San Juan Islands, Part 1: Guemes Island

Friday morning, after getting a some what delayed start, we headed to the International District for dim sum (why have I not ever had this before??!?) and some great conversation. After $10 in food for each of us, we were all stuffed and headed to the car rental location and headed north for Anacortes.

Dim Sum

Despite growing up in Washington, I’d never been to the San Juan Islands (commonly known in Washington as the “San Juans” or just “the Islands”) and I was excited do do some exploring! After a little grocery shopping in Anacortes, we moved on to the next order of business: ice cream before the ferry at Mad Hatter where I sampled some Lopez Island Creamery and Edallen Dairy ice cream options.

Mad Hatter Ice Cream

We missed our intended ferry to Guemes by three cars but since it’s a pretty short round trip, we didn’t despair and instead soaked in some gorgeous Washington waterfront scenery.

Liz and Lauren

Lauren on Guemes Island Ferry

We couldn’t have been happier with the AirBnB we found. Nestled in the trees in the middle of the island, it was super quiet and a great home base for the weekend. (As much as I loved it, I’ll definitely get a place on the state ferry system next time.)

AirBnB Guemes Island

AirBnB, Guemes Island

Since we’d arrived fairly early in the day, we had time to drive around the island a bit (it’s not large so it didn’t take very long). We hung out on this beach at Guemes Island Resort for quite awhile staring at the water and the mountains in the distance.

Guemes Island

Guemes Island

When we stopped to check out the General Store, we found that they had a small bar (that was hopping for happy hour!) so we grabbed some beers and headed out to the deck where we enjoyed watching the ferry sail back and forth to Anacortes while the smell of lavender mixed with the salty air (that sounds so cheesy but it’s the absolute truth).

Guemes Island General Store

We continued our drive, giving a ride to a woman walking back to her daughter’s from the ferry, and then made our way back to the house. Just as the sun was setting, I stole a page from my friend Jenn, and we headed out for a sunset wine walk:

Wine Walk

Sunny Seattle

We both said multiple times during our day in Seattle, “If it was always this nice, we might live here”—it was a simply gorgeous day to be out and about! After touring Seattle Fire Department’s Station 5, we walked north along the piers enjoying the view of the ferries, West Seattle, and the Olympics.

Seattle Waterfront views

Seattle waterfront

Sprocket thought we were torturing him with all the looking at water but no swimming:

Sprocket, Seattle waterfront

Forrest, Seatle Waterfront

After being on the waterfront for awhile, we headed up to Pike Place Market to find some lunch. We saw the original Starbucks (packed as always!):

Original Starbucks

We watched them toss fish at Pike Place Fish Market:

Pike Place Fish Market

Pike Place Market

Finally, we found a place to sit down and eat our pierogi and gyro. Sprocket was just enjoying the huge variety of smells in the market:

Sprocket in Pike Place Market

Once we were done exploring downtown, we headed over to West Seattle where we met up with some friends, Chris and Katie. Since it was such a beautiful evening, we put their boat in the water and headed over to Bainbridge Island for dinner at the Harbour Public House. It was really fun to catch up and hear about their adventures in Panama (now I can’t wait to go there some day).

Downtown from West Seattle

Bainbridge Island ferry terminal

Beth and Forrest

Olympic Mountain sunset