Wildwood Lakefront Cottages: Own a Piece of Local History

by Megs Thompson

While in most cases bigger is better, especially when it comes to phones, homes, and martinis, sometimes what you really need is just a little piece of heaven, say 400 square feet or so. Especially when you throw in private access to the timber-lined southernmost shores of Lake Whatcom – who could ask for anything more!

Located just ninety minutes north of Seattle, and forty-five minutes from the Canadian border, Wildwood Lakefront Cottages is one of the areas newest private cottage communities, continuing a tradition that started nearly one hundred years ago.

What began, in the late 1940’s, as a campground for locals and tourists alike, all sharing a love and appreciation for nature has been transformed into Whatcom Countys newest hidden gem. I was struck while I meandered my way along the winding trails at how large a community Wildwood has become, while still maintaining a true sense of being in your own little piece of paradise, away from the rush and scramble of the “real world”. Yet downtown Bellingham is a mere 20 minutes away, with all of its restaurants, local shops, services, and recreational activities.

The Wildwood community currently houses 36 custom cottages, all possessing no more than a 400 square foot footprint, but is designed with property enough for 83. With no pets allowed on site, you’re free to wander without having to keep one eye on the trail for fear of stumbling on any doggie-doo.

You have the option of picking up one of the ready to inhabit fully furnished show cottages already on site, or choosing your own floor plan, customizations, and location – although to be honest, I don’t believe there’s a bad view in the area.

I was recently invited to enjoy a weekend stay in the Blue Heron Writers Cottage, whose double sliding doors & private deck only feet away from the gently lapping waters of Lake Whatcom. I was greeted on my arrival by a sunset to rival all those that have come before, a fabulous local red wine, a toasty cabin (thanks to the gorgeous double fireplace), and a very friendly neighbor, making sure I got settled in safe & sound – Although he may have simply been drawn by the scent of my dinner…who knew squirrels liked goat cheese pizza. Anyways, the Blue Heron cottage is one of the single story floor plans, making it just 400 square feet, but large enough still for a loveseat, ottoman, bar, kitchen (complete with full size appliances, plenty of counter and cupboard space), bathroom, the aforementioned double fireplace, and a queen-size murphy bed, whose base also housed a fold down dining table.

I decided to take my dinner & vino outside, to enjoy the crisp spring evening from my private desk, nestled up close to the roaring fireplace, with a soundtrack of softly lapping water & Mother Nature’s evening ensemble comprised of crickets, frogs, and a few well timed bats. And, in morning, I once again opted for a seat outside to watch the fog as it rolled off the treetops and along the waters edge, taking in my own private undistracted view of the lake, the mountains, and the pleasantly vocal gaggles of Canadian geese.

For more information about Wildwood, or to schedule your own private tour, contact them via phone at 1-360-220-7315 (US) or 1-855-588-7788 (Canada). You can also peruse the amazingly unique custom floor plans online at www.wildwoodlakefrontcottages.com