Welcome to Vashon Island

Escape to an island on a serene ferry ride less than 15 miles from Seattle (Fountleroy), Tacoma (Pt. Defiance), or Southworth terminals to Vashon Island, the Nantucket of the West Coast, where another world awaits you – a place for relaxation, entertainment, friendly people and nature.

Bald eagles, deer, and many small songbirds make the outdoor space here peaceful and serene, as you enjoy watching the ships and sailboats pass through the shipping lane. This is a great chance to limit your use of technology and enjoy the time with your family, friends, a yummy home-cooked meal, or a good book. Pick up some delicious gourmet groceries from Vashon Thriftway or your fresh fruit and vegetables from the Saturday Farmer Market and come stay for a while!

For those wishing to escape the city, there is nothing better than Vashon. Since it is only traveled by ferry, it has a truly island experience with a friendly local culture. It definitely has a small-town community spirit. The island of Vashon is just 15 minutes ferry ride away from major cities, but feels like you are on a relaxing island getaway. It offers a gourmet grocery with excellent wine offerings, specialty shops, bookstores, fine restaurants, art galleries, bakeries, a movie theater and more. Please strike up a conversation with the locals as many people are sociable here.

If you are into cycling, Vashon is a great getaway to log in miles of road-based wilderness or coastline. If you enjoy watersports, you can paddle around the island (Kayak rentals available at store) or enjoy fishing or crabbing on the pier. There are many hikes to enjoy and many birds and animals to see. Several accessible beaches are within driving distance. The best sand beach (KVI beach) that has parking is about a 12 minute drive. Take a day trip to downtown Seattle, Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park and Mount Saint Helens, or the many museums in the general region.


Beach access
There is no beach access via walking near Summerhurst Road. You have to drive to KVI beach (about a 12 minute drive) or find another beach accessible from a public road elsewhere on the island.

General Directory

Gas Stations

Two gas stations are located on main highway near downtown.

General Stores

Vashon Thriftway (Grocery store)
9740 SW Bank Rd, Vashon, WA ‎

Vashon IGA Market (Grocery store)
17639 100th Ave SW, Vashon, WA ‎

Saturday Farmers Market
Notes: April – Dec, Saturday AMs
Vashon Town Center

Island Lumber (Hardware store)
Notes: Kitchen, Liquor, Wood, etc.
17633 97th Pl SW, Vashon, WA

Health related

Vashon Pharmacy
17617 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA

Vashon Health Center
10030 SW 210th St, Vashon, WA

Swedish Hospital
3400 California Ave. S.W., Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98116
Phone: 206-320-3399
Monday-Friday, 7:30 am – 8 pm

Emergency phone number is 9-1-1

A selection of fun things to try…

Vashon Island
Make a meal at house
Play a game at the house
Read a book about the North West
Eat out at restaurant
Walk and shop downtown
Experience parks, nature, and trails
Kayak around
Wineries Seattle
Pike Place Market
Seattle Space Needle
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Kubota Japanese Garden
Washington Park Arboretum
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Pacific Science Center

Point Defiance Park, Zoo & Aquarium
Costco, Target, other major stores
Lemay – America’s Car Museum
Washington State History Museum
Tacoma Shopping Mall

State Capital Building Within 2-3 hours of driving

Mount Rainer National Park
Olympic National Park
Mount St. Helens
Victoria, Canada (via Port Angeles)
Museum of Flight

Further out
San Juan Islands
Vancouver, Canada

Vashon Events and News






Reservation recommended*

The Hardware Store*
Notes: American, Bar, $$$
17601 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA‎
(206) 463-1800

Bramble House*
Notes: American, Foodie, $$$
17123 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA
(206) 408-7159

May Kitchen and Bar*
Notes: Thai, Vegetarian, Bar, $$$
17614 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA
(206) 408-7196
Notes: Vegetarian strictly, $$
17817 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA (206) 463-1310

Green Ginger Restaurant
Notes: Chinese, $$
9851 SW Bank Rd, Vashon, WA
(206) 463-7788

Casa Bonita
Notes: Mexican, $
17623 100TH Ave SW, Vashon, WA
(206) 463-6452

Rock Pizza
Notes: Pizza, $
17322 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA‎
(206) 463-7881

Sporty’s Pub & Eatery
Notes: Burgers, $$
17611 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA
(206) 463-0940

