Today, I'm taking you to Vashon Island, a charming place that can only be accessed via ferries from Seattle, Tacoma and Southworth. Much like Port Gamble, Vashon Island is a quiet destination that embraces its small town lifestyle.
Leaving the Southworth Terminal
My reason for going to Vashon was to tour Nashi Orchards. It's where Asian Pears, Perry Pears and Apples are used to make Perry and hard cidar. The 27-acre property belongs to Jim Gerlach and Cheryl Lubbert, and the couple use 100 percent of the juice pressed at their winery. I tasted and picked up the Chojuro Blend and the Island Harvest Blend that morning. Both are delish.
Gunther on duty
From there, I had to stop at the Point Robinson Lighthouse on the northeast corner of Maury Island. It was a little bit of a drive from Nashi, but worth the trip. I spent most of the journey with my windows down and never bothered to turn on the radio. I didn't want to ruin the experience. I also spent some time downtown before taking the ferry back to Southworth. If you're going to Vashon, I recommend Cafe Luna and Vashon Island Baking Co. They have yummy pastries and coffee. And because of the time, I didn't get a chance to check out the bike tree. I've seen pictures and ... it's a little creepy. It's definitely one of the things that make Vashon Island unique.
Photos by Christine Rose Morente