Your winter island getaway may be just around the corner.
Whether you’re planning a special romantic getaway or want to surprise your sweetie with a spontaneous retreat, Anacortes offers 360 degrees of island charm—just a car ride down the road. 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 forestland for hiking and biking. Enjoy the views of Fidalgo Island from the water aboard one of the many vessels available for personal charter.
No need to wait until summer, winter is just the excuse you need to slow down, savor the world around you, and pay attention to your own and others’ personal needs.
Slip away to Anacortes, nestled on the eastern point of Fidalgo Island – the island you can access by car. It’s a short drive to the island from Seattle, exit I-5 and enjoy the scenic Skagit Valley down Hwy 20 with views of some of the most fertile fields in the Northwest. Anacortes is accessible by bridge and a destination in its own right. It’s a great place to watch the boats in the channel, stroll through the quaint downtown shops and feel the northwest way of island life.
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 hotspots 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, shhh, 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.)
Catering to visitors year-round, Anacortes offers accommodations for every taste and pocketbook. Take a virtual tour to find the setting that appeals to you, be it a cozy fire, mountain or water view, terrific bed, downtown convenience, home-like atmosphere, elegant inn, or great value.
Activity-minded couples can head outdoors for a round of golf, or hiking and mountain biking in the forestlands (pick up a map – you’ll need it – at Watermark Books).
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 Supply & Hardware. For truly fresh and local food and wares, the indoor winter Anacortes Farmers Market is held the second Saturday, January-April, 9am – 2pm at The Depot (7th and R Ave.).
Who said winter was boring? With a visit to Anacortes, romantic island living is right around the corner.