Vashon Island is Washington’s largest island in the Puget Sound, just south of Admiralty Inlet. There are no bridges to the island, so the only way to get to Vashon is by boat or ferry from Seattle or Tacoma. It’s about a 15 minute ferry ride from Fauntleroy Terminal in Seattle and just a bit less from Tacoma’s Point Defiance to Telequa (South of the Island). There is one public airport on Vashon island and one private airstrip on the famous (and for sale) Misty Island Farms). While you can charter a flight there is no regular air service. King County Metro bus line operates Monday through Friday down the length of the island on the Vashon Highway running regularly allowing for commuters to get to the passenger ferry with ease.
Visitors frequent Vashon Island in the Spring and Summer months allow for nicer weather and a beautiful atmosphere. Those warm months are filled with outdoor activities that include many biking challenges like the Passport to Pain; 3k – 10k runs like the popular Bill Burby fun run during the Strawberry Festival in July; and weekends allow for outdoor concerts; the local farmer’s market, wine, brew and cider tours; and amazing food housed on Vashon Island.
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Get to Know Vashon Island
The Simple Lifestyle On Vashon Island Today
With a populace of nearly 11,000 residents, the island maintains its charm with a relaxed lifestyle, reminiscent of a bygone era. There are no freeways and, indeed, the main roads across the island are lightly traveled and somewhat in need of repair. A large percentage of the inhabitants are artists or owners of small family-sized farms. Without a connecting bridge to the mainland, industry and businesses are not interested in locating there. To preserve their comfortably casual style of living, the people who call the island home have fought vigorously to prevent a bridge from being built, which they are sure would be an invitation to large agricultural industry. Currently, the only way for visitors to gain access to Vashon Island is by ferry. Several ferry lines run dozens of trips daily from the mainland. In fact, it only takes 22 minutes to reach the island from downtown Seattle by ferry.
Vashon is home to many well known places to eat on the Island. With many pizza, Mexican style, bistro, cafes and an nationally recognized Thai restaurant you can’t go wrong with your choice.
There are nearly 200 Airbnb listings on Vashon, and many of them are on VRBO as well. Visitors can book just a room in someone’s home, a small cottage/studio in a backyard, a full home on some land or with a water view or enjoy a stay at the Vashon hotel in town “The Lodges“.
What a lot of people don’t know is that Vashon is home to many parks to visit with many miles of trails and beach to enjoy. A couple of the parks even have historical locations you can book for an evening or more for a mini-vacation on the water.