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Outdoor Adventures The Washington State Ferry terminal in Anacortes is your connection to all of the Pacific Northwest islands. Friday Harbor, Lopez Island, Orcas Island, Shaw Island, and Sidney BC are all within a ferry ride from Anacortes.

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AdventuresInThe NW Bird Watching Adventure 7 East Skagit Scenic Drive 7 Deception Pass Drive 8 Chuckanut Scenic Drive 8 Fitness With A Twist 11 Edison Treasure Hunting 34



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NW ARTIST: Jennifer McGill 12 NW MUSIC: Karl Blau 15 NW PHOTOGRAPHY: Holly Davison 18

FeaturedNon-profit Secret Harbor 16 Shopping&Beauty

Island County Shopping Guide 21 Downtown Shopping 21 Home Decor Guide 22 Skagit County Shopping Guide 23 NW Artisan Makers 24 Local Salon Guide 25



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Downtown Dining 27 Operation Caffeination 28 Date Night Dining Guide 30 Appetizer Foodie Adventure 31 Coupeville Eateries 32 Edison Restaurant Tour 33

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Interactive Edition! Interactive Digital Edition This is not just a digital version of our magazine, it is fully interactive with clickable links to learn more, links to buy the products featured in the magazine, and click-to-pop-up videos with interviews, how-to’s and even more information about your favorite businesses. Expanding Into Island County I can't tell you how excited I am to be discovering new places to eat and shop on Whidbey and Camano Island. This endeavor has earned us new friends and added new adventures to our local bucket list. The New Name 'NW.Life' We feel our new name better reflects the stories we tell in these pages. You'll find articles and guides about local AND regional adventures, businesses, artists, musicians, non-profits and more. The In Skagit Community We will continue to share the latest stories from local businesses, artists of all kinds, and the nonprofits that make our community stronger. If you would like to donate to our featured non-profit, Secret Harbor, please go to

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SHOPPING ADVENTURE: Edison, Wa The tiny town of Edison is bursting with creativity. Watch our video with artist Linde Husk to find hidden gems.

OPERATION CAFFEINATION It’s a top secret op. We call it Operation Caffeination! These yummy drinks have been “declassified” for your enjoyment.

NW PHOTOGRAPHER: Holly Davison Learn more about the photographer featured in this issue in our interview at the Whidbey Art Gallery in Langley.

NW ARTIST: Jennifer McGill Learn more about Jennifer McGill’s ongoing Skagit Gem Series in our exclusive interview at her home studio.

YUMMY ALERT: Burger & Sandwich Guide Watch our Burger & Sandwich Guide to find a delicious burger or sandwich from a local Skagit eatery to sink your teeth into!

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READ OUR BLOG AT NW.LIFE If you like this magazine, you'll love our website! Find more articles, videos, and guides on our blog! 4 Fabulous Bed And Breakfast Getaways Looking for a stress-free weekend getaway? Skagit County has a number of charming inns that offer a serene retreat and close proximity to the best our area has to offer.

Live Music In Skagit Looking for somewhere to enjoy some live music and drinks with your friends? Use our Live Music In Skagit guide to find venues to enjoy local tunes!

The Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA) strives to connect people through art with the diverse cultures and environments of the Northwest. In addition to its vast perpetual assortment of painting, glass, print and installation art, MoNA features three rotating exhibits a quarter. These exhibits showcase the talented artists who have been inspired by the Pacific Northwest.

Local Bookstores There’s nothing like escaping into a great novel. You’ll see why Skagit County is a book lover’s dream when you go on our Bookstore Adventure!

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Adventures in the nw With rocky shores, alpine forests, quaint downtowns, and unique galleries, the Pacific Northwest has plenty of adventures to offer everyone from the art enthusiast to the experienced hiker.





Bird Watching Adventure!


ith so many different habitats from the farmlands to the shore, Skagit Valley is the home of hundreds of bird species. The best time for bird watching is during the fall and winter when the migrating swans and eagles visit the Valley.

Samish Flats Hawks, swans, geese, owls and more! The Samish Flats is 410 acres of agricultural wetlands between Samish Island Road and Padilla Bay. This is one of the few spots in Washington where you could see five different species of falcons all on the same day! (Caution: Birders should avoid walking in any hunting

areas or fields until after January 27th.)

Fidalgo Island - Sharpe Park With so many different habitats on Fidalgo Island, it's hard to pick just one place to explore! For this article, we've picked Sharpe Park, 110 acres of undeveloped waterfront with nearly a mile of rocky shores. This park is home to eagles, falcons, juncos, sparrows, finches, hawks and harriers. For more bird watching opportunities, read the East Skagit Drive and Deception Pass Drives.

