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 watched us get ready for one of our trips to Port Townsend.
We watched the Washington State Ferry Kennewick as it approached the landing at Coupeville. We were able to board shortly after the boat landed.
Departing from Coupeville, this was our view out the window of the ferry. Fort Casey State Park is in the background.
Another view of the beach and Fort Casey State Park.
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 the Washington State Ferry Kennewick.
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.
We walked along the beach on the north side of Fort Worden.
The Point Wilson Lighthouse is a prominent landmark in Fort Worden. This view shows the beach trail. Whidbey Island is in the background.
View of Fort Worden from the trail above the conference center.
Some of the boats that we saw at the Wooden Boat Foundation.
More boats at the Wooden Boat Foundation.
A nice otter sculpture outside the Wooden Boat Foundation.
Typical view along Water Street in Port Townsend.
An inviting coffee shop in Port Townsend.
Many cormorants lined the pilings at the ferry terminal in Port Townsend.