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5 reasons to visit Anacortes this spring

SPONSORED — Around the Pacific Northwest, nothing is quite as anticipated as the arrival of spring – warm temperatures, days full of sunshine (or at least hours), blooming flowers and, of course, the Anacortes Spring Wine Festival. Each year, the event draws visitors from around the state and beyond to enjoy Washington’s finest food and drink.

This year, take advantage of your time in Anacortes to enjoy all the town and its spectacular surroundings have to offer.

Get festive at the festival

An afternoon of wine tasting is one thing, but a full day packed with offerings from more than 30 wineries – all in one place – is on another level.

If the Spring Wine Festival is drawing you to Anacortes this season, take the time to experience everything it has to offer. Of course, the wine is plentiful, but the beloved Fidalgo Island event also includes tasty selections from local restaurants, handmade cheeses and chocolates – all available for tasting and purchase.

Sip your wine as you enjoy the scenic view of the Guemes Channel in a historic venue. A ticket to the April 8 event buys you a tasting glass, unlimited wine tasting and unlimited food bites, so don’t make dinner plans.

Stay the night

“My favorite part about wine tasting is worrying about driving home,” said no one ever. Spending a day at the Wine Festival is the perfect excuse to try another favorite Anacortes pastime – experiencing Pacific Northwest hospitality at its finest. Anacortes has the perfect hotel, inn or lodge to suit your preferences.

From quaint bed and breakfasts furnished with antiques and gas fireplaces to harbor view luxury hotels, finding the perfect place to rest up after a day on the island is not a difficult task.

Have some retail therapy

Warm temperatures and beautiful sunshine are good excuses to enjoy downtown Anacortes on foot. The charming town offers shoppers the opportunity to find unique, eclectic and even antique items you won’t see elsewhere. Whether perusing antique shops and art galleries downtown or exploring the Anacortes Farmers Market at the Historic Depot, Anacortes offers plenty of reasons to bring an extra suitcase.

If you’ll be around, check out the Anacortes Spring Vintage Market on April 28, featuring a unique mix of home décor, garden goodies, antiques and “upcycled” items.

Get on your feet

If your running shoes have been in hibernation this winter, a weekend in Anacortes is a reason to dust them off and lace them up. Fidalgo Island is famous for its breathtaking trails.

With varying lengths and degrees of difficulty, there’s a hike to suit any fitness level. Check out this list to choose a route to explore and find your favorite Fidalgo Island hike.

Experience the wild side

For nature enthusiasts, there’s no place like Anacortes.

A half-day cruise out of the harbor can bring you within selfie-taking distance of Orca wales, bald eagles, tufted puffins, sea lions, harbor seals, grey whales and even humpback whales. Whether you’re in it for the wildlife or simply want to enjoy a day on the open sea, Anacortes is the place to do it.

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