Local Events Happening in Anacortes October 2018

If you think Anacortes is only alive in the summer, think again! Here are some fun events happening the week of October 19-21 2018 in Anacortes WA.

Vintage MarketLooking for a something to do this weekend while the weather in Anacortes is still marvelous? Sassy Frass Company is presenting the Anacortes Glitter & Glitz Vintage Market & Gift Show at 100 Commercial Ave in Anacortes. This experience is sure to be everything you’re expecting and more with the best of both worlds at one great show!

On October 19th and 20th come and see why this Anacortes event was voted one of Vintage Holiday Magazine’s top 10 Vintage Holiday Markets. At the VIP 21+ event on Friday, October 19th from 6 to 9pm, you can savor a gratuitous beverage and an exceptional gift, all while you enjoy exclusive early shop local purchasing.

Your Friday night ticket also includes admission to Saturday’s event for more terrific shopping in Anacortes. Vendors will be replenishing their booths with new and exciting autumn and holiday items for Saturday, including décor for homes and garden, antiques, jewelry, clothing, furniture, vintage finds, and up-cycled items that are ready to go home with you.

Tickets for Saturday’s 9am to 4pm event will be available at the door the day of the event as well as online. By donating two cans of food at the door you are eligible for a discounted entry ticket. This event brings a lot of visitors to Anacortes. It is recommended that you purchase tickets online; this will limit your time in line on the day of the event. We are delighted to welcome you to our charming town and this event set on Fidalgo Island in gorgeous Anacortes!

Looking to stay long-term and relish in the charm of Fidalgo Island? You can find all homes for sale in Anacortes HERE

 

 

98221 Artists Studio TourHave a passion for local Anacortes art? Love supporting your local Anacortes artists? Join the Anacortes 98221 Artists Studio Tour presented by the Anacortes Arts Commission, on October 20th and 21st from 10am to 5pm.

The local Anacortes Arts Commission has a selection of over 40 local Anacortes artists for the 2018 Anacortes tour, including 30 local Anacortes studios plus other locations, including downtown Anacortes.

This local Anacortes event highlights artists who live or work in the Anacortes 98221 zip code. Displaying fiber art, metal art, woodwork, painting, fused glass, jewelry, mixed media, sculpture, and more!

This is a self-guided tour. Tour guide map pick up locations can be found online at the Anacortes Arts Commission website. If you love the tour and want to live local so you can experience local Anacortes art daily CLICK HERE to find your dream home.

If you would like to know more about community events in Anacortes, follow our blog HERE.

Anacortes Community Profile

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Anacortes has the enviable reputation as the playground of the Pacific Northwest. Despite its miles of waterfront and forested trails, mountaintop vistas, festivals, charming shops and restaurants, a welcoming community and easy access to adventure beyond, Anacortes remains one of the country’s best-kept secrets.

Anacortes lies equidistant between Seattle, Washington, to the south, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to the north—each about 80 miles away. Located on Fidalgo Island, Anacortes hosts the Washington State Ferries terminal, making it easy to get away for an afternoon or an extended stay to the San Juan Islands or Victoria, B.C.  Although Anacortes boasts all the assets of an island community, residents enjoy the ease and convenience of being connected to the mainland and neighboring Whidbey Island by three picturesque bridges—including the famed Deception Pass Bridge.

Natural attractions include pristine lakes, world class waterways, great scenic vistas, tide pools and beaches, abundant wildlife, and more than 2,800 acres of public forestland. There are also seven local marinas making Anacortes the boating capital of the Pacific Northwest.  Many Anacortes home buyers are first attracted to Anacortes because of the natural beauty of Fidalgo Island, and as they spend more time here they decide they want to purchase Anacortes real estate and make Anacortes their home.

Abundant recreational activities for all ages include boating, whale watching, hiking, kayaking, golf, biking, beach combing, and much more.

Local culture can be found at Anacortes art galleries, language clubs, numerous daily music venues, a three-screen movie theatre, delightful restaurants, and more.

Several major events mark Fidalgo Island community’s annual activities calendar: Waterfront Festival (May), Fourth of July Parade (July), Anacortes Arts Festival (August), Jazz Festival (September), and the Holiday Boat Parade (December). Each, in its own way, reminds us that, while very much connected to the present, Anacortes remains an appealing connection to a slower, simpler way of living.

Licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC knows Anacortes! Contact us today for more information and for all of your real estate needs. We can be reached daily at (360) 941-3734 or at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

224 Acres of Forest Land Added to Anacortes Conservation Easement Program

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An additional 224 acres of land will soon be added to Anacortes’ conservation easement program, which protects tracts in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands from being developed in the future.

The land consists of 160 acres southeast of Heart Lake that once belonged to Anacortes’ sewer facilities holdings, 40 acres west of Heart Lake Road and 20 acres to the south of Mount Erie recently purchased by the city, among other scattered acres within the forest lands.

While the city owns the forest lands, the conservation easements on 1,680 acres are already held by Skagit Land Trust, which also monitors the property to ensure restrictions are being followed.

For the complete article, click here.

Community Profile: Anacortes

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Anacortes has the enviable reputation as the playground of the Pacific Northwest. Despite its miles of waterfront and forested trails, mountaintop vistas, festivals, charming shops and restaurants, a welcoming community and easy access to adventure beyond, Anacortes remains one of the country’s best-kept secrets.

Anacortes lies equidistant between Seattle, Washington, to the south, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to the north—each about 80 miles away. Located on Fidalgo Island, Anacortes hosts the Washington State Ferries terminal, making it easy to get away for an afternoon or an extended stay to the San Juan Islands or Victoria, B.C.  Although Anacortes boasts all the assets of an island community, residents enjoy the ease and convenience of being connected to the mainland and neighboring Whidbey Island by three picturesque bridges—including the famed Deception Pass Bridge.

Natural attractions include pristine lakes, world class waterways, great scenic vistas, tide pools and beaches, abundant wildlife, and more than 2,800 acres of public forestland. There are also seven local marinas making Anacortes the boating capital of the Pacific Northwest.  Many Anacortes home buyers are first attracted to Anacortes because of the natural beauty of Fidalgo Island, and as they spend more time here they decide they want to purchase Anacortes real estate and make Anacortes their home.

Abundant recreational activities for all ages include boating, whale watching, hiking, kayaking, golf, biking, beach combing, and much more.

Local culture can be found at Anacortes art galleries, language clubs, numerous daily music venues, a three-screen movie theatre, delightful restaurants, and more.

Several major events mark Fidalgo Island community’s annual activities calendar: Waterfront Festival (May), Fourth of July Parade (July), Anacortes Arts Festival (August), Jazz Festival (September), and the Holiday Boat Parade (December). Each, in its own way, reminds us that, while very much connected to the present, Anacortes remains an appealing connection to a slower, simpler way of living.

Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC knows Anacortes! Contact us today for more information and for all of your real estate needs. We can be reached daily at (360) 941-3734 or at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Ten Commandments of Buying a Home

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There are some obvious checklist items that need to be taken care of when buying a home (i.e. getting loan pre-qualification and approval), however there are a few possibly less-obvious things that many new home buyers may not consider.

  • Don’t change or quit your current job while you are in the process of getting a loan or finalizing paper work.
  • Put off other large purchases (i.e. a new car) until after all is said, done, and signed with your new home.
  • Keep credit lines current and don’t miss payments on already existing credit cards or loans.
  • Maintain your savings account.
  • Identify all debt or lines of credit on your loan application.
  • Avoid having other inquiries on your credit before your loan has been approved and you have keys to your new home.
  • Don’t make any large, seemingly random cash deposits into your bank account.
  • Avoid co-signing loans for anyone else, as this will definitely affect your credit “worthiness” in the eyes of loan officers.

Outdoors in Anacortes, WA

Outdoors in Anacortes

Fidalgo Island is a Pacific Northwest treasure possessing many outdoor opportunities that need to be experienced. Because of this, we’ve turned to Experience Anacortes to bring you the best trails and places to visit while spending time outdoors in Anacortes.

Cap Sante Park
Primarily a vista point, this 37 acre forested promontory affords an excellent view of the the marina, the City of Anacortes, March Point, Fidalgo Bay, Mt Baker and the Cascades.
Directions here.

Cranberry Lake Area
This site, found near the city center, is heavily forested and contains Cranberry Lake (approximately 27 acres) and several other small lakes and bogs. The site varies in terrain from flat to steep slopes. An extensive trail system is found in this area.
Directions here.

Heart Lake Area
(off Campbell Lake Road, onto Heart Lake Road)
Formerly a state park, Heart Lake was transferred to the City in 2002, and incorporated into the Anacortes Community Forestlands. The trails here welcome hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers, so be sure to share the trail and keep your eyes open (there are some specifically for hikers only).
Directions here.