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When you head east down Hwy 20 from Sedro-Woolley to Marblemount, you'll find plenty of reasons to pull over! Eagle Haven Winery in Sedro-Woolley Enjoy a glass while you stroll through the pretty wine garden, vineyard and orchard. Be sure to take a special bottle (or two) home with you! Birdsview Brewing Company in Concrete Try one of their delicious handcrafted beers with a tasty bite like their Ham and Swiss Pretzel Sandwich. 5b's Bakery in Concrete 5b's is proud to serve gluten-free and offer scrumptious, freshly made pastries and lunch items. Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center in Rockport Get your camera ready when you go on a guided nature walk as you behold the majestic bald eagles! Marblemount Fish Hatchery in Marblemount Not only will you learn about the life cycle of salmon, you can also marvel at the plethora of visiting birds like eagles, blue herons, hawks and more!

Take your time cruising down this beautiful, 40-mile stretch and enjoy these memorable stops!

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ISLAND FAMILY FUN When you’re looking for an affordable way to get out and spend time with the family in the Pacific Northwest, it may be time to schedule your own Whidbey Island Adventure! Fort Casey has a beautiful turn-of-thecentury lighthouse, as well as abundant bunkers and batteries you can visit while enjoying the beautiful sights. Fort Ebey Do you love beautiful views? Exploration of old structures? Harvesting seaweed? Naval Airplanes? You can enjoy it all at Fort Ebey’s 651-acre park for a day or a weekend! Fort Nugent Oak Harbor is home to Fort Nugent and its park which includes a full golf course, natural wetlands, playgrounds for the kids, and much more! PBY Naval Museum The small island town of Oak Harbor played a surprisingly important role in WWII and has founded this museum as a display of its proud history. Whidbey Pie & Cafe After spending a long day exploring natural wonders, it's time to stop in and fill your tummies with a slice of Salted Caramel Apple Pie or gluten-free Pumpkin pie. Blue Fox Drive-In End your island adventure at one of Washington's last remaining drivein theaters and watch a feature film with the family from the comfort of your car or out on the grass! (Open year round)



Deception Pass Drive


f you're looking for a drive that will let you breathe in the exquisite beauty of the Northwest, then the one-hour Deception Pass Drive is not to be missed! Your adventure starts at the roundabout at Sharpe's Corner with stunning views of Padilla Bay. After a little over 2 ½ miles of tall pine trees, beautiful forests and peaceful meadows, you'll be delighted to see Lake Campbell peeking through the trees.

Shrimp Shack doesn't just have incredible shrimp and seafood, they also serve delicious burgers too! While you're driving through Deception Pass, keep an eye open for the unique wildlife that calls it home, including a host of loons, cormorants, gulls, sea ducks, grebes and more!

Deception Pass Tours provides an incredible boat tour of the pass, but their real claim to fame is their astonishing Colossal Cone, a quart of ice cream served up in a gargantuan cone! Deception Pass Park is one of the most popular stops in the Northwest with its incredible sunsets, hidden coves, and great family activities like hiking its numerous trails and fishing. Seabolts At Deception Market And Deli offers rich and meaty burgers, served up on delicious potato rolls. In the mood for seafood? Try their Halibut Fish and Chips! From beautiful sights to tantalizing flavors, isn't it time to plan your own Deception Pass Drive Adventure today? Continue into Oak Harbor to start your Island Adventure!

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Chuckanut Scenic Drive Amazing Scenery and Delicious Food


t's time for a scenic road trip! From Bow to Bellingham, take your time exploring Chuckanut Drive. This 20-mile stretch of wonder includes rocky cliffs, dense forests, sparkling bays, mountain ranges, restaurants, local farms and more.


The Rhododendron Cafe (Mile 7) The "Rhody" is a great place to start your mini road trip. For breakfast, try their melt-inyour-mouth Biscuits & Gravy or Montana Huckleberry Waffles. Run into their bakery next door for a quick cinnamon roll and coffee to go.

Samish Bay Overlook (Mile 10) Depending on what time of day you're on the Chuckanut, you may catch a glorious sunrise or sunset over Samish Bay. Set your camera to panoramic and walk the trail to the Overlook. Want to see the real Bat Cave? Put on your hiking shoes and keep going to Oyster Dome. With epic views and birdwatching, you'll see why over 40,000 visitors flock here every year! Heritage Marker Pullout (Mile 12) A very pleasant spot to have a snack at a picnic table with views you normally have to pay for! If you (carefully!) walk across the road, kids of all ages will be amazed at the plant fossils, rare bird, animal and mammal tracks preserved in the ancient rock. Larrabee State Park/Clayton Beach (Mile 15) Washington's first state park features Clayton Beach and stunning views of the Puget Sound, Anacortes and San Juan Islands. Take some time to contemplate the tide pools and dramatic sandstone formations along the 8,100 feet of shoreline. Whether you have a little extra time on your way home or are looking for a weekend excursion, Chuckanut Drive is chock-full of dazzling distractions, good eats, charming towns and farms!

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THE RHODODENDRON CAFE Chuckanut Manor & Seafood Grill (Mile 9) This iconic restaurant's signature Whiskey Crab Soup may cause you to pinch yourself, but you aren't dreaming! From fresh oysters to burgers to pasta, there is something for everyone on the their menu. Taylor Shellfish Farms (Mile 11) Get hands-on with the freshest, sustainably farmed shellfish in the PNW. Get a quick shucking lesson or let them do it for you. Grill your oysters and have a delicious picnic right on the waterfront!


