Our Weekend on Anderson Island


David rowing me around Lake Josephine after dinner at the Riviera Lakeshore Restaurant

David and I spent this past weekend on Anderson Island, the southernmost island in the Puget Sound. A little over two hours from Portland, it was close enough to drive, and yet far enough to feel like we were really going on a little vacation to celebrate our anniversary.


The trail down to Andy’s Marine Park

Mussel shells that look like hearts and a view into the ocean. Those black specks are tiny snails.

The pretty inside of another shell and the tiniest little crab I’ve ever seen.

Anderson Island is quite small. I think I heard it measures a mere 4 miles across. To get there we drove north of Olympia to Steilacoom where we took the 20min. ferry to the island. Being small, it is really a place to getaway and relax. There is just one general store (with actual bins of 1¢ candy!), one coffee shop, and one very good restaurant (delicious fish ‘n chips). There are also two fresh water lakes with swimming holes and a couple of nice public parks. Everyone is pleasant, and it is interesting to imagine what it must be like to live in such a tiny, somewhat secluded community. I also couldn’t help but notice there seemed to be a lot of churches, and I’m guessing they provide services beyond religion where people have an excuse to get together to socialize and whatnot.


August Inn Bed & Breakfast and the view from our room, nicer than we expected.

If we lived here, we’d definitely want a house on the perimeter by the ocean (versus inland, by the lakes). We’d have a small boat and buy crab traps and go fishing for our supper, have a large vegetable garden (all covered by high fences to keep out the deer) and then, when we felt the need for bigger things, we’d just hop the ferry and drive into nearby Tacoma or Seattle. Not a bad life at all. Of course, there is always the question of jobs…


Photo of the single general store. Our ferry home to the mainland.

Here is the Sunset article that inspired this trip.

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7 Responses to “Our Weekend on Anderson Island”


  1. 1 Irene July 30, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    1 cent candy bins?! I’m so there. 😉

  2. 2 Mon July 31, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Very nice place and very relaxing, I wish I could go there.

  3. 3 Pina August 4, 2008 at 12:31 am

    It is so enjoyable to read about your trips. I have always liked books about travels and your posts are like excerpts of such books. It seems to me that you are really enjoying the pregnancy and your time together with David!

  4. 4 Matthew August 15, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    My wife and I have owned 10 acres on the island for a many years.
    We have a creek on our property and the deer drink right out of it.
    My son is in awe of the island, and he loves it. No Stop-lights, no ratraces, everyone waives to you, it’s like going back in time 100 years ago.

    Don’t tell too many people about our hidden treasure 🙂

  5. 5 Valeria November 12, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    hi so you been to Cape Disappointment? or in Ilwaco?

  6. 7 Mr. Nonsense July 24, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    i’m inlove with anderson island. lots of memories there with my family.


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