Vashon Island is a little piece of rural paradise just west of Seattle. Take a ferry ride from the Fauntleroy terminal to enjoy the beauty and quaint towns of the island. You can also access Vashon Island from the Pt Defiance ferry terminal in Tacoma, the Southworth ferry and during the week from downtown Seattle by King County Water taxi. Roughly the size of Manhattan, Vashon has no bridge connection to the mainland and therefore maintains a peaceful sense of quietude.
Explore the beaches, pastures, parks and nature preserves that are intermixed with wineries, galleries, farm stands selling freshly picked berries and other unique sights. You can circumnavigate the island by renting a kayak or bicycle, and don't miss Point Robinson Park for its sandy shoreline and saltwater marsh.