Make An Intentional Walking Plan Interview with Dr. A. Nicholas Martin, D.C., C.C.E.P.


alking is an underrated exercise that most people can do at any age. Getting 20-30 minutes of moderate exercise each day, like walking, can yield great improvements to overall health.

While fitness trackers may help gauge daily activity levels, they can also be deceptive, making you think you have racked up enough footsteps. For intentional walking, it is critical not to cut corners by counting odd minutes here and there throughout the day as part of your walking regimen. Instead, make this impactful exercise intentional by aiming for one 30 minute, uninterrupted walk.

In both exercise and routine, if you don't have good form, you may hurt yourself. Focus on developing good form while walking by swinging your arms naturally and developing a gentle, even stride while walking. Better posture and form means better function, which means you're less likely to become injured or suffer from chronic pain. Good health takes work, starting with making healthy choices every day. But it's worth it! By practicing intentional walking, you can improve your spinal health, enjoying increased athletic performance and greater ease of all daily activities.

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MorningStretches Start your day with Country Clinic's Morning Stretches. 1. Keeping your arms to your side, bend forward arching your spine like your looking to your toes. 2. Keeping your arms to your side, bend backward like you are trying to look at the ceiling arching your spine. 3. Arms on top of each other and twist to the left. 4. Arms on top of each other and twist to the right. 5. Arms on top of each other and tilt or bend to the left. 6. Arms on top of each other and tilt or bend to the right. All in all, this should take you no longer than five minutes. Five minutes devoted to minimizing or preventing your chance of injury. Five minutes to help prepare your body for the day ahead. CLICK HERE

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Fitness With A Twist Shake Up Your Fitness Routine


readmill got you down? Want to switch up your fitness regimen? We've picked a few places right here in Island and Skagit County which are sure to get you excited about your workout all over again.


GEAR UP FOR ADVENTURE Holiday Sports has everything to outfit your next expedition - whether you're fishing, boating, camping, hiking or hunting. They are your one-stop adventure shop! 895 Nevitt Road in Burlington

Channel your inner ninja at Livewire MMA and Fitness in Burlington, a gym offering classes in Jiujitsu, Muay Thai, boxing, MMA and more. Learn traditional fighting techniques that boost confidence, strength and agility. Livewire offers classes for beginners, amateurs and kids, so you can get the whole family involved!

You don't have to wait for nice weather to play in this backyard! The Backyard Whidbey in Langley is your year-round playground. With parent-supervised Open Play, movement classes for youth ages 3-17, and, a kettlebell class for moms and dads, the whole family can have a blast while getting fit! Restore the balance of mind, body and spirit with a visit to Crescent Moon Yoga in La Conner. Whether you try the Yin Flow or Vigorous Vinyasa class, you'll enjoy the beautiful studio space that is tailored to create a peaceful atmosphere for all. Classes focus on flexibility, meditation and self-discovery. It’s a fitness routine that offers total tranquility. Thanks to Riverstone Climbing Gym in Burlington, you have a place you can climb rain or shine. Indoor courses are equipped to support beginners and seasoned climbers alike. Sign up for a class to get acquainted, or simply drop in and explore your strength!

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ERGONOMIC FURNITURE Gbros Inc is a furniture liquidation warehouse with a huge selection of ergonomic chairs and adjustable desks at great prices. Find top brands like Bodybilt, Stealcase and more! 170 N Burlington Blvd. in Burlington



JENNIFER MCGILL A Painted Love Letter to Skagit

Remember those plastic watercolor paint sets we all had as kids? For most of us, it was just an item on the school supply list. For artist Jennifer McGill, it was a gift that ignited her interest in painting. In high school, she worked in an art supply store and in college she honed her skills in the watercolor medium. A few years ago, she delved into oil painting and was instantly smitten! "It has a beautiful, gem-like quality," Jennifer explains. "It lasts for hundreds of years. I love it." Inspired by the strong compositions of 20th century American realist painters Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth, Jennifer focuses on telling interesting stories through the configuration of her pieces.

Jennifer has an ongoing Skagit Gem Series inspired by iconic places in Skagit County. "There is so much here; there is really endless subject matter. I could spend a lifetime painting things that are just absolutely beautiful. We live in a gorgeous place." Whether it's the Rainbow Bridge, the Swinomish Channel or the dazzling tulip fields, viewers of Jennifer's paintings instantly see their own memories captured in vivid oil colors.

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Northwest Musican "The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers." ~ Roy Ayers


Karl Blau

Creative Indie Rock & Folk Musician from Anacortes, Washington


arl Blau is a Northwest musician known for his creative albums and ever-changing sound. Karl's music ranges from country soul to reggae to grunge to instrumental. He toured in Europe in 2016 and 2017, but you can still find him playing at the Anacortes Farmers Market.

