Staying in the 1100 sq ft Pioneer House is going back in time. Near the famous Skagit Flats, Blanchard Mountain and the Chuckanuts, Samish and Padilla Bays, and the historic town of Edison. Quality, simple. A clean, well lighted place. Private gardens.
This is a lovely old settler home situated in the island's interior with well-established gardens. It is comfortably furnished with one bedroom hosting a queen bed and two rooms with a single bed each. The house accommodates three adults or two adults and two children. It has a full kitchen (hand wash dishes) and a living room. Natural light floods into every room of the house. There is central heating as well as a wood-burning stove. Samish Island is tranquil and has many wonderful walks and bike rides along the neighborhood roads. Although you cannot see the water from the Pioneer House itself, many of these walks have views of Puget Sound. There is one small public beach (rocky!) which is a 3-minute drive away. Larger public beaches are 15-20 minutes away at Padilla Bay State Park or Larrabee State Park. Hiking on nearby Blanchard Mountain or in Larrabee State Park is exceptional. The quaint town of Edison - a five-mile drive - offers good eating options. A few of these restaurants such as the popular Tweets are only open Friday - Sunday. There are other good restaurant choices open every day along Chuckanut Drive. We have a guide of local restaurants and hikes in the Pioneer House. The closest grocery store is 25 minutes away in Burlington, so guests should stock up on needed supplies before arriving.
Guests have full access to the house, except for the upstairs attic. The Pioneer House has its own private yard space.
Interaction with guests
The owners of Samish Island Pioneer House live right next door and available for any assistance you might need. If we are here, we will stop in and say hello and make sure all is ok when you arrive, but will generally give you your space to enjoy the house and area. Please don't hesitate to ask us if you need help or directions or just even ideas of good day trips.
Other things to note
* Internet : As of September 2017, the Pioneer House has a dedicated Internet service. When you arrive you will be given the connecting password.
* Cell phone service varies and is spotty on Samish Island. Verizon seems to do okay for the most part and AT&T a little less so. If you have a smart phone with Wi-fi calling capabilities, we suggest you enable that function and then you should be fine.
* Dogs: A small to medium-sized well trained dog is usually okay. If you have more than one dog, a puppy or a large dog, please talk with us before booking to see if we can accommodate your needs. If you bring your dog we ask of you a few common-sense things so that we can continue to offer a dog-friendly place. Dogs must be house broken and non-aggressive. They are allowed in the main living area when you - the owners - are present. In consideration of future guests, we ask that your dog stay out of the bedrooms and off of the furniture. If you plan to leave your dog alone in the house during your stay, you can either bring a dog crate or use the laundry room as a "den." Please bring your own dog bed. Please have doggie bags for when they take care of business outside (we will provide a few extras). There is plenty of space to exercise your dog. Thank you in advance for being a responsible dog person and considerate of the Pioneer House.
The wood basket has been stocked and placed in the entry way. Islanders ask that residents keep wood smoke to a reasonable amount so we use fires as a nice treat rather than our main fuel source. We provide 4-5 fireplace logs along with starter kindling, free of charge. Additional firewood is available at a small cost of $5 per added load. There is a cash box in the house to make a payment if you use more wood. If you need help, please don't hesitate to ask us. Please do not leave the house with the fire unattended.
There is also a recycle bin in the laundry room/entry for cleaned out glass, tin cans, paper, and plastic.
We all love the night sky on Samish so please turn off the outside overhead floodlight when you are done going in and out for the night. Facing the panel near the door it is the switch on far right. It is fine to leave the porch light on which is activated by motion (that switch is on far left).
Shower: Pull down on the spout to change from bath mode to shower mode.
- strip beds you used and leave these in a pile on the bed
- put towels you used in front of washing machine
- put recycling in boxes in yellow shed
- put garbage in bin
- turn heat down to 45 degrees on thermostat
- pick up all dog waste and put in bags in bin for this. If you used our dog beds/towels, make a separate pile of these items in laundry room.
- please take all your extra food with you
- leave house unlocked and put key on table
Thank You !
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In my other life I would have been an ornithologist and in my previous life I was an outdoor leadership instructor. Now I mostly stick to trail running, sea kayaking and longing for the mountains.
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