Day Trip To Lummi Island

If the sea beckons you, consider a day trip to the lovely and secluded Lummi Island. While primarily a residential paradise, there are activities that make this hidden gem well worth the trip for a day’s adventure.

The Lummi Island ferry departs from Gooseberry Point along the coast of the Lummi Indian reservation, a forty-minute drive from Oostema Farmstead. Once on the open-air car ferry, you are only a five-minute ride from the island. Many people opt to bike around Lummi Island, as there is not a lot of traffic and plenty of beauty to absorb, so consider biking onto the ferry instead.

 

Lummi Island is small, measuring only nine-square miles, but it is bursting with natural beauty and accommodating people. Unfortunately, there are only a few businesses, so don’t expect a shopping day on your adventure. But do make plans to eat while visiting.

 

The Willows is home to nationally acclaimed local cuisine. There are a lot of seafood delicacies on the menu, including smoked mussels and Dungeness crab ceviche. Be sure to verify dining times and menu options when making your reservation.

If a picnic is more to your liking, you can easily pick up some ready to eat food and picnic essentials at The Islander store. You may also want to browse their charming gift section to search for treasures and souvenirs.

Sunset Beach is a public beach that is located on the west side of the island, near the Willow Inn. There is plenty of parking and a nice stretch of beach where you can enjoy the surroundings and your lunch. Be sure to pack a blanket or some lawn chairs and keep an eye out for Orca whale pods that have been spotted off the coast.

 

There are also plenty of hiking opportunities on Lummi Island. The Lummi Island Heritage Trust maintains three preserves that are sure to delight anyone looking to get in touch with nature. The Curry and Otto Preserves offer easy walking trails that wind through fields and forests. The Baker Preserve is a rigorous trail that spans 3.2 miles up Lummi Mountain. The reward is a breathtaking view and a good workout. But leave the dogs at home, as Baker is not a pet-friendly space.

 

If you plan the time of your visit just right, you might be able to partake in one of several artist open house events that are planned throughout the year. The island is home to many professional artists. Be sure to check out the hidden gem, Sculpture Woods, while visiting.

 

Lummi is a small island and hours of operation for their businesses and services are subject to change and may be seasonal. The ferry schedule also varies depending on the day that you visit, so be sure to keep track of your departure time. And when you are done with your adventure, be sure to enjoy the views of Mt. Baker and the Twin Sister mountains on your ferry ride back to the mainland.

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