Port Townsend

Port Townsend Waterfront

This is the view of the waterfront as our ferry approached Port Townsend. The entry to the marina at Point Hudson is in the center of the photo, just behind the red boat. The Wooden Boat Foundation is in the building with red and yellow trim, just to the left of Point Hudson.

We have friends on the Olympic Peninsula who we don’t get to see very often, so when we’re in Anacortes, we try to get over to their side of the water to visit. It’s easy to drive to Whidbey Island and take the ferry from Coupeville to Port Townsend as walk-on passengers, and have our friends meet us at the ferry dock in Port Townsend.

We can park for free in Coupeville, and the drive from Anacortes takes less than an hour. The Washington State Ferry schedule works out well for us to take a late morning ferry over, meet friends for lunch and spend time in the afternoon, then take a late afternoon ferry back to Whidbey Island.

We ended up making two trips to Port Townsend last week, and managed to find two sunny days! It was perfect for catching up with our friends and great for enjoying many of Port Townsend’s amenities.

We had great lunches at Doc’s Marina Grill and Khu Larb Thai, enjoyed ice cream cones at Elevated Ice Cream, admired boats and marine goods at the Wooden Boat Foundation and Chandlery, window shopped along Water Street, and had a great hike on the beaches and trails of Fort Worden State Park.

It was a nice break from our boat maintenance and projects…and a great opportunity for photos!

Mickey and Rosie

Mickey and Rosie watched us get ready for one of our trips to Port Townsend.

Wash State Ferry at Coupeville

We watched the Washington State Ferry Kennewick as it approached the landing at Coupeville. We were able to board shortly after the boat landed.

Coupeville Ferry Landing

Departing from Coupeville, this was our view out the window of the ferry. Fort Casey State Park is in the background.

Ferry leaving Coupeville

Another view of the beach and Fort Casey State Park.

Admiralty Head

As our ferry pulled out of Coupeville, we passed Admiralty Head. What a great beach! Port Townsend is in the distance, and you can see the other ferry on this route (the Salish) on its way from Port Townsend to Coupeville. It was windy that day and there were lots of whitecaps in Admiralty Inlet.

inside Wash State Ferry Kennewick

Inside the Washington State Ferry Kennewick.

submarine with escort

As our ferry crossed from Whidbey Island to Port Townsend, we watched the Navy escort a submarine through Admiralty Inlet. Whidbey Island is in the background.

Fort Worden beach

We walked along the beach on the north side of Fort Worden.

Point Wilson Lighthouse

The Point Wilson Lighthouse is a prominent landmark in Fort Worden. This view shows the beach trail. Whidbey Island is in the background.

Fort Worder

View of Fort Worden from the trail above the conference center.

Boats at Wooden Boat Foundation

Some of the boats that we saw at the Wooden Boat Foundation.

More Boats at Wooden Boat Foundation

More boats at the Wooden Boat Foundation.

Otter Statue Port Townsend

A nice otter sculpture outside the Wooden Boat Foundation.

Water Street Port Townsend

Typical view along Water Street in Port Townsend.

Port Townsend Coffee Shop

An inviting coffee shop in Port Townsend.

Cormorants on the pilings

Many cormorants lined the pilings at the ferry terminal in Port Townsend.

6 thoughts on “Port Townsend

  1. So enjoy your posts…keep them coming! Pics and info are high quality and very informative. My wife and I have recently purchased a 48 Aft Cabin and will be live aboard in Blaine, WA. Planning to explore the IP and maybe eventually to AK. Question….what is your set up for Internet?….Do you have to pay for Internet when visiting a marina w/ Wi-Fi in Canada?

    • Hi Ed,
      So glad to hear that you’re enjoying my blog posts and find them informative! Congratulations on your boat purchase! I think you’ll enjoy living aboard…it’s a great lifestyle, and I know you’ll enjoy the Inside Passage all the way from Blaine to Alaska. It’s a wonderful area to cruise. After I read your question about Internet use while cruising in Canada, I’ve decided to put together a new post to describe our Internet set-up and the Wi-Fi services we’ve encountered in B.C. marinas. The short answer is that normally Wi-Fi is included in the moorage fee. Stay tuned…I’ll publish this new post soon. Thanks again for your questions…glad you can join us on our journey!

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