Cruising northwest in Orcas Island’s East Sound, the white Moran Mansion of Rosario Resort & Spa comes into view off in the distance and grows larger as you approach. The grand century-old mansion turned hotel resort was built as the private residence of Seattle shipbuilder and two-time Seattle mayor Robert M... Details
While touring La Conner Country Inn, I had the pleasure of meeting the owners of The Oyster & Thistle Restaurant & Pub – Thomas and Danielle Palmer. As we talked, I discovered the pair had been a dynamic restaurateur duo in the Skagit Valley for over twenty years. Some of the names of their previous rest... Details
It's been a couple of years since we've written about Nell Thorn Waterfront Bistro & Bar. So, on my recent trip to La Conner, WA, I went there for dinner. Usually, I sit in the bar area because it is first-come-first-serve and has Happy Hour, which is on weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. This time, I sat in the dini... Details
When Pit Master and owner of Whitey's BBQ told me, "It's just the way I love to cook," I knew I was in store for some darn good BBQ. A mechanic by trade, Tim Mallory followed his BBQ dream ten years ago and started a BBQ catering company. In October 2016, Tim and his wife Lisa opened up Whitey's BBQ Rest... Details
After seeing the menu in the Starlight Lounge at the Rose Theater, I put the Silverwater Cafe on my dining list for my next trip to Port Townsend, WA.
The cafe has been a thriving Port Townsend restaurant for 27 years. In a small town, that means they are doing something right. The restaurant had humble beginni... Details
Tides Tavern in Gig Harbor, WA has won a lot of awards. In 2016, South Sound Magazine voted it the Best Outdoor Dining, and in 2015 and 2014 King 5's "Best of Western Washington," gave it the same honor. The restaurant has also won best lunch, best bar, and been included in top ten seafood shacks at Relish.com, Trav... Details
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Are you in Seattle and looking for a boating day trip? Or maybe you’d like to stop on your way cruising to or from Bainbridge Island. Have you considered Suquamish, WA? Within walking distance of the Suquamish community dock, is a museum, ... Details
This summer, I found myself in Suquamish, Wa. twice. Each time I dined at Sully's Bistro & Bar, which is within walking distance of the Suquamish community dock. What drew me in? First, was the outdoor patio, which has views of Agate Pass, Port Madison, and Elliot Bay. Second, was the friendly service and grea... Details
A seven-minute walk from Port Townsend’s Boat Haven you’ll find the Blue Moose Cafe and Key City Fish Co. Tacos-To-Go. For boaters moored at the Boat Haven, both offer a great nearby option for breakfast and lunch. If you are at Point Hudson Marina, it's a 40-minute walk or a 15-minute bus ride.
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La Conner is an idyllic seaside town with lots of unique shops, street art, a boardwalk that follows the channel, and appetizing restaurants. For beer lovers, it has family-owned brewery ‒ La Conner Brewing Company ‒ that serves homemade soups, wood-fired pizzas, burgers, quesadillas, tacos, appetizers, and sa... Details
In Friday Harbor, the craftsman house at 155 Nichols Street used to be a residential home. Now, it’s San Juan Island Cheese, a cheese and wine shop and cafe. This converted house is both inviting and hip and the perfect place to enjoy your favorite cheeses―or new ones―paired with wines.
Owners Richard and ... Details
This winter, a new bar opened up in Anacortes ― Union Tavern Local 902. In their historic downtown location, they have 18 beers on tap, a tasty menu and an inviting classic atmosphere which includes a bar, plenty of tables (some are perfect for large groups), window seating, a couch area, TVs for sports fans and ... Details
Anacortes has a new restaurant―The Cabana―which is next to Anthony’s at Cap Sante. The Cabana offers a casual and family-friendly dining atmosphere. Guests seat themselves in the open dining area, and a server comes to your table to take your order. Patrons of age also have the option to sit at the bar, but ot... Details
For tequila drinkers, I suggest the Mariposa.
We enjoy eating out and often search for prix fixe dining options, as it means more money in our pockets for boating.
At 5th Street Bistro, in the Majestic Inn & Spa in Anacortes, they have an early evening trio, which is a 3-course meal for $25, served duri... Details
At Double Bluff Brewing Company you’ll always find five beers on tap, plus one to two seasonal or experimental beers. And, warm spent beer grain pretzels with an array of dipping cheeses. In Langley, Washington―a town of a little over a thousand people on Whidbey Island―this brewery is a must-stop for craft beer ... Details
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We love cruising in the San Juan Islands, and one of those reasons is all the great places to eat.
The Bluff Restaurant at Friday Harbor House has an outside terrace and a dining room with panoramic views of Friday Harbor. They serve No... Details
I’m a lover of wines and living in Washington State, which is the 2nd largest wine producer in the U.S., makes it easy to appreciate all the varietals. Last weekend, I cruised to La Conner for the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and stumbled upon Silver Bell Winery in Gilkey Square.
On previous trips, I’d w... Details
Are you tying up at the docks in Coupeville, Washington and not sure where to dine? This quaint historic town on Penn Cove is full of great dining choices that range from fine dining to pub fare. Front Street Grill is steps away from the end of the Coupeville Wharf and serves up a classic American Grill menu l... Details
Spring is a good time to visit LaConner. The waters to reach the town are fairly protected whether arriving from the north or south. Plenty of moorage is available in the Port of Skagit’s LaConner Marina. The town is walkable and has a good selection of shops to browse and restaurants for lunch or dinner. And let... Details
When you arrive in a marina town, one of the tough decisions is where to dine. Keeping a crew happy with the right selection is an art. Should you prepare an outstanding meal on the boat after visiting a farmers market, or sample some of the local flavor through their restaurants? In Ganges, it is worth staying a coupl... Details