Hello friends, and Happy New Year. On today’s blog I wanted to highlight the beautiful little town of Vashon Island. Most people when traveling to Washington only visit the attractions around the Seattle are but there’s so much unique, lively neighborhoods waiting for your getaway.
I recently spent the most relaxing weekend in the town of Vashon, exploring all the vibrant shops, enjoying the local wine, and meeting the amazing residents. I left feeling rejuvenated and already planning to come back in the summer. This island just a 15-minute ferry ride from Seattle, is the perfect place for next weekend getaway. Hope this guide inspires you to visit this quiet town on your next local getaway.
Where To Stay
I had the pleasure of staying at The Lodges on Vashon located right at the center of town. They have 16 available lodges designed with a less is more mentality. The space was bright, clean, and decorated with modern furniture made on the Island. I Loved staying in the the Meadow suite, a gorgeous space with a queen-size bed, a bathroom with french doors opening to a private patio, and a wet bar including a microwave and a mini-fridge. The living room with a fireplace perfect for a cozy night in.
Not too far from the lodges you have the common space that includes a public house, Pavilion, and geodesic domes.
The Geodesic Domes are transparent weather resistant structures with built-in air filter, heat, WIFI, couches, and chairs perfect for work meetings. They are available for daytime or night-time usage perfect for dinner under the stars.
An outside area inviting guest to enjoy lunch with friends, live music, or drinks by the fireplace. The space is also available for work retreats or parties.
As if that wasn’t enough, the lodge offers year round promotions such as the Baby Moon package for expecting mothers, the Elopement/Happy Anniversary package for couples, or the Give Me A Break/R&R package for those looking for a relaxing stay-cation.
The Vashon village right next to the lodges is a collection of businesses available to give you everything you need during your stay. The Vashon village gym and Core Centric are open most days and provide personal training to residents and those looking to stay active during their stay. The brewing pub and wine shop carry locally crafted beer and wine with available outside seating throughout the village to socially distance and stay safe.
The town has plenty of diverse restaurants to satisfy your taste buds. Stop by May Kitchen + Bar for some Thai cuisine, Earthen Bistro for some amazing farm to table dishes, and Zamorana for authentic Mexican food. Vashon Baking Company offers fresh house-made pastries with vegan options and local roasted coffee. For wine, make sure to visit Wine Shop just a few steps from the lodges. This cute wine shop offers wine tasting with outdoor seating. Other Wine shops in the area offering tastings are Palouse winery, Maury Island Winery and Vashon Winery, and Nashi Orchard.
For a relaxing day and some pampering, make sure to stop at Spa Ecdysis & Apothecary. I received one of the best facial thanks to the lovely ladies who run the spa. My custom service combined a relaxing facial and sound bath called “Ecdysis”, the process of a snake shedding its skin. The facial is designed to help you shed your old layer, renew, rejuvenate, and nourish your body, while the sound bath takes you through a deep meditative journey helping you release stuck energy. The two combined services helped me shed so much anxiety and tense energy. I left the spa in a calm and renewed state with glowing skin. I promise you this experience is worth it.
If you’re planning on visiting during the summer, I recommend visiting Point Robinson Lighthouse, KVI, or Spring beach. Rent a bike from Vashon E-bikes and explore the many trails around the island.
What would you do on your next local getaway to Vashon Island? Let me know in the comment section. For more local getaway ideas, check my winter road trip with Cabana.