Photos by Tag: downtown

December 13th, 2019

Downtown dresses for Christmas

Once again this year, the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce and downtown merchants have lit up Commercial Avenue to create a special holiday atmosphere. In addition to white lights, Christmas wreaths decorate the main street, north and south. Many merchants have also created colorful display windows … and free horse trolley rides are available each Saturday […]

September 16th, 2011

Pig rising

Newspaper publisher and art aficianado Jack Darnton (left) was on hand Friday morning as the “downtown pig” outside Insights Gallery was loaded onto a city truck for the short trip to its new home. The pig, composed of miscellaneous steel bits welded together, caught the eye of Wallie Funk. Given the “industrial” connection, Funk concluded […]

April 16th, 2011

Downtown sun

Sunshine and downtown Anacortes make the perfect combination for a relaxing spring weekend in the Northwest. Pictured here are folks relaxing on the sidewalk in front of the Gere-a-Deli restaurant, located in a building that once served as a community bank.

April 2nd, 2011

Splashes of spring

Drawing the eye on any trip through downtown Anacortes are sidewalk flower boxes filled with bright yellow daffodils. The Skagit Valley boasts acres of these pre-tulip beauties.

October 18th, 2010

Fall on display

Seasonal window displays like this one leave little doubt about the fact that we are well on our way to Thanksgiving. The Anacortes Chamber of Commerce presents the Annual Trick-or-Treat downtown from 1 – 4 p.m. on October 30. Participating downtown merchants will have candies for the kiddies and coupons or specials for the parents. […]

July 24th, 2010

Strolling the Ave

With flowers baskets in full bloom and sun shining, downtown Anacortes is looking beautiful these days. This photo of a couple having a romantic stroll was taken on the corner of Commercial Avenue in front of the Majestic Inn and Spa.

July 23rd, 2010

Downtown traffic

Downtown Anacortes was busy Thursday morning, with coveted weekend tourism “traffic” soon to follow.

June 28th, 2010

Summer stroll

It’s summer now, and families have started to embark on Northwest adventures. Monday morning found these two families in downtown Anacortes, quiet but inviting. I was “on a mission,” so didn’t take time to talk to them about their itineraries. Hope they stop in at the Chamber’s Visitor Information Center!

May 9th, 2010

Bustling corner

I’m not so sure this country’s depressed economy has “turned the corner,” but the corner of 5th Street and Commercial was busy the other day when I rolled by in the car. We can all do our part for the local economy by doing business locally when possible. Spring and summer are historically the strongest […]

August 26th, 2009

Harbor and channel

Fidalgo Bay and Cap Sante Boat Haven appear in the foreground of this photo, the Guemes Channel and its namesake island on the horizon. Also visible are part of Cap Sante and downtown Anacortes. See AnacortesToday blog for more aerial photos.

June 4th, 2009

Downtown deer

The garden at a downtown Anacortes drew this pair of deer Wednesday. They spent several hours snacking, and obviously they were not intimidated by the guy with the camera. I recall many stories of islanders whose love for wildlife fades quickly after an incidence of garden devastation. Ah, the trials of the ongoing clash of […]

April 27th, 2009

Vintage Dodge

This vintage beauty was parked outside the Brown Lantern in downtown Anacortes Saturday. According to, Dodge Brothers Canada Ltd. was a subsidiary of the Detroit company, assembling Dodge vehicles from imported components until about 1924 when the operation was moved to Toronto. When the founders, John and Horace Dodge, died in the Unites States, […]

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