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Testimonials & Haikus 2019-12-13T19:17:41+00:00

Testimonials & Haikus

Guests at Cedar Tree House are always welcome to submit testimonials about their stay. In addition to writing in the guest book if they so desire, guests also have the option to write in the Haiku book (haikus from this book follow the testimonials on this page). Haikus are a Japanese form of verse, typically written to convey a sense of place. They are very short, and usually three lines: 5 syllables, 7 syllables and 5 syllables, though it is OK to change the number of syllables a bit.



It was perfect! Really, really great. We were so lucky to have sun! The space was perfect & gorgeous. Such a beautiful spot. Thanks for the wonderful space.  Oliver

We loved our stay here! 🙂 I hope it will be in the cards to come back, because this was pretty perfect. Thanks for a lovely home, fun stay, all we could need….we would totally come back and recommend your place J from all four of our families

To sit & meditate in this space was so lovely! Thank you for the warm welcome. The yurt was magical! 🙂 Gratitude Yammel

Thank you so much for letting us stay in your beautiful home! Everything was perfect & we loved how everything (sheets, towels, instructions) were all prepared & ready for us. We had a group of 20 here for a church ministry conference & loved being able to go to class & explore Bellingham, while having a comfy place to come back to to rest. Love, FOCUS

We had another wonderful weekend at the Cedar Tree House.  I love the yurt soooo much!  Thank again for this lovely place ~Warmly, Vanya

Everyone had a good time. We especially enjoyed some time in the hot tub after the race, catching up with the guys I only see once a year. Everything was great at the house and we look forward to coming back next year. Marc

We loved coming here, yr #2. Beautiful, comfortable & convenient. Thank you. Second year Girlstock—what an amazing weekend. Comfortable place to come J Thanks for another year! All us girls in one house!  The Girlstock ladies

We have spent an excellent week end at Cedar tree. We have appreciated the yurt for the games with the children. See you we hope a next time in cedar tree. Guillaume et Nadège

Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful experience!  We look forward to staying there at the Cedar Tree House again. N

Thank you so much for letting us stay in your home, it was beautiful tucked away in the forest! We had a wonderful time exploring Bellingham and loved being able to come back and enjoy some tv! Thanks again, Cami & friends

We had a wonderful stay. Thank you. Michelle

We had so much fun here! Our whole family—all 18 of us—go to one of these kinds of houses near a national park every year. This year we put on shows in the yurt and went to the San Juan Islands and saw whales. The hot tub was great—we were in there every day. Since our family lives all over the country (CO, WI, MN & CA) the house every summer is where we come together. It is one of our favorite times. Thank you! All the Koz Cousins

Santerrelli-Giron Wedding
So much love shared here.  Good friends, good food…Great times with family!

Arrival went well the place is great! Colton

Thank you for the use of your home! I hope we can stay again next year! Cheers, Polly

First time, it was great!  MK

From the children’s guest book:
I loved it so much. Child, age ?
I loved how it so clean in here! Think you for. Eli, age ?
Thank you! This is a great house! we are 9 cousins J ages ?
It was grat! child age?
My favorite part was the court Lewin age 6
I love this place!!! It’s the best! There is even a hot tub we go in a lot! Thank you! Phoebe age 10
Thank you for letting us youse your beautiful cabin. I love the hot tub evin though I haven’t bean in it. Love Mahlac (10)
The hot tub was so fun and the Beech!! this place is AWESOME!! Levi age 7
I loved dancing at the wedding! Elin age 7
I enjoyed myself Kiyah
I like it already and I just got here! Can’t wait to enjoy our time here. Evelyn age 8
Thank you for your “house” and it made me warm and COSY. THANKS

Hello Kara, We had such a great time at Cedar Tree House and I would absolutely love to share our experience there. The group of woman that I brought with are a mixture of some that have done this with me every year (and do other conventions together) and some that it was there first time. So to have such a lovely place to stay at made the stay for all a remarkable one. Us that have experienced doing it by way of a rental think that this was one of the best that we’ve rented out of 8 years of doing these trips. The new ones have decided that they want to join us every time because of their experience that they had. So I will need to get on it and reserve for next year. Again, Thank you So Very Much. Very Sincerely, Tina

The place is amazing!  Thanks again for a great stay – the kitchen is the best stocked we’ve ever had! Brittany

Just wanted to reach out and thank you for making our stay so wonderful! Cedar House was the perfect home base for our Bellingham adventure. You have a beautiful home, thank you for your hospitality! Zoey

Happy baby shower with all the friends!  Cedar Tree House was the perfect venue to craft, play games, laugh, potluck, and celebrate the arrival of baby Maven in a few short months! Yoga in the yurt was lovely. Thanks again!! Shari, Alex & everyone else

Perfect spot. We love the place thank you! Beni

The house is amazing! You have a beautiful property and a beautiful place. We’re all relaxing in the living room before dinner. Thanks Kara! Pamela

The accommodations were excellent for our group. Specifically, we were especially impressed about how well equipped the kitchen was. We had needlessly brought items based on previous experience at other places. Thanks again for all the help along the way. Lorrie

Thanks again! Your house was awesome!!!!  Jonathan

We had a great time and are probably going to make it into an annual ski trip. Thanks again and have a great 2019! Hunter

Kara & Kurt, I am so glad we were able to celebrate here at Cedar Tree House. We look forward to coming back one day. Daniella & Bill


Awesome & amazing Cedar Tree House.  Jia


Thank you for another year in your great space! So many shifts, growth and much magic have eveloved here. We really appreciate your kindness and welcoming our group. I know our ladies are already looking forward to next year. 🙂 Thank you again Danielle


It was really fun being here. The place was really nice. We went to the creek below and it was really fun. We love the attention to detail! (folded toilet paper & night lights!) The bed was really comfy and place in general is top notch. We had everything and more during our stay! Thankssssssss!  SABF Youth Retreat


The Kohler, Kahl & Kohler-Ball families would like to thank Kara and all for the opportunity to have some great family time at Cedar Tree House.  We loved spending time on the deck, dancing in the yurt + pretending on the stage. It was a busy time for us but we loved spending time in such comfortable surroundings. Hope to be back some day!


Thank you Kara & Kurt for a wonderful house to host our brood of families. We had a wonderful time enjoying the amenities and loved all the little extras that you’ve stocked in the house. We explored Bellingham, like we have never before: Lake Whatcom, Old Fairhaven, Interurban Trail, and hikes and walks all around. Thanks again, Chris and friends.


American Legion Rider’s Post 8 Las Vagas said: Thank you for opening your home to us. Your property is beautiful! Spa was great, beds very comfortable, house has everything we needed. We will recommend. Thank you again.


Kara – Haven’t taken a chance to tell you how great the house is – we LOVE sitting on the deck and I’m sure you’ve heard the little ones as they’ve been enjoying themselves! I can’t tell you how much we have enjoyed our stay here at CedarTreehouse and in beautiful Bellingham in general. My niece’s wedding was beautiful and memorable (all good memories) at Wandering Waters Farm.  Thanks so Much!! Nancy


Amazing place, so peaceful. Ruth


Thank you so much for lending us your amazing property. Loved the hot tub & really had a lot of fun bonding. Thank you Kurt & Kara for your hospitality & kindness!  Phi Sigma Pi retreat from University of Washington.


Hi Kara,—the house and property are great! Will definitely recommend my command comes back as we have training in the area. Thanks! Chris S


I really enjoyed the stay! I loved every bit of it. The rooms are amazing and everything is so clean. Thanks for letting my friends and family stay here for a week. THX! Kima, Age 13


We had so much fun here! Our whole family, all 18 of us, go to one of these kinds of houses near a national park, every year. We put on shows in the yurt and went to the San Juans islands and saw whales! The hot tub was also great. We were in there every day. Since our family lives all over the country (Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota and California) the house in a national park every summer is when we come together. It is one of my favorite times! Thank you! Meredith Age 12 and the 9 Koz cousins


Thank you for a wonderful place for my family and I.  We loved it.  Luke


We all had a great time at Cedar House.     Our most fussy woman said it is the best place yet . I didn’t hear a complaint. The hiking in the area was perfect for both our intrepid hikers and are strollers. I averaged four miles a day. One day we went to Friday’s Harbor and had a beautiful hike there. And the weather was ideal almost always Sunny in the. 70s. Thanks so much for sharing Cedar House. Joan


Hi Kara, My students liked the venue of Cedar Tree House.  It matters a lot to me that students are comfortable.  They are serious and mature professionals who provide compassionate care in the world.  So, they were happy, and I am happy to come back soon.  Smiles,  Caryn


Hi Kara,  Thank so much for hosting our Youth Retreat over the weekend.  Our group had a wonderful and relaxing time! Thanks Again! Jethro &Young Adult Group


Thank you for your “house” and it made me warm and COSY  THANKS (from the children’s guest book)


