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. . .
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.
Guemes, (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:
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.
|Guemes Island Island Resort|
If 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: www.guemesislandresort.com
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