Deception Pass State Park
A 4,134 acre marine and camping park with 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three different lakes. Breathtaking views, old growth forests, and abundant wildlife can be seen all over the park.Click here to read the WTA’s hiking guide for Deception Pass State Park, and click here for the Rosario Headlands &Lighthouse Point hiking guide. Kukutali Preserve, also part of Deception Pass State Park, is jointly owned and managed by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, and Washington State Parks. Open for day use only.
Directions here.

Washington Park
This site is located at the very west end of the city on Rosario Strait and contains a wide variety of facilities. The site is divided into two basic parts: a day use area consisting of a boat launch, picnic shelters, restrooms, children’s play equipment and open play area. Overnight camping area consisting of 68 campsites for RVs and tents, with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Only about 41 of the 200 acres are developed but a 2.3 mile paved road runs through the entire park for use by cars, joggers, bicyclists and walkers.
Directions here.

Mount Erie Park
Mt. Erie is a 160 acre Park. At the top of Mt. Erie, elevation 1,270 ft, choose from four viewing areas and be rewarded with spectacular views in every direction. Mt. Erie is, the highest point of Fidalgo Island and is part of the former Anacortes watershed. There is a small parking area and a road to the top of Mt. Erie. Trails from this area lead into a portion of the 1400 plus acres of the Anacortes Forest Lands.
Directions here.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Washington

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What is Carbon Monoxide?
• Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that cannot be seen or smelled and can kill an individual within minutes of contact. Carbon monoxide can quickly build to unsafe levels in enclosed or poorly ventilated areas.

What Are Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
• Initial symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, weakness, confusion and nausea. Low-level carbon monoxide poisoning can include symptoms similar to illnesses such as the flu.
As these may be difficult symptoms to diagnose, they could be a sign of carbon monoxide poisoning if:
o Symptoms go away when you leave your home, and come back when you return.
o Everyone in the home experiences similar symptoms at the same time.

What Should You Do if You Suspect a Carbon Monoxide Leak in Your Home?
• If you suspect a carbon monoxide leak in your home, gather your family outside in the fresh air and immediately call 911.
During power outages, never use charcoal or gas grills indoors or in enclosed spaces. Do not burn charcoal in a fireplace, as charcoal does not produce a draft strong enough to push the carbon monoxide outside.
Never use a generator inside your home, garage, carport, basement, or near an opening into your home while outside. Generators should be kept at least 20 feet from buildings in the hope that airflow will direct carbon monoxide flows away from the home.
Never use a gas range or oven to heat your home and do not sleep in a room using an unvented gas or kerosene heater.

Washington State Law
Washington State law requires carbon monoxide alarms to be installed in new residences. As of January 1, 2013, carbon monoxide alarms are required in existing apartments, condominiums, hotels, motels, and single-family residences (with few exceptions). Owner-occupied single-family residences, legally occupied before July 26th, 2009, are not required to have carbon monoxide alarms until they are sold.

November Activities and Events in Anacortes

November is here in Anacortes, Washington!

Can you believe it’s already November here in Anacortes? This year has seemed to fly by and along with the holiday season comes plenty of things to do in Skagit County, Washington. The Anacortes Community Theater is concluding their 51st season with their final show of the year: “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” With tickets only costing $18, it makes a perfect outing for a fun night. The Anacortes Art Commission has their First Friday Art Walk on November 6th; don’t miss seeing the wonderful work of our local artist community! The “Salish Sea Art Exhibit: Life on the Saanich Peninsula B.C.” will also be featured on the weekend of the 6th at the Anacortes Depot Arts & Community Center.

The Anacortes Art Commission

The 12th annual Brewgrass! event, a mixture of local bluegrass and microbrew lands on the weekend of the 13th and 14th. That Saturday we also have a vintage market at the Port of Anacortes!

November holidays give us the Veteran’s Day ceremony on the 11th with several guest speakers and music from Skagit Swings band and finally, Thanksgiving, on November 26th, brings a plethora of good eats with our locally owned restaurants.

