Ever wonder how an author is inspired by place? The Betty MacDonald Farm on Vashon Island is a great place to start. This quintessentially Northwest farm overlooking Puget Sound, where MacDonald lived during the 1940s when she wrote The Egg and I, Onions in the Stew, and the first of her Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series, is now a small country inn. Guests can stay in a cedar loft in the barn, or an adjacent cottage, both furnished in cozy Northwest style. The grounds are spectacular, with flowering fruit trees and perennial beds, towering firs, and intimate little spots to sit and view Mt. Rainier, the sunrise, and moonlight over the water below.
MacDonald lived here with her two daughters and second husband, raising chickens and writing, during a happy, productive period of her life. Most of the buildings and gardens date from their tenure there, and the library at the farm still has memorabilia from that period. To arrange a visit or book a stay this spring, contact the owner Judith Lawrence. For reservations call toll-free at: 888-328-6753, or local at 206-567-4227.
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Image: Betty MacDonald Farm © Judith Lawrence