Destination guide

Escape the rat race on Vashon Island

The largest island in Washington's Puget Sound, Vashon Island is like stepping back in time. Famous for its small independent farms, wineries, and even a distillery, the slow pace and friendly vibe makes it a great place to escape the rat race. Potter around the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum, visit Point Robinson Lighthouse, and don't miss a selfie with the quirky bike in the tree (check it out to see what we mean!). And just 20 minutes from downtown Seattle, a Vashon Island vacation rental is also an ideal and relaxed base from which to explore the city.

Things to do

Fashion your own vacation on Vashon Island

Vashon Island has long been a haven for Washington State's artists. On the first Friday of each month, head to Vashon Town for a guided art walk around the island's art history, galleries, and studios. Learn more about island history in the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum, which explores the island's cultural, agricultural, and arts history. It's open Wednesday to Sunday afternoons for the price of a small voluntary donation. Built in 1914, the Point Robinson Lighthouse is a working lighthouse with hiking trails and a beach around it. And don't miss a selfie with that bike in the tree...

Activities

A dedicated follower of Vashon on an island cycling tour

Life on Vashon Island is all about the great outdoors. The best way to explore the island is to rent a bike and hit the winding country lanes and visit the island's many local farms, orchards, and wineries to pick up a picnic. If the sun is shining (and even if not) why not rent a kayak and take to the cool, crystal clear waters of the Puget Sound and see Vashon Island from a different perspective? As the sun sets, head to a quiet beach and watch the sun set over Mount Rainier.

Weather

When the rains come, the tide is high in Vashon Island

Vashon Island is in the Pacific Northwest, which is famed for making the most of all 4 seasons. The island's rainfall is way above the national average, so packing waterproofs is all but essential. Peak season on the island is during the warm, summer months, between June and August, which sees the most sun and dry days, with temperatures often peaking at 75 degrees. In winter, temperatures drop to close to freezing, but snowfall is rare. Book a Vashon Island vacation rental in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, and pack a jacket and an umbrella.

Natural features

Vashon Island - a tiny island that's big on natural attraction

Vashon Island lies off the west coast of Seattle and is blessed with views of the Puget Sound. Largely rural, you'll find a tangle of cool hiking trails, many with stunning views of the Cascades Mountains and Mount Rainier on the mainland. Over on the eastern peninsula is Maury Island Marine Park, a shoreline nature reserve which is home to rare Pacific Madrone trees and salt marshes. Spot great blue herons and bald eagles. Fisher Pond is the largest freshwater pond on the island and has become a local haven for fishing and birdwatching.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Vashon Island

Fly into Seattle, WA (SEA-Seattle - Tacoma Intl.), the closest airport, located 8.3 mi (13.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Seattle, WA (BFI-Boeing Field), which is 11.7 mi (18.8 km) away.

Where to stay around Vashon Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,678 vacation rentals near Vashon Island. From 545 Houses to 78 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Vashon Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Vashon Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Vashon Island:

  • Seattle Waterfront: 848 vacation rentals
  • Fremont: 341 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 888 vacation rentals
  • West Seattle: 1,507 vacation rentals
  • Ballard: 799 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Vashon Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Vashon Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Point Robinson Lighthouse: 2,204 vacation rentals
  • Vashon Maury Island Heritage Museum: 2,495 vacation rentals
  • Point Robinson Park: 2,232 vacation rentals
  • Palouse Winery: 2,586 vacation rentals
  • Seattle Center: 1,664 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Vashon Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Vashon Island?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 545 Houses in Vashon Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Vashon Island include:

  • Cabins: 78 rentals available
  • Cottages: 78 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 78 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Vashon Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 168 vacation rentals with pool available in Vashon Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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