Good morning Kara,  Thank you for a great place to stay. Justin
Thank you for the wonderful stay!!! Katrina
I like it already and I just got here! Can’t wait to enjoy our time here. Evelyn Age 8Maraming Salamat Po! (thank you lots)
Thank you so much-it was way more than expected. Tina
Thank you kindly for hosting us at Cedar Tree House.  All our families had a great time.  Chris
So enjoyed our visit to your beautiful city and staying at Cedartreehouse! Nancy
Great time had by all! The Krogman Clan


Cedar Tree House was perfect for our family reunion.  The house is beautifully designed and tastefully decorated with lovely thematic bedrooms.  The kitchen and dining area modern and up-to-date with appliances and supplies for cooking and eating.  The living room is very cozy and was a wonderful gathering place for our family.  The grandchildren enjoyed putting on a play on the outdoor stage, and the yurt was the great perfect location for quiet times and family games.  The expansive yard, which includes a stream, is beautiful a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the world even though we were conveniently located not far from shopping.  Our location was perfect as a starting place for day outings to Bellingham, Mount Baker, and Vancouver.  I love how the many windows bring the beauty of the green landscape inside Cedar Tree House. Thanks again for the use of your lovely Cedar Tree House. Lucy
We enjoy our stayed. It was a beautiful location. Thank You! Ilse
10 adults and 10 kids enjoyed a wonderful stay! Thank you for all of the little touches—firewood, hot tub, kitchen gear, etc. We love this place! Quest Church group
Thank you so much for the wonderful stay at Cedar Tree House! Our entire group had yet another great stay there and loved our time together. We look forward to staying there again in the near future! Thanks, Jimmy


Thank you! I am 12 but I need to write in this book. I really enjoyed staying here at this cozy, comfortable, pretty, safe, warm, nice place. We really appreciate it. I really enjoyed the hot tub, We went out there while it was raining which was so fun! This was a really cool place. The shower was really cool and the bed was so comfortable. We enjoyed this lovely visit. Me, honestly think it was better than a hotel. Thanks for letting us stay here. PS That bathroom in the kitchen (well, closest to the kitchen) it was so cool! The way you wash your hands was amazing! I never saw or even thought of something like this. This was a great experience! BTW I think the little lights should stay in the living room all year long. It is very pretty. Alondra (in the Children’s Guest Book)


We had a delightful stay at the house. Thank you for your hospitality. We had a great time and everything was well stocked. 🙂 Had a wonderful stay. Rob


Thank you Kurt & kara! We had a fabulous visit to Bellingham + got to celebrate with our daughter. The house gave us a warm place to be together as a family. It was cozy! The Mackins


Our stay at Cedar Tree was wonderful. The house fit the needs of our family holiday very well. We are happy with our experience and your help in making our time together successful. Thank you. Wes


Thank you for a wonderful, relaxing stay at the Cedar Tree House.  Our group had such a nice time!  We were so happy to have such nice weather!  Everything about our stay was great—so thank you. We would love to come back again next year. Polly


Thank you so much for the use of your lovely home. Lots of great memories and time spent together with Family. Happy New Year to you and your friends and family. Best regards,


Thank you for letting us stay at your beautiful cabin.Although it was only two of us, we still had a great time. Sipping coffee in the hot tub this misty morning was awesome! Thanks. The Frenchs


Thank you for letting us spend beautiful holiday at your property. We really enjoyed all the moments there. Happy new year! Hyeyoung


I love I hot tube! It was A.W.E.S.O.M.E. (Children’s Guest Book Entry)


Upon getting engaged this past year (Dec 2016), I searched high and low for someone who would allow me to host a backyard BBQ style rehearsal dinner on their property. I primarily used VRBO. The first place I booked suddenly returned my deposit without any notice or reason why. In a frantic search for an alternative, I came across The Cedar Tree House. The owners not only allowed me to rent this beautiful secluded property to host my rehearsal dinner, but they were accommodating, responsive and very pleasant to work with. The property is beautiful and we were able to bring 4 round tables and set them up in the Yurt (as it was raining), which was perfect for seating everyone together (group of 32 people). We had a wonderful time, and I would recommend the Cedar Tree House for a secluded get away, group gathering, family retreat or pretty much any other excuse you can think of to get away.
My many thanks to Kara at the Cedar Tree House.  Sara


Thanks so much!  We had a delightful stay at Cedar Tree House!  The setting is absolutely stunning, and the the house is lovely.  Lucy


Thanks Kara– We loved your place, especially the big decks and wonderful lawn. Also the well-stocked kitchen and a big appreciation for the nightlights. The other fabulous bonus were the blackberries!!!! Just the right time of year-yum! I appreciate your good, clear communication throughout. All the best, Virginia


Thanks so much for the use of your property. It worked perfectly. Thanks again, Devin

We loved the big yard for kids, yurt w/music hookups, rooms, trail, all the hooks for towels etc., hot tub, stocked supplies in the kitchen, all the utensils, stage…we absolutely loved our stay and will recommend to others! 🙂 Thanks! Brent

Hi Kara, Had a great time. Thanks a bunch, the house and the space were perfect. We were all definitely as happy as can be. Had a wonderful time. Alex


Kara, Thank you so much for the fast deposit return, and for extending the extra grace of refunding for the absent person! Thanks again for hosting us at your beautiful property! We had a truly fun and relaxing time together to celebrate our friend. Everyone loved the place and were surprised at how spacious both property and house were. Will definitely keep in mind for future occasions, potentially with even more people. It was very nice meeting you also, and thanks for all your help! Jon


Kara, Thank you so much for the use of your lovely house.  We all had a wonderful time. Thanks again, Nancy


We had a wonderful time at Cedar Tree House. It met our needs perfectly for a very reasonable cost. I don’t know if we’ll ever manage to get the whole gang together at one time again, but if we do, we’ll give you a call.  JoEllen


Thank you so much Kara! I can’t wait to come back! You deserve an excellent review! Andrea


We enjoyed Cedar Tree House, and the early indication is we will likely return next year. Your place has a well equipped kitchen, a very important factor for us, as well of good spaces for a large group to sleep. The group talk is all positive: good beds (important for old golfers) and enough bathrooms and sinks to serve us.  Our chefs especially appreciated the well-stocked kitchen, and we were able to get everyone around the table. Thanks again, and I hope to see you again next year. Dave


Everything was wonderful. We enjoyed our stay. Thanks for your all your assistance in preparing for our stay. John

Thank you Kara! We so enjoyed our visit at Cedar Tree. Our family couldn’t be happier with our experience. Thank you for all your thoughtful details at the house. We would be happy to return in the future. Jessemine


Mahalo!! Thank you for our wonderful stay visiting our mainland family and attending our daughter’s graduations from WWU.  Great place!! Hope to cross paths again. Aloha from Kauai  The Sloans


Thank you! We had so much fun! Such a lovely space. 🙂 Nicole & family


From the children’s guest book:
It was grat! 
This house is incredible! The views are amazing! All in all this place is awesome! I’m so Glad that we’re here. I love everyone. I love forests.
I love it here and my family already having fun. Love you guys-Ava
We had a good time 🙂 -Claire

We enjoyed our stay. It’s a beautiful property. And my kids had a lot of fun running around in the yurt. :). Thanks again! Elliot


Many thanks for the great house and grounds, and for the abundance of kitchen items -and the earplugs were a nice  homey touch! Very comfy beds and wonderful deck space for our gathering of family. Yurt is awesome! Virginia


Had so much fun having 14 ladies here for our end of summer retreat. Signed by Anne and 13 others


Grubb family reunion. Thank you! Lovely place–all good amenities.

I love everything about this house! Everything we needed was here! Loved being in the woods and I really enjoyed the yurt! ~ Meagan

I just wanted to reach out and thank you.  We thoroughly enjoyed our stay this weekend. Everyone had very positive feedback such as, comfortable beds, beautiful setting, well stocked kitchen and on and on.  You have created a very special space, I know I’ll be back for another retreat! It has been a pleasure doing business with you. Alex

This house is incredible! The views are amazing. All in all this place is awesome! Miguelle

Gratitude list: 1) I appreciated clean rugs in the kitchen 2) Folded edges of the toilet paper 3) Fresh clean towels 4) The green sink was wonderful! 5) The note on the front door was so personal and welcoming 6) Fresh smelling linens on the beds 7) Clean, shiny windows with blinds 8) Instructions for where things are and where they are kept 9) Clean, neat, comfortable sofas & sitting area.  Erica’s group

We had such a lovely time last night, thank you!! We really did, everything was amazing!!!Thank you so so much again, the place was perfect and we couldn’t have had a better day. Jalyn

I love the hot tub and have now decided that I want a yurt. I love the house and the beautiful, woodsy surroundings. Thank you Kristy

We just left the house. it was such a gorgeous house!! Thank you so much!! We really had fun there!!!! It was such a good experience!! Thank you for your warm hospitality 🙂 It was a pleasure having a transaction with you. We will be back!! Thank you again 🙂 Richelle

Thank you for the beautiful space. I love the little details like the night lights and the haiku book. Melissa

Your space was perfection for our group and event. Thank you so very much!! Danielle

On behalf of my extended family we wanted to thank you for your hospitality and wonderful property.  Thanks for all the information along with the great property.  Munir

I love how open the house is. It makes for a relaxing environment. Thank you! Torie

