Anacortes Washington has been transitioning over the past 30 years from its former label as the ” Gateway to the San Juan Islands, or the best place to jump on a ferry, to that of a true destination town. Whether you have lived in ” A-town” since birth, or are just moving in, the culture is such that everyone is welcome, and everyone can be “someone” in this small coastal community.
I have lived in a dozen or so places in my life, and only stumbled upon Anacortes in 1993 . Boy am I glad I did! Upon my arrival to my new duty station, NAS Whidbey, and at the insistence of Al Souders, at the time a fellow naval officer, we jumped in his car and drove from Oak Harbor to Anacortes, where he lived. At the time Al was one of the few Navy folks that lived off of Whidbey Island, a great place in and of itself! Well, he took me to the marina, Mount Erie, and told me about the great schools, and I was hooked!! I am deeply indebted to Al, who now is an attorney in Anacortes.
Today Anacortes is much different than it was in 1993. We have many more naval personnel, and many more retirees which all add to the beautiful mosaic of people that is Anacortes today! We have one of the top hospitals in the state if not the country, a pleasant climate as we dwell in the ” rain shadow” of the Olympic Mountains, a world class marina and marine cluster that has everything a boater would ever need. Last count I heard there are over 3000 recreational boats in A Town!
Anacortes’ size , and the fact that it is surrounded by water on 3 sides, gives it it’s small town character. I like how it is big enough to sustain great schools and a great hospital, and vibrant service clubs and churches, but is not too large that you lose the small town charm and the ability for everyone to make a difference in this unique town. A traffic jam in A Town is still only 4 cars in a row!
Fair winds and following seas for now..