Last week I wrote about my short stay at The Lodges on Vashon with a few local influencers. That post was all about the lodges themselves, this post is all about what we actually did on Vashon Island. Here’s what you should know about Vashon: you have to take a ferry to get there, it’s a quirky little artsy town, and it’s beautiful. Aside from day trips, I didn’t quite know what there was to do and see on Vashon so I am thankful we got a chance to check it out. Before this trip I had only been to there for a wedding so I didn’t know much beyond the fact that there are amazing views. Now let me guide you through our little overnight vacay with what to do, see, and eat.
Thank you to all of the businesses and people who took care of us during our stay. We all had a lovely time and will return! With friends! And thank you to Danny Owens for the photos.
WHERE TO STAY: THE LODGES ON VASHON
First I have to come back and sing the praises of The Lodges on Vashon because this place is so cool. Definitely check out my post about it if you haven’t already. The place is a gem and perfect for short getaways. We were only there one night but I loved my room, the outdoor pavilion, and the public house. It’s a great hangout spot or romantic retreat. My two favorite spots on the grounds include the hanging chairs in the pavilion and the Meadow King Lodges with the shower that opens up to a private patio. But if you’re a fan of ending your day with a relaxing hot bath, their Courtyard Lodges feature soaking tubs.
WHERE TO TREAT YOURSELF: GLASS BOTTLE CREAMERY
Before dinner on the first night we ventured to Glass Bottle Creamery where we tasted pretty much all of the flavors available before deciding on our treats of choice. They have a rotating selection of 8 flavors from ice cream to seasonal sorbets with ingredients sourced from Vashon Island and the Puget Sound region. I enjoyed my caramel apple ice cream while some of the group went for indulgent ice cream sandwiches. Along with delicious ice cream treats, they also sell local raw milk, kefir, eggs, cheese, and yogurt. A great stop for a sweet treat or quick grocery pick up!
WHERE TO SHOP: GIRAFFE
Giraffe is full of unique things to see. This boutique’s curated collection features goods from PNW artists and artisans from over 45 countries. Owner Priscilla Schleigh has created a shop an intentional mix of fairly traded, organic, green, and local products. Stop in for tea and chat with Priscilla who is happy to tell you the story about any piece you pick up. From black clay dishes from Columbia to the Vashon Island Market Totes. My personal favorite were the very lightweight and lovely geometric drinking glasses. Not only is the selection at Giraffe beautiful, you know that every piece you see has been very carefully selected.
WHERE TO BROWSE: VASHON INTUITIVE ARTS
Into crystals? Then you must check out Vashon Intuitive Arts, a member run and owned center for personal growth. It’s part retail store, part healing and learning center. There’s a space for massage practitioners, energy workers, and intuitive workers who are available daily for consultations and treatments. There’s even a small library for those who want to come learn about healing practices. This is exactly what I grew up with and is very Seattle. What can I say? We Seattle-ites were into self-care and healing before it became trendy. But man, look at that amethyst! If you’re looking to balance your chakras head to Vashon Intuitive Arts and talk to any of the people there. They are overflowing with information.
WHERE TO EAT: PURE
I wish I hadn’t filled up on juice and soup before we got our massive bowls at Pure. The plant-based, vegan and gluten-free cafe makes delicious juices and smoothies but stick around for their food. It’s fresh, filling, and ginormous. We tried the Buddha bowls and Bean & Rice bowls along with our freshly made juice and smoothies. The bowls come with a super spicy Thai chili paste and yummy dressings including lemon tahini and sesame ginger. I tried to eat as much as possible because it was so good but I barely dented the bean and rice bowl. They also offer daily soups and specials including the occasional vegan raw GF pizza.
WHAT TO DO: CIDER TASTING
One of the things we did that blew my mind was visit Nashi Orchards for a hard cider and perry tasting. First of all I didn’t even know Vashon had places where you could go cider tasting. Second I wasn’t expecting the cider tasting to take place on a 27 acre orchard and farm in a cute little tasting room off the barn where the cider is produced by a ridiculously sweet couple. Cheryl and Jim bought the land not realizing its potential and after numerous batches of jam they decided to become cider makers. It’s worth a visit just to hear their story and learn about their (award-winning) cider and perry. The tasting room is open Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm or you can make an appointment for a weekday tour and tasting.
Check out these places on social! The Lodges on Vashon @thelodgesonvashon | Glass Bottle Creamery @glassbottlecreamery | Giraffe @giraffehome | Vashon Intuitive Arts on Facebook | Pure @pure_organic_kitchen_juicery | Nashi Orchards @nashiorchards