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.
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.
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.
With ideal surroundings, boaters, fishermen (and women) flock to the area. Outdoor camping and travel trailers are all welcome.
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.
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.
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!
Why not come in and join us?
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Written by: Tom McDaniel
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