SLIP AWAY TO ANACORTES

(COUR­TESY OF EX­PE­RI­ENCE ANACORTES – YOUR IS­LAND GET­AWAY)

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Slip away to Anacortes, nes­tled on the east­ern point of Fi­dalgo Is­land. Sur­rounded by the waters of Fi­dalgo Bay and Guemes Chan­nel, Anacortes blends his­toric charm with mod­ern ameni­ties, spec­tac­u­lar views and warm wel­com­ing smiles.

Anacortes is the ideal launch point for a boat­ing ad­ven­ture. The in­land wa­ter­ways be­tween the main­land and Van­cou­ver Is­land are rec­og­nized world­wide as a boater’s par­adise, with line-of-sight cruis­ing and in­com­pa­ra­ble sea life. Savour the thrill, in­ti­macy, and con­tent­ment of wind on your face and the in­spir­ing beauty of is­lands and coast in ev­ery di­rec­tion. Your only vis­i­tors will be bald ea­gles, or­cas (killer whales), mi­gra­tory birds, and bow-rid­ing por­poises.

Dis­cover for your­self the city’s great and var­ied restau­rants, tasty mi­cro­brews, in­ter­est­ing shops, his­toric neigh­bor­hoods, unique mu­se­ums, and 2,500 acres of forest­lands for hik­ing and bik­ing. En­joy the views of Fi­dalgo Is­land from the wa­ter aboard one of the many ves­sels avail­able for per­sonal char­ter.

Or – coast in, and hang out on the is­land! Point your­self in just about any di­rec­tion in Anacortes and a wa­ter ex­pe­ri­ence is just steps away. Pick up a boxed lunch at any of the lo­cal eats down­town and walk on over to Sea­far­ers’ Me­mo­rial Park—the per­fect place to pic­nic on the lawn while the kids splash on the grad­ual beach, hunt for agates, and skip rocks. It’s also an easy place to launch a kayak, and the venue for some in­cred­i­bly fun sum­mer con­certs.

Need a lit­tle respite? Read and sip cof­fee by a crack­ling fire in a his­toric ho­tel or take in the lo­cal scene at a quaint up­scale cof­fee shop/bak­ery; re­lax with his and her mas­sages at one of the many beau­ti­fully ap­pointed spas. Stroll the open ma­rina arm in arm and ex­pe­ri­ence the fish­ing trawlers and spy the oc­ca­sional seal.

Cul­ture mavens should put the al­ways-in­for­ma­tive Anacortes Mu­seum, W.T. Pre­ston Snag­boat and Her­itage Mu­seum, Anacortes Com­mu­nity Theatre (ACT), and First Fri­day Gallery Walk on their get­away list.

For those in need of re­tail ther­apy, we pre­scribe a gen­er­ous dose of lo­cally owned bou­tiques, gourmet kitchen wares, jew­elry,

art, books, and gift shops. Or step back in his­tory at the city’s many an­tiques shops, dis­play­ing ev­ery­thing from coun­try to Euro­pean an­tiques and marine, western, and vin­tage col­lectibles.

Or make like a lo­cal and pull out of the ma­rina at first light aboard an all-day fish­ing char­ter. The waters of the San Juans and Pa­cific North­west have sup­ported sport and com­mer­cial fish­ing fam­i­lies since the 1800s. Most lo­cal char­ter skip­pers grew up bait­ing hooks and telling lies. Their knowl­edge of the habits, cy­cles, and haunts of the area’s salmon, hal­ibut, and ling­cod come as nat­u­rally as the change of sea­sons.

Even an­nual Anacortes events play up the city’s salt-sprayed sur­round­ings. Bring the en­tire fam­ily and en­joy June’s Wa­ter­front Fes­ti­val at Cap Sante Ma­rina. Visit yearly Boat Shows, or plan a full week­end around Bier on the Pier (October) and Spring Wine Fes­ti­val (April).

For more info visit anacortes.org or call the vis­i­tors’ cen­ter at (360) 293-3832.

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