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Nothing Like A Place That Serves Multiple Purposes
Anacortes, WA – Waterfront cities seem to be particularly appealing during hot, summer days, so we decided to go with the flow. On today’s menu we’re featuring the beautiful Anacortes, WA. This is one of those places that’s both a good overnight stopover and an extremely appealing destination in itself. Often called the gateway to the San Juan Islands, Anacortes is the place to stay and catch an early morning ferry if the islands are your final destination.
Located on Skagit County’s Fidalgo Island in northwest Washington, Anacortes is viewed by many as a rather delightful and livable community. And as aforementioned, it has plenty to offer to those who wish to explore it. That being said, it not surprising that it’s often used as a base camp for exploring many nearby attractions. Some of these include Deception Pass State Park, many art galleries in nearby La Conner, as well as a number of tulip farms in Mount Vernon.
Antiquing In Anacortes, WA Never Gets Old
The town has a population of just over 16,000 and, contrary to popular belief, the name isn’t of Hispanic origin. “Anacortes” is actually a consolidation of the name Anna Curtis. Curtis was the wife of Amos Bowman, an early Fidalgo Island settler. In addition to containing many interesting traces of bygone times, the town is also very easily accessible. It’s only 20 minutes away from Interstate 5 and some 75 miles north of Seattle, WA. If you’re traveling from Vancouver, Canada, it’ll take you some 95 miles to reach this gorgeous small town, however.
While in town, a plethora of different activities await visitors. Most notably, Anacortes gladly offers its many antiques shops. For instance, Sweet Home Antiques is located uptown, while Alley Cat Antiques can be found downtown. And while we’re on the subject of downtown, this is also where you’ll find Buer’s Floral & Gifts. Keep in mind – beautifully crafted bouquets are just one of many items you’ll be able to treat yourself to here. The city’s historic buildings will keep you company while you shop. Our tip: keep an eye out for colorful exterior wall murals that are the brainchild of artist Bill Mitchell. They’ll blow you away!
Fun Is Guaranteed, Whether You Bring The Little Ones Along Or Not
It should also be said that the restaurants in Anacortes offer a wide range of mouth-watering menus. These virtually range from candlelight dinner to fish and chips on the corner, and of course, many traditional Northwest favorites like Dungeness crab, halibut and salmon. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also considered standard here due to the proximity of the Skagit Valley. Thai, Japanese, Chinese, French, Italian, Greek and Mexican eateries are also ample. Handmade chocolates and fresh baked goods are another staple of the Anacortes culinary experience. And for the cherry on top, an impressive selection of fine wines is the trademark of several businesses throughout town.
When it comes to family attractions in and around this small town, here are a couple of our favorites. Washington Park is definitely at the top of the list, with its 220 acres, every single one of which can be circumnavigated on a 2.2-mile loop road. Boasting overlooks and benches at virtually every step, if offers breathtaking views of the San Juan archipelago, Burrows Channel and Rosario Strait. Mt. Erie’s 160-acre park is another great option. Combined, its several lookouts offer a just about 360-degree view of the Cascade Mountains and waters surrounding San Juan Islands. Lastly, Cap Sante Park should not be missed. We absolutely loved the expansive views of the Cascades, Mt. Bake, Fidalgo Bay marinas and downtown Anacortes. You definitely will too.