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.

WA Ferry Summer Schedule


Washington State Ferries  is now on its summer sailing schedule, which began on June 17. There will now be increased service on popular tourist routes and a new reservation system for customers on the Anacortes/Sidney, B.C. route, Port Townsend/Coupeville route, and business customers on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands routes.

The summer schedule is available on the WSF website, and the red printed schedule (No. 225) is available at all vessels and terminals.

If you are interested in learning more about Anacortes real estate, land or homes for sale anywhere throughout Skagit County, please go to our website, or contact Jean Groesbeck at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or call (360) 941-3734.

WA State Ferry Rates Increase May 1 on Anacortes/San Juan Islands Run

Anacortes Ferry Dock

The peak for WA State Ferry season begins Sunday, May 1.  The  Anacortes / San Juan Islands run will have an additional 35 percent surcharge applied to full fare vehicle/driver tickets.

The peak season surcharge does not affect foot passenger fares or frequent user  fares.  Peak seasonferry fares will be in effect Sunday, May 1 through Friday, Sept. 30. Summer parking rates at Anacortes will also be in effect May 1 through Sept. 30 Рpeak ferry season.

The following is from the WA State Ferry Website:

You can travel three ways:
Come Aboard On foot is easy, quick and avoids auto lines. Passengers are charged for round trip travel on most routes, and pay at passenger toll booths. Board an overhead ramp for loading, or wait for instructions to walk on the car deck. Walk-on passengers must be on board five minutes before departure. Most terminals do not have lockers available or luggage handling facilities, so plan to carry whatever you bring to the terminal. Many ferries are met by public transportation.

By car requires planning ahead. Sunny summer weekends and commuter hours from 6 to 9 a.m. eastbound and 4 to 7 p.m. westbound are busy. Travel at other times if possible. Arrive at the ferry terminal early and plan at least 30 to 40 minutes of wait time. San Juan Island waits may be 2 to 4 hours during peak season, depending on the route.

Pay your way at the toll booth for car/drivers and passengers. Vehicle fares are one-way – except on the Vashon and San Juan Islands routes. Follow directions to the loading area, and remember to be in your car and ready to go 20 minutes before departure time. Cars load in order of arrival with the exception of carpools, vehicles with a special priority, or vehicles to destinations different from yours.

Space on the ferry is limited. It is measured in terms of length, height and width of the load. Vehicles exceeding a “box” size of 7’6″ high by 20 feet long by 8’6″ wide will be subject to surcharges. RVs, bikes on top of the car, and long vehicles pulling trailers or boats are subject to these charges.

By bike (including motorcycles), you can load before cars if you are there 20 minutes before departure time. Otherwise, bikes load at the discretion of the crew – if you are really late, you could load and unload last. Bikes should be secured at the side of the boat. Canoes, kayaks, and other sporting equipment can be accommodated at the direction of the crew. Passenger-only ferries have limited space for bikes.


If the ferry line is too long, spend the night in Anacortes!  Anacortes is on Fidalgo Island, and is part of San Juan Islands.  Fidalgo Island is Connected to the mainland by two bridges and is also connected to Whidbey Island by the Deception Pass Bridge.

WA State Spring Ferry Schedule

The 2011 spring sailing schedule for Washington State Ferries begins March 27th and is current through June 18th.  The spring schedule will include the addition of popular routes and the international route between Anacortesand Sidney, B.C. will start again.  Explore the beautiful island of Anacortes and discover your dream home with the help of our fantastic agents.  Ferry service increases include weekend inter-island vessel in the San Juan Islands.  Eight hours of afternoon service Monday through Thursday between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands.  Adjusted sailing times to improve schedule reliability in the San Juan Islands.  Three-boat service on weekends on the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route.  The third boat will operate eight hours a day on Saturday and Sunday.