Hi Kara, We had a wonderful stay, and as I predicted, we all fit very comfortably.  The space was a non-issue for our large group:)   Coming home to the hot tub and a fireplace was perfect. Thanks again for everything:) Sheila

I loved the atmosphere you provided for us to enjoy. Breanna

Thank you for your accommodations. We had a wonderful time. We enjoyed quilting, family and creativity.   The second photo is of a quilt that I created from fabrics from each family member.  Reynola thought I dreamt it with inspiration from the stepping stones to the yurt. Thank you again.  Jenny, Sandi and family


Band of Brothers Morning Peaches Lots of Love Thank you Cedar Tree House! Stephen

You have a very nice place and everyone liked it and how it worked out for a group. Thanks again, Dan

Thank you for providing such a fun place to be! Malonie


Thank you for the beautiful place to gather and grow together. LIFE church 360 leadership team


Dear Kara, Thank you so much! We had a wonderful time celebrating the bride, Julia. Cedar Tree House was the perfect location for hosting her bachelorette. Everything was extremely well supplied and it was a lot of fun to cook int he kitchen. We had a fabulous time in the hot tub, played games in the living room, and watched a movie before climbing into are comfortable & warm beds. Many thanks! Asheligh


We had a lovely time Kara! Thank you! Here’s a testimonial for you: “Cedar Tree House is a gem! Kurt and Kara are gracious and thoughtful hosts, and the ambiance within the house, yurt, and grounds created a wonderful atmosphere for our winter staff retreat. I highly recommend this lovely spot for a unique workplace gathering, family reunion, or special getaway, anytime of year.” Moonwater


Thank you, Kara. We definitely enjoyed our stay at Cedar Tree House. It was clean, warm and inviting and we had a wonderful weekend. Thanks for having us and I hope to be back someday! All the best Jana


Hi Kara ! Our party left the retreat center today and I just wanted to follow up and say how incredibly positive our experience there was. The place was absolutely perfect for our party and everyone felt comfortable the entire time. Thank you for being such great hosts. If we ever plan to do a similar retreat again in the future, we will definitely be in touch so we can do another stay at the Cedar Tree House! Jimmy


Wow! We had an incredible time at Cedar House. We only wish we had more time to spend there! Thank you so much for preparing the place so perfectly. The guys from our church group were so blown away and we had a restful and fun time. Stephen B


Hey Kara, Everything turned out extremely well and were pleased to see many of the amenities that came with the house for large groups. I will most definitely consider staying at this house again should we have another large get together up in that area. Thanks again for everything! Kenny


We had a great weekend Kara, and the house was perfect for us! The house was very well stocked. We thoroughly enjoyed the house. We are talking about a Christmas gathering! Thanks again. Madline


Good morning Kara, We had a wonderful wedding weekend. The accommodations were very nice. The rehearsal dinner on Friday night was a big hit. I would not hesitate to recommend your vacation house. Joe


Such a fun place for our group to gather! Thank you so much! We had a blast 🙂 Amy & Friends


Thanks, Kara. We really enjoyed your place. Plenty of space for us to eat together, play games and do jigsaw puzzles. Your husband did a great job of defining the roadway for us! Thanks, Lesley


Hi Kara, Thanks so much for our stay. We had a great time and found the house and grounds perfect. Thanks, Brian


Thank you for the relaxing space. I appreciate the recycle bins! Amy

Thank you! We really enjoyed staying at your house. Jessica

Graduation Celebration! Great place-thank you! Danielle


Hi Kara, Thank you for allowing us to stay at the beautiful Cedar Tree House! We had a truly lovely time this weekend celebrating our bride and couldn’t be happier with the experience. All the best, Asheleigh’s Friends


Thanks for a great setting for a lovely weekend. 🙂 We’ve loved our time at your beautiful home. Thank you! Sara


Hey Kara, Our stay at the Cedar Tree was amazing. Thanks for the stay, it was great. Stephen M

Band of Brothers
Morning Peaches
Lots of Love
Thank you Cedar Tree House!


Thanks much for the use of your great house. Mary Anne


Many thanks again for your hospitality. We had a wonderful stay and will definitely keep Cedar Tree House in mind for another friends weekend! All the best, Ashley


Hi Kara! The place is amazing. Thank you so much. I am very thankful for your place. Jean-Michel


Hi Kara, We had a great time and really enjoyed the house! Johnny


Had a wonderful, great time here! 🙂 Rachel


Thank you very much for a good time! Happy New Year Kosta


Thanks for letting us be here. It was one of the most best times in 2016. Those four days past realy quily. I wish that I lived her because I love cubing and shirle and it is a huge house. the backyard has the most bigest deck I ever seen. Entry from the Children’s Guest Book


Our stay at Cedar House well deserves praise! Cedar Tree House was more than perfect for our large group of 14 family members during a weekend of wedding festivities. The setting is peaceful and welcoming, making all of us feel like we were HOME. The house is enveloped in a grove of cedars, which emits a sense of blissful seclusion. I was pleasantly surprised with the large bedrooms, which provided adequate, comfortable beds for all of us. Never once did we feel overcrowded in this spacious, lovely home. The hot tub was one of my favorite experiences – relaxing, floating and enjoying the songs of the frogs. A perfect way to end our busy days. Cedar Tree House will always be our first choice when we visit the Bellingham area! Kara, thank you for your hospitality and genuine spirit of kindness! Cedar Tree House was amazing and wonderful!! Thank you so much for your guidance through the rental process and trust in sharing your place with us! Teresa

Your place is incredible and perfect for groups. Thank you for your hospitality. I have been recommending people stay there every time I hear somebody is looking in Bellingham. Hope to be back soon 🙂 Paul


We had a wonderful stay. The house provided such a comfortable stay for me and my nine siblings. Everyone even had their own comfy bed. We had many lively discussion in the large kitchen while cooking dinner. We even used the yurt for a “dance recital” that my four-year-old granddaughter put on for the family. I recommend Cedar Tree for family reunions or any gathering of more than eight people. The location was beautiful so we didn’t feel closed in even though it rained a lot while we were there. Thanks for making this space available. Jeanee


Hello Kara. I wanted to let you know what an amazing time my friends and I had staying at the Cedar Tree house. Our event was a blast. It was great to get 12 of my closest guy friends together and have a weekend without wives and kids. Our competition we did with all the lawn games was a blast. The guys definitely want to make it an annual trip. We also talked about how your house would be great for a big family get-away too. Thank you again for allowing us to rent your house. It is a weekend we will always remember. Thank you. Darren


Kara, Such a beautiful home! Love the hot tub. Thank you Jamee Beautiful retreat oasis. Thank you Lori Great Place! Thank you I had a wonderful relaxing time here and fun birthday. Thanks Connie Thank you so much for a beautiful place. I want to thank you Kara for all your help in making our stay great. Debbie Ladies of the 2016 Fellowship Baptist Retreat


We had our bridal shower here yesterday and had an amazing time. Everything was beautiful. We will come back for sure. This place felt very close to the heart and launched us into our wedding better than you could imagine. Austin + Desireee


Comfortable beds, a well-stocked kitchen, cozy yet spacious, Cedar Tree House met all our needs. We enjoyed the quiet country setting just outside of town. Management was helpful and friendly, even bringing us over extra blankets on short notice. All in all, this was a great place to stay Hickman friends


Dear Kara, We had a very lovely time! The house was just what we needed for our large family. It was secluded so that it felt like we were able to “get away”, yet close enough to town that some of the family could go together to Star Wars and be back within minutes. The bar at the kitchen counter was a great place for the kids to eat and play games, some people went on a hike in the woods, and the yurt was so fun for our gift exchange. We had a great time and I will send you a few pictures. Meg


Old friends “Big chill” gathering. Lovely, poignant, nourishing weekend. Thanks for your wonderful hospitality and being so helpful and reliable. The house was wonderful. It met our needs very well. We’ll be back. Peace Blessings. Ethan & Friends

Wedding celebration, amazing place! Perfect place for all of us. Thank you 🙂 Fitzpatricks & Johnsons


Dear Kara, Our stay was just what I waned in a retreat. Your house is wonderful. Thank you Debbie

Thank you so much for a great place for our family to stay while in WA state! We were able to attend the family wedding and visit many local areas of interest while we were together. The Cedar Tree House was perfect! Ann


I love your home Ruth


Thanks for everything Kara! It was a wonderful family reunion for all of us at your beautiful house. We really enjoyed our stay at Cedar Tree House! You thought of everything! Thank you for your hospitality! Janie


Thank you for this wonderful home for our family reunion. So quiet a retreat and we had a wonderful time. Thanks from Hawaii, Hong Kong, Vancouver & Seattle Jane

Hi Kara, We had a wonderful stay at the Cedar Tree House and we think we need to rent it every year for our anniversary to get our friends together again. The wedding brought together our closest friends from all over the country and from each walk of life and this was the first time all our people met and stayed under the same roof. It was one of the many highlights of our weekend! Thanks for everything! Bethany


We really enjoyed staying at Cedar Tree House. A beautiful place for a retreat. Lori


