Category Archives: The Sea Shore

Bluff Trail – Coupeville Area

The Bluff Trail is a gem of a hike on central Whidbey Island, just a few miles from Coupeville.  We hiked this loop trail at the end of September, and also visited the Sunnyside Cemetery and some other historic buildings … Continue reading

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Fragrance Viewpoint Hike

This is a short up and back hike that is just north of the Skagit County line in Larrabee  State Park.  Round trip is about 3 miles. Take Chuckanut Drive, SR 11, north out of Burlington and follow it until … Continue reading

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Clayton Beach Hike

Clayton Beach is just a 2/3 mile hike, each way, from the parking area, excellent for those who are looking for a little workout or families with wee ones.  If you are driving Chuckanut Drive this is a great place … Continue reading

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West Skagit County Hikes and Walks

I get guests who are looking to get out and take a hike or walk, but not a ‘North Cascade Adventure.’  A jaunt in the woods, around a lake, along a river or slough or near the beach.  Day hike … Continue reading

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Bowman’s Bay/Rosario Head Winter Hike

A very nice out-and-back hike that is not too far from Mount Vernon.  This hike is in Deception Pass State Park, on the Skagit County/Fidalgo Island side of the park.  In the map view to the left, the trail is … Continue reading

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The Chuckanut Trail

Looking for a mountain style trail that starts near sea level and is in western Skagit County?  This is the one.  Although the most popular route in this network is to Oyster Dome, if you take the other fork to … Continue reading

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Chuckanut Manor

An historic fixture on scenic Chuckanut Drive.  This was the ‘go to’ place that you took your prom date in the 1960s…… and still is! Well known for their local seafood dishes and great sea, island and sky views.  Be sure to visit while … Continue reading

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Sharpe Park – Montgomery-Duban Headlands

This is a fine short hike that is very near Deception Pass State Park, but is not part of the State Park System, but is part of Skagit County Parks.  Sharpe Park has been expanded and enhanced for public access … Continue reading

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Whale and Wildlife Tours

Although I cannot personally recommend this tour operator by having done business with them, I had some guests recently take their Daily Afternoon Tour and they said that this is highly recommended. They are out of Friday Harbor, San Juan … Continue reading

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A Meander along Big Ditch

I found this place while scouting places to put in kayaks.  It is not a very good kayak put in, as it is only usable near or at high tide.  The ‘good goop,’ tidal estuary muck, is world class here.  … Continue reading

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