Summer might be over, but that's no reason to stop adventuring. In fact, some of the Pacific Northwest's most special spots truly come to life in the fall - the mix of cold air, changing leaves, cozy cabins, and crashing waves are more than enough to lure adventurous hearts out into the great outdoors long after swimsuit season.
If you're looking for an adorable island escape this fall, look no further than Lummi Island. The incredible get-away is accessible from Gooseberry Point in Bellingham, Washington, just south of the border - and the ferry ride is only five minutes, making Lummi Island the perfect place for an overnight escape or an idyllic day trip away from the city.
The ferry ride alone is worth the trip!
Better yet, the ferry runs every hour and only costs $13 for a vehicle with a driver to board, and $7 for an additional car or foot passengers. And children under 19 ride free!
Stay at the historic Willows Inn Lodge, which offers amazing on-site and off-site accommodations to match all your specific needs. The inn was originally built in 1910 and its rustic charm will transport you to another era.
On a romantic get-away with your main squeeze? Book into one of the off-site houses for some additional privacy. These beach houses range from studios to two-bedroom cottages complete with gas fireplaces. Some even come with rain showers.
Immerse yourself in nature no matter which accommodation you choose - all options are close to Lummi's astonishingly beautiful beachfronts, and a range of outdoor activities.
The dining is also seriously to die for. Willows Inn Lodge's menu features ingredients foraged for on the island itself - as noted on their website, chef Blaine Wentzel draws inspiration from his surroundings, creating a seasonal and local menu that is "fished, foraged, and farmed daily."
Looking for a quicker lunch option? Lummi's got you covered. Between the quaint farmer's market, Sause Burger Stand, Beach Store Cafe, and the Islander General Store, you won't have to leave the island for a good burger, cuppa, snacks, or even -gasp - video rentals. (How vintage!)
The Beach Store Cafe also rents bikes to visitors, so you can explore Lummi's most scenic beachfronts on wheels.
Looking to get your drink on? There's a place for that, too. The Legoe Bay Winery, located in a historic marina on the west shore of the island, buys hand-harvested grapes from vineyards in the Columbia Valley AVA. Sip their award-winning wines and take in the breathtaking views.
Not bad, not bad at all.
Whether you’re wanting to curl up with a good book and take in the island’s natural tranquility or are looking to put your adventurous spirit to work with an array of kayaking, biking, whale watching, and hiking options, Lummi is the best spot for a friends getaway, family outing or a seriously romantic trip for two.
These hikes are next-level scenic.
With views of Mt. Baker and the surrounding other San Juan Islands, Lummi couldn't get any more beautiful. What are you waiting for?