With the immense wealth of memorable and enjoyable cruising destinations within The San Juan Islands, it can be difficult to narrow down to which island to visit. But our decision was made easy when Arlene, suggested someplace peaceful and scenic, with hiking and plenty of wildlife. It still didn’t narrow our cho... Details
When reviewing the chart, James Island Marine State Park located southeast of Thatcher Pass in the San Juan Islands looks like a jigsaw puzzle piece pulled right off nearby Decatur Head. The hourglass-shaped, rustic and delightfully unimproved island has all the makings of a gorgeous marine park. During the summer ... Details
For such a small town, La Conner has a wealth of art and museums.
Museum of Northwest Art
Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum (Formerly La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum)
Skagit County Historical Museum
The Norwester Museum Tour
And, all of them are less than a 15-minute walk from La... Details
The aroma of brewing coffee filled the cabin as we enjoyed the morning sunlight on board our boat Easy Goin’ moored on a buoy in Eagle Harbor on the east side of Cypress Island. Although there are few anchorages on this island, it’s one of the last undeveloped spots to visit in the San Juans and home to Eagle ... Details
This winter it's time to update one of most popular cruising guides in the Virgin Islands, Cruising the Virgin Islands. In mid-February, we are headed to the Virgin Islands and have chartered a MarineMax 382 with three cabins and lots of living and entertaining space. We will take a tour of the boat for you when we... Details
On a fall trip to the town of Poulsbo, I stopped by the Poulsbo Maritime Museum. The museum opened a little over a year ago, and its exhibits focus on Poulsbo's maritime history, fishing, boat building, the oyster industry, local characters, and of course, boats. They also have a maritime library that can be used ... Details
In the San Juan Islands, holiday celebrations are a blend of small town sensibility harkening back to a simpler time with the creative energy of communities rich with tradition and talent. It’s an ideal time to leave the malls and crowds behind and jump on the boat and experience the holidays San Juan Island sty... Details
As one of the San Juan Islands’ “Boundary Islands,” Matia Island (pronounced Ma-TEE-ah) is visited by thousands of recreational boaters each year. The island is incredibly beautiful and has a sense of adventure. It seems to floats on the waters of the Strait of Georgia, east of the boundary between the United S... Details
As a boater, taking a boat tour, might not be high on your recreational to-do list. But, as I recently discovered with Destiny Harbor Tours, a professional boat tour can bring to life the history, culture, and lifestyle of a maritime destination.
When looking for a boat tour, I suggest looking for a cruise that hig... Details
Sign memorializing Ev Henry and the 40 yacht clubs.
There’s something very special about Sucia Island Marine State Park's incredible beauty, many bays, coves, beaches, and trails. Its shoreline is the product of Mother Nature’s artistry with smooth sandstone curves, rounded arches and honeycomb hollows, plus... Details
Wherever there are ships, mariners invariably follow. From tugboats to container ships and naval ships to fishing boats, Puget Sound and ships are inseparable. Maritime museums are an inexpensive (many offers free admission) and an enjoyable way to discover some of Puget Sound's rich history. During out travels the pas... Details
[gallery size="large" type="slideshow" ids="9033,9005,9006,9009,9011,9010"]
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
For almost 25-years, the Rose Theatre has been making a night at the movies an exceptional experience. How does the former vaudeville theater make such an impression? Let me answer that, by asking you a few questions. What was the last movie you went to that was personally introduced? Were you able to order a glass... Details
When Arlene and I lived south of Seattle, we made at least one visit to Garrison Bay each year. It would be our first stop in the San Juan Islands after crossing the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the beginning our annual migration north to the San Juan and Gulf Islands and points further north. Now that our homep... Details
Are you looking for a unique day trip while visiting Port Townsend, Wa.? Here are five reasons to visit Fort Worden Historical State Park, which includes batteries to explore, military and historical museums, a marine science center with touch tanks, and a new restaurant with a jail. Best of all, the new electric taxi ... Details
Bainbridge Island is one of those Pacific Northwest islands I enjoy visiting because every time I discover something new about its history. And, I learn questions I never thought to ask.
What is a “Port Blakely Toothpick”?
Where were the first Japanese Americans deported?
Did Ansel Adams ever take po... Details
“In our generation we went to the movies once a week and back then everything was John Wayne,” said Captain Wayne.
John Wayne's power yacht is getting a second wind thanks to Captain Wayne and Guy Vallee. Under their care it’s been fixed up, beautified and made into a living museum outfitted with the Duke’... Details
The Reserve is a place that offers the visitor a variety of experiences in nature; it is a place where one is reminded of the fundamental bond between man and nature; it is a place to enjoy. ―Prentice Bloedel, Bloedel Reserve Founder
Bloedel Reserve, on Bainbridge Island, is a place of tranquility. Trails meander ... Details
In the Pacific Northwest, there are plenty of cruising thrills to be had with open water crossings, navigating rapids and whale sightings. There is also another kind of thrill, one that zips through the trees and flies over land, an adventure that can only be experienced at Zip San Juan.
Last fall, I found myse... Details