The San Juan Islands, an archipelago between the mainland of the United States and Canada’s Vancouver Island, is a paradise for bald eagles. Plenty of other wildlife too. It’s also a paradise for sea kayakers, hikers, lovers of oysters, lounging experts. Any view of the sea may result in spotting pods of orcas, dolphins, and seals. This cabin, built by Prentiss, faces west on the biggest island in the group, looking directly into the finest PNW sunsets.

This cabin is simple. One bedroom, one bath, a small kitchen. The large windows let in light that heats the cabin on its own, though a wood stove is there for ambiance. It nestles into the hillside to provide shelter from winter weather and to hide it a bit from neighboring homes. It’s meant to be a world away from the world.

Even better, there is no pavement leading to the cabin. As all great natural spaces are, it’s approached by a simple path.


Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.

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