This weekend escape is near and dear to my heart. When I think of the times I have felt closest to God, and my most relaxed, I think Guemes Island. My family and I have been driving north to our tiny private island every summer for the past 18+ years.
Sidenote: It’s just too perfect that I planned this post out for today as it’s my momma’s birthday…and so many of the things that make up my dear mum are represented on Guemes- heart rocks, agates, water, fresh air, outdoor activities, peace, Orca whales, family time, and drinking in Creation and Jesus Himself. Happy, happy birthday sweet mom.
From Seattle, head north about an hour to the charming town of Anacortes (this will get a weekend post of it’s own someday), take a 5 min commuter ferry ride across the passage and arrive on Guemes. I would love to chat in person with each of you about all the nuances of my fave isle, but this quick photo itinerary will have to do for now…
When you arrive on the Guemes side of the ferry, walk straight up to Anderson’s General Store. This is the only “store” on the island. They have a selection of groceries, ice cream, beer on tap and movie rentals available! A great place to stock up before heading to your picnic spot or cabin for the night. Anderson’s also offers a cafe menu and coffee drive thru – and you can’t beat the view to eat/sip away!
If we owned bikes ( I know! I know!), I would just ride my bike over for the weekend. It’s a cheaper ferry ticket, and at only 7 miles around, the island is really quite bike-able.
Pedal off straight away from the ferry dock and head into the center of the island. Along the way, you’ll pass various freshly farmed- veggies and flower bouquet stands…on the honor system of course 🙂
This lady was “selling” her dahlias for a donation for next year’s seed. Cute.
Continue on the road with your treasures and start heading toward the water…you’ll see it peeking through the trees as you continue pedaling. Pass red barns, deers roaming free and beautiful farm country…
My handsome hubs. My partner in crime:)
This is our cabin. This sweet A-frame, although not technically ours per se, feels like our second home each time we roll up for a vaca. And the view ain’t too shabby either. Guemes has the most waterfront property of all the San Juan Islands…views like this are in abundance!
Beachcombing, reading, biking, hiking up Mt. Guemes, grabbing an ice cream at Anderson’s, kayaking the Sound (rentals at the Guemes Island Resort) and simply taking in the stunning and unadulterated beauty make the less than 1.5 hour trip (from Seattle, including ferry) the I-can’t-think-of-anything-more-perfect PNW quick escape!
Ah! So much more I could say about Guems (not a misspell…just a cool abbreviation for the wanna be locals) but alas…I will have to make another trip up and do a part 2!
Comment below or use the Contact Me tab to shoot me any questions about Guemes and the San Juan Islands region…I’d be happy to give more suggestions on places to stay, eat and recreate…hit me up!