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A day on Lopez Island

Let’s spend a beautiful summer day on Lopez Island.  After a 1h30 drive to Anarcortes, jump on the Lopez Island Ferry.

— Anacortes – Lopez Island Ferry

Reservation is available on the Westbound trip by third: in April (for Summer time), 2 weeks, and then 2 days before each specific date. We jumped in the 9:35 am Ferry. “I have a thing for ferry boats”.

— Spencer Spit State Park: 4 miles South East of the Ferry Terminal.

— Shark Reef Sanctuary: On the west coast of Lopez, facing San Juan Island’s Cattle Point and lighthouse, enjoy a gorgeous view and solitude. Sea lions at first front.

— Watmough Bay: In the afternoon we did a short forrest walk ending on dramatic cliffs and clear water. Again less than 10 people there.

Then it was time for our dinner in the village at Ursa Minor.

 

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Ursa Minor on Lopez Island

It was a perfect day to go to Lopez Island and this jewel was a great way to end it.

After a long day of wandering on the Island, we were happy to stop at Ursa Minor for dinner.

We could have sat inside in a beautiful and unpretentious room (I love the wishbone chairs!) but we preferred to enjoy the sunset outside and watch the water and bikers riding along.

 

 

The whole experience was great and easygoing.

Ingredients at Ursa Minor are mostly locally-sourced and we started our meal with a refreshing local cider. Our party of three ordered almost everything on the menu!

Shishito peppers, peach and Ricotta – Heirloom tomato, new onion, plum – Summer squash, smoked roe, yogurt – Raw Albacore, shiitake, Nasturtiums – Chicken, sauerkraut, wild onion…

Each dish was delicious and made with flavorful ingredients.

This great experience ended our day trip to Lopez on an exceptional note.

URSA MINOR 210 Lopez Road – Lopez Island – Washington – 98261

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Cafe La Marzocco
in KEXP 90.3 building

I love this space! It’s a big industrial open space with lots of tables, chairs and big leather sofas.  I could easily spend all day here drinking coffee and listening to music.

Yes it is a really cool place that La Marzocco shares with KEXP, the radio station. You can listen to music from the speakers and watch the DJ behind the window. The sound is not too loud and people talk pretty quietly. This is pretty unusual and pleasant.

Also check out in one corner the second-hand Vinyl record store (Light in the Attic). I even found some Françoise Hardy and Jane Birkin LPs.

Last but not least: coffee there is really good! They know their stuff and offer coffee from different roasters or brands from all over the US and the world every week. It is a showroom for La Marzocco espresso machines.

To make it short: Good coffee and good music in a nice space!