What a wonderful place! Hope to get a chance to come back again sometime. The Seal & Nowling families

Hi Kara, We really enjoyed your place. I only wish we had stayed there longer than the one night, to fully take advantage of the house and the other activities mentioned in your notebook. The welcome message on the door was a nice way to start our stay! Take care, Scott


Thank you for providing such a perfect place Katy


Hello Kara, Thank you for the wonderful home. We had a great time and all the families wanted to thank you. The home was a blessing and we had a wonderful time. May God bless you and your home. Gerald


Hi Kara and Kurt, Thanks so much for the beautiful place you have created! We loved it! And really enjoyed the permaculture tour too. Vivien

We very much enjoyed the home and worked out perfect to allow our family to all be together.Thank you for providing such a beautiful home and setting. We have another child that will be attending WWU and your venue will be a first for us! Christina


You have a beautiful property and we very much enjoyed our stay. Roxane


We enjoyed our stay 🙂 Thank you!! Great setting + beautiful home Anna


My kids had a lot of fun and I’m happy that gets to be a memory for them! The house and area were really beautiful and we loved staying there! I would love to stay there again. Thank you! Marie


Hi Kara, We had a wonderful stay! It was SO great to be able to have our family all in one place — it was the first time my niece and nephew met my son so it was nice to have a home to be in with everyone to cook meals, relax in the living room and sit at a dining table together. Thank you! We had a great stay!! Margie

Hi Kara, Thank you for a pleasant stay at the Cedar Tree House; we all enjoyed the place and had a great time. Brandon

Was very relaxing to be here. I enjoyed my stay + the hot tub! Connie & Rachelle


Dear Kara, Thank you so much for the use of your space for our “theater camp” weekend. The entire experience was perfect. Sean


Thank you for a great Ski-to-Sea weekend! So much fun! Kyla, Winston, Ian, Gerry, Robert, Bryan, Brad, & Ryan–aka the Sinking Hummingbirds, 1st place canoe


Oh we thoroughly enjoyed it!!!! Absolutely great! It was leadership gals from our MOPS group— we stayed at cedar tree house as a on-ramp to church women’s retreat which was in Sumas. Ashleen


What a beautiful home! Thank you for everything! The House, Abel and House-White families
Hi Kara, Thank you for the lovely house .We enjoyed the stay very much. John
Thanks again for a great weekend. the house was perfect. Mike
Hi Kara,The stay at Cedar House was excellent. Thanks again, Nicole
We love your place! Perfect size for our family. Thank you so much! Theresa
Thank you Kara. It was truly wonderful especially the small pathway to a private stream. Gerald
Enjoyed our stay! The Delgados
Kara-Thanks so much for a great stay! Allyson & Friends

Thank you so much for letting us rent your house! We had a great time! The students said they would like to come back in a few years. Maria

Kurt and Kara – Thank you so much for the stay! We had a great time connecting with friends.  Everyone loved Cedar Tree! As always, such a great experience!! Chris + Tanya

We had a fantastic time and actually accomplished everything on our agenda! 🙂 I’ll be sure to remember you guys next time we have a need – the property and house were just perfect. Thanks for all your great communication about everything, you really made it easy for us! Devon


Kara – Just wanted you to know that we all love the Cedar Tree House and are really enjoying our stay here. You have so carefully and thoughtfully attended to all of the details that make guests feel so taken care of. We are enjoying the grounds (I have never seen such beautiful hostas) and all that this place has to offer. I am hoping to host a cousins family reunion here – I just can’t think of a better place! You and your husband have created a magical setting for reflection, connection, relaxation and fun. We have had an amazing stay. Thank you so much!  Deb

We had a great time at the house and will post my feedback… A+++.  Everything was perfect.  My team won our category, women’s ultra open.  We all had a great time at the house, we where able to have a really great meal, connect with each other, and get as much rest as we could have the night before the race.  Amazing pasta dinner we cooked in your kitchen, then enjoyed together at the long table. And everyone got to sleep in their own bed! Such a luxury.  Xiomara

We just wanted to let you know that we had such a good time staying at the Cedar Tree House.  The house was perfect for our families who wanted to have a place the kids could explore and also make their own fun.  Thank you again for your hospitality.  If we ever end up in Bellingham looking for a place to stay, you will be the first place we call.  Take care, The Wright Family & The Rogers Family & The Sledge Family

Kara,  I wanted to thank you for a great stay. It was a wonderful weekend. We truly had a wonderful time!  Here is a testimonial:  I booked the Cedar Tree House for 14 family members to attend my son’s Bellingham wedding. The facilities were wonderful! The location was inviting and private, the amenities were great and the house easily accommodated all 14 of us comfortably. I highly recommend a stay at the Cedar Tree House  Fiona

Thank you so much for such a lovely stay at Cedar Tree House. Our group absolutely loved it, and enjoyed our stay immensely. It was so peaceful and relaxing, and we had a great time celebrating Sam’s birthday.  Thank you again, and I will highly recommend Cedar Tree House to my other family and friends. Stefanie

Hi Kara, we were blessed beyond words this weekend. I really appreciate your hospitality and kindness. Everyone loved your house and have already asked when can we return. Thank you so much for everything. Judith

Hi Kara, we had a fantastic time at the house, it was great!  We shared a lot of great meals and family time, everything worked out so well. Perfect place, great time, everything was fabulous! Thanks Donna

We had such a fabulous time!  The house is gorgeous and peaceful. The perfect place for our girls night retreat.  Kelly C

Kara, it was so perfect for us. It felt wonderful.  The YURT was perfect for our meetings. Thank you for being the perfect host and for giving our nonprofit a discount to boot.  Our week  far surpassed expectations.  I am getting email after email about how transformative it was for everyone.  Beth

Thank you for a lovely stay at the Cedar Tree House. It was perfect for our group of 10 to enjoy our son’s WWU graduation.  Our weather was perfect and the house was perfect and the house was very comfortable and allowed us to enjoy all our meals together.  Enjoy summer! Joy and Dave

Kara, as always your hospitality, love and generosity and love shine thorough.  Thank you for the great place to house our gathering.  Cathy

Kara I can’t find words to tell you how much this meant to me.  It truly was a once in a lifetime event for me. As much as I enjoyed being surrounded by so many lovely friends (joy in the form of tears a few times), I think I enjoyed Friday night and Saturday before the party even more.  I almost never give myself the opportunity to stop, and Saturday was such a gift.  I had 3 hours in the morning before anyone else stirred to walk the land, meditate by the creek, do yoga in the grass and then drink my tea in the sun.  I honestly can’t remember the last time I felt so at peace and so blessed. Thank you so much!!  Kate

This is a great place!  Thank you for sharing!  Our wedding here was beautiful.  We will always remember Cedar Tree.

Thank you SO much Kara. We could not of had a better time. The house was perfect for our group and most of all the graduate said it was one of the best times of his life to graduate and have his family there all together to hang out, “talk story” (Hawaiian slang) and enjoy each other. Donna

Hi Kara,  We all enjoyed a great WWU graduation weekend in Cedar Tree and all the grandparents are still talking about what a great weekend it was and the lovely accommodations which made our time together so comfortable.  Thank you again, Joy

Thank you for making our stay so easy and fun! Our Bhutanese and Nepali youth really enjoyed the getaway from school and life and we’re really grateful you let us use this lovely home.  Thank you! –Dawn+Saul+Asian Counseling and referral service

I just wanted to email to say thank you. After discussing with the other members of the party, this was an amazing weekend and we thoroughly enjoyed our time. You have a beautiful property at the Cedar Tree Inn.  Thank you for all your help in making this weekend so smooth Joel

Kara, Just wanted to check in and let you know that we really enjoyed our stay at Cedar Tree.  It was the perfect place and location for our gathering. Wanted to thank you again for all of your assistance in putting this together – we had a wonderful time!  Steve

Thank you again for your hospitality with your home.  We loved our stay. All of us ladies had an amazing time with each other.  We absolutely would love to schedule to rent your home again. Gina

Hi Kara, I just wanted to send you a quick note and let you know we had an excellent time again this year. I loved the sign on the front door! All the best,  Mike and family

Hi Kara!! We had a great time. Thanks again, everything was perfect. It was a great stay and nice seeing you both!!! Chris

Lovely home and setting in which to enjoy family from Colorado, Oregon, California.  Thank you for all your sharing and hospitality.  Our extended family (now about 27) has enjoyed reunions every other summer from many years now in various locations and are appreciative of settings like yours. Joy’s Family

Seattle City Rotary had our leadership retreat here.  Thank you so much for letting us stay.  The yurt was a great space for activities.  Hope to come out again next year. 🙂

The house was amazing! Thanks for letting us stay! The yurt was really cool and the beds were very comfortable.  The creek was really cool too.  Emma & Kaye

Thank you very much for allowing us to enjoy your beautiful home. The women’s ministry enjoyed themselves very much this weekend. Thank you for the stay Bhutanese Nepali Youth

Hey Kara. We had plenty of room to enjoy the outdoor games. We all had a great time and the weather was perfect.  Thanks again for everything.  Michael

Our testimonial:  We had a hard time locating a place large enough for the group we were hosting until we came across Cedar Tree House.  The accommodations we clean, comfortable and the team did a great job of helping accommodate our needs.  Highly recommended.  Thanks again for everything! We did enjoy our stay and enjoyed working with you! Del

Hi Kara, Thank you for providing us such a nice place to stay. We all really liked the home. We just felt we didn’t have enough time there. Looking forward to coming over again!!  Catharin and Abraham

Thank you so much, Kara! We had a wonderful time, and the Cedar Tree House was the perfect home base for our journey. UUCSJ & Hannah

Flew in on a breeze, planted seeds of songs, peace, love, light Brilliant honor-age of harmonious love – buckets –Eddy B.

