Indoor Group Use Spaces
The Whatcom Rooms
The large living room includes: a glass-front wood stove with wood provided (bring your own kindling); a large screen TV with projection capability, along with a sound system and BluRay DVD/CD/iPod player; wireless high speed internet; cable TV service; comfortable couches and chairs with throw blankets; coffee and end tables; a beautiful Persian rug; and stacking wood chairs to provide extra seating for larger groups. Telephone is by your own cell phone. All types work well except T-Mobile.
The dining area has a beautiful wood table set that seats ten people. In addition, there are five comfortable stools at the large, adjacent, granite bar top. Additional indoor dining spaces for larger groups include the yurt, the Fairhaven Loft and the living room.
KITCHEN AND COOKING
We are glad to share a list of local personal chefs and caterers that your group may choose to contact if you prefer not to prepare your own meals. Your group is responsible for making independent arrangements for food preparation. Some basic staples, such as salt, pepper, a few spices, olive oil, sugar, dish soap, sponges, garbage bags, coffee filters, drying towels, candle holders, vases, wraps, and paper towels are provided. The kitchen has a gas stove and is well supplied with typical cookware, diningware, cutlery, an oversized refrigerator, and appliances (such as a large and smaller coffee maker, microwave, hot water urn, toaster, electric griddle, rice cooker and dishwasher). An old-fashioned counter-top popcorn machine is available for your use.
A yurt is a round, felt or canvas-covered, wood lattice-framed structure traditionally used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. The insulated yurt at Cedar Tree House, made by Shelter Designs (www.shelterdesigns.net), has an attractive, radiant-heated bamboo floor, a sound system, dimmable lighting, a glass door, two windows, and several comfortable folding chairs. The outside is adorned with a small deck and banners of beautiful nature photographs. The yurt is perfect for small group activities, meetings or gatherings. It is not intended for sleeping.
The general feel of the house is rustic; however, it also has many elegant touches and artistic elements. Original painted or photographic art adorn the walls of each room. The interior design, and most of the photographs, are by Erika Thorsen. Sarah Scharf did the Cedar Forest painting.
The flooring in the House is a mixture of hardwood, tile, and wood laminate with beautiful area rugs. The countertops are granite, marble, tile and laminate.
Storage for smaller items, such as skis, is provided on the covered front and back porches. Storage in the locked garage is available by advanced arrangement for groups with larger equipment such as bicycles. The garage must be kept closed and locked whenever not in active use.
Laundry ($5/load) and equipment rental facilities are available by advanced request. The House is protected by fire sprinklers.