“My sound is ever changing. That’s sort of my Achilles’ heel, but also my strength.” Karl grew up on Samish Island. He always thought he was going to be a visual artist, but in high school he found music and music found him. His morning Jazz class was his favorite part of the day and from there his obsession with music grew. His background as a visual artist still shines through in the way he puts together each album. Each album is a visual and audio art exhibit where the songs, videos and cover art make up the pieces in the collection. Karl finds his biggest musical inspiration comes from fellow artists in Anacortes, Skagit and Seattle. He is also influenced by the artists he has met in Europe and Australia while touring abroad. His favorite part of being a musician is playing music with and for other people, whether playing on stage or in private jams.

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We interviewed Karl Blau at his favorite outdoor location in Anacortes: N Avenue Beach. Not far from where he used to live, the beach serves as an inspiration for his music, a quiet place to write music and meditate. Watch the video to learn more interesting facts like: His favorite restaurants in Skagit County. He couldn't pick just one! Adrift, A-town Bistro, The Brown Lantern and Taqueria La Bamba all serve great food, but Dad's Diner is his favorite eatery at the moment.

When asked what band or musician he would love to collaborate with he said, "In this moment, on this beach right now, today, Sky Colony is the band I would most like to collaborate with." So how about it Sky Colony?



Secret Harbor in Burlington, Washington


uccess comes at many different levels. For Secret Harbor, a non-profit organization that provides services and programs to help children and families in Skagit county, those successes come big and small.

From keeping a kid in the same school to uniting a foster child with a new home, Secret Harbor takes working with families to a unique level by making transitions into their communities easier and safer.

Secret Harbor began over 70 years ago as a group facility on Cypress Island, according to Brian Carroll, CEO of Secret Harbor. For 50 years, a small group of people worked with children all over the country. One of their most notable programs was their residential treatment program, which was successful at helping young boys return to their families and community. However, since their problems often stemmed from their living environment, some boys returned to the program after they faced the same issues at home. In order to better serve the kids and the community, Secret Harbor began a foster care program in 1992, which gave a place for young boys to go once their behaviors improved. Since then, that foster care program expanded for both boys and girls.


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oday, Secret Harbor offers multiple youth programs for parents to choose from, such as their foster care program, residential treatment, and in-home services.

"Teaching folks how to be successful in their own communities is what we try to do," Carroll explained. "I think the big change was in following our culture and caring for families."

Secret Harbor aims to help remove the negative stigma faced by these families and improve the local community by targeting the issues, working with the families, and helping them re-enter society.

"Everybody says life's a journey. We're not the final solution, but we are a step along that road. We want to be part of that journey with them to teach people to become better and stronger and be able to come back into society with a fresh new start."

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The GardenatSecretHarbor Secret Harbor doesn’t serve every child. Secret Harbor focuses its mission, resources and energy on a small number of young people who need intensive help because they have experienced serious trauma due to abuse and neglect. Unless the problems of children are addressed, these problems grow into very big and much more expensive adult problems – which then tend to repeat from one generation to the next. Kids with troubled upbringings can be helped. An investment in a child’s well being today is a wise investment in the community’s long term health. Every child needs caring adults in their lives. The attention, love and hard work of the Secret Harbor staff and its foster parents do, in fact, make the difference in a child’s life. NW LIFE | PAGE 17


Stay-at-home mother and nature lover at heart, Holly Davison is a local photographer who loves the view of the night sky.

As a long time Whidbey Island resident, Davison grew up taking photos on her camera while on road trips with her family. At the time, however, she never considered herself to be a photographer. All she knew was that she loved taking photos. Then on March 22, 2014, the Oso Mudslides engulfed the rural surrounding areas, and the community came together to raise funds to help the victims of this tragedy. Holly saw a call for photographers to donate their best photos for a local auction and remembers thinking, “I’m not a photographer, but if my photos can help raise funds, then I’d better try.” She didn’t expect to have one, let alone two photos accepted: one of a grizzly bear and another of a picturesque sunset. At that moment, she saw her potential. With the help of YouTube tutorials and friends, she became a self-taught photographer. Since then, she travels regularly with her husband and three children, giving them the opportunity to see the world and for her to take in nature through her lense. When describing her night-time photos, such as the dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis, she states, "It's not something that happens every day. You know, sometimes I think that we take the beauty of this area for granted. Because we see it every day, we just live in it. For people to really see its beauty, it takes planning and preparation and there is such a reward to just be able to be out there and experience that." You can find Holly's photography on display at local art galleries.

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DowntownShopping ADVENTURES The Great Northwest is full of charming little towns with distinctive shops that bring unique gift opportunities, local flavors, and a touch of fun to every trip. Whether you're just spending a day enjoying the sights or are looking for a special gift, these local shops are sure to have something for you!


Downtown Mount Vernon Tri-Dee Arts - If you're on the hunt for specific art supplies or a unique handpainted pottery gift, a visit to this creative shop will leave you fully inspired to get crafty!

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hether you're looking for a unique gift, a fun activity or a new look, Whidbey Island is the perfect day trip.

