Location, location, location

Vashon is one of the largest islands in Washington's Puget Sound, and is accessible only via ferry. Twenty minutes southwest of Seattle at its north end and ten minutes north of Tacoma at its south end, it is at once a rural escape and a perfect launch point to either city. The island's unique double harbor offers an excellent rowing venue as it is large, there is generally little boat traffic, and often there is someplace calm enough to row even when it's windy. Of course we can't promise perfect weather, but it is essentially rowable year 'round (if you don't mind getting wet).

The island itself is a delightfully confusing mix of quiet, small-town and upscale arts community. It's eclectic, naturally beautiful and offers miles and miles of walking, hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails. We have a century-old, still working lighthouse, which also happens to be in one of the best places on the island to spot whales — Point Robinson Park. There is one, single-screen movie theater, one of the best Thai restaurants in the country (according to Travel & Leisure magazine, and anyone who's ever eaten there), and art galleries everywhere.

Seattle's Best Coffee started here, and its roasting facility is still in use by the Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie. Mmmmm ... coffee ...

We have a lot to offer both on the water and off.

 
 Seattle skyline at night, from Lake Union.  (Photo Credit: Steve Tosterud)

Seattle skyline at night, from Lake Union.  (Photo Credit: Steve Tosterud)

 

Vashon

 Vashon's famous bike in the tree. We know how it got there.  (Photo Credit: Steve Tosterud)

Vashon's famous bike in the tree. We know how it got there.  (Photo Credit: Steve Tosterud)

 The Point Robinson lighthouse — a working lighthouse — celebrated its 100th birthday three years ago and offers tours. (Photo Credit: Steve Tosterud)

The Point Robinson lighthouse — a working lighthouse — celebrated its 100th birthday three years ago and offers tours. (Photo Credit: Steve Tosterud)

If you have time while you're here and are up for fun excursion, you could try a Mostly True Vashon Tour. It's a great way to see the island and have a few laughs at the same time.  For a peek at Northwest Rowing Center-related photos, check out our Instagram account.