Saturday, August 10, 2013

WAWeekend: A Northwest Island Getaway

Ever dream about getting away to an island – just you, the sand and sea – perhaps a book, a glass of wine or both? It is one of our favorite travel daydreams. . .

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The island would be the kind of place that was accessible only by boat, perhaps a small ferry, on a crossing that takes but a few minutes. . .

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We found such a place earlier this year just a stone’s throw from Anacortes.  In fact we could see the island from our small balcony in this once-bustling fishing town to the north of Seattle.

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JebirthdaySquirrely 041Guemes, (guh-weems) is accessed by private boat or the Guemes Island Ferry (pictured above).

It is a small place with a very rural atmosphere, where ferry schedule changes and community events are posted on a chalk board near the ferry dock.

A place served by two small grocery stores. One in particular, Anderson’s General Store serves such good food in its tiny café that it is worth a trip to the island just to eat there:

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There’s a single resort on the island, the Guemes Island Resort, –operating since 1947  -- that offers a selection of water-front cabins (still heated by fireplace) and other more modern accommodations.

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Guemes Island Island Resort
Private homes line the island’s perimeter, but there are a couple of good sized parks and plenty of public beaches for strolling as well. 

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JebirthdaySquirrely 037If you are wondering about the island’s somewhat tongue-twister name. . .it was named after the Viceroy of New Spain, Juan Vicente de Guemes, who commissioned the expedition that discovered the island to Spain in 1791. . . or at least that is how Wikipedia says it got its name.

If You Go:

Anacortes and nearby Guemes Island are less than two hours drive north of Seattle.  Anacortes has many hotel/motels and retail stores.

Guemes Island Resort:
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Happy Travels!  Stop in again next week - we'll leave the welcome mat out!


  1. I want to visit there - right this minute!! Thanks for sharing.

    1. it is a great place to visit - not sure I'd want to live there, but a wonderful spot to spend a day or two.

  2. What a gorgeous little spot! I loved exploring the islands when I lived in Washington, but I never made it to this one. Beautiful. :-)

    1. It is a special little place and so close that it is easily overlooked. I'd love to return to it again one day.

  3. That place looks gorgeous. It looks like an amazing place to spend the day walking along the beach looking for little washed up treasures.

    1. I did just that - found bits of shells and sea glass and daydreamed a bit. . .doesn't get any better!

  4. This looks awesome, Jackie! I absolutely love the Northwest. The San Juan Islands are so beautiful :)

    1. You are absolutely correct, Mike, the San Juans are stunning -- any time of the year. Thanks for visiting today!

  5. I've heard of Guemes Island but that's about it. It looks ideal for a weekend getaway and what a bonus that there is a cafe worth eating in - and some sunshine though I hear it's been a great summer on the west coast.

    1. It has been a stunning summer around here. . .the sunshine just keeps coming and we are loving it! Amazing as it seems, these photos were taken in February - a foreshadowing of what was to come!


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