You gotta love an island who’s unofficial slogan is “Keep Vashon Weird.” Locals are an eclectic group of artists, writers, organic farmers and ex-hippies. The island has a decidedly rural feel, but still manages to support a few upscale restaurants and loads of artists collectives. Here are a few of my favorite places and spaces…
Taking the Ferry
WSDOT Ferry Schedule: Crossing time ~ 20 minutes.
One of my favorite things about living in Seattle is the ability to hop on a ferry and get away for the day. And bonus! Ferries don’t make me seasick, like nearly every other boat on the planet. In fact, it's quite the opposite - I love standing on the deck and smelling the salty air. The views of Seattle and the surrounding mountains are gorgeous - particularly on a sunny day.
Vashon Island Coffiee Roasterie: 19529 Vashon Hwy., S.W.
Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie is something of an island institution. Just for fun, see how many “Keep Vashon Weird” bumper stickers you can spot in the parking lot. Order a coffee and a Rosemary Croissant with Sea Salt and ask them to lightly toast it for you. Take your coffee outside, sit on the long red bench and watch the world go by.
Point Robinson Park
Once you’re properly caffeinated, it’s time to head to Point Robinson Park for a stroll along the beach. The lighthouse is the big draw here, but I think the drift wood is much more interesting. Visitors have built little driftwood forts along the beach that my girls would LOVE. (more pictures below)
There are few cute shops in town, but my favorite is Giraffe, which has carefully chosen kitchen linens and household treasures from around the world. The Vashon Bookshop is also worth a visit, as is Country Store and Farm (if you're into that sorta thing).
I’m told that the best Thai food in the Pacific Northwest is Vashon’s own May Kitchen. The store front is so low-key that I walked past it twice before realizing they were closed for lunch. I ended up at The Hardware Store and could not have been happier. Bustling lunch crowd and yummy healthy food.
So hop the ferry and head on over to Vashon for the day! But don't be in a rush: take your time, slow down and wander. Because, as another popular bumper sticker says, "This ain't the mainland."