Retreat Just Outside the City
Vashon, a quiet and bike-friendly island, sits at the southern end of the Puget Sound. It is a perfect place to explore or relax, whether whale watching, beach combing or wine tasting at vineyard (the Island also has a brewery and it's very own coffee roastery, it is the pacific NW after all). The main drag of town is a fantastic mix of local artisan wares, organic cafes, and good old-fashioned dive bars. Cabins right on the water are plentiful and fairly inexpensive to rent. The island can be reached by ferry from Seattle
(passenger only) or Tacoma (car & passenger).