and full size microwave along with assorted pots, pans, utensils. You also will have the use of a BBQ on the large patio. We actually live upstairs but your own private entrance keeps things as private as you wish. The spacious bathroom is for your use only. Everything is new as our house had an unfinished ground floor when we moved in September of last year. It was the big winter project to complete it by summer. We did it! Now we have had our first guests who have given us glowing feedback:
"Love the colors you chose."
"It lacks for nothing."
"The kitchen island is so cool."
"I saw the EAGLES!"
"I didn't know tugs went backwards when guiding ships?!"
"Look at all those sailboats."
"Great spot to just chill..."
"We didn't know what to expect but it turned out to be wonderful!"
"Guemes...what a find!"
Behind the Name ZeKiwi BnB
I married a Kiwi in New Zealand in 1982. Once a Kiwi, always a Kiwi. Mark is a dual citizen and so are our two sons - USA and New Zealand. Before we officially moved to the Pacific Northwest last September, our home had been in Shasta County in Northern California where some friends affectionately called him "Kiwi". It became his handle and "ZeKiwi" was his license plate for years. In real estate, it was good to stand out in this way. His Kiwi accent is apparent to many in the USA. Funny how when we visit New Zealand, his American accent is what stands out. You know how that goes.
Anyway...the name for our BnB hails from our ties to New Zealand. Our ties remain strong there with a son and daughter-in-law living in Wanaka -- when they aren't globe hopping for their work (adventure videography).
Never Heard of Guemes Island?
Guemes Island is a gem. It is a 5 minute car ferry ride from Anacortes, Washington which is Gateway to the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest. The population in winter is around 600 and this "swells" by 1000 in the summer months. There are no reservations to be made for the ferry. Best thing to do is check the Guemes Island Ferry Schedule as it varies season to season -- and then get in line. Sometimes there is no wait. Usually there is no more than a half hour wait.
Kayaking, Cycling, Hiking, Birding, and More
There is so much or nothing at all to do on Guemes Island. Your choice, really. We are happy to fill you in on local details so you get the best out of your experience while in the area.
Are you kayakers? Guemes Island is a good place to do some and we can help you get organized on this or bring your own. It's different to lake paddling -- currents and tides and all.
If you like to cycle, bring your bikes over as there is good riding on the island and you can easily return to "the mainland" via ferry and do more cycling throughout Skagit County. The farmland roads provide beautiful cruising. NOTE: You could leave your vehicle in the ferry parking (it's free) on the Anacortes side and bring your bikes over on the ferry. If you need assist with bags, we can meet you at the ferry.
Guemes Mountain Trail is a hike well worth doing. It takes no more than 90 minutes from ZeKiwi BnB to hike to the trailhead, up and down. The views at the top are of Anacortes, Mt. Baker, and some of the other area islands. If you're lucky, you might almost be able to touch an eagle while at the top. Walking sticks are helpful. What's nice is several are left on the sign at the beginning of the trail for anyone's use.
One of the thrills of our location is the ritual of two Bald Eagles who sit on a tree within easy view of our place. It is where they hunt for their next meal below in the Guemes Channel. All of a sudden they will take off diving into the water below to catch a fish. Here is a Guemes Island Bird List by a more serious Birder than myself.
Check out the Skagit Valley and all its beautiful farmland and variety of crops throughout the year, do a foodie tour for farm-to-table goodies (we've made a list of some awesome places), breweries, wineries, re-purposing places to scope out, reading, sleeping, watch the ships/tugs/sailboats drift by, collect agates from island beaches, observe the stars, enjoy the quiet, go for walks, visit the Guemes Island General Store for a coffee or cold beverage and light food from within 20 miles. (Their seafood chowder is amazing!)
Are You Ready to Book ZeKiwi BnB?
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