Vashon Island: Paradise Lost in Puget Sound

By Mary Kay Seales

A short ferry ride away from Seattle, but wondrously off the grid, Vashon Island is a lush and lovely day trip to clear your head and soak up some green.


Take the West Seattle ferry, car and driver around $20, or ride your bike on a  sunny day for $6.50. Have lunch in the little (very) town of Vashon, shop at the boutiques (I bought a set of bamboo chimes there that makes the loveliest music for me in a summer breeze), and if you’re very lucky, you’ll get a spectacular glimpse of Mt. Rainier on the ferry ride there or back, that majestic snow-covered prince we locals refer to simply as “the mountain.”

From the Ferry

Just go! And don’t forget your camera!


OP Bok Cover


Mary Kay Seales is a travel writer and photographer, and also teaches writing at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is the owner of Closing the Circle: Copywriting that Connects, which specializes in marketing materials for the travel industry. Visit her website at




Great article on Vashon from the New York Times “A Trip Across Water, and Time, From Seattle” By


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