I love the fact that we can hop over the border (thank gawd for NEXUS) with the fam and be cracking open our first beer a mere 2 hours later and yest feel like we are a million miles away. Anacortes is a lovely little town nestled on the west coast of Washington State just about perpendicular to Mount Vernon and adjacent to Whidbey Island and a beautiful drive south towards the Olympic Peninsula. This is also where you can catch the ferries to the San Juan Islands and Victoria.
The “city” itself has a quaint downtown historical core and a really successful Arts Festival that runs every August 2-4 weekend. There is also a precious little town called La Conner about 25K south and east of Anacortes which is reminiscent of Cannon Beach OR – antique shops, microbreweries, clapboard buildings and river front dining – a must visit for sure.
Team Nielsen camps at an amazing little city run park – Washington Park – each summer. The campsite is fairly small, but perfectly shaded and treed, with enough privacy so as not to feel like you are on top of your neighbors. The park has a lovely beach and playground and a scenic loop road which is good for biking or running if you are so inclined to actually get off your ass during your stay (which I didn’t). We even had one crazy rainy day which we spent at Cascade Mall just off the I5 where there is a small, but fun Skagit Children’s Museum and Movie Theatre – just enough to kill 4 wet hours and keep the kidlets happy!