Have you ever yearned for a secret spot, a little island paradise tucked away from the hustle and bustle? Welcome to the magic that is Vashon Island. While it might not be on every international tourist’s radar, it’s just a fairy… oops!… I mean, a ferry ride away from Washington’s mainland. Think of it as Seattle’s cozy island sibling with tales waiting to be told.
Now, let’s talk about that commute. I’ve always believed journeys should be as enchanting as the destinations, and Vashon doesn’t disappoint. Board the Point Defiance-Tahlequah Ferry as dawn’s first light paints the horizon. On your return, opt for the twinkling evening views of the Fauntleroy-Vashon route. And if you’re feeling adventurous, there’s always the ferry to the Kitsap Peninsula, opening up a whole new world of exploration.
While Vashon is perfect for a day trip, I’d wager you might just be tempted to extend your stay. Whether you’re diving into Seattle’s urban jungle without the notorious traffic or embracing the tranquil vibes of Tacoma and Olympia, Vashon serves as the perfect base. Add to this the proximity to the enchanting Olympic National Park, and you’ve got yourself a Pacific Northwest trifecta.
Let’s wander downtown, shall we? Vashon’s heart is an eclectic blend of small-town charm and vibrant energy. As you meander, the weekly farmers market beckons with its unique alternative currency system, ensuring everyone gets to partake in the bounty.
Nature lovers, Vashon has treasures aplenty for you! Delight in the serenity of Dockton Park’s beach, delve into the history of the area, or let Maury Island Marine Park sweep you off your feet with its unmatched views. And for those lighthouse aficionados, Point Robinson Park flaunts a 1914 lighthouse and offers a vantage point for spotting resident orcas.
While you’re here, carve out some time for Burton. After disembarking the ferry, make your way to the Burton Coffee Stand. With its vibrant mosaic and delicious baked offerings from Snapdragon Bakery, it’s the heart and soul of this little crossroads town. And if you’re looking to truly relax, the Burton Inn and Spa promises a rejuvenating experience.
Now, what’s travel without a touch of retail therapy? Giraffe is a treasure trove of ethically sourced goodies, while Ravens Nest will enchant you with its native art. Bookworms, the Vashon Bookshop has both new and old tales waiting for you.
Foodies, rejoice! From the croissant heaven of Vashon Island Baking Company to the delightful surprises of Vashon Sugar Shack, a culinary journey awaits at every corner. Patty’s Place promises a breakfast fiesta with a side of tamale heaven, and The Hardware Store, housed in one of the oldest buildings on Vashon, serves up American classics with a contemporary twist.
Before I sign off, let me leave you with a few sips and gulps. Discover the unique taste of pear cider at Nashi Orchards, or relish the flavors at Maury Island Winery, Palouse Winery, and Vashon Brewing.
In conclusion, Vashon Island is not just a destination; it’s an experience. From its hidden beaches to the delightful communities, it’s a Pacific Northwest haven that’s waiting for you to discover. Till our next adventure, happy travels!