Wonderful sharing, laughter & tears.  Thanks so much for having this wonderful place for us.  Anonymous
Great place for tubbin’ and tunes!  Sweet time had by all ~Lisamarie
Great place! We had a wonderful time at your retreat.  -Alicia
Thanks for having such a lovely home available! Lovely time here! Kelly T
The house was amazing.  Thanks for letting us stay! Kaye
We enjoyed the house very much, excellent details.  I especially like the dishes.  🙂 Lisamarie
Thank you again for a wonderful stay at Cedar Tree House. We all enjoyed ourselves. Saul
We had a great weekend and are excited to come back next year!  Thanks,  Marc
I love it! Thank you. This place is beautiful. 2015 VOX Retreat
We had a wonderful time! Hopefully we can find time to come back again. Best, David
Love this place. Family Bible Church
Thank you for the stay.  Our Church leader group had a great night together.  -Evergreen Promising church
Gratitude for Cedar Trees.  Greeting of green and peace. Anonymous

Kara, thank you..! We had an EXCELLENT time this weekend! What a beautiful spot and a great cabin. Everything was easy to find and well stocked with utensils and appliances. I’ve rented a number of different cabins/cottages over the years and have to tell you that Cedar Tree is one of the best we’ve ever been to..Thanks Kara, It was a perfect weekend and we would like to do this again in the future..! Mike

Thank you! This place is amazing and so beautiful! Glorious! We want to live here. So thankful we were able to use this place to create new friendships.  We had a great time bonding.  We had an amazing weekend-would recommend anybody to stay here.  We really appreciated it.  WWU Guatemala trip group.

Our wedding was so beautiful.  We had Canadians and Americans from all over the place, and this lodge was perfect for us.Thank you so much for everything. It was a beautiful setting and a fun weekend by all. Lori & Jesse

Kara & Kurt, Thank you for sharing your beautiful space with me and my incredible group of friends.  This was the most memorable and relaxing birthday.  It was so perfect in every way–meditating at the Creek, yoga on the grass, hot tubbing, walking and being with people who are my heart and soul. I can’t find words to tell you how much this meant to me.  It truly was a once in a lifetime event for me. As much as I enjoyed being surrounded by so many lovely friends (joy in the form of tears a few times), I think I enjoyed Friday night and Saturday before the party even more. I had 3 hours in the morning before anyone else stirred to walk the land, meditate by the creek, do yoga in the grass and then drink my tea in the sun.  I honestly can’t remember the last time I felt so at peace and so blessed.  Thank you so much!!  Kate

The perfect place to rejoice with friends and regenerate–you’ve made such a welcoming space!  We’ll be back  Harlow

Hi Kara, Thank you so much! Our wedding was amazing and it couldn’t have gone any better. The Cedar Tree House was perfect and everything turned out incredibly beautiful.
I’m so thrilled that we were able to have our dream wedding at the Cedar Tree House. You were so hospitable, flexible, and helpful through the entire process. After the ceremony, we received dozens of compliments about how beautiful everything was. Warmly, Jayson & Amber

Greetings Kara – just a brief note of thanks for the use of your fabulous facility!  It was a fantastic event and all guest simply loved the setting.  Masquerade wines were just great and the wine and cheese event worked perfectly in your kitchen space.  All-in-all – it was a great time and glad to have discovered your facility.  We will definitely think about possibly hosting a future event there.  Thanks again for being such a great host and look forward to staying in touch.Cheers!  Maestro & Michael

We’re having a great stay. We’ve enjoyed the solitude and the easy accessibility to places. The hot tub is great and its been a good space to work also. Thank you. Its been excellent. The winery tour was good and it made for a good diversion. Good suggestion, thanks Kara  Eric

Hi Kara, Thank you so much for everything. It was a beautiful setting and a fun weekend by all. Lori

Thank you for an awesome two day trip! Loved the bunk bed. Alisa

Great stay! We’ll do it again.  Thanks Jennifer

Thank you! Your home was so nicely decorated and felt so cozy.  Our group especially enjoyed the walk down to the creek, the hot tub and the yurt!! Your bed sheets and towels were extremely soft. Thanks!! Burnaby Chinese Evangelical Church

Hi there Kara, our entire group enjoyed our stay immensely. It was a really good way for our group to relax and kick back from stresses of work and the redundant routines at home. Will definitely endorse your place to anyone we come across wanting to spend some time away on the other side of the border. Thanks again! –Patrick

Thank you!  We really tried to put everything back the way we found it, the pictures helped a lot.
We all had a wonderful time and the house worked out perfectly.  All the information and expectations passed along ahead of time were very helpful as was the binder and check out list.  Both my sister and sister-in-law were very happy with the rooms at the inn too.  All in all, it was a great vacation and I got a lot of compliments for putting it together so well.  A lot of that credit goes to the house, so thank you very much. Thanks again, Kerry

Dear Kara, We had a lovely stay at the Cedar Tree House and the accommodations were wonderful.  We enjoyed our stay.Thank you, Eugenia

I just wanted to say thank you again for the house last weekend.  Everyone had a great time! We enjoyed the house so much. Thank you so much for the hospitality this weekend!  We enjoyed our stay very much and would certainly use your place again if we make a weekend trip over to Bellingham again :)-Rachael

Kara, thank you for the wonderful space you made available.  We had a great time, thank you so much.  What a beautiful space. Jenny

Hi, Kara–We had such a nice retreat at Cedar Lodge! thank you and Stefanie. Have a terrific day, Lori

Cedar Tree owners, We greatly  our stay–a restful retreat, and a time of solace and friendship.  Thank you  Chris and friends

We had a fabulous time during our stay here @ the Cedar Tree House! Thank you for providing such lovely accommodations.  We are already trying to find another occasion that would call for a stay here! The Tans and Extended family

Good Morning Kara, Thank you so much for the wonderful accommodations.  As I’ve mentioned before, we will definitely be coming back! Have a fabulous holiday season!  Merry Merry Christmas, and all the best for you and yours in the New Year! ~JCT

Hello, Thank you very much. The house is beautiful.  It worked perfectly for our family to stay in. The wedding was awesome. Thank you again. It was a great trip. Ronda

We had a wonderful time at your place.  Hopefully we can stay longer next time.  It was great for everyone to have their own room.  The kitchen had everything we needed to make a nice dinner and breakfast and the BBQ worked great for grilling our steaks.  We had a nice time gathering around the big kitchen table for mealtime and game time and relaxing watching the game on TV.  The hot tub was nice and clean and warm and soothing.  We were so glad to have a short trip to the slopes at Mt. Baker and a great time of skiing in the sunshine!  Thanks again, Susan and family

Hello Kara,I wanted to say you thank you,we really loved your house and enjoyed our small vacation there. We think that it was not the last time that we spent at Cedar Tree House and we will come over more often. Thank you one more time,you have a really lovely place for vacation. Sincerely, Marina

Hi Kara -Just wanted to touch base and say “thanks again” for our wonderful weekend.  The place was beautiful and so well stocked with everything we forgot! 🙂 Mary

What a nice place to get away + relax on our way to skiing @ Mt. Baker.  Wish we could have stayed longer + enjoyed the hot tub after skiing! Maybe next time! Thanks for sharing your peace with us. The Aronsons

Too many kids from Urban Outfitters had a really nice time.  Thanks for the laughs.  What a wonderful little spot!  Hooray for all the greenery. We had an amazing time, thanks for the amazing house.