Collections Boutique in Coupeville is a quaint clothing shop for ladies that appreciate distinctive, well-made fashion and accessories. With quality lines including Habitat, Picadilly, and Tribal, you'll find an outfit (or two) that makes you look chic! A Touch of Dutch in Coupeville is humbly named because they offer a TON of Dutch goodies! From candy and crackers to leather clogs and traditional holiday items, you'll say "dank je" for this fun store. Located in a historic building built in 1890, Aqua Gifts in Coupeville offers an eclectic array of jewelry, lotions, home decor, gifts, women's clothing, and shoes. Your significant other doesn't have to wait outside at Red's Boutique in Oak Harbor! They carry the latest in men's and ladies fashion and accessories. Check out the decadent soaps, stylish tote bags, and craft beer candles! Looking for a special gift? Just Because Boutique in Oak Harbor is the place to go for artisan jewelry, home decor and fun accessories. You'll be tempted to get something for yourself, too! Bonus: they offer free gift wrapping. You'll delight in shopping local for one-of-a-kind items on this "treasure" island!

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DOWNTOWN MOUNT VERNON Downtown La Conner The Olive Shoppe and Ginger Grater - This specialty shop is a joy to visit, surprising guests with fun olive-themed knickknacks, along with oils, jams, jellies, chutneys and much more. Stop by the olive bar and try four olives for a quarter! Downtown Anacortes Marine Supply & Hardware - Carrying an assortment of hardware supplies, fishing gear, boating gadgets, unique collectibles, this nautical-themed shop is a delight for anyone who loves to be on the water! Downtown Coupeville The Honey Bear - This whimsical shop is full of a great variety of stuffed animals, toys, an assortment of candies, along with great games for the whole family. It's a popular stop to get souvenirs for the kids.

No matter which downtown you choose, you’ll find even more enticing shops. Exploring both favorite and new shops like these is part of what makes a day out in the Northwest such an adventure.






Home Decor Guide

Wilson Picture Framing loves a good makeover story. That's why they are passionate about finding old paintings and giving them a new lease on life. "It's really a joy to see the change in a piece of artwork just by putting it in a fresh, new frame."

Artisan Crafted Home

Mary Davis Vintage Lighting

Ashley HomeStore

Northwest Fine Furnishings

C&C Rustic and Reclaimed

Pier 1 Imports

Decamp & Stradford Furniture

Re-Feather Your Nest

DeWaard and Bode

Rolfson's Home Furnishings

Furniture Today

Seaside & Sylvan

Habitat For Humanity Restore

Shelley's Shack

Hansen's Furniture

Tracys Furniture

Lyon's Furniture & Sleep Center

Upsy Daisy Vintage Re-Done

211 1st Street in Langley

1955 S Burlington Blvd. in Burlington 9065 Chuckanut Drive in Burlington (on the way to Edison)

533 E Fairhaven Avenue in Burlington

These hidden gems can be sad and dusty, hiding behind a stack of objects, waiting for the capable hands at Wilson's to transform them. Just like jewelry can change the whole look of an outfit, the right frame works the same magic on these traditional landscapes, colorful pop art, and one-of-a-kind abstracts. Come by and see the restyled vintage art at Wilson Picture Framing. You can also bring in your own canvas for your own Extreme Makeover: Art Edition!

WILSON PICTURE FRAMING 822 N 4th Street in Mount Vernon


1611 S Burlington Blvd. in Burlington 276 Fashion Way in Burlington (at the Outlet Mall) 1592 Main Street in Freeland 280 SE Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor

916 W Division Street in West Mount Vernon 325 S 1st Street in downtown Mount Vernon

402 Morris Street in La Conner

919 Riverside Drive in Mount Vernon

1220 S Burlington Blvd. in Burlington

121-A Freeway Drive in downtown Mount Vernon 1105 W Division Street in West Mount Vernon

765 Wonn Road, #C-103 in Greenbank

225 A State Street in Sedro-Woolley

1920 Commercial Avenue in Anacortes 1100 SW Bowmer St #102 in Oak Harbor

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Paint a personal artistic gift at Tri-Dee Arts ’ Make Art Studio. You can choose from a large selection of pottery or you could even host a pottery painting party!

At PAVÉ , you’ll find a carefully curated collection of heirloom quality jewelry from dainty sterling silver or gold necklaces to stackable gemstone rings to pearl bracelets.

This endearing shop carries a complete range of charming baby gifts including blankets, teethers, stuffed animals, clothes and gifts for mothers.

215 S 1st Street in Mount Vernon

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With more than 100 carefully selected brands of boards, clothing, shoes and accessories, Hidden Wave Board Shop has the perfect gift for every rider!

This shop invites you to stop in for a delicious tasting of their wide range of infused oil and vinegars. Unique blends like the coffee or chocolate balsamic vinegar make a great gift!

Whether you are looking for comic books, board games, trading cards, collectibles or toys, Docking Bay 93 has something fun for your favorite geek.

896 S Burlington Blvd in Burlington

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The Great Northwest is home to hundreds of unique artisan makers offering products inspired by the sights, scents and even the weather of our beautiful region. MW SoapWorks offers handmade natural soaps, lip balms, cleansing masks, lotions and natural perfumes. Their Northwest Woods is scented with 100% pure Fir and Cedarwood Essential Oils, giving it a fresh aroma reminiscent of taking a relaxing walk along your favorite forested trail. This soap is gentle enough to be a whole body bar and produces wonderful bubbles! For a truly luxurious spa experience, try their Deep Clean Clay Mask.


