If you’ve never sailed before, or it’s been awhile, we recommend easing into it slowly––like on a no-experience-necessary daysail.
Elliott Bay/Downtown Seattle: From Shilshole Bay Marina or another harbor in the region, you can cruise into Elliott Bay for a Seattle skyline tour from the water. Tie off at Bell Harbor Marina and walk to Pike Place Market.
Gig Harbor: A more rustic sailing getaway in a sheltered cove near the southern end of the Puget Sound, with Mt. Rainier as a backdrop. You can roam the harbor in light wind with a handful of great tie-ups, including Tides Tavern (see below) and Anthony’s at Gig Harbor.