The City of Anacortes and Fidalgo Island are a community with connections. Halfway between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., Highway 20 heads west from Interstate 5 through Skagit Valley’s verdant farmland, and over an elegant arching bridge onto Fidalgo Island, the eastern most island in the San Juan archipelago. A few miles further, Highway 20 Spur delivers you to the small city of Anacortes, WA, anchoring Fidalgo’s northern tip. As home to the Washington State Ferry terminal, Fidalgo is linked by a scenic boat ride with the rest of the San Juans as well as Sidney/Victoria, British Columbia. And on its southern end, dramatic Deception Pass bridge connects Fidalgo to Whidbey Island.
Anacortes is a city active in the Arts
Highly respected Island Hospital in Anacortes is known for its big-hospital range of services in a small, acute-care facility. The 43-bed, tax-supported, medical-surgical hospital was recently named one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals for facility-wide performance over five years (2000-04), judged for its consistent improvement in clinical outcomes, safety, hospital efficiency, financial stability, and growth.
You don't have to leave Fidalgo Island when you eat out. Anacortes has some of the best restaurants in Skagit County.
Whether you dine in or take out, your palate will be grateful.
The Anacortes Farmers Market runs Saturdays, May 10-October 25, 9am-2pm.
Shop locally and support the small businesses in Anacortes, or some 15 miles to the east, are Mount Vernon and Burlington, burgeoning cities that can fulfill most needs.
Drive north up scenic, winding Chuckanut Drive to Bellingham’s historic Fairhaven district for specialty shops and dining. Continue on and you’re less than an hour from beautiful Vancouver, B.C., or head an hour or so south for the city lights of Seattle, or follow Highway 20 east into spectacular Cascades National Park.
But in the end, perhaps the best part of northwest travel is spotting Mt. Erie standing proud above the flat Skagit Valley and knowing you’re heading home to a place as beautiful as Fidalgo Island, Anacortes . . . and Portalis.
Find out more about the City of Anacortes at www.cityofanacortes.org.