Birch Bay, Washington
This lovely island sits just off the coast of Bellingham, where you can catch the 22-car ferry for a day trip. Lummi Island is only 9 square miles, but visitors find themselves enjoying the laid back atmosphere and forgetting their cares while wandering around the small community. Once you arrive, you might go for a bike ride or take a stroll on Sunset Beach.
The island has exactly three restaurants. The SauseBurger Stand serves Kobe-style beef burgers and pork or chicken sausage. The Beach Store Cafe has a much broader menu, including breakfast dishes, pizza, soups, salads, steamed mussels, and a Moroccan game hen. The Willows Inn claims the highest reviews, with its spectacular upscale farm-to-table restaurant. You can sip wine while relaxing and watching the water at Legoe Bay Winery, located in a historic marina on the west side of the island.
What might be most surprising about the island is the commitment to art and local artists. Lummi Island is home to an abundance of art studios. Mary Sews Many Designs features Mary Barstow, who sews wall hangings and bed quilts. Beautiful frames and island memorabilia are the specialty of Deja View Picture Framing and Gallery. Come pick out a stunning photograph, water color, or mirror to take home or give as a gift to a friend. Ingrid McGarry, Lynn Dee, and Meredith Moench are just some of the talented artists inviting you to see the world through their eyes.
As you head back to the mainland, you’ll remember the fantastic, lazy day you had on Lummi Island — a place many visitors return to because of the hospitality of the local residents and the call of the island.
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