Stanwood, Arlington & Oso, Washington
Head 15 minutes north from bustling Seattle and you'll find yourself delightfully nestled between the majestic Cascade mountains and the Salish Sea. With coastal towns, historic districts, state parks, and regional cuisine, North Snohomish County makes for a great day trip or weekend getaway!
A magical place that's doing important work, Bonhoeffer Botanical Gardens in Stanwood is home to 20 acres of uniquely native NW flora, including endangered species. Kiosks provide shelter on a rainy day as well as a habitat for butterflies. There is also a mile-long wheelchair-accessible path. If you visit during the spring, prepare to be dazzled by Daffodil Hill with over 400,000 sunny, yellow daffodils surrounding a 115-year-old church.
Looking for a seaside activity? Check out Kayak Point in Stanwood, a breathtaking saltwater beach park. With 3,000 feet of shoreline along the Puget Sound, visitors can enjoy boating, fishing from the pier, and hiking. If you're there for the day, eat al fresco under one of the picnic shelters. If you have a weekend to spend, they offer several different overnight accommodations including: yurts, campsites with power/water, a 3-bedroom rental overlooking the Puget Sound, and even beach sites for water trail camping!
Centennial Trail starts in Arlington and connects it with the historic small towns of Snohomish and Lake Stevens. The 30-mile, paved path is accessible for people of all ages and abilities. Picnic tables and benches are placed along the way for you to enjoy a snack while taking in the beautiful scenery.
For a truly, one-of-kind experience, stay in a Yurt at Kayak Point. The perfect mix of camping and glamping, these large, domed tents sleep 5 guests, and have all of the comforts of home. Each yurt comes with its own outdoor table, fire pit (s'mores, anyone?), and a picnic pavilion for fun gatherings.
Who gets to spend the night in a 1920's dairy barn? You do, if you stay at the Mystic Mountain Bed & Breakfast in Oso! This country property offers 1,800 square feet of living space with kitchen access. Other themed rooms are available for rent as such as Bear Cabin, which boasts mountain and valley views.
With five elegantly appointed guest suites, the River Rock Inn B&B in Arlington is a retreat focused on pampering. Melt away stress in the on-site spa and savor the multi-course, homemade breakfast each morning.
Taking the concept of 'dinner and a show' to another level, the Restaurant at Rhodes River Ranch in Arlington offers a view into an indoor horse arena! During special events, guests can watch horse riding and training while enjoying scrumptious surf and turf entrees.
White linens are the backdrop for artfully presented cuisine at Bistro San Martin in Arlington. Utilizing fresh, local ingredients for their globally-inspired dishes, you'll relish everything from the first course to the house-made dessert!
If you are craving a legit burger, a visit to Mammoth Burger Company in Stanwood is a must. Get your camera ready for their COLOSSAL signature burger that is perfect for sharing! And, if you want to go low-carb, they'll turn any of their burgers into a salad.
When it's time to wet your whistle, get a handcrafted cold one at Skookum Brewery in Arlington. Using primarily locally-sourced ingredients, their beers are as uniquely named (like the Murder of Crows) as they taste!
You can try your luck at the slots and get a delicious brew at the 210 Brewery inside the Angel of the Winds Casino Resort in Arlington. Pair the Espresso Stout with their famous 'Burnt Ends and Beans'.
A brew with benefits, the kombucha on tap at Glory Bucha in Arlington will tickle your taste buds and please your tummy! Crafted with organic ingredients, this fermented, sweetened tea may become your new fave.