UNIQUE CHIC JEWELRY Modern designs meet vintage beads in Unique Chic Jewelry's handcrafted necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Originally purchased during a trip abroad, a local bead wholesaler found these vintage beads tucked away in a forgotten corner of their warehouse. From Peking style lamp beads to hand-painted Venetian beads, Unique Chic Jewelry turned these pieces of history into wearable art. This local business combines new and vintage to make classy and elegantly designed fashion jewelry!


Isola Handmade Originals focuses on hand knitted hats, cozy accessories and knitwear patterns for all skill levels. Kali hand cuts all of her own fabrics and winds her own yarn using natural fibers as much as possible. "The fall, winter and spring can be cold in the PNW and I think everyone needs a beautiful hat to keep out the chill!"

Support these small artisan makers and enjoy the handcrafted excellence of locally made products.



Regenerate and revitalize your skin with the Rezenerate Facial at Spero Skin Spa Salon.

Using the latest in nanotechnology, this pain-free treatment uses a special wand to deliver quality skincare products targeted to your specific needs. You'll notice an improvement in fine lines, dark spots, texture, blemishes and puffy eyes. SPERO SKIN SPA SALON IN MOUNT VERNON

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hen your life is hectic (and whose isn’t?) it’s easy to put yourself last on the list. Don’t forget to make time to indulge in a little pampering! We’ve put together a list of a few local salons that will make you feel beautiful.

Per Dona Salon Spa in Mount Vernon is your one-stop beauty shop! From your head to your toes, you can spend an hour or the whole day with their wide variety of treatments.

Spero Skin Spa Salon in Mount Vernon has a passionate team of experts trained in every facet of beauty like haircuts, facials, makeup and hair integration.

THE APOTHECARY SPA Give your skin a youthful boost by adding a NuFACE treatment to your next skin service. Underworked muscles are strengthened, giving an instant “lift.” 419 Commercial Avenue in Anacortes

Salon Rouge in La Conner provides everything from hair design to eyelash extensions. They are proud to carry vegan Emani Makeup, free of gluten, parabens and talc. If you’ve been wanting a change, Impressions Salon and Day Spa in Anacortes has a highly trained, innovative team of stylists to help you achieve a new look. Get ready to stand out in the crowd! A great way to update your style without a big commitment are partial highlights from Salon Blue in Coupeville, where their talented stylists work flattering color just through the crown.

Allure Salon in Oak Harbor is the ideal salon to go to before weddings, proms, and photo sessions. Their hair, makeup, nail and massage services guarantee you'll look & feel your best!

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PURE SALON & SPA Pure Salon & Spa believes that healthy skin is beautiful skin. They carry a selection of artisan skin care, bath salts, lotions, and masks for an indulgent spa day. 419 S 1st Street Suite A in Mount Vernon


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Downtown Dining


isit these downtowns in the Northwest for superb restaurants guaranteed to light up your taste buds! Local ingredients combined with traditional dishes create an incredible dining experience at every stop! Fine dining meets locally-sourced seafood for a flavor-packed experience at Frasers Gourmet Hideaway in downtown Oak Harbor. Try their apple wood-smoked Sablefish, poached and served with sweet pea risotto.

Dad's Diner in downtown Anacortes serves up comfort food like buttermilk pancakes, fried egg sandwiches, and hash browns. Every flavor-filled bite will remind you of home. Santo Coyote Mexican Kitchen in downtown La Conner flaunts a vibrant menu that covers beloved dishes like Enchiladas Chile Verde alongside creative vegan options and handcrafted margaritas. This restaurant can't be missed! On top of offering mouthwatering dishes, like the Elk Burger and Coconut Prawns, Train Wreck Bar & Grill in downtown Burlington also has incredible sushi options, fresh-baked cookies, cinnamon rolls and more! Upgrade your lunch game at Liberty Bistro in downtown SedroWoolley with deliciously prepared comfort foods like homemade soups, toasted sandwiches and paninis galore. They also offer yummy dinner entrees and even provide event catering! With so many great options to choose from, you'll always have a new reason to visit each downtown!

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SWEET TREATS & GIFTS If you are looking for a yummy gift for a friend or colleague, these candy and chocolate shops will make you "feel like a kid in a candy store" all over again. Forte Chocolates in Mount Vernon specializes in award-winning chocolates and caramels handcrafted by Master Chocolatier Karen Neugebauer. Their glitter truffles are as pretty as they are tasty.

The Chocolate Flower Farm in Langley started as a floral shop offering unusual chocolate colored and scented flowers. Today they carry a full line of chocolate-infused gifts including: candy, candles, jams, bath & body products, and even tea! Popsies in Oak Harbor is a true, old-fashioned candy shop with candy displayed on antique sideboards and tables. They’re best known for their candied popcorn flavors like cinnamon, cherry, caramel, chocolate and more. Sweet Mona's in Langley is a chocolate boutique and bakery. Truffles, bars, caramels and drinking chocolate are among their collection of sweet treats.