Thank you so much! It was really incredible and we loved staying at the house! Jill


Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful place to our family.
We’re from Olympia, WA and we are a long way from home. But being here
has felt like home.  This place has a comfortable feeling & we could not
be anymore happier then what we’ve experienced here.  We definitely will
be back some time soon & we’re glad to say that we stayed at this
amazing house.  Thank you for your hospitality. Sincerely, Audnry & family

We just left the Cedar Tree House. I’d just like to say
thank you for doing such a great thing for not only us but
everyone else. What you went through to be able to make this
available to rent over night making websites the
house activities and everything is a really great feat. I am a
Dj and have experience as investment as well and I want to
personally show my gratitude for everything. My dance crew is
very excited to stay and you’ve helped me create another bonding
night together rather than separate rooms in a hotel. So thank
you again. We look forward to the house and not our show
anymore! Haha  We hope to stay again soon. Matthew

I would like to say that we enjoyed very much our stay
at Cedar Tree house. Thank you for a wonderful place to stay with our extended family for a
wedding here in Bellingham–room for everyone and a comfortable
gathering place for after the wedding to unwind. It was perfect for our group of 8.  The
sinks in all the bedrooms sure made getting ready to attend a
wedding easier for all of us.  We felt like we were in the
woods, but still close to town and the places we needed to be
for the wedding.  Thanks again for a lovely place. Carol

Thank you so much, Kara, we had a great stay here–worked out great for
our family to stay overnight since our son’s wedding went late–all
refreshed for the trip home–lovely place! Dave & Linda & family

— Thank you! We had a really wonderful time this weekend.  This is a
beautiful house.  We hope we will come back sometime! Best, Carey, Annie
and Crew

Thank you for this wonderful place!  We will be back OAR (Seattle U)

Dear Kara,
The Cedar Tree House was perfect for our family for Christmas! We had 20
people here from all over the United States.  The accommodations were
just right for each family.  The hot tub was a hit!  The scenery was
absolutely beautiful–in fact, we had an entire four generation family
portrait taken out here.  The house was spacious and open–we never felt
crowded.  Many long talks, laughs and wonderful memories were made this
week.  We truly enjoyed ourselves Dave & Kim



The Ministerial Search Committee from our church
used Cedar Tree House as a retreat location, and was very happy with all the
accommodations!We were there to conduct
business in a private setting, away from our daily distractions and this
facility worked wonderfully.  All
accommodations were comfortable, from cooking and dining to sleeping.  The full kitchen made it easy to prepare
meals together and the dining area made it a pleasure to share them.  Our meetings took place in the living room,
where we found comfortable seating, an intimate atmosphere, and beautiful
surroundings both in the room and outside the windows.  And speaking of the outside surroundings,
Cedar Tree House is nestled in the woods, in a setting that provides privacy
and creates a environment for thoughtful working or insightful, peaceful
reflection.  I’d highly recommend Cedar
Tree House to any group looking for a working retreat or a place to connect
with one another Eric

Hi Kara, Thank you for letting us enjoy your house. We have ton of fun memories for our Thanksgiving celebration. M

Kara, I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful time
we had at Cedar Tree House.  Your home and property are
beautiful and everyone loved it. You were excellent to work with
and made the rental process so easy.  We had a great time and
know where to stay next year when we go away again!  Annie

Good morning,  Thank you so much, we really enjoyed the cedar tree house this
weekend. We used the yurt for our group discussions; the layout
of the bedrooms & bathrooms worked really well for our group
and we found the house beautifully decorated and well stocked
with necessary supplies. Thanks, Anastasia

The Cedar Tree
House was an excellent venue for guests to our daughter’s
wedding to gather. We hosted our friends and family who flew
in from east to west, north to south and just about
everywhere in between. And what we appreciated the most
about CTH was that it was home away from home. We were able
to visit with our guests in spacious surroundings and feed
them in the roomy kitchen and dining area! The kitchen was
well stocked with all kinds of tools one could wish for. The
wooded surroundings added to the appeal for nature lovers in
our party! The event turned out to be a family reunion of
sorts. Thanks Kara for the wonderful and welcoming stay. We
look forward to yet another stay at the CTH for some serious
R&R!  The Magais

Thank you!  We will be back.  We had a magical weekend.  Emily

Our extended family stayed at Cedar Tree House for a family
reunion last August. Keeping everyone comfortable and
entertained is always a hard thing to do, but at Cedar Tree it
was easy! The kids loved all of the outdoor areas- the deck,
the beautiful wooded area, the basketball hoop, the fire pit
field, and the patio swing. The adults liked the fully
equipped kitchen, living room (with cable!), the BBQ area and
the yurt. Cedar tree was a lovely place to gather, and enjoy
NW Washington at it’s best. Thank you! Amy (& family)

This was a great place to celebrate my parent’s 50th anniversary! There
were four generations, including an infant.  Accommodations were great.
There was plenty of space inside and out for all of us and it made a
great home base for our excursions throughout the week.  Thank you!
Lora M for the whole clan

Being the major co-coordinator for this retreat, I especially thank Kara
for her patience, understanding and generous hospitality for our group.
I had a very nice experience before and until meeting her.  Feeling like
I don’t want to leave your place and hoping to be able to come back &
keep in touch.  Karman

Hi Kara, Now that I have had a few moments to sleep and stop the
carousel from spinning, I wanted to thank you so much for the
wonderful hospitality!! Your facility served our group very
well! It is a very nice lodge and was far enough from the hustle
of the city to get some rest yet close enough to allow easy
access to the activities. I would highly recommend your
facility/organization to anyone needing such arrangements.  Thank you, Jim

Thanks so much for the beautiful space for our inspirational
retreat! Beautiful place, beautiful woods & water. It was amazing. Wonderful venue-wonderful retreat.  Felt like paradise here–the perfect place for a retreat  Don, Lauralee, Haley, Becky and Crystal

Thanks for the lovely, amazing chance to stay at Cedar Tree
over the weekend. WOW! Your property and the interior design
of the house is gorgeous. The kids reported many great
interactions with wildlife and all and all, the vibe was just
awesome. I think place is super important when doing retreats
and this place was so fitting and uplifting. Anne

Thank you for such an awesome place!  We enjoyed our time with our
family celebrating our daughter’s wedding–a perfect place for family to
gather!  Mark & Sheryl

Thank you so much for welcoming us into this beautiful house and
allowing us to stay here.  We have had a wonderful time; enjoying every
moment of our stay here.  We are grateful to God for you and your
hospitality.  We are so blessed to have had a wonderful time here. With
thanks i68 youth

Hi Kara, I wanted to let you know how much we
appreciated our 24 hour stay at the Cedar Tree House.  I
didn’t get a chance to sign the guestbook, but did want you to
know how much we enjoyed the property and the lodging
arrangements.  We left behind kindling—a bonus for the next guest. Best wishes,  Barbara

Thank you so much for the hospitality!  We loved it here during our
stay!  NMC Baja Club

It’s a nice place to stay–the most special is the “Mongolian tent.”  We
used it twice for our Sunday service and prayer meeting. We have had a
very good retreat here. Thank you so much.  Terry

We enjoyed our stay at the Cedar Tree House.  Thanks for the great
experience.  Robert and Maragret

Hello Kara, I just want to let you know that we had a nice
and comfortable stay at the CT House. All the guests were
appreciative of the fact that we all stayed in one place and
were already talking of another visit to Bellingham!  Robert

We enjoyed our stay very much, it was beautiful. Thank
you, Rosemary

Thank you Kara for letting us enjoy your place!! We enjoyed it and have
great memories.   Monica’s group

As far as birthdays’ I will remember, this one will always be the on
of the best EVER!  Thank you for the beautiful home, the spa
accommodations, the hot tub, the grill.  I could go on and on!  Our
group enjoyed the scenic view and the general feeling of
relaxation.  Thank you, thank you , THANK YOU!  Paula and her
awesome friends

Thanks soooo much for everything Kara!  What a fabulous place!   Andrea

Such a wonderful spot to rest and relax.  Everything you need for a
weekend getaway.  Thank you for the hospitality!  Cheers  Sam,
Meghan & Raysdale

What a great spot for a weekend getaway.  Thank you!  Laura

We enjoyed our stay at Cedar Tree. Our group of ten had plenty of room and enjoyed the comfy beds and
being couch potatoes in the living room.  The décor of the rooms was pleasant and a reflection of the beautiful
Our meal for fourteen was easily prepared in your spacious kitchen. Every prep tool needed was
provided, as well as dishes and silverware. The bar stool counter area was a great place to spread out the
Thanksgiving fare.

Our family enjoyed our stay playing card games, bananagrams, watching videos, sewing and, of course, eating. I know
there were some family members who never left the Cedar Tree the whole time they were there.

The bedrooms are spacious and the convenience of in room sinks was much appreciated. Everyone was intrigued by the water
saving toilet. You have been very thoughtful in your amenities, down to the small but needful things like
flashlights and nightlights.

