If you’ve never sailed before, or it’s been awhile, we recommend easing into it slowly––like on a no-experience-necessary daysail.
Blake Island: A full-day cruise to one of the few islands on the Puget Sound that’s accessible only by boat—and so welcoming to visitors that native deer practically greet you. Sail in full view of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, and the city skyline. Tie up at Tillicum Village for picnicking or kayaking.
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.