Whether you’re planning a special weekend of couples activities or want to surprise your sweetie with a spontaneous retreat, Anacortes offers 360 degrees of island charm and is just a car ride down the road. Slip away to Anacortes, nestled on the eastern point of Fidalgo Island – a short drive to the Island, exit I-5 and enjoy the scenic Skagit Valley down Highway 20 with views of some of the most fertile fields in the Northwest.
Anacortes is the first Island of the San Juan’s from the east, accessible by bridge and a destination in its own right. A place to watch the boats in the channel, stroll through the quaint downtown shops and feel the northwest way of Island life. Surrounded by the waters of Fidalgo Bay and Guemes Channel, the city blends historic charm with modern amenities, spectacular views and warm welcoming smiles.
Discover for yourself the city’s great and varied places to stay, fresh and local restaurants, relaxing spa treatments, tasty microbrews, interesting shops, historic neighborhoods, unique museums, and 2,500 acres of forest-lands for hiking and biking. Enjoy the views of Fidalgo Island from the water aboard one of the many vessels available for personal charter.
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. Looking to purchase a great bottle of wine to toast your visit? Experience a historic grocery store with a twist you won’t soon forget, one of the best selections of vino around – complimented with their freshly baked breads, extensive cheese offerings and so much more at The Store Grocery.
Listen to music at one of the local hot spots and you might be surprised to find some famous northwest talent crooning at the mic. Savor a candlelight meal with options from gourmet northwest fresh and natural cuisine to Deli style you won’t soon forget. explore together; laugh together.
And, sh-hh, a little known lovers’ secret… Anacortes tops the list of “Best Places to Park with a View.” Check out Cap Sante overlook, Washington Park loop road pull-outs, the top of Mt. Erie, and Deception Pass State Park. (Be sure to note closing hours—usually dusk.)
Activity-minded couples can head outdoors for a round of golf, or hiking and mountain biking in the forest lands (pick up a map—you’ll need it—at Watermark Books).
Culture mavens should put the always-informative Anacortes Museum, W.T. Preston Snag boat 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. Boat owners, water-dogs and history buffs alike will enjoy Marine Hardware.
Need more ideas for island based couples activities? Click here for a Couples Extended Stay Itinerary and use this tool to plan your perfect getaway.