“You had me at hobbit.” I wish that this is what I had said, but Jerry Maguire was several years away. Shortly after I met my husband, I remarked on his large, hairy feet. A Lord of the Rings nut who claimed to have first read the book at age seven,[footnote]It seems to get earlier in some of his stories…I swear pretty soon he’ll have emerged from the womb having read all of Tolkien, including the Silmarillion![/footnote]he did a little hop and said, “I’m a big hobbit!” If you’re also a big hobbit and your version of travel lust includes a pining for the Shire, these three spots in Washington State will temporarily satisfy your hobbity cravings until you can get to Middle Earth or, at least, New Zealand.
The Brothers Greenhouses
Set out on an adventure to the back of this Port Orchard nursery to find a house so tiny it doesn’t even have a bed. You can’t rent it and stay, but you can go inside and check out the little fireplace. Check out the rest of the nursery as well for their castles, fairy garden supplies, and an incredible mini shire fairy garden complete with tiny dwellings and a train set.[footnote]Sadly, the mini shire is not for sale, but it inspired me to start trying to make my own.[/footnote]
The Forest House
Near Eastsound, on Orcas Island, this magical[footnote]And I don’t tend to overuse words like “magical”[/footnote] dwelling was formerly called the “Hobbit House” until the owner received notification that the word was trademarked. Now called the Forest House, you can rent it on TripAdvisor. The book itself starts with “In a hole in the ground lived a hobbit.” While this house has features that would please any halfling, its location is among the trees and might satisfy some of the citizens of Rivendell. I think The Forest House might be a better name.
I’m working on another piece which will include more about the Forest House, so that’s all I’ll say here.
I have my reservation to stay in this underground home near Lake Chelan with my big hobbit…but to stay here you should book a year in advance when reservations open on AirBNB. I’ll update this after my stay here (next year).
For a closer look at the making of this enchanted hobbit dwelling, here’s a video: