The Writer's Refuge offers solitude to writers and other creatives who need to get away to focus on their work. Tucked into the woods, it’s a cozy place to write—especially when rain patters on the metal roof and a fire crackles in the wood stove.
The Writer's Refuge is a place where writers and other creatives can escape the distractions of everyday life and devote themselves fully to their work. This means single occupancy and the deliberate absence of amenities such as a television and DVD player. It also means the presence of supportive technologies such as Wi-Fi and a printer.
The cabin looks like it sprouted out of the forest that surrounds it. Although it's 90 square feet bigger than Thoreau’s cabin on Walden Pond, it's small enough to hold you close and keep you focused on your writing.
You'll be productive at the drop-front desk, which features Wi-Fi, a printer, and some office supplies; enjoy reading in the recliner by the warmth of a fire in the wood stove, nourish yourself well in the fully-equipped kitchen; and enjoy listening to the birds while writing in the Adirondack chair on the screened porch. For our coffee drinkers, we provide a Mr. Coffee brewer, filters and coffee grinder. You can bring your favorite beans and grind them fresh.
You'll have access to the cabin, the screened porch (some choose to sleep there in summer), and the yard of the cabin (which features an outdoor fireplace).
The owner of this property is available to help with everything from building a fire in the wood stove, choosing a local restaurant, or finding nearby hiking trails. But above all, he is the guardian of your solitude.
There are many places on airbnb for tourists to stay on Whidbey Island. If you don't have a literary, artistic, or musical project to work on, please do NOT book the Writer's Refuge. You'll be taking it away from those who truly need it. But if you love a writer, a stay at the Writer's Refuge is the best gift ever!
The Writer's Refuge is on Whidbey Island in Washington State. From the south, you'll take the Mukilteo ferry to Clinton (a ~15-minute crossing). From the north, you'll take the Deception Pass bridge.
Yes, you can do this without a car. It's possible to get very close to the Foxglove cabin from the SeaTac airport using the Whidbey SeaTac shuttle. The shuttle drops you off in Bayview, right by the Goose Community Grocer, where you can do your grocery shopping. From there, you can call a cab (All Island Express Taxi: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)) to take you the rest of the way (~2 miles) to the cabin. If you like, you can rent a bike at Half Link Bicycle Shop for the duration of your stay (~1.5 miles from the cabin).
Because creativity requires solitude, we do not offer double occupancy.
We do not allow smoking in the cabin or on the property.
Well-behaved small dogs are welcome on a case-by-case basis. Dogs and livestock (chickens) live on the same property as the cabin and can sometimes pose a challenge for visiting dogs. Please check with host before bringing any pets.
The Writer's Refuge is a place with an interesting story. It began when Petra, who was looking for property on Whidbey Island, went to Seattle, where she happened to meet Marilee, who had property on Whidbey for sale. They divided the acreage, and Petra purchased half of it. She completely renovated the unfinished, off-grid cabin located on the property and built a home about 300 feet away.
When the house and cabin were finished, Petra founded the Writer's Refuge, a Washington State corporation. She was committed to supporting writers and other creatives in achieving their goals, and many of them followed their Muse to Whidbey Island, where they found the solitude they yearned for in the cabin.
Marilee married George and, a number of years later, they decided to build a home on the parcel that adjoined Petra’s. Petra suggested that they buy the home she had built instead, and they did just that. The three of them decided to work together to keep the Writer’s Refuge alive. Now, Petra manages the business aspects of the Writer’s Refuge and George is your on-site host.
Petra is a writer and editor. George retired from the FAA in 2010, and Marilee still works there.