About Your Host, George Baty

George and his granddaughter Ella

George and his granddaughter Ella

Marilee and I moved to Whidbey Island in 2010, when we purchased the property that the Foxglove cabin is on. At the time, it was home to the Whidbey Island Writer's Refuge, and we continued to offer the cabin to writers, artists, musicians, and those needing a place to plan, reflect, and get their projects done. Nature is the draw, here, and the cabin feels like it's alone in the woods, yet close to the farmhouse around the corner. 

We enjoy local beaches, fishing, and hiking with our dogs here on the island. We also enjoy local markets and restaurants, which offer great choices for cuisine. You'll love it here as much as we do!


The Writer's Refuge was founded by Petra Martin in January of 2007. Petra and George worked in partnership for a number of years, and on its 10th anniversary, Petra transferred the business to George.