Meet Our Vendors
Each month we highlight a different vendor partner!
Guemes Island Resort
What a great month for highlighting our vendor partner, Guemes Island Resort. A quick ferry ride across the channel from downtown Anacortes, a short beautiful drive through pastoral farmlands and wooded hills, brings you to the northern shore of the island and the resort.
Guemes Island Resort has a variety of accommodations from rustic cabins to beautifully appointed houses for a close island get-away with your sweetie anytime of year!
History of the Resort
The history of The Guemes Island Resort begins with Charlie Townsend. Born in Missouri in 1908, the son of a hog farmer and a Boomer, he moved to Washington State as a teenager and worked in the lumber mills. His dream was always to own his own business, and, in 1947, he bought the land on Guemes Island where the Resort is located.
He started 'Charlie's Guemes Island Fishing Resort' with one rental cabin. Working in Seattle during the week, he joined his family on Guemes on the weekends to work the Resort. There was no advertising except word of mouth, and no electricity until the late fifties. The Resort grew from one cabin to six, operated a fishing store and provided summer vacations for loyal guests year after year.
Charlie's wife Alice died in 1977, just a few months short of their 50th anniversary, and he later married a close friend Pearl. This marriage that lasted 13 years until Charlie's death in 1995, at the age of 87.
Charlie's Guemes Island Fishing Resort, an Island tradition, continues today as The Guemes Island Resort, with Island-based owners, Mark and Kelly Linnemann.
Friday Harbor Whale Museum
We are pleased to shine our spotlight on the Friday Harbor Whale Museum for promoting the stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem by sponsoring research and educational programs. The Friday Harbor Whale Museum opened in 1979 and has grown over the years to become one of the most notable whale protection organizations and marine mammal educational natural museums in the country. In 1981, the museum started the Marine Mammal Stranding Network and is authorized by NOAA to investigate reports of stranded marine mammals.
Visit the museum in Friday Harbor at 62 1st Street, just 3 blocks from the ferry landing. The museum is open daily from 10:00 - 4:00. Check out their life-sized whale models, marine mammal exhibits, and wildlife videos. Also be sure and stop by their gift shop where you'll find our book, Exploring the Salish Sea: An Artist's View by Margy Gates.
Snow Goose Produce
Cissy and I often pay courtesy-calls to our vendors. It's always a pleasure to visit Vico and Erika at Snow Goose Produce and we're delighted that they've just opened their farm stand for the season. Located on Fir Island, in the Skagit Valley (and near the tulip fields!), Snow Goose was opened in 1984 by Vico's parents, Mark and Mary-Louise Rust. It has been family-operated ever since. Their produce is organic and local. They have a delectable selection of smoked seafood and baked breads, along with artisan cheeses and fine wines. And it's impossible to ignore the aroma of their immodest waffle-cone ice-creams. They also serve espresso drinks and pastries, and their polenta muffins are out of this world!
We like them also because they carry some of our books. So, stop by and see them for a special treat!
15170 Fir Island Rd.