“Keep Vashon Weird.” It’s the island’s official slogan, and one that locals embrace fully, proud that it’s unlike any other island or place you might come across. To visit this reached-by-ferry-only escape, is to take a step back in time to a community that has changed little over the decades: stoplights are few, franchise stores even fewer, and neighborly love and trust is very much the name of the game here. During a visit to Seattle, you will be surprised to discover that this strangely unique island sits just a quick journey away from the big city, and yet – as you’ll come to discover – seems to be a world away in terms of both space and time.
I’ve wanted to take a seaplane tour of Seattle ever since I moved here a year ago. The seaplanes buzzing around the Seattle skies are a common site. I wanted to see my city in a new way, so I signed up for a seaplane flight over Seattle from Lake Union.
Tillicum means “friendly” in the Chinook tribal language, and this half-day tour really is friendly. There’s a 45-minute cruise filled with storytelling and local history lessons, an excellent meal and a spectacle of a show highlighting native tribal dancing and masks.
I’ve lived in Seattle for 20 years and I’d never done the Tillicum Village Cultural Experience. I rounded up a local friend who had also never been and headed to Pier 55 on the Seattle waterfront. Tours leave twice daily, at 11:30 a.m. (our sailing) and 4:30 p.m. We boarded right on time and took seats at the rail on the upper bow. But shortly after we left the dock, we moved inside; the sound was better and we wanted to hear our guide, Haida, talk about the history of the region.
Have a sweet tooth? Love festivals? Simply looking for something fun to do? We’ve got your answer.
The Northwest Chocolate Festival annually celebrates one of life’s greatest pleasures: chocolate! Each October, Bell Harbor Pier comes alive with cacao-laced events. Sample the creations of over 80 of the world’s best chocolatiers, watch bean-to-bar demonstrations, take a pastry class, develop your palate and learn how to distinguish chocolate from different regions, taste fresh-picked cacao, educate yourself on chocolate for health, explore the art of bean crushing and much more. Picture loads of samples, 70-plus workshops and more than a dozen hands-on classes. It’s truly a memorable Seattle experience.