Once again, we enjoyed our stay and in if the future permits, we would return to your lovely home.
  Carol and Lloyd

This was the perfect retreat & location for our simple wedding.
We found a gem and hope to come back in years to come.  David & Kara

What a wonderful place!  Thanks so much for having us.  We are a
lovely crowd of nine girls who came from BC to find the perfect
wedding dress and we found the perfect getaway!  Thanks so much

It is a pleasure to be able to visit your place again.  This time I
am not working, though cooking here was a treat.  When my friend
Ashley told me she rented a place with a yurt, my suspicions began
to flower, and I was immediately pleased to find myself here.
Beautiful property!  Thank you so much  Ilana

Thanks so much! I will definitely recommend you to others and
will keep you in mind for future events. I love your spot
and you guys are so very kind. Thanks again!   In Light,  Ashlie


Such a wonderful weekend getaway spot!  The jacuzzi was amazing, the
nearby creek is beautiful, and we all had such a great time.  Thanks
for sharing your beautiful home with us!  Emily, Lisa, Hil, Charlie,
Anna, Vaneeta, Noah, Trevor, Naman, Manah, Dylan, Linda

We had an amazing time!  In this beautiful place 30 women fit
perfectly, warm and cozy and festive.  And then a very small,
intimate wedding..perfect. Linda & Lynda

Thanks for great weekend!  We had a blast and even got to go skiing sunday! You have a
great place.  Hilary

We definitely enjoyed our stay at Cedar Tree House – it’s lovely
and well appointed!  Megan

Just want you to know we had a wonderful time. It was good to be
together with family. Cedar Tree is one of the best vacation
rentals I’ve ever used. The sinks in the room are great. I
may be back and I’ll definitely recommend it to my
friends.   Lloyd

Having a wonderful time in the forest!  Had Thanksgiving here with
extended family–roomy–had all the things we needed–enjoyed the
surroundings and being here.  Carol and family 

Here from Austin Texas and Scotland for our friend’s amazing
wedding.  This place is beautiful!  Definitely gets our stamp of
approval.  Pat & Karin

Thank you for such a beautiful place to stay for my family who are
here to visit for my graduation. Bonnie
Our stay was great and the
Tree House was a wonderful place to stay.  Very relaxing and
beautiful!  Aasta

Our party had a great time at Cedar
Tree.  It was very comfortable and we all had an enjoyable
time. Eric

 We enjoyed our stay very much!  Our family get-together was lovely!
The house is fantastic and being together for the festivities was
really nice!  Our guests loved the surroundings and the lovely home. It made the wedding a very memorable event.  The rehearsal dinner in the lovely green space was truly a melding together of the families.  We will be back for the next family get together, and I will be singing the praises of Cedar Tree House.  Bethany

Loved this place.  From the TV room to the very beautiful
surroundings…perfect place for fun outing with friends.  enjoyed
the hot tub and TV system.  The swing is awesome outside.
Churan Gang

Our stay was wonderful; we loved the house and the surroundings.  It was quiet, cool, offered many gathering places so groups could
form and shuffle membership.  Perfect for our rehearsal dinner of 35 people, with a place by the house for the Taco Truck and
below for guest parking. The kitchen offered everything I could remotely want.  Beds exceptionally comfortable.
I would definitely
stay at CTH again; we loved it. Margaret

We had a wonderful stay at the house,  the place was nice, cozy, clean and well maintained.  We will for sure book this house in
future and I hope I will get to see you than and say thanx to you in person.  Bhardeep and a happy group 🙂

Cedar House provided an amazing setting for our family reunion.
The fire pit became the hot spot during the stay where many
memories and photos were made and taken.  The home provided
everything we needed and we could not have asked for anything
else.  The home was clean and the perfect set up for our
gathering. It was fantastic being so close to town but feeling
so far from it all.  Thanks again! Vanessa

Big family gathering for a wedding! We filled most of the beds and
the inn & had such a lovely time together.  We really
appreciated the spaciousness of your property and the thoroughness
of your kitchen.  Many thanks  The Blooms 

We had a wonderful time as
a family at your house. I am sharing our experience with others as it was
such a positive time for our family to spend time together away from work
and school. Thank you again. Michelle

We had a great time at Cedar Tree House!  It was perfect for our 2
ski-to-sea teams.  There was plenty of room for everyone to spread
out and relax.  Thanks!  Team Deinonychus & Plan B

We thoroughly enjoyed our
stay at the cedar tree house. We stayed there with four other
adults. There was plenty of room for more people to sleep over.
The house is very spacious and yet has a very cozy and “homey”
feeling. My daughter graduated from Western and we threw a small
party for her there. There was plenty of room, dishes
and cooking space, we had an age range of 19 to 80+ and everyone
had a lovely time. It was by far a better experience than
renting a room at a restaurant and probably a lot less
expensive! The deck is just beautiful and the hot tub is lovely
and quiet. The grounds are beautifully maintained. I would
highly recommend this for any type of celebration or family get
together. I have recommended it to my friends who also have
upcoming graduates. We will be there when my next daughter
graduates!  Heidi

This place is PARADISE! 🙂  We had a great time in the house for our son’s wedding.  Enjoyed the sunshine on the deck.  It was a great home away from home.  The Vriends

Our Foundation held its annual strategic planning retreat at Cedar Tree House and could not have been more pleased with our experience. The large and well equipped facilities helped us accomplish our work while the home-like environment gave a quality of comfort and relaxation for our staff, guests, board members and their partners. After long days of
intensive conversations about the future of our agency and the wellness
our clients, it was wonderful to relax on the large deck and in the hot
tub under the cedars. The convenient location just outside of town made
it easily accessible while the beautiful grounds near Squalicum
Creek left us feeling miles away from our busy lives – a perfect place
to connect with one another, find inspiration, and be productive. The
attention that Cedar Tree’s owners have put into creating this space and
their friendly care made for a memorable stay and left us looking
forward to our next retreat.  Michael

Thank you for your big house.The facilities, renovations and the
like are totally way beyond our initial expectation.  The bathrooms
are quite nice as well.  Thank you once again, We’ll come back.  The
Yims Family 

Our weekend was perfect. We enjoyed our stay at Cedar Tree House very much. Thank you for your hospitality!



We had a lovely stay
and will certainly recommend your place and consider it again in the
future. We were happy to just stay indoors because we had everything we
needed 🙂 thanks again  Krista

We had a fantastic time and your place was perfect.  You have a nice set up!  We will keep you in mind for another family get together.  Kellie

I just wanted to let you know how great our stay was at the Cedar
Tree House!  We were really happy with everything there.  I’ll be
sure to recommend your place if anybody asks in the future.  Stuart

We had a great time at Cedar tree. Thanks for having us! It was the
perfect size for what we had in mind, and everything went quite
smoothly. And it was great having instructions for absolutely
everything we could think of all on site and easy to find!  Sam

Thank you for the opportunity to experience a stay at Cedar Tree House–it was a setting that brought peace and a sense of community to our family at an emotionally difficult time.  Martine

Your treehouse was perfect for our family to attend a wedding in
Bellingham.  We’re very appreciative we found you. Dave and family

Loved it!  The house had everything we needed.The kids had a blast.
Thank you!  Vanessa and families

The setting is gorgeous  – you feel like you are away from it
all, and yet Bellingham with all its services is just down the
road. The house worked well for our Retreat with 13 adults.
Everything we needed was provided and we enjoyed relaxing in the
hot-tub before dinner. Will be back soon.  Simon

Cedar Tree House is a treat! It’s roomy, comfortable and cozy
for lots of people and is filled with hidden gems, like the
beautiful yurt perfect for yoga. The location is close enough to
downtown Bellingham to enjoy the restaurants and shops, but tucked
away in the woods that you feel like you’re in your own private
jungle. After a mud-spattering rainy bike ride, relaxing in the
hot tub was perfect, followed by a stretch session in the warm
yurt. A wonderful place to stay!  Dani

I just wanted to let you know how great our stay was at the Cedar
Tree House!  We were really happy with everything there.  I’ll be
sure to recommend your place if anybody asks in the future. Stuart

We stayed at Cedar Tree for a teacher staff retreat. It was so nice to
hold our meetings in the yurt, cook and eat together in the kitchen, and
relax on the couches and in the hot tub! The location was perfect and
the setting so serene. Thank you for creating such a wonderful retreat
house!  Adrienne

Just wanted to thank you for our stay at Cedar Tree.  This place exceeded my expectations.  It was a beautiful and versatile space; particularly with the yurt where our group did the bulk of our training sessions.  Mileva    

We came to WA for our nephew’s funeral services–this lovely house
was quite reflective–something we needed.  thank you so much.
Linda & her family

Loved the house, loved the hot tub, it was a great weekend.  We had the sweetest time–a great way to transition to college.  Thank you for a beautiful weekend, it was alll lovely.  Thank you so very much.  Grace, Susan, CJ, Morgaine, Rose, Michelle

Thank you!  What a wonderful place for our family to gather while in
Bellingham for our son’s wedding. We all enjoyed the setting and a
place to come back to after our activities.  a very comfortable
place to be.  You thought of everything.  Wilma & Jim

What a beautiful setting in the Cedars!  Set right in the middle of
creation :).  We had a wonderful time with our kids and grandkids.
We used the yurt for our annual family talent show.  Thanks for
being on hand to answer questions and help out…we felt welcome and
really enjoyed ourselves.  The Grove Family      

I am at a place that is wonderful and fun!  Not leaving this place!
Thank you.  This place is beautiful.  Sheila & The Penas  

We have had the most wonderful stay in the Cedar Tree House!  It was
a peaceful refuge for our family and friends who came to town for
our daughter’s wedding.  All of our guests experienced the beauty of
NW Washington for the first time, and all have left knowing they
love it here and want to come back!  Thank you for the excellent

accommodations, the provision of every necessity and the unexpected
“extras.”  It has been a wonderful experience and we’ll recommend
Cedar Tree House to anyone we know who’s looking for a group
getaway!  Thank you  Philip & Angela

Dear Kara and Kurt,
Thank you for the pleasure of staying at this beautiful wonderful
haven…the Cedar Tree House.  The detail you have given to the
house is unsurpassed.  We enjoyed the use of the kitchen,
fireplaces, yurt, hot tub and wonderful bedrooms throughout.  We
made everything you could think of in your kitchen…feeding a troop
of 19 and had every utensil, casserole dish and pan necessary.  Thank you for respecting our earth, thinking green, and appreciating
nature.  Keep loving life, smiling and doing what you love because you do it
all so very well.  Linda & Beckie

Gorgeous, wonderful place to stay!  Thank you so much!  Our “‘DEAF”initely Awesome” Ski to Sea Race team really had a relaxing time here.  We will be back!  Kevin

This is such a beautiful, relaxing and peaceful place.  I love the sound of the Creek and the birds.  Thank you so much for letting Coming of Age stay here, and for providing a space for so many memories!  We love this place!  Maya, Rebecca, Ben and everyone

What a beautiful and peaceful place–perfect for a book group retreat & I love how you showcase Whatcom County.  Delightful!  Nancy  Bellingham, WA

Thank you from Kulshan Community Land Trust for providing a perfect venue for our annual board & staff retreat.  The house was cozy, comfortable and provided all the amenities to make our time together inspiring and productive.

