Travel back in time to Washington's Anderson Island

Hop a 20-minute ferry to a little-known natural paradise in the Puget Sound

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  • Drop by the perfectly preserved Johnson Farm for a peek at its historical museum which includes a colorful Model T.

    Anderson Island Model T

    Amanda Koster

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Johnson Farm Museum A century-old farm with a community garden, 13 historic buildings, and a tiny museum stuffed with everyday treasures that trace the island’s history. Great gift shop too. INFO: 12–4 Sat–Sun through Dec 31; 9306 Otso Point Rd.; 253/884-2135.

HIKE

Andy's Marine Park Best late in the day, when the easy 0.75-mile serpentine hiking trail takes you to a driftwood-strewn beach backlit by an apricot sunset. INFO: On Claussen Rd., about 3/4 mile south of Sandberg Rd.

EAT

Riviera Lakeshore Restaurant Technically part of the island's country club, but it's more country than club. Enjoy fish and chips on Lake Josephine and a view to the top of Mt. Rainier. INFO: $$; 11019 Country Club Dr.; 253/884-3344.

STAY OVERNIGHT

You can wake up on Anderson if you have Barbara Lake's phone number ( Anderson Island Inns, from $100; 253/377-6467). You might call her an itinerant innkeeper ― she runs most of the small B&Bs on the island. Owners provide the bed, she provides the breakfast.

 

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