About Anacortes Washington USA

Anacortes is the crown jewel of Fidalgo Island, easternmost of the San Juan Islands and jump-point to the rest of the world-renowned archipelago. Fidalgo, the “drive-to” island (accessible by bridges), is home to the Washington State Ferry terminal, serving the rest of the San Juans and Sidney/Victoria, British Columbia. Anacortes boasts a myriad of recreational activities for all ages, interests and skill levels.

Here you can enjoy sailing, power boating, whale watching, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, golf, camping, sport fishing, bird watching, scuba diving, beach combing and much more. A homeport for numerous sailing and power yacht charters, the area has four full service marinas and three public boat launches. Washington Park, a 220-acre gem facing Rosario Strait, is Anacortes’ largest and most popular park. It features a full-service campground, boat launch, picnic shelter, and loop road for walking, biking or driving and playgrounds for kids and adults.

Deception Pass Bridge and state park are just minutes away, offering spectacular views and a unique stretch of beach.

Mount Erie Park, rising 1,300 feet above Anacortes, provides spectacular views of the Skagit Valley and neighboring islands. Surrounded by more than two square miles of public forestland, it can be reached in boots, on a bike, or in a car.

Historic Downtown Anacortes offers specialty shops, antique stores and art galleries. The town’s historic mural project takes travelers past cuisine from the Northwest and six other nations. Quaint bed and breakfasts, hotels, motels, Vacation Rentals (VRBO#506337 and HomeAway#3671226) and waterfront RV parks offer an array of accommodation options.

Several major events mark Anacortes’ annual calendar. The Waterfront Festival in May and Arts Festival every August always generate rave reviews, while Fourth of July and Holiday parades add to the small-town, big-activity feel that pervades this special port.


San Juan Islands

San Juan Islands

This is a pretty clear map of the nearby Islands.  Our Vacation Home is less than a mile from the Ferry.  yippee!  I get to visit the house this week and I am looking forward to it.

www.homeaway.com/3671226 main floor 2 master units 1300sf

www.vrbo.com/506337 1 bed 1 bath upstairs apartment with separate entrance on the complete opposite side of main floor entrance. 

The San Jaun Islands and beyond

The San Jaun Islands and beyond

www.homeaway.com/3671226  2 bed 2 bath almost like 2 master suites. 1300sf main level unit in our house.  It is fully furnished.  See HomeAway for pictures, rates and availability calendar.

www vrbo.com/506337 1 bed 1 bath separate entrance on opposite side of house with full kitchen.  Fully Furnished 900sf. See VRBO for pictures, rates and availability calendar.

Living Room and Entry for Main Floor Vacation Rental

Living Room and Entry for Main Floor Vacation Rental

This is the entry and the Living area for the main floor of our Vacation Rental (homeaway.com #3671226). The main floor unit has 2 bedrooms with bathrooms off each bedroom. The guest or second bedroom BATHROOM has a 2nd door where guests can enter from the hallway. The Master Bedroom BATHROOM is directly off the bedroom in this unit.

The dining room and kitchen are just to the right of this photo with a nice view to the Guemes Channel and the San Juan Ferry arriving and departing. It’s a joy to sit at the dining table and watch the ferry come and go. We are less than 1 mile from the Ferry.

The 1 bedroom 1 bathroom 900 sf unit is upstairs (Serenity by the Sea). This unit has a separate entrance on the opposite side of the house. You can see the 2 units of the house on VRBO #506337 (Serenity by the Sea) or HOMEAWAY #3671226 (Inn by the Ferry). The 2 units in our house are offset from each other so privacy is maintained.

See all rates and pictures on the 2 different websites VRBO and Homeaway.

The San Juan Islands – geologically Anacortes is part of the island chain

The San Juan Islands are not just a chain of 172 islands scattered in the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the northwest tip of Washington State, the islands represent a way of life and a state of mind embracing stunning natural beauty and a rural island lifestyle. Although easily accessible from Seattle, WA the San Juan Islands enjoy a far different weather pattern with sunny weather and low rainfall created by the Olympic Mountain rain shadow.

Fidalgo Island (Anacortes, WA) and Whidbey Island (Oak Harbor and home of Whidbey NAS) are the most populated islands. Whidbey Island is connected by Fidalgo Island by the Deception Pass Bridge as well as being serviced from the southern end by the Washington State Ferry. In addition to being connect to Whidbey Island, Fidalgo Island is connected to the mainland by two other Bridges. Because these two islands are so easily accessed by car, they are often not considered part of the San Juan Islands although geologically they are part of the island chain.

Most of the other San Juan Islands are sparsely populated by humans, but fish, whales, eagles, and other wildlife are abundant. The most accessible islands are San Juan Island, Shaw Island, Lopez Island, and Orcas Island – the islands serviced by the Washington State Ferry system. The ferry system carries both foot passengers and cars and the main ferry terminal is in Anacortes, WA which is just 80 miles north of Seattle.

The most populated Island not connected by bridge is San Juan Island with the town of Friday Harbor. The options for transportation to the island include scheduled land planes out of Seattle, Bellingham or Anacortes, WA. State Ferry service out of Sidney B.C. or Anacortes, WA; float planes out of Seattle, WA, charter planes, tour boats, water taxi, private boats, charter boats, private planes, private boats, or catch a ride with a friend. You can take your car, motorcycle, or bicycle aboard the ferry. If you walk on board you can rent a car, bicycle, moped, or take a bus or taxi once you reach San Juan Island.

Each San Juan Island has a very different culture and lifestyle. For example, Blakely Island is a private island which has a paved airstrip, water taxi service, a marina, a small seasonal store, and fuel, and has only a few year round residents. The smallest ferry served island is Shaw with only about 200 permanent residents. Portions of Decateur Island are serviced by a boat owned by residents; however there is also water taxi and an air field. Guemes Island and Lummi Island are service by a Skagit County Ferry.

Almost all of the islands inhabited have an air strip, some paved and some a little on the rustic side. The less populated the island the slower the lifestyle and island time takes on a new meaning from island to island.

San Juan Islands

San Juan Islands

Come Stay with us.  VRBO #506337 (1 bed 1 bath sleeps 2)  If the weather is nice you might want to walk to the Ferry and visit the incredible and creative San Juan Islands.  The Ferry is about 1/2 mile down the road from our home.  We also have a 2 bed 2 bath downstairs (sleeps 4) on the main floor and/or you could rent the whole house (sleeps 6).   See all details in the “description” and “rates” on VRBO “Serenity by the Sea Rare Double Views”.   Warmly, Anna and Tony