Washington May 24, 2018
7 Tiny Towns In Washington That Come Alive In The Summertime
No matter which part of Washington you call home, summertime is amazing — that’s the beauty of living in a state that truly experiences all four seasons. That being said, there are a few spots that feel especially magical during the sunnier months. These are seven of them.
Whidbey Island is a picturesque and all-around pleasant place. But the little waterfront town of Langley is especially magical on a warm summer day, when patio dining and beach walks beckon.
2. Cle Elum
Lively is not a word most would use to describe this little mountain town, but between the annual Pioneer Days event in early July, the summer concerts at Suncadia, and the abundance of outdoor adventures in the area, that's exactly what it becomes when the weather warms up.
3. Bainbridge Island
Taking the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island is somewhat of a rite of passage for Washingtonians. And since the walkable downtown area has a lot of outdoor amenities, it's best to go in the summer.
The truth is, Leavenworth is lively in every season -- in fact, it's considered one of the top Christmas villages in the country. But spending a warm summer day wandering from shop to shop is nothing short of enchanting, not to mention the outdoor festivals you'll see nearly every weekend.
5. Long Beach
Long Beach doesn't have the sunshine, warmth, and general vibe of other coastal towns that are a bit farther south -- except in the summertime, when the weather is often amazing and the International Kite Festival draws the crowds.
6. Friday Harbor
The San Juan Islands are an ideal getaway destination for many a Washingtonian, and not just in the summer. But if you go during the sunny season, you'll find Friday Harbor to be especially charming. The Pirate and Wooden Ships Festival kicks off the start of summer, and the 4th of July celebration is second to none.
Obviously, summer is the best time to enjoy water sports at lakeside lounging in Chelan. But the classic car shows, arts festivals, wine walks, and the Chelan Evening Farmers Market make spending time in town worthwhile as well.
Summer is fast approaching, and we couldn’t be more excited. If you’re still working on your plans, our
Washington summer bucket list can help.