Once again this year, boat owners have descended on Cap Sante Boat Haven for the Passagemaker magazine Trawler Fest event. See the language below for the host’s promotional text:
“We are thrilled to announce our fourth year at Anacortes, Washington! Situated on picturesque Fidalgo Island, the city is the gateway for Washington’s ferry run to the San Juan Islands and Victoria, B.C. Anacortes, commonly referred to as ‘the drive-to island,’ is easily accessible and boasts a beautiful waterfront and marina, a charming downtown center, and a friendly community.
“Anacortes is host to Washington’s largest fishing fleet and home to several prominent marine-related businesses. As you pass through the welcoming arch through downtown Anacortes’ Main Street, you experience the strong nautical flavor and history that this town offers. Boutique shops, eateries, galleries, antique malls, and more flank the tree-lined street. Within walking distance are several parks, theaters, and Cap Sante Boat Haven Marina, the site of the Anacortes Trawler Fest!”
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.
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