Just about an hour north of Seattle lies a place where you can escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a few hours...Camano Island, the perfect place to spend a day or a weekend away.
Zoom up I-5 and start your day with a a stop at Camano Island Coffee Roasters for a delicious cup of joe. The coffee is roasted in-house and the baristas know how to make a great drink. Snag some beans to take home from this sustainably-grown and ethically-sourced coffee shop.
After fueling up, head over to Kristoferson Farm for some zip-lining with Canopy Tours Northwest. The 134-acre property originally operated as a dairy farm and today is the site of Canopy Tours Northwest’s six-section zip lines that fly over a lush, green forest while also growing hay, pumpkins and culinary lavender. The longest zip line is 660 feet with a 47-foot final rappel which makes it longer than the height of the Space Needle. They have a Night Owl zip line through October 29th which provides spooky fun! Tours begin at dusk and you’ll fly through the forest under dim lights for a totally unique experience. The farm will also host its first ever ‘Camano Pumpkin Project’ fall festival October 14th.
Camano Island State Park hosts over 6,700 feet of beach shoreline to explore, along with groomed hiking trails. You'll find these trails beautiful even on rainy days. The hiking is great for kids and adults, alike. Birdwatchers will find many opportunities for bird spotting in Camano Island State Park along with sweeping views of the Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains and Mt. Baker. Just next door is Cama Beach State Park, there is even a mile-long trail connecting the two. The former fishing village was the center of activity in the 1930s and most of it is still intact with beachfront cabins, beautiful beachfront and tons of history. Staying the night? The west-facing cabins offer a perfect location for marine mammal watching or storm watching over the Saratoga Passage.
Stop in for lunch at Naked City's new Camano Island brewpub for Camano-specific beers and tasty nibbles. The brewpub is part of a larger development called Camano Commons with several other businesses, a library along with Camano Scoopz ice cream and Camano Island Marketplace. The Marketplace is a dining-and-retail hall featuring a butcher shop, bakery, chocolatier and island-made art and gifts. The Cama Beach Cafe is also magnificent for lunch. Their farm-to-table approach stays local while providing delicious meals.
If staying through dinner, try to snag a reservation for one of the Kristoferson Farm dinners which sell out quickly and have a limited run. Chefs Donna King and Kris Gerlach over see the farm's dinners. The 5-course , wine-paired dinners run from May through October and are held in the Kristoferson Farm restored barn at long, communal tables.
Another dinner option is the Camano Island Waterfront Inn where chef Dylan Alexander crafts feasts from local farm produce. Stay the night in one of the Inn's cozy nine rooms to extend your stay for a full weekend or longer. The Inn's spa facilities provide a restful break from a busy life.
San Juan, Vashon and Mercer aren't the only islands around town that should get all the attention!