Monday, March 30, 2015

Seattle: Day Trip to Vashon-Maury Island

Since my husband and I come back to Seattle quite often, I thought it might be nice to take him to some of the islands around the Puget Sound.  It's a great way of seeing the greater Seattle area and also experience something new!

We'd just been over to Bainbridge Island last week, so this week we decided on heading over to Vashon Island.  

Vashon Island is a great place to visit when you want to visit:

1.  Discovering beaches or parks

2.  Want to shop in local Vashon art, curio, and antique shops

3.  Doing some outdoor activities:  kayaking or biking

How to get to Vashon:
From Seattle, we caught the Washington State Ferry from Fauntleroy (West Seattle) to Vashon Island.

The fair depends on the vehicle/passengers

We drove over and had three adults, which came out to under $35 USD.

***Some photos of Vashon's main town area***

One of the handful of gallery and art shops

Pacific Northwest gear

The town center stretches a few streets

Our favorite shop because it was stocked with antiques

Kona Coffee!

The Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum

The mural where we parked

Another beautiful mural
After we walked the downtown area, we drove around the island to check out some of the beaches.  We actually didn't really know what to expect.  We sort of just punched in places onto the GPS and sought out such places as KVI BEACH, which was a nice find.

It was a nice find because it was one of those beaches that were filled with rocks!   And skipping rocks on the Puget Sound is one of our pastimes!

Driving around is a pleasure in itself because it's lovely to see how the Vashon Island locals live.

For lunch, we headed back into town and asked around at which places were highly recommended.  Two of the people we asked said to try The Hardware Store.  So, we headed on into The Hardware Store and were really satisfied with everything.  They had amazing service, great food, and an awesome ambiance.


The Vashon Breakfast

Fish and Chips

In the afternoon we drove over to Maury Island's Pt. Robinson Park.  Our waitress said that this was one of the most beautiful scenic spots on the Island.  It was probably about 4 miles from downtown Vashon.  The main draw, for us, was probably the lighthouse.  Who doesn't love lighthouses?

Mout Rainier off in the distance

Spending the day on Vashon was quite relaxing.  Next time we head over here, we are planning to bring our bikes.  The roads are so smooth and long and winding and just perfect for biking.