Anacortes Shipwreck Day: Sat., July 15

Anacortes-Sign

Organized by the Fidalgo Rotary Club, this year’s Anacortes Shipwreck Day will be held Saturday, July 15, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., however some vendors or businesses will be open earlier.

More than 200 vendors and businesses will have items for sale throughout the day along Commercial Avenue and the surrounding side streets.

Admission to this event is free, and more information can be found at www.shipwreckfest.com.

Anacortes Waterfront Festival June 3-4

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The annual Anacortes Waterfront Festival will take place Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4, at Cap Sante Marina, located at 1019 Q Avenue.

This year’s event will include an open-air car show, food vendors, arts and craft booths, children’s activities, giant slides, water balls, dinners and dances, live music and entertainment, a wine and beer garden, and more.

The festival hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For additional information about the Anacortes Waterfront Festival, click here.

Anacortes Vintage Market April 28-29

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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.

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.

Museums
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.

Ferries
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.

Moving with Pets

moving with pets

 

We love our pets, but unfortunately relocating causes many furry friends to be separated from their families each year. Fortunately, there are simple steps we can take to ensure all members of our family can move with us!

• As soon as you determine when you will be moving, be sure your pets are fitted with collars and ID tags with your name and current cell phone number. You can also have your pet micro-chipped.
• Are you renting or buying in your new area? If you are renting, be sure to double check possible pet restrictions on any apartments or rental homes at which you are looking.

• Does your move require you to put your pet on a plane? If so, be sure to look into airline pet requirements. Copies of health certificates may be necessary, and you may be required to check in extra early for your flight. Also double check the requirements for the pet carrier to make sure yours meets the airline’s specifications.

• Have you traveled with your pets previously? Do you know if they are sensitive to motion sickness? If so, having them on a road for a long period of time or putting them on a plane may make them anxious and ill. Mild pet sedatives are available for travelling animals that will not knock them out, but will calm them down and make the trip easier on everyone.

• If your pet is on medication or has any sort of medical history, be sure to contact their vet a few months prior to the move. Tell them you will need your pet’s medical history records and see if they are familiar with the area to which you are moving. If they are, they may be able to refer you to a veterinarian close to your new home.

• If your pets are due for shots, get them caught up before you leave! It may take a while to find a vet in your new area so it will be best to make sure your pets are 100% healthy before you move them.

• Check on pet registration requirements in your new county or city limits and make sure you have available all paperwork that may be needed to get them registered.

• Last but not least, make sure your pets are comfortable for the journey! They will be just as anxious as you, and doing your best to help them feel comfortable will help their transition to go even smoother.

New to the Skagit County or Anacortes area? Check out out post Are You Smarter Than Your Dog? for great animal training information, and help your pet make new friends!

Hosting the Perfect Open House

Open House

Not only is an open house designed to market your home in a way that differs from a simple listing, but it also opens the door for competitive offers as more than one buyer could potentially fall in love with your home on the same day. Our Top 5 Steps to Hosting the Perfect Open House will help you make your guests fall in love with your home.
1. Make Your Home Shine
A successful open house begins with cleanliness, so make sure your home is ready to be shown. This means all clutter should be removed and the home should be staged to allow guests to envision themselves living in a beautifully decorated home.

2. Cross Your T’s and Dot Your I’s
Your next step is making sure the price is right and you have all of the answers to potential questions. If the day is successful, you may be fielding offers within hours, so be knowledgeable about your property and ready to make a deal.

3. Spruce Up Your Curb Appeal
Buyers want to see attractive and inviting landscaping. This first impression will make them eager to see what’s inside the home. The street (with the necessary permission, of course) and front yard should feature an Open House sign so potential buyers can easily find you.

4. Feed Your Guests
It is customary for every open house to have complimentary coffee or other refreshments such as cookies. Make them available in the front entry way or on the kitchen table or counter to set a comforting tone for guests.

