Five Reasons to Visit Fort Worden & Three Ways to Get There

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 and…


Pizza and Beer at La Conner Brewing Company

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 salads. They always have five beers on tap, some…

La Conner Brewing Company

Mark Bunzel’s 2016 Cruise Report No. 2

Cruising Report No. 2 Lund to Port McNeill and down to Campbell River Lund Moorage is tight at Lund Harbour‒the gateway marina to Desolation Sound. We arrived late, and even the floating breakwater was full. One of the last slips they fill are in front of the pumpout with the requirement for a departure by 10…

History Stops on Bainbridge Island

Two Must-See History Stops on Bainbridge Island

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 portraits? Did Bainbridge Island really have…


Book Review: The Survival Food Handbook by Janet Groene

Do you plan to be on the boat this summer for extended periods in remote locations? Do you want to be more prepared for when the stove goes on the fritz or the freezer fails?  Or maybe, you have a cabin, or live in a part of Washington or Canada that experiences power outages during…

Pybus Bay

Alaska Flotilla Day 31 – Thomas Bay to Pybus Bay (Cannery Cove)

Pybus Bay
I’d originally planned on spending a night in Thomas Bay, the next in Portage Bay, and then Pybus Bay. Since we spent two nights in Thomas Bay, though, I opted to skip Portage Bay and head right for Pybus Bay.

Waggoner Cruising Guide Alaska Flotilla Day 31

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Cheese, Wine and Spritz Night at San Juan Island Cheese

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 Sheri Daly.…

San Juan Island Cheese
Anacortes to Lund

Mark Bunzel’s Cruise Report – Anacortes to Lund

On June 28 it felt good to get underway. Compared to other summers my cruising plans were scheduled much later, and I did not lead a flotilla this year, which would have put me out on the water sooner. In mid-June, my daughter graduated (who was class president at Anacortes High School) and that brought…

The Swan Hotel

A Night Ashore: The Swan Hotel in Port Townsend, WA

The Swan Hotel is a prominent feature near Point Hudson Marina. It’s three stories high, painted forest green with white balconies, a widow’s walk, and an outside staircase. Staring at it against a blue sky dotted with clouds one can almost picture its former life as a Coast Guard facility, and the men who dedicated their…


Waggoner Cruising Guide Pre-Season Update

We have received early reports from many of our correspondents and owners for the resorts and marinas up and down the coast. Things change, owners change and the services change. We’ve gathered some pre-season updates to help you get on your way for summer cruising. Also, while you are out cruising, let us know what you…