Anacortes

Welcome to Anacortes

A tranquil seaside gem with easy access to NAS Whidbey
 
Anacortes is a vibrant coastal community steeped in history. Situated on Fidalgo Island, this seaside gem is tucked among stunning views of the Cascade Mountains and the San Juan Islands, providing a serene respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Locals take pride in the scenic beauty of their home and are careful to preserve the surrounding rural charm and diverse nature. 
 
The history of Anacortes can be traced back to the 1890s when the town’s early fishing industry was based on schooners that sailed to the Bering Sea and back with tons of salted cod in tow. Mechanized salmon processing began in 1894 at the Fidalgo Island Canning Company, and expanded to 11 seafood canneries operating along the swift-moving Guemes Channel, allowing Anacortes to become known as the Salmon Canning Capital of the World. 
 
Today, Anacortes is a thriving city home to excellent schools, outdoor recreation, arts, and culture.

What to Love

  • Quick access to major city amenities
  • Serene atmosphere amongst the natural beauty
  • Excellent schools, as well as family-friendly events

Local Lifestyle

Known as a melting pot of artists, fishermen, musicians, and outdoor enthusiasts, Anacortes is a charming small-town community with access to major city amenities. This family-friendly town offers residents a highly desirable quality of life with its excellent schools, festivals, and events, not to mention the warm and welcoming atmosphere. 
 
Residents enjoy easy access to many amenities, parks, and major cities. Anacortes is just a ferry ride from Victoria, British Columbia, and the San Juan Islands, as well as an easy commute from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island. Many military families call Anacortes home due to its proximity to NAS Whidbey—just a 20-minute drive away. It also offers commuters convenient access to the I-5 corridor (Bellingham and Seattle) and the Deception Pass Bridge conveniently connects Fidalgo Island to Whidbey Island.

Known as the gateway to the San Juan Islands, Anacortes is a popular stopover destination and haven for renters and retirees alike. This seaside sanctuary attracts vacationers with its whale-watching tours, kayaking excursions, sailing, boating, birding, fishing, crabbing, hiking, and biking opportunities—to name just a few! The south side of Fidalgo Island is also home to Deception Pass State Park, the most visited state park in Washington.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Anacortes is home to a diverse array of dining options, from gourmet cuisine and craft breweries to fine dining establishments and cozy cafés. There are also quaint boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops. 

Locals frequent MaMa Wing, a cozy spot for authentic Chinese cuisine. For diner fare in a cheery setting, head to Gere-a-Deli or Dad’s Diner. Other notable restaurants include Adrift Restaurant, Bob’s Chowder Bar and BBQ, A’Town Bistro, and Anthony’s at Cap Sante Marina. Enjoy an after- or pre-dinner drink at Bastion Brewing Company, which serves flavorful ales and crisp lagers.

Things to Do

In Anacortes, you’re never far from adventure, natural beauty, and waterfront activities. The island is filled with forestlands and parks, freshwater lakes, a walkable waterfront and marina, and historic downtown. Its scenic trails are perfect for fitness fanatics and nature lovers seeking whale-watching, kayaking, and fishing activities amongst expansive beauty and stunning views. 
 
Deception Pass State Park, Washington's most-visited state park, is popular among locals and international travelers alike—and for good reason. It boasts coves, rugged cliffs, stunning sunsets, fishing, forest trails, miles of Puget Sound beachfront, and bird, seal, and whale-watching. Towering above the waters of Deception Pass, the impressive Deception Pass Bridge fostered the eventual placement of NAS Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor and is now a cherished spectacle. Rosario Beach, located within the park, features wide beaches, picnic areas set amongst old-growth trees and wildflower meadows, and a story pole carving of Kwuh-kwal-uhl-wut. Other notable parks include Washington Park—home to the Fidalgo Loop Trail—and Cap Sante Park.

Anacortes boasts a vibrant arts and culture scene, as well as a wide variety of annual events, including the Waterfront Festival, Anacortes Boat and Yacht Show, Bier on the Pier, and Race Week Pacific Northwest.

Schools

The town is served by the Anacortes School District, which consists of:
 
  • Fidalgo Elementary, K-5
  • Island View Elementary, K-5
  • Mount Erie Elementary, K-5
  • Anacortes Middle School, 6-8
  • Anacortes High School, 9-12
 
 

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