Vashon Island


Usually we like to get away the weekend after Labour Day. The weather is still nice. The summer crowds have dissipated. Up to this point, Whistler has been the destination of choice. This year we threw a change-up and decided to visit a friend who lives on Vashon Island, which is a 20 minute ferry ride from Seattle.  What a great call. Vashon was made for us. On the ocean, of course, which means sandy beaches for Makena (if your dog is like ours, sand is the cocaine of the dog world).  It’s also very rural, fields of green and trees forever.  The comunity is very enviromentally concious, which always makes me feel better about all the empty wine bottles we leave in our wake. This next point may only be my perception, but there were a lot of Obama signs around, which made me feel like I was amongst people who were intelligent and cared about the world (I hope that wasn’t too preachy). Anywho, this getaway rocked and here’s why:

A GREAT ROAD TRIP –  We leave at 5:30 am, ’cause that’s how we roll.  Not a car in front of us at the boarder. HOV lane sailed us through rush hour in Seattle and Adam Carolla’s morning radio show kept us laughing all the way (side note: rent The Hammer and watch the extras).  A quaint, quick ferry ride over glassy water and we were there.

MAURY COTTAGE – Our accommodations were everything we dreamed.  Maury Cottage is the perfect B&B (bed and bone).  It’s a great self-contained cottage on a beautiful property and they’re dog friendly.  Could it get any better?  Well, yes – the cottage has a custom-made Japanese soaking tub. The owners, Michael and Catherine, are lovely people and their accommodations are top notch. They also have a sweet dog, Sasha, who’s a Black Russian Terrier.  She kind of looks like a black Bouvier.  Like Bouviers, Sasha is an excellent guard dog but very kind and gentle with those she knows.  Michael and Catherine’s property is actually on Maury Island which is connected to Vashon Island. To see what I’m talking about, check out a great interactive map.

This is our new home-away-from-home on Vashon.  Makena already guard-dogging.

PERRY’S –  I have a passion for good old-fashioned diner burgers. Every vacation we go on, I search out the best burger the locals have to offer.  Perry’s killed it.  KILLED IT!  The owner even came out and hung with us at the picnic tables after making our lunch (I think he was mostly there to hang with Makena). This burger, fries and milkshake combo was as memorable as our first trip to In-N-Out Burger in Vegas.

THE MONKEY TREE -We ate at The Monkey Tree 3 times.  Mostly breakfast and snacks. Great, fresh baked goods.  This place reminds me of my home town, Nelson, B.C., because it’s run by hippies.  Beautiful, laid back people.


Ron Irvine’s barrels of liquid love.

Our friend, Melodie, who we were visiting, introduced us to some really great and interesting people. That includes Ron Irvine, the owner of Vashon Winery. We hung out with him at his Winery for a couple of hours and I don’t think he stopped smiling once. This man has great energy and he is a fantastic story teller.  He told us numerous stories about his wine making adventures and they were all funny and entertaining. When he was done each story, I’d learned something new about the wine making process. Ron does tastings at his winery. He also brings in musical artists for concerts on his property and recently even had a poetry reading. We brought home 2 bottles of 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, one 2005 Semillon and the Tramp Harbour Red.

VASHON WINE SHOP  was our next stop.

The most delicious living room on Vashon Island.  Did someone say “sleepover?”

We met Stephen McClure, the owner of the Vashon Wine Shop and hung out with him for his Friday evening tasting. This place is a great space. The shop is in the lower floor of a house right downtown on Vashon Hwy (kind of like the Main Street of Vashon). Listening to Stephen and Melodie talk about wine was fascinating. It also hammered home how little I know about wine. Stephen is a major foodie as well, which makes him the perfect guy for recommending wine pairings. He was also smitten with Makena and invited her into his shop. The more I think about it, Stephen should be writing for Food, Wine & Dogs. We’ll work on that.

CRAZY MAZIE is the the furry reason we made the trip.  Mazie is Melodie’s new Golden Retriever pup.  We love watching Makena play with other dogs.  Put a glass of wine in my hand and I could settle in for hours. So this this video is perfect.  It was taken while we were sampling the wines of Vashon Winery and the girls played just feet away.


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3 Comments on “Vashon Island”

  1. February 10, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

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  2. Beatrice (Betsy) Baires from Alta Loma, California
    September 5, 2011 at 2:28 am #

    Many years ago, my husband and I and daughter (attending University of Puget Sound) took the ferry to Vashon Island. We drove all around the island, what a pleasant experience. We went to a little market,bought some cheese, bread and wine went to a clearing by the water and had the most wonderful lunch. The time of the year was late spring, and flowers were everywhere. Loved your island.

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