Thursday, March 21, 2013

Fort Flagler Retreat

Just a hop skip and jump away from Seattle, Fort Flagler, perched on a cliff above Puget Sound has a rental unit that is perfect for a group such as us to hold an artist retreat. The first hop is to take the ferry from Edmonds to Kingston on the Kitsap Peninsula. Here's a view of a pylon taken from the ferry window as we take leave at Edmonds. Can you spot the 3 kinds of birds on the pylon: Canadian Goose, Commorant and Seagull?
Drive west across the Kitsap Peninsula and cross the bridge to the Olympic Peninsula and turn north and follow the signs to Marrowstone Island. 

At the far north of Marrowstone, enter Fort Flagler State Park and drive directly to the cliff ahead to find the "vacation housing", repurposed military buildings, some of which are stately turn of the century structures, as the one pictured below. 
The building that we rent, The Waterway House, though an unimpressive one floor rambler of later vintage, is perfect for a group of artists to set up shop as it features a large linoleum tiled open kitchen/dining/living area lined with windows that look out over the water. A string of small bedrooms and 2 bathrooms provide the bare bones of comfort. 
The house comes complete with five 3' x 8' folding tables that our group sets up around the perimeter of the dining/living area so we each have plenty of room to work on our art projects. Although we do take time outs to prepare amazing meals and go for walks on the beach and in the woods, I love that we are a group of artists who love nothing better than a block of uninterrupted time to delve into our projects. An added plus is that there is always someone nearby to lend a hand or a bit of advice if needed.
One of the diversions of the park is exploring around the decommissioned gun batteries which date from the late 19th century. It's easy to imagine that we are in...
...European catacombs...
...or an ancient Amplitheater...
as easily as it is to imagine that a clump of kelp teathered to a rock found on the shore is an uncanny octopus.
So if you have a creative group that is looking for a practical, scenic, affordable retreat location on the north Olypmic Peninsula, check out the Waterway House at Fort Flagler.
Have you any creative retreat suggestions that you'd care to share, dear reader? Please do tell... ;)

3 comments:

Gudrun said...

As one of the lucky members of Rebecca''s retreat grop, I just want to agree that this is a wonderful and inexpensive location for artists to gather and work!

Karen S. said...

This looks like a perfect place for a plein air trip! Might be easier than camping out, as long as we figure out how to make s'mores...

Tara Chang said...

Heh- loved your 'catacombs' and 'ampitheater' pics. :-) I kind of thought the seaweed adorned rocks rather looked like rock-brains (zombie rocks?) with hair....

It *is* perfect for us. A good find! (and very nice write-up).