Notes: Sandwiches, $
17408 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA
(206) 463-4800 Zamorana
Notes: Mexican, $
20312 Vashon Hwy, Vashon, WA


Pure Organic Cafe
Notes: Organic Smoothies, Vegan food, bakery, Soups, $
9925 Bank Rd, Vashon, WA
(206) 434-9419

Notes: Burgers, Fish & Chips, American, $
17705 Vashon Hwy, Vashon, WA
(206) 463-7777

Burton Coffee Stand
Notes: Coffee, $, Limited hours
23919 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA

Vashon wineries and tap rooms
Palouse Winery
12431 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA
(206) 567-4994
Reservations: info@palousewinery.com

Vashon Winery
10317 SW 156th Street, Vashon Island, WA
(206) 931-4703
Reservations: Vashonwinery@yahoo.com Andrew Will Winery
12526 SW Bank Rd., Vashon, WA
(206) 463-9227
Reservations: Info@andrewwill.com

Seattle Distilling Company
Notes: Beer tasting room
19429 Vashon Hwy SW., Vashon, WA
(206) 463-0830


Vashon Parks District

Sustainable Tourism on Vashon

Point Heyer i.e. KVI Beach (“Best sand beach” @ low tide):
Sunbathing, picnic and wildlife, limited parking, no toilet, walking trail along beach at low tide. Best place to make a sand castle. Dogs okay. Directions: Head south on SW Summerhurst Rd. toward Point Piner Rd. SW ( 0.5 mi), Turn right onto 99th Ave. SW (1.1 mi), Slight right onto SW Dock St. (0.3 mi), Continue onto Dockton Rd. SW (2.9 mi), Turn left to stay on Dockton Rd. SW (1.5 mi), Turn right onto Chautauqua Beach Rd. SW (0.5 mi), Continue onto 78th Pl. SW (0.1 mi), Slight left onto SW 202nd Pl. (351 ft), Continue onto 77th Pl. SW

Jenson Point: Beach and boat launch ramp. Kayak Company where you can rent kayaks and canoes & rowing shells. Small grassy area with picnic tables along the sandy and cobblestone beach. Toilet. Directions: Head south on SW Summerhurst Rd. toward Point Piner Rd. SW ( 0.5 mi), Turn right onto 99th Ave. SW (1.1 mi), Slight right onto SW Dock St. (0.3 mi), Continue onto Dockton Rd. SW (2.9 mi), Turn left to stay on Dockton Rd. SW (0.6 mi), Turn left onto SW Quartermaster Dr. (1.4 miles), Turn left onto Vashon Hwy. SW (1.0 mi), Turn left onto SW Burton Dr. (0.4 mi), Take the 3rd left onto 97th Ave. SW (0.2 mi), Turn right onto SW Harbor Dr. (0.2 mi), end at 8900 SW Harbor Dr. Vashon, WA 98070

Dockton Park (5 minutes away): This offers a swimming beach and fishing access Boat launch and moorage facilities as wells as picnic area with playground area. Toilet and showers are available. The Dockton beach is mostly muddy. Directions: Head south on SW Summerhurst Rd. toward Point Piner Rd. SW (0.5 miles), Turn right onto 99th Ave. SW (1.1 miles), Slight right onto SW Dock St. (0.3 miles), Turn left, Destination will be on the right

Fern Cove: 13.5 acre home to water fowl, the shoreline is muddy so wear your boots! *** Great for bird watching! No dogs.

Lisabeula: Beach and fishing access. 5.5 acres with ample parking, Sani-can and hand-carried boat launch.
-This is a campsite on the Washington State Cascadia Marine. **** Quiet small beach with picnic tables

Maury Island Regional Park: This park has 303 acres of trails with over a mile long beach. The parking lot is a 15 min. walk to the partially restored dock. This site is of an old gravel pit.

North End Boat Ramp: This has a small sandy beach where you can watch the ferries and cargo ships go by. There’s a boat ramp. ****Begin your sea kayak trip around Blake island from here!

Point Robinson Lighthouse: Beach and fishing access. Walking trails in upper part of park with picnic tables and a great view of sound and shipping lane. On the Washington state Cascadia Marine Trail for overnight camping and kayakers.

Tramp Harbor Dock: The dock is a fishing pier with diving access. The Tramp Harbor beach is muddy but supports a large number of sand dollars