Spring Ferry Schedule Begins April 2


On Sunday, April 2, the Washington State Ferries will begin its Spring 2017 schedule and the MV Chelan ferry will return to its regular Anacortes/Friday Harbor/Sidney schedule.

Hosted by the Sidney International Ferry Terminal, a 40-minute welcoming ceremony will take place in Sidney where passengers from Anacortes and Friday Harbor will come ashore to celebrate. Anacortes Mayor Laurie Gere will be in attendance as well as State and local council members, in addition to Sidney Town Crier Kenny Podmore and Sidney Mayor Steve Price and other dignitaries.

Following the ceremony the ferry will return to Anacortes. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

For additional ferry information, please visit WSDOT.WA.GOV/FERRIES.

Anacortes Vintage Market April 28-29


Sassy Frass Company presents April in Paris Vintage and Gift Show Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, at the Port Transit Event Center located at 100 Commercial Ave. in Anacortes.

Tickets are available now and are limited for Friday’s Sip and Shop from 6 to 9 p.m. for $20.

Saturday’s hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the entrance fee is $7.

All vendors will be fully stocked with home décor, garden goodies, antiques, repurposed, upcycled items ready to find a new home with you.

A canned good drive will also take place both days, and more information about the event can be found online HERE.

Maritime Speaker Series March 18 at Anacortes Public Library


Attend the final presentation of the Maritime Speaker Series at the Anacortes Public Library on Saturday, March 18 at 4 p.m.  The topic will be “Gilkey Tugs and the Bahada’s Final Demise.” Hear about the sinking of this vessel from Shawn Murphy.

The Anacortes Public Library located at 1220 10th St.  For more information, please contact the library at (360) 293-1910.

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Anacortes Spring Wine Festival April 8


Tickets are available for purchase now for the Anacortes Spring Wine Festival on Saturday, April 8.  The event will be held at the Port Warehouse Event Center located at 100 Commercial Avenue in Anacortes.

Tickets range in price from $25 to $80 and the cost of each ticket includes a tasting glass, unlimited wine tasting, unlimited bites from restaurants, plus chocolate and cheese samples will be available for purchase. Wine will also be available for purchase to take home.

Attendees of the Spring Wine Festival must be at least 21 years old with a valid ID. No children, strollers, or animals are permitted.

For tickets or additional information, click here.


20th Annual Anacortes Spring Boat Show Starts April 6


The 2017 Anacortes Spring Boat Show will take place Thursday, April 6, to Sunday, April 9 at Cap Sante Marina located at 1019 Q Ave. in Anacortes. This event is free to the public.

The Anacortes Boat Show began 20 years ago with five brokerage offices displaying 30 – 40 small to medium size boats. Today, the show has grown into a regional event, where 15 yacht brokerage offices will display over 100 power and sail boats ranging from trailerable sport and fishing boats to large sail and power yachts capable of cruising the world.

At least 75 boats up to 65 feet will be at the show including new and used.

Event hours are Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a VIP party from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday the show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about the boat show and a listing of brokers that will be at the show, visit AnacortesBoatShow.com.

Skagit County Dash & Splash Polar Plunge March 11


The Anacortes Police Department will host the Skagit County Dash & Splash event, formerly known as the Anacortes Polar Plunge for Special Olympics, on March 11 at Seafarers Park.

In addition to the Polar Plunge, there will be a 5k Fun Run and money raised from the fun run will be donated to Skagit Animals in Need (SAIN) in memory of Deputy Anne Jackson of the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office, who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 2, 2008.

The Polar Plunge is one of the most popular events included in the Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising campaign.  The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support local Special Olympics athletes by collecting pledges and plunging into frigid waters.

Special Olympics Washington provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in an Olympic setting for all individuals with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate. With the support of events like these, athletes are able to compete without cost to themselves or their families.

To register online or for more information about the event, visit http://anacortesplunge2017.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1167811.

