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While it may be a jumping off point for other nearby locations—a gateway to the San Juan Islands and the halfway point between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., for starters—Anacortes, Washington is a destination all on its own. Perched on the coast of the Puget Sound’s Fidalgo Island, Anacortes possesses all the ingredients for a perfect day trip or leisurely weekend getaway, reachable by car without the hassle of a ferry ride. Anacortes’s ownership of nearly 3,000 acres of protected forests and its proximity to exciting aquatic activities attracts nature lovers from all around, just as the town’s charismatic and refined food and lodging accommodations draws in visitors all year.
This season, relish the chance to take part in one of Anacortes’s array of events as an introduction to spring and summer at the Anacortes Spring Wine Festival on April 11.
Sip into Spring
Oenophiles and casual drinkers alike have long flocked to the Pacific Northwest, and Washington State in particular, to try the region’s remarkable wines. Anacortes is no exception to this tradition, as you can taste from over 25 wineries and sample from 10 local caterers and food vendors at the Anacortes Spring wine Festival taking place at the Historic Port of Anacortes Event Center overlooking Puget Sound. Taste your way through full-bodied, bold merlots to crisp and refreshing chardonnays, and then try them alongside the local cuisine like seafood from Taylor Shellfish to fine chocolates, all against the magnificent spring backdrop of the Sound. We are especially excited to share wines from Martinez & Martinez Vineyards, Bontzu Cellars, and Tero Estates, among other regional favorites.
Enjoy the local fare like freshly-shucked oysters at the Spring Wine Festival. Courtesy of Dan Stearns Photography
But once you’re here, you’ll find there are a legion of Anacortes attractions that will make you want to stay. Make a weekend out of your wine and culinary adventure by staying at one of the town’s charming inns like Majestic Inn & Spa or Nantucket Inn. Get outside and make the hike to Mount Erie for astounding views of the Sound, or go on an Anacortes Kayak Tour or Island Adventures Whale Watching to spot a harbor seal or orca whale close up. The Rockfish Grill & Anacortes Brewery is a favorite local hangout to refuel after a day of outdoor exploration. Or, if you’d prefer to do some exploring without muddying up your shoes, you could easily spend a day or two window-shopping around the historic downtown, popping into the local businesses, art galleries, and antique shops.
For more information to plan your next weekend excursion, go to anacortes.org.
There's plenty to do outside in Anacortes, like taking a kayak tour along the coast. Courtesy of Anacortes Kayak Tours.