Vashon Island Step Back in Time
Visitors and the lucky residents alike consider Vashon Island a magical place. Located a stones throw from Seattle in the Puget Sound, this island gem is like stepping back in time. Here, the pace is slow. People talk instead of text. Residents drive slowly, wave at their neighbors and believe in helping others. Farm stands dot the rural roads and work on the honor system…take what you want and drop the money in the box.
Historically,Vashon Island, (sometimes called Vashon-Maury Island) was based on agriculture. It was originally made up of thriving strawberry farms. Today the island is still dotted with family owned farms offering fresh,organic produce, dairy and eggs.
Today, Vashon is a popular residence for those commuting to jobs in busy Seattle or Tacoma. The Vashon Ferry, part of the Washington State Ferry system offers a convenient schedule with ferries stopping on the northern and southern end of the Island.
Vashon Island is only 13 miles long but has about 45 miles of shoreline. Boating and kayaking are popular activities here. Pt. Robinson Park includes a working lighthouse as well as a sandy beach, saltwater marsh and dense woodlands.
Traveling around the island by car is easy, but it is a great spot for cyclists. Walk your bicycle on the ferry and then pedal 5 miles from the ferry dock into town. Be aware, this island is hilly, but well worth the work.
The center of the island holds a 363 acre working forest and nature preserve. There are 9 miles of trails through dense forest and wet lands. This is a great spot to view local wildlife.
Vashon is home to a wide variety of wildlife including over 239 species of birds. From the shoreline you can view sea otters, porpoise, harbor seals, sea lions and whales. The island is home to deer, squirrels, coyotes and even black bears.
This mystical island is home to a vibrant arts community with over 22 galleries on the island. Every June and December they offer tours of galleries across the island. These tours feature over 100 artist in a variety of media including painting, jewelry, ceramic work, textiles, photography and more.
There are a number of restaurants on the island all serving great food using fresh, local ingredients. You can find Thai food, Mexican food, French bistro style dining as well as great casual home cooking. Don’t miss the Vashon Island Coffee Roastery located in the center of town in an historic 100+ year old building. Not only do they roast their own coffee using unique, select beans, but they have a great general store type atmosphere with local produce, food to go, high quality teas, and healthy supplements.
The weather on Vashon is mild, much like Seattle. Summer highs are in the mid 70’s with lows in the mid-50’s. Winter highs are in the low 50’s Nov-January are the rainiest months.
You need to hop a Washington State Ferry to get to Vashon. From West Seattle you can take the 20 minute Vashon Island Ferry from Fauntleroy to Vashon. From Tacoma the Point Defiance Ferry takes about 15 minutes and drops you at the Tahlequah Ferry Landing on the south end of Vashon Island. Both ferries accommodate cars.
Vashon Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper Favorites
|Food and Coffee||Winery||Hike and Bike|
|The Hardware Store||Palouse Winery||Pt. Robinson Park|
|The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie||Vashon Winery||Island Center Forest|
|May Kitchen and Bar||Dragons Head Cider||Ober Park|
|Gravy||Andrew Will Winery||Shinglemill Creek|