It is time for the Executive and the Legislative Branches to face this issue head-on and develop an effective, reliable ferry system to continue to meet the needs of its customers and Washington State.  To this end, we the undersigned petition the Governor and the Legislature to act during the 2011 Legislative Session to:

Dispense with further cuts in service and take action to refurbish the system so it can efficiently meet the needs of its customers;

  • Provide a permanent source of equitable statewide funding for building vessels;
  • Start building the 144 as soon as possible in 2012 to provide a replacement or backup boat of adequate power and capacity to our aging fleet;
  • Develop a sustainable, long term budget for WSF that caps fares at reasonable rates for ferry customers and which considers the economic and social impacts.

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Internationally Speaking

More foreign buyers showed interest in purchas¬≠ing U.S. properties in 2009, according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS¬ģ (NAR)’s 2010 Profile of International Home Buying Activity. More than one-fourth of REALTORS¬ģ (28 percent) say they worked with at least one international client in the past year, up from 23 percent a year ago. Nearly one in five REALTORS¬ģ (18 percent) completed at least one sales transaction with an international client, up from 12 percent in 2008. Sales involving foreign buyers represented about 7 percent of the overall residential market.

International buyers came from 53 countries; the top four were Canada (23 percent), Mexico (10 percent), the United Kingdom (9 percent) and China/Hong Kong (8 percent). The most impor¬≠tant factors in a buyer’s decision to purchase U.S. property are the proximity to their home country and the convenience of air transportation.

Florida typically attracts European, Canadian and South American buyers, while the East coast draws Europeans. The Southwest attracts Mexican buyers and the West Coast attracts Asians.

Guemes Island Ferry Haul-Out

(SKAGIT COUNTY)‚ÄĒ The Skagit County Public Works Department says the 2010 Guemes Island Ferry haul-out will take place from Monday, October 4th, to Tuesday, October 19th.

The ferry’s last run will occur Sunday, October 3rd at 8:00 pm.

The vessel is scheduled to return to service Wednesday, October 20th, at 6:00 am.

During the haul-out, Skagit County will remove and replace one main engine, conduct ultrasound readings on the hull to determine hull thickness and life expectancy, paint void spaces and portions of the superstructure, perform other small maintenance items, and complete the USCG dry-dock credit.

Arrow Launch will provide a passenger-only service that will run on the regularly-scheduled sailing times.

The passenger-only boat accommodates 49 passengers and carries both bicycles and small motorbikes.

Skagit Transit will provide a bus on Guemes Island to provide transportation.

For more information, contact Rachel Beck at 333-1496 or at rachelb@co.skagit.wa.us.

Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend!

If you plan to take the Washington State Ferries from Anacortes to the San Juan Islandsfor the Memorial Day weekend, make sure you plan ahead.   The State is adding additional ferry runs, but there will still be long lines. 

To avoid lines you should plan to travel the middle of the week if traveling by car.¬† If you don’t want to worry about the ferry line, then you can walk or bike on the ferry, but make sure you leave extra time to get from your car to the ferry.

Here is an update on the Memorial Day Weekend Anacortes Ferry Schedule.

 Anacortes/San Juan Islands:

  • On Friday, May 28, WSF will provide an extra sailing from Anacortes¬†to Orcas at 2:05 p.m.
  • On Monday, May 31, the 2:20 p.m. sailing from Friday Harbor will go directly to Anacortes instead of making its usual island stops.
  • On Monday, May 31, WSF will also provide an extra sailing from Orcas to Anacortes at 3:20 p.m.

Washington Ferries update to Spring Schedule

One of the sure signs of spring is when the Washington State Ferry System changes to the Spring schedule.  March 28th through June 19th the spring schedule will be in effect.

If you plan to visit the San Juan Islands, make sure you spend time in Anacortes.¬† Some Anacortes visitors don’t realize that Anacortes is on an Island – Fidalgo Island, which is the easternmost of the San Juan Islands.¬† Plan to spend some time visiting our downtown area, Washington Park, Rosario Beach, Cap Sante Marina, Tugboat Park, or just hang out and enjoy the best scenery in the Northwest.!

