Puget Sound, WA, USA

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Puget Sound, WA, USA

Puget Sound vacation rentals

You're gonna like the Sound of this place

Tucked into Washington's northwestern coast and shielded from the Pacific Ocean by the Olympic Peninsula, Puget Sound is a charming little inlet belonging to the Salish Sea. While Seattle is the Sound's most popular resident, it also lays claim to about 170 islands, with the most prominent ones connected by the Washington State Ferries system. Picking a Puget Sound vacation rental can be overwhelming, but rest assured! You can't go wrong when every spot has something unique to offer. With a gourmet dining scene and stunning natural landscape, you'll feel at home no matter where you step off the ferry.

Wine tasting and whale watching and water sports, oh my!

To pick the right spot in Puget Sound, you need to figure out your must-sees. Shop in the historic towns of Langley and Coupeville, or taste the locally grown wines, produce, seafood, and beef on Vashon, Bainbridge, or the San Juans. Take in Whidbey Island's stunning scenery and their world-renowned Penn Cove Mussels, or head to Bainbridge, which is arguably the most developed bit. Kayak around the islands, or hop on a bike for a self-guided cycling tour. If you're lucky, you might even find yourself a Puget Sound vacation rental primed for whale watching.

Islands full of grape varietals and cultural varieties

There are a variety of parks and reserves scattered throughout the Puget Sound, well worth a visit for birders and nature enthusiasts. Seek out the Island County Historical Museum, the Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens, or the Vashon Allied Arts Center for cultural highlights. A ton of farmers' markets and farm-to-table restaurants dot the islands and surrounding cities, as do small, independently-owned wineries. Shoppers can easily find locally-made wares at the tiny boutiques on most islands, or take home a special souvenir from one of the many galleries.

There's no reason rain should ruin your parade

Like Seattle, Puget Sound is known for moderate temps and high precipitation. But this doesn't get the locals down, and you shouldn't let any rain ruin your parade, either. Winters are cool, but mild, while summers are warm... yet mild! So no matter when you visit, pack a few extra layers and assume it'll rain. It'll make the warm, dry days of July and August even sweeter, and the cold, wet days of November through January feel like less of a shock. All the more reason to cozy up and enjoy the scenery from under a blanket!

Wine drinkers are the ultimate nature lovers, really

Puget Sound's unique landscape makes for an interesting time exploring. If Seattle is your homebase, a handful of the islands are easy to visit by ferry, but there's no reason you shouldn't choose a Puget Sound vacation rental set away from it all. Each island offers something new, from whale watching and gorgeous state parks, to stunning campgrounds and a huge variety of wildlife. After days full of beachfront paths, hiking trails, and cycling routes, you'll be more than happy to put your feet up and enjoy a locally grown glass of wine.