5 Ways to Spend a Weekend in the Puget Sound Area

A peaceful break from kayaking across Puget Sound to look at the majesty of Mt. Rainier.Located along the northwestern coast of Washington, the Puget Sound offers a variety of activities to enjoy. Whether you want to explore one of the bustling cities or take some time to enjoy nature, you’re sure to find something entertaining to do when you check out these top ways to spend the weekend around the Puget Sound.

Explore the Waters by Kayak

One of the best ways to see the waters of the Puget Sound is by kayak. If you don’t have any kayaking experience, a company like Anacortes Kayak Tours is the perfect option. You can choose one of the half-day guided tours to get a unique view of the surrounding scenery and abundant wildlife. Tours range from 1.5 to 5 hours and will take you along secluded shorelines. As you’re paddling, be sure to keep an eye on the water for orcas, seals, and porpoises.

Tour a Winery

Located in Woodinville, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the state’s oldest and most acclaimed winery. With so many one-of-a-kind experiences around the winery, you’ll find you can easily spend all weekend here. The winery offers a complimentary tour and tasting experience each day. You can learn about the history of the winery, get a behind-the-scenes look at winemaking, and try a few samples of the famous wines. Chateau Ste. Michelle also offers garden tours, a wine and food pairing experience, a chance to be a winemaker for a day, and more.

Take the Ferry to Bainbridge Island

Offering natural beauty and rustic charm, Bainbridge Island is always good for a weekend getaway. Although you can take a bridge to get to the island, consider riding the Seattle-Bainbridge Island ferry for some unforgettable views of the surrounding area. The 35-minute ride offers stunning views of the Seattle skyline and forested hills of the island. Once you arrive at Bainbridge Island, you can visit the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art or enjoy checking out the vibrant shops and restaurants in the village of Winslow.

Explore Blake Island Marine State Park

The only way to reach Blake Island Marine State Park is by tour boat or private boat, making it the perfect place for a private escape. Once you’re on the island, you’ll find an excellent variety of activities. You can explore the 8 miles of hiking trails, walk along the driftwood-scattered beaches, or sign up for Argosy Cruises’ Tillicum Excursion to take part in the roasted fish buffet and Northwest Native American performance.

Walk Around Leavenworth’s Bavarian Village

Although located just outside of Seattle, Leavenworth has transformed itself into a Bavarian-themed village that makes it feel like you’ve stepped foot inside another country. While you’re there you can do some shopping, have German food and beer at the restaurants, enjoy the view from Waterfront Park, take a tour of the Nutcracker Museum, and more.

Whether you’re exploring nature or walking around a Bavarian-themed village, you’ll find plenty of exciting ways to spend a weekend around the Puget Sound.



Sunset Paddle on Puget Sound” via Flickr by Ingrid Taylar. Used with permission via CC BY 2.0 / cropped from original