How to Plan a Weekend Vacation in Edison, Washington

Farm-sourced beers and baked goods, a world-class collection of art galleries, and picturesque views of Samish Bay are just a few of the reasons to visit this small Pacific Northwest town.

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AndEven if you live in the Pacific Northwest, there’s a chance the small town of Edison, Washington, just 90 miles north of Seattle, hasn’t got on your radar yet. However, the one-street town, tucked between Samish Bay and Skagit Valley’s miles of farmland, has plenty of reasons to visit: a collection of well-curated art galleries and shops, an abundance of nearby farm stalls to explore. and more than a couple of top-notch places to eat and drink, many of which are sourced from nearby ingredients.

Whether you’ve heard of old Edison or not, here’s why you should set your sights on this eclectic city for your next weekend from Seattle, along with things to do, places to stay and where to eat.

Where sleeping in Edison

The Smith and Vallee Gallery Guest House is decorated by artists, overlooks Samish Bay and is centrally located.

While there are no hotels in Edison, there are a handful of cozy vacation rentals to choose from in and around the city.

Airbnb Smith and Vallee

Local art gallery Smith and Vallee also has three Airbnb rentals in Edison, all conveniently located in a house between the hosts art gallery and the Terramar Brewstillery on Main Street. The three rental houses – Smith and Vallee Guest House (sleeps 6), Gallery House (sleeps 4) and Boat House (sleeps two) – are located on their own floor of a large house, each with their own private entrance. However, they all share an outdoor space, which includes a large lawn and a cozy fireplace, and can be rented together if you have a large group. As you might expect from an Airbnb run by a team of artists and creators, all three are beautiful inside and out, with custom lockers and artwork made by the Smith and Vallée team and views of the nearby San Juan Islands.

Blanchard mountain farm

For a more natural experience, book a stay at the Blanchard Mountain Guest House, a five-minute drive from downtown Edison. While guests will enjoy plenty of privacy, the home is located on Blanchard Mountain Farm, an organic farm run by husband-wife duo Walter Brodie and Linda Versage, complete with farm stand and a classroom for those who want to learn more about agriculture. It also happens to be a great spot for bird watching, according to the owners.

Where to eat and drink in Edison

Grab a pizza and beer made by Terramar, a distillery committed to sourcing local ingredients and supporting the community.

Begin your Edison food adventure at the bakery, Bread farm, which has been making artisan desserts, bread and, dare we say, some of the best tarts outside Paris for over 20 years. But they’re not just big bakers: Breadfarm also supplies local ingredients, such as Cairnspring Mills flour, as often as possible and promotes community fundraising efforts. Since you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu that changes every day, we recommend that you ask for the one that’s freshly baked. You will not regret.

For a more substantial breakfast, locals love French toast and classic dinner Edison coffee.

Come at lunchtime, take a seat in the garden a Tweet Cafe (open Saturday and Sunday; cash only) for a seasonal menu of sandwiches and salads. Light Mediterranean-inspired dishes (sandwiches, caprese salads and canned fish) and an excellent selection of wines are available next to the Slough fooda bar / shop that also sells many local foods and products.

For lunch and dinner, the large courtyard and the dining room Terramar Brewery it’s a popular spot for craft beers, ciders, and pizza. Committed to sourcing local ingredients, it brews beers from grains grown and malted in the Skagit Valley, cider from nearby apple orchards and single malt whiskey, vodka and gin from local barley growers, resulting in some dangerously delicious drinks. “There aren’t many places in the world where you can still source all your ingredients locally of exceptional quality,” says owner Chris Barker. In addition, he supports the community by regularly raising funds and minimizing food waste. His “dozen dog treats,” for example, are made with leftover pizza dough and sold for a donation that goes to a different charity each month.

In the evening, Edison’s pillars include the Longhornan Old West-style saloon and tavern, and the Old Edison, which turns out to be a pub classic with a local twist (think: burgers made with local beef, Breadfarm sandwiches, and Golden Glen Creamery cheese; clam strips; and some of the best fried oysters around). It’s also the place to be in town if you’re looking for nightlife (live music, shuffleboard, and a full bar). Top it all off with a nightcap at Terramar’s evening speakeasy.

Things to do in Edison

Begin your farm tour with Taylor Shellfish Farm, a 15-minute drive north of Edison.

Go to the farm

The area surrounding Edison is home to farms that produce fruits, vegetables, seafood, meats, and cheeses that can be found throughout the United States. (The now ubiquitous Cascadian Farm brand was founded in the Skagit Valley.) Of course, it’s best to sample them straight from one of the valley’s many farms and stalls.

First, go family-owned Taylor Shellfish’s Samish Oyster Bar and Shellfish Market a few miles north on scenic Chuckanut Drive. Taylor Shellfish is best known for its oysters (after all, it has been breeding them since the 1890s), but it has also expanded into the farming of mussels, geoducks, and other crustaceans. At its location in Samish Bay (it has several throughout Washington), sit down for a lunch of freshly shelled oysters and smoked fish before popping into the market to pick up fresh fillets for dinner.

Back in the Bow-Edison area, pass Bow Hill Blueberry Farm where you can pick (you guessed it) blueberries in the summer. All year round, stop by his farm shop or book a farm tour (advance booking required), to learn more about the property, its ecosystem, and anything else your crew might be interested in.

Complete your Skagit Valley farm tour with a stop at the cheese shop Samish Bay cheese to stock up on its award-winning organic cheese, yogurt and kefir. Although he has suspended catering at his coffee shop due to COVID-19, there are a few tables outside for makeshift picnics. For even more dairy treats, it’s also worth visiting Harmony Fields, a sheep farm that sells cheese, yarn and other sheep products, and the Golden Glen Creamery (only open Monday through Friday but you can find its products for sale at near Slough Food).

Explore shops and art galleries

For decades, Edison has attracted artists and creatives from all over the region, both as visitors and as permanent residents, which give the city a sense of liveliness, especially on weekends. Explore the city’s creative legacy by visiting one (or more) of the city’s art galleries and shops:

  • eg: Managed by Edison artist and longtime resident Margy Lavelle, eg. showcases artwork from a rotating roster of local and regional artists in part of the old Edison Eye building, once home to the Edison Eye Gallery (one of Edison’s original, but now retired, artistic enclaves).

  • Hedgerow: Visit this small shop on the edge of town for an ever-changing selection of contemporary and vintage art, clothing, homewares and other items.

  • Lucky Dumpster: Discover a variety of handmade items by local artists, such as pottery and wooden furniture, for sale at Lucky Dumpster.

  • Indigo Dreams: Find artistic fabrics, like hand-dyed tunics and felted landscapes, at the Indigo Dreams Fiber Shop, run by artist Janeen Doi and housed in Edison’s old red and white firehouse.

  • Smith and Vallee: Located in a historic school, Smith and Valle is a contemporary art gallery that displays works by a range of artists and provides monthly demonstrations and lectures. It also has a rotating collection of large outdoor sculptures next to the gallery, making it a must shop.

How to reach Edison

By car, take Interstate 5 North and follow signs for Bellingham. The trip takes approximately 75 minutes (traffic free) from Seattle.

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