5. Reading Material is Golden
Business cards and information sheets should be available for each potential buyer that tours your home. Take a few minutes to design your own flyer and/or business card and print them in color to catch the eye of interested parties as they arrive. Your real estate broker will provide this to you.

Outdoors in Anacortes, WA

Outdoors in Anacortes

Fidalgo Island is a Pacific Northwest treasure possessing many outdoor opportunities that need to be experienced. Because of this, we’ve turned to Experience Anacortes to bring you the best trails and places to visit while spending time outdoors in Anacortes.

Cap Sante Park
Primarily a vista point, this 37 acre forested promontory affords an excellent view of the the marina, the City of Anacortes, March Point, Fidalgo Bay, Mt Baker and the Cascades.
Directions here.

Cranberry Lake Area
This site, found near the city center, is heavily forested and contains Cranberry Lake (approximately 27 acres) and several other small lakes and bogs. The site varies in terrain from flat to steep slopes. An extensive trail system is found in this area.
Directions here.

Heart Lake Area
(off Campbell Lake Road, onto Heart Lake Road)
Formerly a state park, Heart Lake was transferred to the City in 2002, and incorporated into the Anacortes Community Forestlands. The trails here welcome hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers, so be sure to share the trail and keep your eyes open (there are some specifically for hikers only).
Directions here.

Deception Pass State Park
A 4,134 acre marine and camping park with 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three different lakes. Breathtaking views, old growth forests, and abundant wildlife can be seen all over the park.Click here to read the WTA’s hiking guide for Deception Pass State Park, and click here for the Rosario Headlands &Lighthouse Point hiking guide. Kukutali Preserve, also part of Deception Pass State Park, is jointly owned and managed by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, and Washington State Parks. Open for day use only.
Directions here.

Washington Park
This site is located at the very west end of the city on Rosario Strait and contains a wide variety of facilities. The site is divided into two basic parts: a day use area consisting of a boat launch, picnic shelters, restrooms, children’s play equipment and open play area. Overnight camping area consisting of 68 campsites for RVs and tents, with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Only about 41 of the 200 acres are developed but a 2.3 mile paved road runs through the entire park for use by cars, joggers, bicyclists and walkers.
Directions here.

Mount Erie Park
Mt. Erie is a 160 acre Park. At the top of Mt. Erie, elevation 1,270 ft, choose from four viewing areas and be rewarded with spectacular views in every direction. Mt. Erie is, the highest point of Fidalgo Island and is part of the former Anacortes watershed. There is a small parking area and a road to the top of Mt. Erie. Trails from this area lead into a portion of the 1400 plus acres of the Anacortes Forest Lands.
Directions here.

April Events in Anacortes

April Events

Spring is the perfect time to experience Anacortes, Washington! Among other local treasures, Skagit County is the home of the Skagit Tulip Festival which offers fun events and beautiful scenery for all ages.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (Skagit County- various venues)
April 1st through 30th

Acres of blooming tulip fields, concerts, seafood, self-guided bicycle tours, art shows, and more.
www.TulipFestival.org

Burlington Downtown Artwalk (Burlington)
April 1st through 30th

Local art will be displayed in beautiful downtown Burlington.

Spring Garage Sale: Antiques & More (Mount Vernon)
April 8th-9th
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
$3 per person
$3 onsite parking

Join more than 140 vendors at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon and search for antiques while listening to live music and enjoying food from local vendors.
www.SkagitCounty.net

Anacortes Spring Wine Festival
April 9th
Noon – 5:00 PM

Taste your way through local wineries and restaurants.
www.Anacortes.org

Tulip Frolic and Parade (La Conner)
April 9th
2:00 PM

Farm animals, clowns, bands, mascots, and fun for the whole family!
www.TulipFestival.org

Tulip Festival Street Fair (Mount Vernon)
April 15th-17th
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

www.MountVernonDowntown.org

Art in Bloom (Anacortes)
April 15th though 23rd

Works from regional artists will be displayed at the Anacortes Arts Festival’s off-season show to take place at the Depot Arts Center. The show will feature painting, photography, sculpture, and fine crafts.
www.AnacortesArtsFestival.com

These are great events that demonstrate the true community feeling of Anacortes and Skagit County as a whole. If you are considering moving to the area, these events are sure to entice you to embrace the beautiful Pacific Northwest lifestyle.

