This cabin is the original Writer’s Refuge and looks like it sprouted out of the forest that surrounds it. Although the Foxglove Cabin is 90 square feet larger than Thoreau’s cabin on Walden Pond, those who stay in it say it helps them realize how little space they really need to live comfortably. There is no escaping yourself in a space this size, so you might as well sit down and write!
Amenities for writing
- Wi-Fi Internet access
- USB printer/copier/scanner (for Macs and PCs)
- Desk and chair
- Bookshelves with books on writing
- Some office supplies, including a stapler, staples, printer paper, pencils, pens, paper clips, and Post-It notes
Amenities for living
- Bathroom with shower
- Kitchenette with gas stove, refrigerator, microwave oven, French press coffee pot, coffee grinder, and toaster
- Dishes, silverware, glassware, pots, and pans
- Towels, bed linens, down comforter, and down pillows
- Bookshelf stereo with CD player and iPod dock
- Full-sized bed
- Wood-burning stove with firewood
- Electric heaters in kitchen and bath
- Dining table and chairs
- Recliner for reading or writing
- Large screened porch with Adirondack chair
- Chiminea (outdoor fireplace) with Adirondack chair
Marilee Nauman and friends began the construction of the Foxglove Cabin in 1994. It was far from finished when Marilee sold the property to Petra Martin, who built a house, finished the cabin, and established the Whidbey Island Writer’s Refuge there. In January of 2011, Petra sold the property back to Marilee and her husband George Baty, who are now the hosts at the cabin.
Marilee’s work for the FAA has her in the air quite often. George, who retired recently, is a life coach and spends as much time as he can on his Indian motorcycle.