Spring Ferry Schedule Begins April 2

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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.

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.

New Ferry Terminal for Anacortes

The Seattle Times reported today that U.S. Sen. Patty Murray has obtained¬†$7.6 million more in federal money for Washington state’s ferry system.¬† One of the projects approved was a new ferry terminal in Anacortes!

This is great news!  Anacortes businesses benefit tremendoualy from ferry riders, and many Anacortes homes buyers first learn about Anacortes when they come to our city to take a ferry to the San Juan Islands.  

Originally Washington state only received $750,000 to upgrade the Guemes Island ferry dock out of the 11 grants were applied (totally approximately $56 million).  The Guemes Island ferry is actually operated by Skagit County.

We will post more details as they become available.

 

Washington State Ferry Up Close and Personal!

 

A sequel to my last Washington State Ferry Blog...

  If you are in Anacortes, go down to the very end of Commercial Ave. and you see the Sealth out of the water. 

Even though it is one of the smaller boats, it is HUGE!

Washington State Ferries operates the largest ferry fleet in the United States!  There are 22 Washington State Ferries crossing Puget Sound carrying more than 24 million passengers to 20 different ports.

 

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