Learn About Feng Shui March 2


Learn about using Feng Shui in your outdoor spaces at the Anacortes Senior Center on Thursday, March 2.  Tips about water features, color palates, lighting, flowers and more will be discussed.  Don’t miss out!

The class will be held from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. for ages 16 and older for a fee of $20.

For more information, call the Anacortes Senior Center at (360) 293-7473.  The Senior Center is located at 1701 22nd St. in Anacortes.

Friends of the Forest Senior & Adult Hikes


Join the Anacortes Friends of the Forest for upcoming senior and adult hikes! The Friends of the Forest is a non-profit citizen’s organization dedicated to the preservation of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands through education, outreach and stewardship.

  • Double Watershed Tour – Friday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon
    • Meet at the end of 32nd St. off D Avenue
  • Heart Lake – Friday, Feb 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon
  • Pine Ridge Loop – Friday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon

For more information or to join Friends of the Forest, visit www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Animal Services in Anacortes


Anacortes and its surrounding area has a wide variety of local animal services, including pet sitters, obedience training and veterinarians.  Here is a list of some of the many places nearby for your pets’ needs.



Pet Sitters

  • Happy at Home Pet Sitting – Anacortes, (360) 421-6153
  • The Pet Pal – Anacortes, (360) 293-1311
  • Colleen’s Cat Care – Anacortes, (360) 293-7688
  • There’s No Place Like Home – Anacortes, (360) 610-9600
  • Pacific North Wonderland – Anacortes, (360) 982-5184




Pet Stores


Obedience Training


Animal Shelter & Relief Agencies






For more information about animal services in and around Anacortes and Skagit County or for any of your real estate needs, please contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

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Anacortes, WA Day Trips and Activities

Anacortes Day Trips


Anacortes, WA is home to many summer events. Surrounding the city, however, are several beautiful day trip destinations- many of which are perfect for the whole family!

Anacortes Kayak Tours
“The San Juan Islands and surrounding areas boast some of the most abundant wildlife viewing and scenic vistas in Washington State”. Sea kayaking is a unique way to truly experience the San Juan Islands. Tour lengths can be five hours, three hours, and one and a half hours- there really are options for almost every age!
For more info click here.

Whale Watching
If you prefer to view your surroundings from a vessel a bit larger than a kayak, hop on one of the whale watching tour. They typically last half of the day, giving everyone the opportunity to take in the San Juan Islands and learn about the history of the Puget Sound.

Old Town Anacortes
Summer is the perfect time to truly get to know Anacortes; visit the Farmer’s Market on a Saturday morning, then take the opportunity to walk through the Old Town district and browse the shops on Commercial Avenue. There is no shortage of boutiques, antique shops, book stores, and coffee shops to browse. You can even take a short walk to the marina and enjoy watching the boats coming in and going out.

Deception Pass State Park
If you’ve only driven across the bridge and haven’t actually gone into the park, you need to! Pack a lunch from the Farmer’s Market and go exploring around the park. There is a swimming and picnic area for the family, and miles of hiking and biking trails. You can even take advantage of clamming and crabbing during certain times of the year.
For information and directions click here.

Did you know that Anacortes is home to two unique museums? If you are looking for ways to teach the kids about local history (or become more familiar with it yourself), check out the Anacortes Maritime Heritage Center & W.T. Preston museum. Learn about Anacortes’ history of fishing, exploration, and overall establishment.
For more information click here.

When was the last time you took a ferry for fun? If you are new to the area or have been cooped up all winter, take advantage of the summer months to explore one of the many surrounding islands. Guemes Island, Orcas, San Juan, Lopez, or Shaw Island are all home to beautiful scenery, delicious food, and endless outdoor activities. You can even take a ferry up to Vancouver Island- just be sure to bring passports!

Day Hikes
Spend time outside on one of the beautiful trails just minutes from town! Take a look at our Outdoors in Anacortes post to find the perfect activity for you.