Accommodations at Alderwood are rustic but comfortable. We have all the amenities of home: shower, washer & drier are located in a communal bathhouse along with a wood-fired sauna, there are flush toilets in two of the cabins, & two outdoor privies are located on the periphery of camp, both with spectacular views!
The main cabin has a full kitchen & a dining room where we gather for family-style meals & one other cabin has a kitchenette. Electricity is available 24/7 when our micro-hydropower system is operational & by way of a generator when it is not.
The first cabin you will see when you arrive on our beach is the "Halibut Hole." The views from this cabin are quite possibly the best in camp, as there is a lovely covered porch on which to sit & soak in the beauty of this incredible setting. Downstairs are private quarters that we usually use to house our long-term caretakers. It has a queen bed & a small desk area in the bedroom & a combined living/dining area with kitchenette & a woodstove.
Upstairs are two separate bedrooms accessed by a private door at the rear of the building. The Nautical Room has a double bed & a twin; the Raspberry Room has two twin beds.
This building is served by an outdoor privy just steps away from the door & has a lovely view of the bay.
The Eagle's Nest is our most comfortable housing for small groups. Upstairs are four twin beds, each with a homemade afghan or quilt, & downstairs you will find a futon that folds out to a double bed, giving this cabin a total capacity of 4-6 people. It also offers a table & chairs situated in front of a large picture window for enjoying the view, a shelving/hanging area, & a small bathroom with [cold-only] running water & regular flush toilet.
The view from the deck is absolutely stunning, & many guests have spent hours there with a good book or just sitting & staring at the grandeur of the ocean & outlying islands.
The Loon's Nest is a very basic cabin providing one open room, approximately 12' X 16', with four bunk beds, a table & chairs, & has a propane heater for chilly nights.
The Main Cabin is where everyone gathers to enjoy socializing & family-style meals. We gather around a table that a girlfriend & I made several years ago onto which we laminated nautical charts of the island. This allows us to plan or recap the day's adventures with a lovely visual aid! It is surrounded by many spectacular photos taken over the years we've lived in this wonderful wilderness.
This cabin IS where Stan & I reside, so we do appreciate SOME modicum of privacy, & appreciate it if we can count on some time to ourselves from 9PM till 7AM. Most other cabins are equipped with coffee makers to tide our guests & staff over until we open the doors for breakfast.
This adorable little cabin is perched in the trees overlooking the bluff & the ocean. We built this for my son when he was 11 years old, but he is independent now & rarely makes it out to Mystic Mountain, so it is available for those who've always wanted to sleep in a treehouse! There is electricity & a propane heater, a twin bed & a comfy chair & a dresser downstairs, plus a small loft upstairs can provide extra sleeping area for little people!
The bathhouse is appropriately located right in the heart of our homestead. The spacious deck overlooks the creek & is a great place to take a breather from steaming & sweating in our "banya." This wood-fired sauna is fed from outside so that no smoke escapes into the room where we decompress & detox our weary bodies & minds, which we do almost nightly! Those hardy souls who have the cajones to do so will enjoy running from the 120-140 degree steam room & jumping into the 38-degree creek, instantly closing the pores & washing away all those nasty impurities with crystal-clear mountain spring water. Many visitors have called this process their own personal fountain of youth!
Also available in the bathhouse is a shower, a vanity sink area, a washer & drier, & our larger, back-up pantry & freezer.
Build YOUR OWN Cabin!!
We are looking for individuals, couples or families that LOVE the self-sufficient lifestyle & would like to be permanent residents of our our aspiring eco-village. Whether you call yourself a "prepper" or a "survivalist"or a granola-crunching green-girl like me, the passion for living sustainably & independently is a common theme that we are committed to & would love to share with you. If you think you have what it takes to live off-grid at a homestead in the wilderness of Alaska, come up & visit us for a vacation you'll NEVER forget. Consider customizing your trip-of-a-lifetime by taking one of our seminars on relevant topics like Gathering Wild Edibles or Subsistence Fishing....perhaps while you're here you'll become enamored with the idea of building your OWN cabin somewhere on the property & to living sustainably with us for part or ALL of your upcoming years!