Vashon Island is about a 20 minute ferry outside Seattle, but it may as well be a hundred miles away
From Seattle, we drove 15 minutes from downtown to the busy commuter ferry that runs from West Seattle to Vashon, Once we got off the ferry, we felt totally at peace and relaxed! If you’re visiting, it’s a perfect weekend stay to see a little more then just Seattle. The Lodges, just a short walk from the ferry was the perfect stay for us.
Here’s what we recommend:
Definitely hit up the Farmers Market in the spring/summer for great locally-made goods. The whole island has a theme of organic and local, but this is a one stop shop. And if it’s a classic Seattle day (i.e. wet and chilly), go tasting room hopping! There are at least seven different tasting rooms on the island – wine, spirits, cider, beer – you’ll be warmed up in no time.
You’ll be dependent on the weather, but if it’s possible, try and get on the water! The water is perfect for it. You can rent kayaks from Vashon Watersports, paddle boards from Fat Cat Paddleboard, and Bikes from Spider Sports.
If that’s not your thing, check out one of the many hikes on the island or stroll the beach and visit the Point Robinson Lighthouse.
There’s a ton of restaurants with locally sourced food. The one’s recommended to us were:
Check out these salads from Pure Organic Cafe:
Don’t miss Snapdragon for giant pastries and vegetarian dishes and Vashon Baking Co for more amazing pastries and great coffee. Another favorite stop is Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie and of course ice cream at Glass Bottle Creamery!
The coolest part of the trip was where we stayed: The Lodges at Vashon are a mini commune of eco-luxury cabins that were basically new and super modern. They have some great shared spaces that we just loved and were able to socialize with some other guests. The outdoor deck with the fireplace was our favorite, but the rooms themselves were modern and comfy too. We loved it!
Located in the heart of Washington’s lush Vashon Island, The Lodges are where modern style meets Mother Nature. Relax in the Pacific Northwest green. Wander around town. Discover a Saturday farmers market or rejuvenate over coffee – everything moves a little slower on the island. Come stay with us at The Lodges!