So Many Things to DO On Vashon
Vashon Island, reachable by ferry from Seattle, Tacoma, or Southworth, is a picturesque destination sure to provide a unique experience. Best traversed either by car or bike, the island offers a range of eats, drinks, shops, hikes, artistic experiences, unique events, and must-see landmarks.
EAT YOUR HEART OUT ON THIS FOODIE’S PARADISE
Vashon is home to some of the top restaurants in the greater Seattle-Tacoma area, as well as the United States as a whole. Visitors and community members alike may find themselves inundated with the quality choices at hand. Some visitors may even opt to stay for multiple days to enjoy multiple Vashon eateries.
Check out our page on Vashon restaurants to get a look at our favorite places to get a meal.
SIP YOUR WAY ACROSS THE ISLAND
Five wineries, two breweries, and two cideries call Vashon Island home. All of the breweries, all of the cideries, and three of the wineries are open to the public!
Palouse Winery – Palouse’s tasting room is open year-round, every weekend from 12-5 PM. This winery is owned by George and Linda Kirkish, whom you are almost sure to meet if you stop by for a tasting or to buy bottles.
Vashon Winery – This winery opens its tasting room on the weekends April through October from 2 to 5 PM, or by appointment. Vashon Winery is a humble winery that produces less than 600 cases of wine annually. Meaning they are worth the visit!
Maury Island Winery – Maury Island Winery is another small, family-owned vineyard and winery. Their hours vary but are typically open only during the summer months. They produce a small number of cases each year, but their Cremant de Maury is not to be missed.
Vashon Brewing – Vashon Brewing prides itself in its locally-sourced ingredients and low-levels of gluten. They are located downtown and offer pints, flights, and seasonal games in their yard.
Camp Colvos Brewing – Colvos, named after the nearby Colvos passage, is open year-round and located downtown in their stylish, new building. They offer pints, cider, wine, snacks, and merchandise.
Dragon’s Head Cider – Sample Dragon’s Head Cider, made of Vashon grown apples, through an appointment at their tasting room. Dragon’s Head presses, ferments, blends, and bottles their creations on their farm located right outside of downtown.
Nashi Orchards – Nashi’s tasting room is open weekends year-round, or weekdays by appointment. They are well-known for their Perry, which utilizes the Asian-pears that grow on their island orchard.
TAKE A HIKE! OR A WALK…
Vashon Island is famed for its scenic surroundings. A perfect way to indulge in the views is to take a hike, or gentle walk, on one of the island’s many parks.
Shinglemill Creek Preserve is one of our favorite Vashon parks because it offers one of Vashon’s more challenging hikes yet is also ADA accessible. This park offers a 3-mile, thigh-burning hike which leads you through a shaded forest and beach. Enter through the upper trailhead and you will be welcomed by a well-maintained all-ages loop and lookout.
Seeking a stunning view of Mt. Rainier and The Sound? Travel across the island to the Maury Island Marine Park. Here you will find a gentle loop and a collection of hillside trails that leads you to a beach sprinkled with breath-taking campsites.
Stay near downtown Vashon or head out to Maury for an exploration of the Point Robinson Lighthouse.
- Vashon Island Parks
- Vashon Island Beaches
- Vashon Island Downtown
- Vashon Farmer’s Market
- Vashon Island Strawberry Festival
- Weddings on Vashon Island
- Point Robinson Lighthouse
- Find a Brewery on Vashon
- Art Studio Tour
- Arts Center
- Vashon Island Workshops
- Horseback Riding
- All Things Vashon
SHOP LIKE A LOCAL
Visit Vashon’s numerous farm stands for a taste of the island’s freshest offerings. Take a look at our favorite farm stands!
Meander through the heart of Vashon Island, or the small town of Burton, for locally crafted and curated gifts.
INDULGE IN THE ARTS
Throughout the years Vashon has been home to countless talented artists. The first Friday of every month we celebrate the island’s creativity by indulging in an art crawl through downtown.