December Events in Anacortes

Can you believe December is already here?

Jingles & Santa ! Happy Holidays from Anacortes Living!

December is my favorite month of the year because it is the best time to buy a new home and spread the holiday cheer! December comes with so many exciting local events! It’s a great time of year to bring the community together and meet new people.

That being said— you will not want to miss any of the lovely local events going on throughout December in Anacortes, WA.

December 4th we had our annual tree lighting ceremony officially kicking off this lovely holiday season. If you missed this, don’t worry many more events are soon to come!

December 6th, Anacortes school district is putting on a gingerbread house contest. Guests can join the festivities with crafts and snacks for sale and children are welcome to join in on the gingerbread house fun.

December 11th-12th, Wonderland Walk is being held at Washington Park. Take a walk through the festively lit park created and inspired by different local groups.

December 16th brings another must see.The 5th annual Celtic Christmas celebration! Watch the Seattle Irish Dance company along with several different live bands.

The Jingle Bell Dash will be held December 19th this year, make sure to bring your kids! Santa will be waiting at the finish line.

Finally, Habitat for Humanity is looking for Christmas volunteers to help with constructing houses during this holiday season.

Christmas is such a busy time of year! I know I have been rushing around decorating the house, preparing for visitors and finding the perfect presents for my loved ones!

With all the excitement sometimes safety and the idea that this time can pose any threats can be put off. Here are some tips to help keep your home happy and fire-safe this season. Don’t forget your pets! We have some great pet information for keeping your furry friends safe during the winter season.

From the farmers markets and boating activities in the summertime to the holiday festivals, Anacortes is an amazing place to live. These events help make a close community that is wonderfully inviting and friendly. Don’t miss out on your chance to live in a place you’ll love!

Never heard of Anacortes? Well, if you’ve ever considered Washington, Anacortes is a great place to start your search!

See what Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC. can do for you at how we can help.

Call us today for a free consultation. Let us show you how our 5 Star Real Estate Services can make a difference in buying or selling a home.

Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or 360-941-3734

809 7th Street Anacortes, WA - (360)941-3734

November Activities and Events in Anacortes

November is here in Anacortes, Washington!

Can you believe it’s already November here in Anacortes? This year has seemed to fly by and along with the holiday season comes plenty of things to do in Skagit County, Washington. The Anacortes Community Theater is concluding their 51st season with their final show of the year: “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” With tickets only costing $18, it makes a perfect outing for a fun night. The Anacortes Art Commission has their First Friday Art Walk on November 6th; don’t miss seeing the wonderful work of our local artist community! The “Salish Sea Art Exhibit: Life on the Saanich Peninsula B.C.” will also be featured on the weekend of the 6th at the Anacortes Depot Arts & Community Center.

The Anacortes Art Commission

The 12th annual Brewgrass! event, a mixture of local bluegrass and microbrew lands on the weekend of the 13th and 14th. That Saturday we also have a vintage market at the Port of Anacortes!

November holidays give us the Veteran’s Day ceremony on the 11th with several guest speakers and music from Skagit Swings band and finally, Thanksgiving, on November 26th, brings a plethora of good eats with our locally owned restaurants.

Anacortes is filled with wonderful outdoor activities and events that benefit the community happening throughout the year. Are you new to the area? Want to learn more about our great coastal community? Click Here

If you have an event that’s happening in November or December and would like to be featured in our next ‘Things to Do in Anacortes’, please contact Jean Groesbeck at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or by phone at 360-941-3734 and visit our website at http://anacortesliving.com/