The island is crossed by many quiet, two lane roads, perfect for cycling. Traffic is fairly light, except if you are near the ferry terminal as the cars get off. This area is not a difficult ride, but there are a lot of hills.During summer weekends, visiting drivers need to be alert to cyclists like these who stopped along the road for a minor...more
Almost all of Vashon Island's businesses and restaurants are located in the town of Vashon. One exception is the Back Bay Inn, in Burton on the southern end of the island. It has changed ownership since my last visit, but it is known as a place to go for quality, fairly upscale dining.It is also a B & B.more
Ok, well I don't know if I'd actually call it a restaurant. It's at Nana's house. There's only one table (her dining table just off the kitchen). You will be the only people eating there and Nana will watch tv in the other room until you ring the little bell she gave you. I've only been there once with a good friend and we had a blast. Not...more
From Downtown Seattle, it's simple riding the bus to Vashon Island. Take King County Metro Transit route #54 or #116 to Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal. Walk on board Washington State Ferry and meet up with route #118 or #119 at the other end at Vashon Ferry Terminal. During rush hour some trips on route #118 & #119 will operate directly from Downtown...more
There are two ferry terminals on Vashon Island that serve as the only connection the island has to the outside world. The Vashon ferry terminal is at the north end of the island. From here, it is possible to get the passenger only ferry to downtown Seattle, or one of the full-size auto traffic plus passenger ferries that operate between Vashon,...more
Running from the north end to the south end of Vashon Island, and connecting the ferry terminals at the north (Vashon Terminal) and south (Tahlequah Ferry Terminal) ends of the island, is King County Metro bus route 118. Parts of this route (some three runs per day) also operate into Seattle, but as those operations parallel many other bus routes...more
The Harbor Mercantile in Burton has been here since 1908. There is nothing touristy about this store; primarily it is a convenient general store for residents of the southern part of the island. For cyclists it is a good place to rest and get some nourishment while enjoying the views of Puget Sound.