Just down the Freeway or via the bucolic SR 9 is the historic town of Snohomish. You may have heard that Port Townsend is the B and B Capital of the Northwest, well, Snohomish is the Antique Capital of the Northwest.
Here is a thumbnail history of Snohomish.
From the start, I recommend you eat at Fred’s Rivertown Alehouse on 1st Street. Great Place, see my blog post about Fred’s here. Plan your stroll-about to coincide with lunch at Fred’s
Snohomish has it’s roots in the timber industry. Mills lined the Snohomish River, south of town, which was built on a bluff above the flood plain. Snohomish is a very old town, since about 1858, which makes it one of the oldest towns in Western Washington. The mostly preserved old downtown district is a delight.
Another neat feature is the Centennial Trail. This biking/walking/hiking/equestrian trail goes right through the middle of the historic district. You can pick up the north end of this trail just south of Lake MuMurray on SR 9. This is about 8 miles from Highland Garden House. It is a 25 mile ride to Snohomish, which is a good turnaround place to take a break and have lunch, before you head back north.
Along the river in Snohomish is a fine walking trail. See photo to the left. Access can be gained from the downtown area via a few well placed stair ways.
But, antiquing is what dominates in Snohomish. Some say 175 antique shops and stores. If you count all the individual booths in the two mammoth Antique Malls this count may approach 450! Here is an example of one of the Malls: Star Center Mall.
You can visit Snohomish over and over and never run out of things to see and do. For accommodations, we recommend The Countryman Bed and Breakfast.
’til next time,
Highland Garden House B & B
501 E. Highland Ave.
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
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