Picturesque Port of Edmonds

Edmonds has not lost sight of what makes it unique.

Port of Edmonds is centrally located between Seattle’s Elliott Bay to the south and Everett to the north. From the waterfront and marina, the view to the west across Puget Sound of the Kitsap Peninsula and Olympic Mountains is spectacular. The well-maintained marina, the centerpiece of the Edmonds waterfront, was rebuilt from 1996 to 1998 after it was destroyed during a major snowstorm. The picturesque seaside community, in its growth, hasn’t lost sight of what makes it unique. Edmonds residents are among the friendliest people you’ll ever meet.

The marina has more than 500 feet of guest moorage available on a first-come, first-served basis on I, J and L docks in the center of the marina, east of the fuel dock. If the guest moorage is full, the marina staff will direct you toward an unoccupied permanent moorage slip.

The marina offers 30- and 50-amp power, water, garbage drops, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi, a covered outdoor weather station and a pumpout. The fuel dock offers both gas and diesel, and there is a bait shop adjacent to the guest moorage docks.

After checking in, visiting boaters are presented with a tote bag stuffed with useful items such as maps of the area, discount coupons good at local merchants and a directory of local facilities. Along with the giveaways, visitors will discover clean marina facilities and a wonderful town a short walk away. The port also offers a shuttle ride to downtown Edmonds for shopping, dining and entertainment.

In addition to its facilities and hospitality, Port of Edmonds offers things that make a great urban boating destination. Within the port area there are restaurants and coffee d brunch on Sundays. At the north end of the marina is Arnies, offering a good selection of seafood for lunch and dinner. Both restaurants provide scenic views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains and the magnificent sunsets.

Edmonds also has a collection of beaches and waterfront parks, including the Off Leash Area Edmonds, an off-leash area dedicated to dogs. Wildlife viewing and bird watching beckon in the Edmonds Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary and trails. There is a half-mile-long promenade along the marina for strolling between the beaches located at either end of the facility.

Marina Beach Park to the south has a picnic area and a playground for the kids. A public fishing pier and Brackett’s Landing are on the north side of the breakwater, where you can kick back on a driftwood log, then explore at low tide. North of the ferry landing is the 27-acre Edmonds Underwater Park, Washington’s most popular scuba diving location. It was fun to watch the divers enter and exit the nutrient-rich waters, abundant with sea life.

Idyllic downtown Edmonds is a historic town with plenty of charm. It’s walkable and easily accessible from the marina by foot or the courtesy van provided by the marina. A rich blend of old and new makes this town distinctive. Accented by art, colorful hanging baskets and vintage street lamps, the pedestrian-friendly downtown reflects the past. The downtown district is a browser’s paradise that showcases art galleries and boutiques; specialty shops including books, travel accessories and garden supplies; candy and wine shops; and picture-perfect sidewalk cafes.

Take a break from shopping at one of several cafes and restaurants, or savor handcrafted beverages at a local brewery or distillery. The wonderful selection of restaurants, cafes and bistros offers a variety of delicious dining experiences. Before departing the marina, ask the staff for their recommendations, and enjoy.

Edmonds is overflowing with festivals and things to do throughout the year but during the summer it’s particularly busy. The first weekend in June the town kicks off boating season with the Edmonds Waterfront Festival followed by the Edmonds Art Festival. In July the Driftwood Players present the Festival of Shorts, and then there is the always-popular Edmonds Art Splash. August brings the Taste of Edmonds and the Puget Sound Bird Fest.