If you would like to learn more about living in Anacortes, stop by our Coldwell Banker office.  You pass it on the way to the ferry.  We are on the left (west) immediately after you enter town on 32nd and Commercial.

The 10 Best Places to Retire …


What are you looking for when choosing a place to retire? It is affordable housing? Extensive leisure and cultural interests? Opportunities for growth?  Sun? Sandy beaches? Clean air and environment? Tempting gourmet paradise? Fast & hassle-free access to health care?

All of the above is what you should be looking for.

If you are considering a would be place to retire, I say go for a place with a prosperous economy and include all or nearly all of the above “Goodies” in order to make your lifestyle a carefree retirement. Quite a few places that have such “goodies” here are just a few that make up the 10 best places to retire.‚Ķ..

Anacortes, Washington

A paradise for lovers of water. Anacortes is the crown jewel of the San Juan Archipelago of Islands. A leap, and a short ferry ride away from Victoria, British Columbia. It offers plenty of water travel and leisure activities such as sailing, kayaking and motor boats. You can beach comb and other things, like hike the many trails, playing golf, camping, bird watching and the beach. The downtown area offers specialty shops, antique shops and art galleries, bed and breakfasts and gourmet restaurants.

Sarasota, Florida

A famous Gulf Coast city. And ‘the home of some of architecture more beautiful than you can imagine. It is also famous for its more than 30 kilometers of beautiful beaches and a climate that is ideal for boating, water skiing, tennis and golf. Nature lovers will be spoiled by the beautiful atmosphere of pure white sand, exotic animals and plants. Culture-loving people would be the opera, ballet and theater are here in love. It’s not a big city, but also has an urban feel safe, thanks to the fun of first class.

Ames, Iowa

Offers a real American Midwest life. It is also home to acts of great music and touring theater companies name. It attracts visitors with affordable housing, and the low crime area. Life is calm and quiet here, as you might like.

San Diego, California

If you treasure sunny weather and clear air of the sea, San Diego is the place with beautiful weather and white sandy beaches and fresh air. Want) an active lifestyle (filled with the seas and beaches? Beautiful beaches and the famous Balboa Park are just some of the places you can go to games and entertainment. Reigns this city as one of the most competitive in electronics, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. You need a little spending on housing too, though. San Diego is not cheap.

Lawrence, Kansas

Lush surroundings and attractions, including shows at the Lied Center, an active community arts center and theater, are a vibrant downtown and the market for a long-time farmer, this city is a sign of temptation. Enough places to go and participate in the work for you, if you have time for a brisk pace.

Hot Springs, Arkansas

As a spa, but what you also consider the low cost of living. And it’s a good deal in terms of housing costs ‚Äď for example, on average, a single family house (1,600 to 2,100 square feet) $ 135,000 to $ 225,000.

Charleston, South Carolina

The South is one of the best places to retire. Charleston in the south, is a beautiful City, where you can enjoy many activities in a thriving economy. It ‘been called a historic city, romantic and beautiful. But one catch ‚Äď you insert with the summer heat.

Hanover, New Hamsphire

A colonial enclave famous for its cross-country can better see the man. The city is also known for the life of Ivy League.

Walla Walla, Washington

If you want a quiet life, where people know each other, then this is the place for you. Allow competitionSearch for peace and tranquility with its offer of libraries and art galleries. The local universities offer numerous activities such as conferences and courses for retirees. And if you’re used to big city prices, so you get Nice cheap bargain here by surprise.

Charlottesville, Virginia

This city is blessed with the rugged and picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains serve as a fine mix of colonial and 18th century ideals. It would also look at a relaxed lifestyle retirement: Playing golf in a quiet environment, or participation in water cooling, browsing through bookstores and antique shops …..

Or do you have in other places in mind? The most important thing ‚Äď it is a place of love and to enjoy life there.