We highly recommend that other groups consider hosting retreats here.  It’s close enough to town for those who needed to return home for the evening, then return in the morning-yet the wild country, rural setting made us feel miles away from town.  Thank you!  Jill and everyone, Bellingham, WA

Dear Kara,
Thanks for the wonderful place.  We had lots of fun!!! Thanks for
the cooperation.  It was a great new year’s start here.  All the
rooms were so well done.  The kitchen was well supplied.  It was so
well thought out.  Everybody enjoyed the stay very much.  Thanks a
lot.  We look forward to coming here again!!
What a fun party place!  Loved every moment of it.  Amazing lighting
and hot tub was wow!

Loved the house and the hot tub.  Will be back for sure.

Loved my stay here

What an awesome place!  We had a lot of fun.  The hot tub and grill
kept me occupied :).  I’ll definitely recommend this place to
everyone who wants to get away for a great vacation.
Wish you Happy New Year.  This place is unforgettable.  I will
remember my stay here.  it’s a Rocking Place!

Sonali  Kent, WA;  Dipinder & Shireen,
Seattle; Erik & Stephanie  AZ; & Panesh.
Rahul, Gaurar, Seattle  

Perfect place for a crowd–never seen a rental so well equipped!
This place was great, so beautiful, especially the hot tub.  Thank you very much  Kenzie,
Rowan, Mark, Dylan, Annabella, Gilda

This home is a great space and location.  So much attention has clearly
been paid to make sure guests have everything they need, from kitchen
necessities to extra blankets to shampoo.  Plus, with a hot tub, serene
trees, and flexible and attractive indoor spaces, the atmosphere is both
peaceful and cozy.  This is the perfect place for a gathering of family
or friends. I immediately felt relaxed and right at home, almost as if I
had decorated the space myself! Erika, WA

Clearly the proprietress knows how to make an amazing atmosphere to make people feel warm and wanted.  The work inside the house is absolutely beautiful.  Richard, VA

What a beautiful place!  Thank you for the warm hospitality on this snowy winter day.  David, WA

This place is warm and cozy.  You’ve done a great job.  Juli, WA

This place rocks!  Renee, MT


If you quiet your mind
Loving kindness is plentiful
Love is everywhere

Family gathers-
Room to snuggle or disperse
Perfect place to stay

Green trees all around
Sunny lawn for playing games
Meals out on the deck

Blackberries abound
Path through woods to little stream
Sparkling stars at night

Trees are all around
Yurt to exercise inside
Joy and fun with friends

Wonderful treehouse
Families get together
We are growing up!

Life’s embroidered breaths
destiny valid by time

small, expansive perfection
being, I wonder

Bachelorette fun
Line dancing in party yurt
Hey Macarena

Three Generations
A Cedar Family Tree
Grandpa Paul’s Birthday

The people show love
And the animals other than,
Like when there’ habitat

It fills me with an
Amazing serenity
A destructive peace

Shuffle, Wobble, Dance
Electric Slide, on we prance
Who runs the world? Girls

A deep knowledge of
Cobras, mimosas, and milks
Weathers the trivial storm

Being, I wonder
A large connected beauty
Mother earth’s heartbeats

Mountain memories
Hiking, laughing, eating, bees
Loving family

thank you for the stay
bhutanese nepali youth
are very happy

Made Memories here
The whole family made it
Hope to come again

Wedding party fun
The whole family is here
We are missing mom

The people show love
And the animals other than,
like when there’s habitat

Last day, leaving soon
It was quite a ruckus time
Maybe be back soon

T-Givin with stepfam
week prior to Thankingday
Joyous time in the rain

Last day, leaving soon
It was quite a ruckus time
Maybe be back soon

Pasta Rustica
So much garlic, so much yum.
We will eat yet more.

Cats may, or may not, exist
Until they meow

Sea Sanctuary
Paraders no Protesters
Good media stunts

Play rummy and talk
Make bacon-jam and meatballs
Saw that jaw-breaker in two

Monkey on the beach
Make a pina colada
With your diverse friends.

Crouching leopard hides
Watch out you other things!
She wants your beach drink.

Run, crab! Hide, starfish!
in the chaos and melee
sand castle goes down

Goat powered ping pong
Confused penguin orchestra
Doberman mudflaps

Spaceteam game is on.
Disengage hoverdrill now!
We are spaceteam.

Card games can be fun
Also could alienate friends
I never knew you.

Really not my skill,
just the luck of the draw, yes?
as I hoard the twos

A yellow flower
Has fallen from the treetops
They look like dead eggs

A long table sits
For pong of ale amongst friends
And Great Balls of Fire

They used to giggle
The feeling of shmerr is gone
Falling down, is his hair

Dismal night calls,
The closed cedar walls, beckon,
I remain, I stay

Faces of my friends
Happiness beyond compare
An annual need

Glorious moonlight
my heavy hellbent heart hoped
realize marvel

Saint Hellions bonding
A yurt can’t contain our joy
Time is illusion

Three generations
A Cedar family tree
Grand  Pa Paul’s birthday

Many sights we did see
From Seattle to Whistler
Burgett Family

Old Mountain
There are fluffer clouds
The wind blows

Zombie Ninja horde
Attack chaos world ending
just a dream…maybe

Laughter rings out loud
Teasing giggling board games
leaving with smiles

Squirrel trees running
water flows pleasing to ear
deep breath inner peace

Tucked in the woods, cozy…
Good company, time to spare
Surrounded by love

Graduation, future
Anticipation, clear eyes
Dreams, full speed ahead

Hear the rain on skylight
Early morning heart singing
Nature’s music sweet

Puzzle we did do
The yurt we did pay in too
This big house is great

Drinking, eating, yum
New Year’s resolution gone

Hear rain on skylight
Early morning heart singing
Nature’s music sweet

Tucked in the woods, cozy
Good company, time to spare
Surrounded by love

Graduation, future
Anticipation, clear eyes
Dreams, full speed ahead

We had a great stay
Came for the brother’s wedding
Now we’re on our way

House is pretty great
Weather was not all that good
I love my haiku

Great food booze and love
Shaked with honey and sweetness

Molly se graduo
Ahora celebramos
Con su familia!

Party?  Off the hook!
Friends? All here
Accounted for.  Congratulations!

Dean, Dale, Don, Dan, Dru
Martin brothers together
Celebrate Dean’s life

Why make a haiku
When you could just meditate
In the yurt outside

Rain rain rain rain rain
Mountain biking at Galbraith
Mud covered body

Spirit abounds here
Close warm generous and sick
Have we decided?

Birds with song wind stream trees
Singing beautifully
To my soul Linda

While coming of age
We wrote and explored the rain
The sun broke the sky

Tap, tap, tap, say what?
Conversation so sublime
The robin wants to come in

Came to the Tree House
Enjoyed skiing and tubbing
Sad to return home

All the way from Canada
To celebrate New Year at Cedar
Best New Year’s party ever

Meet and greet-learn
Amidst the trees, breeze, air
Friends now and yes forever

Haikus can be fun
But sometimes they don’t make sense

So cute and so small
Ottoman with a secret
A surprise inside!

Lifting up the lid
Steaming bubbly wonder
Relaxing at last

The oldest tree in the world
Cut down after 4800 years
I hope these cedars will outlast us all

Cascade shines serene
Chocolate dreams of my being
Friends’ laughter floating

Hot steamy water
Distant sounds of rushing creek

Ending of summer
College adventures begin                                                                                                                                                                                  Creating new lives

We’re out of water
What to do with the coffee
Let’s go to Costco

Balderdash Bazaar
Laughing, howling, no sleeping
Owl that cries “More Pork!”

Never seen a yurt
It’s like a gazebo
But somehow not quite

The house is so great
Better than any hotel
There’s a creek down there!

Marriage in the yurt
Performed by a suspicious
Bulgarian dude

Late night rock-band game
Keeping everyone awake
With Crockodile Rock