When you walk into Pirates Chocolates on Camano Island, you’ll feel like you uncovered buried treasure with their famous Shipwreck S’mores, dark chocolate truffles and salted caramel shells. Now you can satisfy your sweet tooth and pick up a great gift! It's a win-win!






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PENN COVE MUSSELS Flyers sticks to a classic preparation to let these Penn Cove mussels shine. They steam 1 1/2 lbs. in garlic, butter, lemon, tomato, sweet onions and their own Heat Seeker Hefe' beer! 15426 Suite B Airport Drive in Burlington


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Enjoy Seafood, Wine, and Dessert


here's nothing more romantic than a date night full of delicious seafood, beautiful views, exquisite wines, delightful desserts and more. We've picked a few places for a romantic night out.

The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive is known for their seasonally inspired menu, spectacular Puget Sound views, and outstanding service. Their award-winning wine list and scrumptious desserts make them a perfect place for a romantic date! Nell Thorn Restaurant & Pub in La Conner is right on the Swinomish Channel and has outdoor seating on the La Conner Boardwalk. Featuring a fresh menu of artisan-made, farm to table Northwest dishes, fine wines, and delectable desserts! Secret Cove in Anacortes is a waterfront restaurant with beautiful views of the Guemes Channel. Their Wild Salmon is lightly charbroiled, baked then topped with your choice of house garlic butter, apples and almonds, or pesto cream sauce.

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The Oyster & Thistle in La Conner is an elegant restaurant nestled at the top of the hill overlooking downtown La Conner. Their Prawn and Sea Scallop Curry is made with Pacific White prawns, grilled sea scallops, ginger, shiitake mushrooms and fresh cilantro. Surprise your loved one with a special night out at one of these great Skagit restaurants!

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KALE SALAD This colorful medley includes fresh garden kale, crunchy broccoli, roasted beets, juicy blueberries, slivered almonds, tangy goat cheese and is drizzled with dark balsamic.


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Go On A Foodie Adventure!


ave you been looking for a great excuse to go out on the town? Sounds like it's time for a foodie adventure! Pick a location or theme, then order a different dish or drink at each restaurant. Look for appetizers, samplers, and platters that are new to you. Here are a few great appetizers to get your foodie adventure started:

Taste of Thai by Wipa in Burlington brings together zesty, tangy, exotic, and familiar in their delicious Lemongrass Wings. You've got to give their sizzling citrusy alternative to classic hot wings a try! If you are in Sedro-Woolley, try Cascade Pizza's Knockout Nachos to bring BIG flavor to the table. Made with black olives, fresh salsa, green peppers, CASCADE PIZZA cheese, and beef all layered over crisp tortilla chips! Each bite of the bruschetta classico at rustica cafe in Oak Harbor sends you right to Italy with its fresh locally-sourced tomatoes, shallots, garlic, and basil, topped with olive oil and balsamic reduction.


TEQUILA PRAWNS Imagine the aroma of fresh prawns sauteed in tequila and Cajun-spiced garlic butter coming from your plate. The Tequila Prawns at Magnolia Grill are bursting with flavor! 208 Ferry Street in Sedro-Woolley


La Conner Seafood's indulgent Garlic & Baked Brie is baked until melted and covered with sweet, roasted garlic. Glazed with a tangy balsamic and served with apple slices and toasted crostini.


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Coupeville Foodie Adventure

An assortment of 3 cheeses, crispy crostini toasts, house-made preserves, sweet grapes, tangy pickled veggies and Kalamata olives come together to form one tantalizing starter. 670 SE Pioneer Way #102 in Oak Harbor

Mix And Match To Create Your Own Foodie Adventure!


here is something warm and inviting about the community in Coupeville. It is baked right into all the yummy experiences you’ll have on your foodie adventure in this historic town. These eateries offer a unique and personable dining experience with scenic views of Penn Cove.

Ciao bakes the unique natural water of Coupeville into their pizza dough with its blend of minerals and salts emulating the mountain spring water found and used in pizzerias in Naples. CIAO

Phad Thai Restaurant is located inside a historic Victorian era home. They serve classic Thai dishes featuring fresh seafood and lots of vegetarian options.


BABY BACK RIBS Pecan wood-smoked pork baby back ribs smothered in delicious house-made sweet & spicy BBQ sauce. Served with a side of coleslaw and your choice of yummy fries! 32295 State Route 20 in Oak Harbor


Christopher's on Whidbey has been serving up their fresh and creative twist on Northwest cuisine for over 30 years! Try the succulent, bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin, the Penn Cove seafood stew or their delicious homemade desserts. We've only highlighted a few of the amazing restaurants and cafĂŠs in Coupeville. There are many more places to mix and match drinks, appetizers, entrees and desserts to create your own foodie adventure.