Anacortes is filled with wonderful outdoor activities and events that benefit the community happening throughout the year. Are you new to the area? Want to learn more about our great coastal community? Click Here

If you have an event that’s happening in November or December and would like to be featured in our next ‘Things to Do in Anacortes’, please contact Jean Groesbeck at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or by phone at 360-941-3734 and visit our website at http://anacortesliving.com/

Waterfront Festival 2015

The 26th Annual Waterfront Festival is back in the Anacortes! If you are new to the community, this event is a MUST and includes fun for all ages! The Waterfront Festival is a weekend of fun celebrating the city’s coastal culture and heritage.

The Festival will kick-off June 5, 2015 with a dinner celebrating the eve of the great festivities to come throughout the weekend. The Kick-Off dinner will include Hors d’oeuvres and drinks on the Pier, presentations from local talent that emphasis the communal gathering, Quick’n Dirty Building Judgeship Auction, and music by DJ Mike Jenkins. A wonderfully prepared dinner will be provided by Gere-a-Deli. The Kick-Off dinner will be $45 in advance and $50 at the door, you can purchase tickets online at Port of Anacortes or by phone 360-293-3134.

FREE BOAT RIDES:

Both Saturday June 6 and Sunday June 7 there will be FREE boat rides provided by the Anacortes Yacht Club starting at 10 a.m. get there early and enjoy a ride in the waters around Anacortes! Sign-ups for boat rides start at 9:45 a.m. at the Marina Office.

QUICK’N DIRTY BOAT BUILDING DEMONSTRATION:

Make sure to check out the Quick’n Dirty Boat Building Demonstration on Saturday June 6, there are many fun, quirky, and creative boats that are brought to us by members of the community! The proceeds of this event will help fund the future building and development plans for the Anacortes Small Boat Center.

CAR SHOW:

There will be an All Corvette Car Show and a Custom Classic Car Show at the Festival as well, there are over 50 beautiful cars to enjoy on Saturday June 6.

BLACKJACK SQUADRON FLYOVER:

Saturday June 6 at 5 p.m. there will be a spectacular formation flyover in honor of D-Day and the 26th Anniversary of the Waterfront Festival provided by the BlackJack Squadron!

PLAZA DANCE:

From 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday June 6 at the Depot Plaza there will be a FREE Community Dance. An old tradition of the Anacortes community will include the Fishermen’s Dance, food, and music. Refreshments will be provided and thanks to the Anacortes Brewery you will be able to purchase wine and beer at this event.

Throughout the weekend you will find educational demonstrations and displays where you can learn about boats, the waterfront, and the heritage of our coastal community. The children’s area provides fun and entertainment to the youngsters including, boat building with the Fidalgo Island Rotary, games, and art projects with the Anacortes Arts Festival.

Anacortes is filled with wonderful outdoor activities and events that benefit the community happening throughout the year that are focused on family friendly events. Are you new to the area? We have information about our community of Anacortes!  CLICK HERE to learn about our great coastal community!

We hope to see you all down at the Waterfront Festival!

TrawlerFest 2015

Trawler Fest 2015

TrawlerFest 2015 is HERE in Anacortes! Get ready and geared up to check out the the impressive in-water selection of new and pre-owned cruising powerboats! If you are a cruising enthusiast, this event is not one to miss! TrawlerFest Anacortes is not just a boat show, it is where industry, education, and community come together in a relaxed, rendezvous-type atmosphere!

Join the fun and experience the world of powerboats at the Port of Anacortes and Cap Sante Marina!

Boat Show Hours:

Thursday May 14- Saturday May 16

10 am- 5 pm

Sunday May 17

10 am- 3 pm

Ticket Information:

General Admission- $15 in advance, $18 on site

Seminars (2 hours)- $50 in advance, $60 on site

Experience first-class education, demonstrations, and learn the latest in marine products and services; all while enjoying sharing cruising tales and adventures with fellow cruisers! There are many different seminars that you can sign up for that vary in topics to fit your personal interests, make sure to register for a $10 discount in advance! Each seminar is approximately 2 hours. CLICK HERE to register for seminars!

There is so much to do at this amazing annual event, make sure to check out the Welcome Breakfast, lunches, dinners, cocktail parties, and evening activities! Whether you are a novice or an experienced boater this event provides many opportunities for you to speak with professionals and enjoy the world of cruising!

There will be FREE demos that will be on going during the show. Make sure you don’t miss them!!

Are you in the market for purchasing waterfront property? We have several wonderful homes that might catch your eye, CLICK HERE to view our current listings! For more information on the great boating scene and marina living here in Anacortes, CLICK HERE!