What is Anacortes...at night? Beautiful!

What is Anacortes at night? Simply Beautiful!

Anacortes (anna-core-tess) is in the state of Washington.  Located on the north end of Fidalgo Island.  Many ask what is Anacortes?   Some think of it as some type of wild animal.  For instance, a big snake like the Anaconda.

Sorry to disappoint you, but it is not a snake but what it is, is a unique place to live and visit.

The name Anacortes comes from a very early settler to the area named Amos Bowman.

Amos wanted to do something special for his beloved wife, so he named the area Anacortes which comes from his wife’s name of Anna Curtis.  A little “short cut” with her name and up comes Anacortes.

Welcome to Anacortes

Welcome to Anacortes

March Point

My first visit to Anacortes was the March Point area where my family and friends went crabbing.  If you like crab, then you’ve got to check out the fantastic crabbing in the area.

We had a small boat and a couple of crab nets with floats attached to the top so we could find them after tossing the basket nets into the water about 100 feet from the shore.

With a huge fish head wired to the inside of the basket, we waited about 20 or 30 minutes and then went to haul up the net basket.  This had to be done super fast as you can see the basket getting closer to the surface, the crabs literally are jumping out!

The faster you pull, the more you come up with.

What made this crabbing taste so great, is that with a beach campfire, and a large pot of the local salt water, we just cooked them on the spot.  Minutes later, dipping in melted butter, we all had our complete fill of crab.  All 12 of us!


After reading a few of my earlier posts on Seattle, the Seattle Space Needle, the Aquarium, Floating Bridges and Ferry systems, along with the GreenLake Park area, you’ll want to expand your understanding of the state of Washington, Mount Rainier, and the Seattle area to include it’s surroundings.

Directions To Anacortes

From Seattle head north along I-5 till you get to the Mount Vernon area and then head west on West Division Street which will connect you to Hwy. 536 which in turn, connects to I-20 that takes you directly into Anacortes.

On the other hand, if you stay on I-5 northbound a bit further you’ll come to Burlington.  Look for the westbound sign for I-20 which takes you past March Point and right into Anacortes.

“New York of the West”

Similar in nature as La Conner located just south of Anacortes, in the early days, many Indian groups or tribes, dotted the area.

The Samish and Swinomish tribes abounded.

Not having industry to contend with, the entire region was home to some of the largest trees in the U.S.

(Go to “Home” at top of this page and scroll all the way down to the bottom.  You’ll see some of those early trees that grew in the area.)

Old growth Douglas fir absolutely dominated the skyline.

Amos Bowman envisioned a “Western New York” and tried to promote Anacortes as an urban center for all to enjoy.  He failed.

Anacortes Today

Now famous for the Washington State Ferries terminal and docking port, Anacortes serves Lopez Island, Shaw Island and beautiful Orcas Island along with all of the San Juan Islands and up into British Columbia Canada with Victoria and Vancouver Island.

Enjoy a ferry ride for whale watching

Enjoy a ferry ride for whale watching

With ideal surroundings, boaters, fishermen (and women) flock to the area.   Outdoor camping and travel trailers are all welcome.

Enjoy tent or motorhome camping

Enjoy tent or motorhome camping

Being so close to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, whale watching has proven to be a real drawing influence to people from all around the world.

A Scenic Hike

Some 50 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails wind there way throughout the region.  Even for those adventurous souls that  enjoy rock climbing, you’ll be pleased at the many challenges that Anacortes offers you.

Mount Erie is also a challenge if you enjoy hiking.  It’s 1273 foot peak will give you a view that you’ll not soon forget.

Hiking scenery

Hiking scenery you’ll enjoy in Anacortes

On the other hand, if you are not into walking or rock climbing, then don’t forget the long-distance cyclists.  It is sponsored by Adventure Cycling Association “Northern Tier” that will get you started near Anacortes and end in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Don't forget about Anacortes shopping!

Don’t forget about Anacortes shopping!

Fun Stuff

Shipwreck Day , Anacortes Arts Festival, and Oyster Run are events that will bear looking into for young and old alike, and don’t forget to see the “Pirates” of Seattle!

Oyster Run downtown

Oyster Run downtown Anacortes…Come join the Fun!

Why not come in and join us?

Anacortes would welcome your visit. Share this site.

Written by: Tom McDaniel

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The Evergreen State Fair Logo

The Evergreen State Fair Logo

Washington is known to be:  The Evergreen State, so it’s only natural that the Evergreen State Fair is uniquely, one of the very best in entertainment, food, livestock, rodeo, games, lumberjacks, ax throwing, bull riding, hobbies, and trades.

The list goes on and on.

Don’t forget about the Evergreen Speedway and the tremendous fireworks displays that goes on in the evenings.

I can clearly recall, some years back, walking through the main street of the fair grounds.  While walking past a small stand, a certain type of music caught my attention.

There was a young man, about 20 something, short black hair, about 5′ 10″ in height, slight of build, promoting his music.  With a brief exchange of conversation, he told me that one day he would be famous.

He was selling/promoting his style of music on cassettes.

Never did catch his real name, but today he goes by the name of Yanni, and sure enough, he has made a name for himself. So…you never know who you’ll meet at the Evergreen State Fair.  🙂

Yanni...the way I remember him

Yanni…similar to the way I remember him


Yanni ... today

Yanni … today

Location And Time

The fair is in the city of Monroe, Washington.  It’s physical address is :  14405 179th Ave SE, Monroe, WA 98272   Look on the maps for US Route 2 where it crosses over 179th Ave.

However, if you just head towards Monroe, don’t worry about finding the fair.  You’ll see the cars parked all along the roadways leading up to it’s main gates.

One of the best things this Fair has going for it is the early bird entrance to the grounds.  This is especially true for the first day during the week.  Not only will you be able to get in early, but a real break on the cost of entrance per person!

Usually the Fair will begin towards the end of August.  Each calendar day changes every year, but it’s always towards the end of August and runs for two weeks.

Need to get in touch with them for tickets?  Give them a call at :  360- 805-6700.  You can find out all you’ll need to know from the folks at the other end.  🙂

Where Can We Stay?

The Fair events brings together, all types of great people.  Having a common bond, usually the outdoor type thinking, these folks do not hesitate to put in at the RV sites.

Some even choose to “rough it” with the tent camping sites with a first-come-first-served type of program.

Be aware though, that the RV-1 area is for those with horses (animals) and vendors only.  It’s 88 RV sites fill up very fast.  Located at the North end of the Fairgrounds.

Then the RV-2 sites where the general public can stay, is also available.  It’s location is East of the Fairgrounds.  Spaces can accommodate up to 42′ long RVs.  Water and power are close by.

Showers and dumps are on the site also.  So, rather than staying at a hotel or motel, why not consider “roughing it” with others?  It will be great fun!


Events You’ll Not Want To Miss!

Tickets And More

The Evergreen State Fair wants folks to come and enjoy a day (or more) at the Fair without “breaking the bank” with entrance fees.

Adults are $10 or $12 dollars per person.

Seniors get a bit of a break (62-89 yrs) are $6 or $8 dollars per person.

Over 90 years old? Amazing!   Your tickets or FREE!

Young folks from 6-15 yrs is $6 to $8 dollars per person.

Then the kids 5 and under is also FREE!

So whichever category you fit into, you’ll enjoy yourself by being at one the the VERY BEST Fairs in existence!

FYI….. the lower prices can be purchased on Labor Day only.

Remember too, that the State of Washington has many, many more attractions throughout the entire Seattle ….. Tacoma area, and the entire State.

What have you enjoyed at the Fair?  Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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