Island Interests

Anacortes is the gateway to adventure – from the San Juan Islands to Victoria, B.C. and beyond.

Travelers will find all sorts of options – from kayaking, whale watching and yacht rentals, to hiking, biking and camping. Our staff will be happy to offer suggestions, directions, or other information upon your arrival.

Whale Watching

Posted on April 4, 2016

    There are many different whale watching options in Anacortes. Choose the one that is best for you & your family:  Mystic Sea Charters   819 Commercial Avenue, Suite E  Anacortes, WA  98221  (360) 588-8000 Island Adventures Whale Watching   1801 Commercial …

Guemes Island

Posted on January 14, 2015

Are you looking for a unique island experience, but don’t have the time or the budget for a trip to the San Juans? A couple of hours on Guemes might be a great fit for your needs! For just a …

Hiking Trails

Posted on June 24, 2011

There are over 2,800 acres of Anacortes Community Forest Lands (ACFL). With trails winding through forests, around lakes, and to the top of our highest peaks, there is a path for everyone! Click here for maps of three local lake …


Posted on June 24, 2011

  Anacortes boasts five main marinas. Boat charters are available as well as temporary moorage.   For more detailed information about each marina, you are welcome to visit their individual websites: Cap Sante Marina is the largest & most popular …

Deception Pass Bridge and Park

Posted on June 24, 2011

The bridge linking Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island is surrounded by a beautiful state park offering great views of the rushing water between the two islands and is located about 15 minutes’ drive away from Islands Inn.  

Downtown Anacortes

Posted on June 24, 2011

Galleries, shops and museums are all within walking distance of each other in historic downtown Anacortes.   Maritime Heritage Center & W.T. Preston Sternwheel Steamboat:  703 R Avenue ♦ Open weekends only in the months of April, May, September and October: Saturday …

Washington Park

Posted on June 24, 2011

Located just past the ferry landing, this park offers beaches, playgrounds, picnic areas and a wooded scenic two mile drive.

Mount Erie Lookout

Posted on June 24, 2011

  The highest point on Fidalgo Island is just a 10 minute drive from our Inn. it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Skagit Valley, the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, and Mount Baker. Click here for more information. …

San Juan Ferry

Posted on June 24, 2011

For a full island experience, take a scenic, slow paced trip to and from any of the beautiful San Juan Islands. This ferry services Lopez, Shaw, Orcas, and San Juan Island. The terminal is just 5 miles away from our …