Vashon Island has always been the perfect island to escape the craziness of city life with its vast outdoor spaces and slower paced lifestyle. The short 20-minute ferry ride from West Seattle quickly delivers you to Vashon along with a nice change of scenery.
Vashon Town is quickly becoming a destination with the deliciousVashon Island Baking Co., renowned Thai restaurant - May Kitchen + Bar(reservations are highly recommended), an ice cream shop - Glass Bottle Creamery along with fun shops including The President of Me, Hinge Gallery and Herban Bloom.
The Island also offers a lot in the way of parks and nature trails. Any trip to the island necessitates a visit to Point Robinson Park. On a clear day, you'll be rewarded with a view of Mount Rainier. Walk along the beach to admire the piles of driftwood and seashells. The lighthouse makes for a picturesque view.
The newest highlight of the island is a stay at The Lodges on Vashon. Most accommodations on the island are quaint B&Bs which while wonderful don't work well for groups or families. Enter The Lodges on Vashon which have been open for just under a year and are fabulous. Each "lodge" is a separate modular unit with either one or two bedrooms. The 16 stand-alone units are situated on the north end of Vashon town and feature gas fireplaces, kitchenettes along with delightfully heated floors. Every room has high-speed internet along with an assortment of games and locally sourced items (from soaps to coffee) from some of the best artisans on the island.
Designed by S+H Works, the Lodges have a light and airy feeling. The small touches really make the location feel comfortable, from the sheepskin thrown over chairs around the property and the succulents littering our room. The Courtyard Lodges have an outdoor area with chairs and a fire-pit, perfect for homemade s'mores.
The two-room suites are roomy and cozy at the same time. The rooms are located on the opposite ends of the unit which is perfect for groups of friends, family members and others traveling together. One room had a large bed while the other had a twin bed with a twin trundle beneath it. One fantastic feature for groups is that the shower and toilet are in separate rooms which is perfect for the morning shuffle.
While the individual lodges are grand, the best part of The Lodges on Vashon are the public spaces. The Pavilion is an open-air space with plenty of space to spread out. The swinging wicker chairs were a hit with my family and other guests. The beanbag toss and croquet set was in full use most of the weekend. After dark, the gas fireplace provided a well-lit and warm place to enjoy board games and snacks while sipping on wine.
The Lodges also feature an indoor communal space called the Public House with coffee, tea, an ice maker and a lounge room with an oversized table perfect for dinner or entertaining. Both spaces can be rented for private events and I overheard some guests talking about how it would be the perfect space for their next office off-site while I envisioned a sweet location for a wedding reception or party.
One unique feature is that the Lodges do not have a 24-hour staff on-site. A few days before your arrival, an email is sent with a map of your lodge location and access codes for the unit, public spaces and fitness center. Not to worry though, if you need anything, a phone number is provided for calls or texts to quickly get your needs met. The Lodges also offer fantastic packages which can be found on their promotions page. Don't forget to bring your furry pooch along, The Lodges is a very dog-friendly destination and can cater to your dog's needs.