Colonel's House Opens Its Doors

Colonel's House Opens Its Doors

With spectacular views of Admiralty Inlet and the Olympic Mountains, the Colonel’s House at Camp Casey Conference Center will be available for bookings starting in January 2024.

“Camp Casey is a very storied place, and the Colonel’s House very much embodies that story,” said Jake Carlson, Director of Camp Casey which is owned by Seattle Pacific University. “It’s also tough to beat the sun porch and that view of Admiralty Inlet.”

With its westward-facing views, the Colonel’s House was constructed in 1904 in a Colonial Revival style. The home can sleep up to 16 people in six bedrooms on the second and third floors. It offers easy access to the beach, nearby forest trails, and Fort Casey State Park.

“This house sits on one of Whidbey Island’s most beautiful vistas,” Carlson said, adding “the home is perfect for family reunions, group getaways, or company retreats.”

Prior to being available to rent, the Colonel’s House had been used exclusively for Seattle Pacific University leadership. Now, they look forward to opening its doors to a much broader audience – including the local community in Coupeville and on Whidbey Island.

On December 7, local community and business leaders were invited to an exclusive open house event. Visitors enjoyed a look at the interior of the Colonel’s House, which was an occasion that featured a Whidbey Island flair. Beer was from Penn Cove Brewing in Coupeville, wine from the Tipsy Jellyfish in Oak Harbor, and food from Zanini’s Catering in Oak Harbor — which is owned by Jackie Huerta, Camp Casey’s very own on-site caterer!

Historian Steven Kobylk was on hand offering in-depth insights into the history of the home and its original function as part of Fort Casey. He was wearing a uniform, based on a design developed in 1906, consistent with a sergeant of the guard for the officer’s row.

About 125 folks showed up for the event, joined by several members of Seattle Pacific University’s leadership. Guests also had the opportunity to view art from Whidbey Island painters Timothy Haslet and Katy Holley, part of an effort to display local art in the house to be shared with future guests in the Colonel’s House.

“We’re part of this community and want to try to find ways to contribute to the life of this community,” Carlson said.

For information about booking the Colonel’s House, call (360) 678-5050 or email campcasey@spu.edu.