Hop a Ferry to Vashon Island
Explore galleries, sandy beaches, and woodsy trails on this Washington isle just a shout from Seattle
Part of the allure of Vashon Island is that it’s not overrun with day-trippers. (And don’t worry: We’re not advocating that it should be.) But as long as you respectfully convert to Island Time, locals welcome you to explore its sandy beaches, woodsy trails, and galleries.
A popular bumper sticker proclaims KEEP VASHON WEIRD, revealing the heart of this artistic community, just a shout from Seattle.
Now the secret’s out: Vashon is for visitors too. (Ideally those who ditch their cars and pedal the 5 miles from the ferry into town.)
Washington State Ferries ($4.30 round-trip to walk on, $1 bicycle surcharge; from $18.50 round-trip to drive on; 206/464-6400) run frequently from the Fauntleroy Terminal in West Seattle. If you drive, consider renting some wheels at Vashon Island Bicycles (closed Mon; $20 per day; 206/463-6225). Visit vashonchamber.com for more info.
Vashon Farmers Market Pack your pannier with just-picked greens, island cheese, and local wine. INFO: 10-2 Sat year-round, 2-5 Wed Jul 16-Oct 15; Vashon Hwy. S.W. at Bank Rd. S.W.; 206/267-8146.
Point Robinson Park For beach walks and Mt. Rainier photo ops, bike 6 miles south of town to the eastern tip of Maury Island – attached to Vashon by a narrow road. INFO: Free lighthouse tours 12-4 Sun through late Sep and by appointment (206/463-6672); rent the Keepers’ Quarters from $1,050 per week; 3705 S.W. Point Robinson Rd.; vashonparkdistrict.org or 206/463-9602.