Last Updated April 12, 2018 4/12/2018

Discover Marrowstone Island in Washington State

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While even many Washingtonians aren’t familiar with Marrowstone Island, let alone know where it is, those on the northern Olympic Peninsula consider it a true hidden gem. Connected to the mainland via bridge about 15 miles from the popular Victorian seaport of Port Townsend near Port Hadlock, this island that’s home to more parkland and wildlife than people is the ideal destination for a day trip or weekend getaway.

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Fort Flagler Historical State Park

The most popular attraction on Marrowstone is Fort Flagler Historical State Park. Once a significant coastal defense fort, it was established over a century ago to guard the entrance to Puget Sound. Today, it’s home to a military museum and offers guided tours of the gun emplacements and the 1905 military hospital throughout the summer, though you can also walk the forested paths to discover the batteries on your own

Most people head to the park to enjoy hiking, boating, kite-flying, beach combing, fishing, crabbing or clam digging. In the summer months, the Beachcomber Cafe is popular for its swirls of vanilla and chocolate soft serve ice cream cones, milkshakes, grilled foods like polish dogs and Sunrise espresso.  It also sells cold soda, chips, candy, beer and wine along with other items like toys, kites, books, cards, souvenirs, sweatshirts, fishing tackle, camping sundries and the like.

 

Nordland General Store
Nordland General Store, Marrowstone Island

Nordland General Store

The only “town” on the island is Nordland, which spans less than a half-mile. It’s home to the charming Nordland General Store, which offers an old-fashioned feel, delicious smoked salmon, local cheeses, coffee, a good wine selection, souvenirs and more. Occasionally you might even get to enjoy the tunes played by local musicians who gather in the back for practice.

 

Mystery Bay
Mystery Bay

Mystery Bay

Just across the street, Mystery Bay is a popular place for sailing, boating and other activities. You can even rent a kayak at the general store to paddle out and explore it.

Mystery Bay Farm
goats at Mystery Bay Farm

Mystery Bay Farm

Mystery Bay Farm is a five-acre family farm on the island that produces goat milk cheeses and yogurt, all in an ecologically, economically and socially responsible matter, and available for general sale.

Visitors can take educational farm tours, cheese making classes, and even dine on delicious farm dinners too. If you book a tour in advance, you can meet the goats and tour the milk- and cheese-making facility. Springtime is the best time to visit as there are always baby goats in March and April.

 

 

Marrowstone Vineyard
Marrowstone Vineyards, Marrowstone Island

Marrowstone Vineyard

At Marrowstone Vineyards you can sample the tasty handcrafted wines in a spectacular setting atop a hill overlooking the Puget Sound and Whidbey Island. The vineyard also hosts frequent events in the summer, including free concerts.

 

Marrowstone Pottery

More than a few islanders are creative types, and you can explore some of their works at places like the Little Island Gallery which offers a variety of art and crafts for sale, in a wide range of mediums. Local artist Branan Ward specializes in tall ships of the early 20th-century, murals, and portraits of pets and people with a studio on Griffith Point Road that welcomes visitors. It’s also home to Marrowstone Pottery and Gallery with the opportunity to browse or purchase items sold under the trade name, “Furnoware Pottery” – something you’ll only find right here on the island.

 

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