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Edison Restaurant Tour

Blaze A Foodie Trail In Edison, Washington


ood things (and food) do come in small packages! Take the Farm-to-Market Road to find this little town with BIG flavors! Bring your appetite and enjoy this Edison Foodie Adventure!


TAQUITO BASKET Enjoy your choice of chicken tinga or pork rolled into four golden, crispy corn tortillas dressed with a delicious layer of fresh lettuce, red cabbage, cotija cheese and sour cream. 517 S 1st Street in Mount Vernon

Mariposa Taqueria When the food tastes as good as it looks, you know you're in for a treat. Mariposa specializes in fresh, Mexican-inspired dishes that you can enjoy in their pretty garden. Insider tip: try their tacos!

Tweets Cafe This delightfully quirky cafe is right next door to Mariposa. Their seriously scrumptious breakfast and lunch menu changes weekly. And, you may just make a new friend at their inviting, communal dining table! Slough Food What goes together better than peanut butter and jelly? Why, wine and cheese, of course! Inspired by the farmer's markets of Rome, you can sample their wines with a charcuterie/cheese plate in the courtyard or have a seat in the cozy cafe. Breadfarm When you walk into this shop, it's kind of like being hugged by a freshly baked loaf of bread. The aroma alone will satisfy! Their breads, European pastries and cookies are a true labor of love. Insider tip: bring cash for their goodies. The foodie adventure doesn't stop there; other noteworthy places to grab a delicious bite or two: Old Edison Inn, Longhorn Saloon, Rhody Cafe, and Edison Cafe. You truly can "eat your way" through this gem of a destination!

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BBQ & HOT WINGS These saucy BBQ & Hot Wings have a pleasant, spicy kick! Empire serves them with cool, housemade blue cheese dressing and crunchy celery sticks. 314 W Gates Street in Mount Vernon


Adventures in edison


GALLERIES & GIFT SHOPS There are so many treasures in this tiny town, you are bound to find something new every time you visit. Hadrian Stone Design 5717 Gilkey Avenue in Edison

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Edison Treasure Hunting


he scenic drive to Edison is filled with beautiful farm fields, forests, and glimpses of the wildlife that calls Skagit County home. This small town is a bit of a hidden gem, known by locals for its bold creativity and eclectic shops.

You may be surprised to know that Edison has several art galleries, multiple antique and home decor shops as well as one-of-a-kind boutiques. There are even a few custom showrooms where you can view art and beautiful custom home decor pieces. Whether you are hunting for a piece of art, home decor, a souvenir or a delicious bite to eat, you are sure to find something unique.

Did You Know? The Old Edison Inn been in business in Edison since 1900 (or earlier). Their current location was built in 1955. In fact, pretty much every building in this quaint little town was built in a bygone era which only adds to the deep sense of history and nostalgia of Edison. We toured Edison with local artist Linde Husk. Watch the video of our Edison Tour so you don't miss out on any of the hidden gems for would-be treasure hunters.

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Hadrian Stone Design Studio & Gallery


adrian Stone Design uses a proprietary mixture of glass fibers, sand and concrete to create a surface that is personalized to you. Envision concrete countertops that look like warm wood or luxurious stone , without the high price tag. Houston and his design team are able to add incredibly unique touches such as embedded memorabilia acid etch images and text that will last a lifetime. The result is a one-of-akind kitchen countertop or bathroom vanity. Owner Houston Foist explains, "Any color, any texture, in a fraction of the time. I can make it look like natural wood or any natural stone." CLICK THIS VIDEO TO WATCH NOW

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Stop by the gallery the first Saturday of every month for the reveal of a new show with the featured artists providing live demonstrations. You never know what you might see! The live demos range from oil, acrylic, watercolor painting to interactive glow-in-the-dark art. There was even an artist who set her paintings on fire! The gallery focuses on local and regional artists with a broad range of styles. On any given month, you could see realistic acrylic landscapes, impressionist oil portraits, geometric sculptures, vibrant mosaics, abstract watercolors, or even woven seaweed and kelp art.

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Shooting for the Stars & Capturing Sunsets Holly Davison, Photographer from Whidbey Island


olly Davison has a relatable reason for how she initially became interested in photography; she simply wanted to take better pictures of her kids. Years later, those who marvel at her beautiful work are sure glad she did!

Her favorite subject to capture is the night sky - particularly the Milky Way, and the Northern Lights. "There's a peace during the night that you don't get during the day. I enjoy being enveloped in the darkness." Holly also delights in being able to share these spectacular events with people who can't experience them firsthand. Her piece (shown on front cover) Milky Way Rising Over Deception Pass Bridge definitely took some planning.

"We hiked in early and got the shot as we captured the sunset. You have to be willing to lose some significant sleep and wait, but it's worth it!" Bowman Bay Tree (shown here) was taken near Lighthouse Point during the blood moon eclipse. As Holly was waiting for the moon to rise over Deception Pass Bridge, she noticed a stunning sunset behind her - a 2-for-1 shot. Holly notes, "Always look behind you, even if you're waiting for something really good to happen in front of you!" You can see Holly Davison's magical work at The Whidbey Art Gallery in Langley.

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