In my last post I raved about all the outdoor activities to do in Anacortes, but all that work will build up your appetite fast. In between all my playing, I stayed fueled by visiting local restaurants, had drinks while watching the sun set, and stayed in the my favorite bed and breakfast ever.
Where to Eat
Bob’s Chowder & BBQ Salmon
This restaurant is small, but offers a huge selection as far as their menu goes. I got a salmon caesar salad one day, and even went back my last day to get the clam chowder. The prices are very reasonable, the service is fast, and it’s at the edge of town, making it convenient to stop in as soon as you get in or on your way out. It’s also worth it to note that many options can be made gluten-free.
I heard this was one of the nicest restaurants in Anacortes, and I’d have to agree. They had a great variety of seafood, and I had a hard time picking what I wanted. I settled with the steamed artichokes to start and a poke bowl with seaweed salad as my entree, both of which I was pleased with. Service was great here, as I expected it would be.
Saturday Farmer’s Market (seasonally)
The weekend I arrived was also the first day of the farmer’s market for the season, and everyone was more than excited for it. They have everything here, from fresh fruit to jam to flowers. Skip the grocery store and take the time to meet the local vendors at the market to purchase directly from them. Your food will be much fresher, and you’ll be supporting the local community.
Where to Drink
The barista working behind the counter was super friendly, and it seemed like he knew everyone who came in. I got an Americano and it was made perfectly (according to my standards). What I liked about this cafe is there’s an art gallery connected to it, so head to the back after you get your drink. It’s in the middle of downtown so you can grab a cup of coffee, look at the art, and keep walking down the street to explore cute boutique stores.
Brown Lantern Ale House
As soon as I walked in, I knew this was my kind of bar. They had old sports memorabilia everywhere and a full bar with local beers on tap. The bartenders also took time to have a real conversation with each other even when they were busy. I didn’t have dinner here, but the menu I saw was pretty extensive. It was packed when I went in around 5 PM, and many of them seemed like they were locals. If it’s where the locals drink, you know that’s the place to go.
The owner of my b&b highly recommended coming here after dinner and I was so glad she did. The Majestic Inn seemed to be one of the highest buildings downtown, and they smart put a rooftop bar on top of it. You can see the whole town, the ferries going back and forth, and even the mountain range on a clear day. Go right before the sun goes down, grab a glass of chardonnay, and enjoy one of the best views in Anacortes.
Where to Stay
If you come to Anacortes, you have to stay at the Gateway Bed and Breakfast. The owners, Nancy, Mike, and their little dog, are such welcoming people and accommodate their guests as much as possible. I have a plethora of food allergies, which makes eating breakfast as fun as eating wood, but they sweetly made me a big bowl of fresh fruit each morning. There were two other couples in their large Victorian-style home, but the only time I ever knew they were there was at breakfast. For a bed and breakfast, the house is very spread out, and each room is quite large in itself. There’s also a wraparound porch in the front that overlooks the water, which was by far my favorite place to be each morning.
My trip was in partnership with the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, but all opinions are my own as always.
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