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Area Info & Attractions
Lummi Island is the hidden gem of the San Juan Islands. No matter where you choose to stay on the island, you will go home feeling refreshed and relaxed. On the east side --experience a beautiful sunrise stretching beyond picturesque Bellingham Bay and over the Cascade Mountains and Mount Baker-sip a cup of coffee or tea as you watch the pleasure boats sail through Hales Passage. On the west side-sit back, relax and watch the gorgeous sunsets over Georgia Strait, views of Orcas Island and the intermittent passing of ships which will lull you into a state of perfect tranquility. No matter which side you choose, the views will be breathtaking, the wildlife will capture your heart and the fresh island air will invigorate your soul.

See also: Groceries on Lummi Island and Dining On Lummi Island


Activities

Biking/Walking
The Island is the perfect place to walk and cycle. On the north side of the island starting at the ferry dock there is a seven mile loop were you can view the water for the majority of the time and also Hales Passage, Point Migley, Seal Rock, Orcas Island, and several of the smaller islands. Chances are you will pass a deer or two grazing in the forest. This loop is mainly level with some moderate inclines.

The Lummi Island Heritage Trust purchased several properties. The Oppenheimer property is located just past Seacrest Road along Nugent Rd. The property features marsh plants and birds. Access is by foot along the Oppenheimer's house.

The Otto Farm is a 70 acre farm property. Go south from the ferry dock and take a left on Sunrise Rd., count 5 driveways on the left side and park at the entry. There is no sign but you are welcome to walk the trails and view the complex ecosystem.

The Curry Property is another farm which was developed by a Lummi Island "pioneer". The terrain varies from field to wetland and has nice views to the east.

For off-island hiking, the county offers trails to suit a variety of skill levels. Mount Baker is a good area to hike especially in the fall with all the fall colors and views of Mt. Shuksun and the alpine meadows of Mt. Baker. Stop by the Ranger Station in Glacier to check trail accessibility.

* Bike Rentals are available on a first come basis. Please indicate on your reservation if this is a service you wish and if there are children, the ages.


Kayaking/Boating
Kayaking and boating around the island is a pastime enjoyed by many. Kayaking hourly instructions and daytrips are available July through August through Elakah! Expeditions. This guided tour is based on the island and includes lunch and 6 hours of kayaking. Customized trip packages are also available. www.elakah.com or (800)4334-7270

When bringing your own kayak or renting one, go to the SE side of the island which has a designated beach side campsite near Reil Harbor. It is on the state's Cascadia Marine Trail which is a managed water trail that extends from Olympia to Vancouver, B.C. Lummi Rocks, on the island's west side is a lovely place to stop and rest.



Bird Watching
Soaring high over head many eagles make Lummi Island home. The island is a haven for the Great Blue Heron, Cranes, Puffin, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Flicker, Pileated and Downey Woodpeckers, Swallow, Steller's jay, Chickadee, Nuthatch, Wren and many other species. There are also numerous seabirds, ducks and geese. There are common loons, barn owls, great horned owls, screech owls, harlequins, swans and more. Take the time to look and listen. Don't forget your bird guide, camera and binoculars.


Casino
The Silver Reef Casino owned by the Lummi Indian Nation is located approximately seven miles from the mainland ferry dock. There are both slot machines and game tables.


Groceries on Lummi Island

The Islander
The Islander is the only grocery store on Lummi Island. It features all typical items needed for food preparation and has expanded to include frozen fish. There is no fresh meat sold. You can also rent a movie, get a fresh cup of coffee and enjoy the locally baked bread and sweet rolls.


The Farmers Market
The market is open in the summer on Saturday mornings usually from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. It is located next to The Islander grocery store. The market provides locally grown fresh vegetables most of which are organically grown. You can also find fresh baked goods, locally caught fresh fish and island grown flowers.


Leo's Live Seafood
Located at 4098 Legoe Bay Road you can find live seafood. Spot prawns are always a winner and reef net salmon when available is a real treat. Leo's is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday or call (360) 758-7318.


Three Pheasant Farm
If you miss the Farmers Market you can always go to the Three Pheasant Farm. Farmer Chuck keeps outdoor refrigerated units stock full of seasonal produce. You might see Chuck around but if not payment is on the honor system with a basket located on one of the tables. The farm is located at 2265 Tuttle Lane and is open in the summer and fall.


Nettles Farm & Kitchen
This is a certified organic farm. Recognized not only on the island but the mainland as well, this family owned farm not only produces fresh vegetables but gourmet pastas, ravioli and pesto, eggs and chickens. Look for them at the Farmers Market on Saturday mornings and at 'The Islander' grocery store.


Dining On Lummi Island

The Willows Inn The Willows Inn
Looking for a top rate dining experience while viewing the sunsets over Rosario Straits & the San Juan Islands, then come to The Willows. Their chef, Craig Miller, prepares wonderful menus using the finest farm fresh and local foods available. The Willows also stocks fine wines.

Open Memorial Day Weekend through October with dinners in the main dining room, Thursday through Sunday nights 6:00 to 8:30 pm. November to Memorial Day dinners Friday through Sunday nights 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Spot Prawns and Pizza on the Deck May through August Sundays 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Located at 2579 West Shore Drive, Lummi Island, WA 98262. For reservations call 360-758-2620 or toll free 1-888-294-2620.


Taproot Espresso Bar & Pub Taproot Espresso Bar & Pub
Lunch and dinner in a more casual setting, their menu includes fresh local organic foods in season such as Nettles Farm chicken, pasta and produces as well as spot prawn in season, Dungeness crab and reef net salmon. They have 20 different bottled beers and three on tap.

Open May through September 11 am. to 7pm. daily and 9pm. on weekends. October through April – closed Wednesday and Thursday. Located in the lower level of The Willows Inn.



The Beach Store Cafe The Beach Store Cafe
Steps from the ferry dock it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are noted for their pizzas made in a WOODSTOVE open hearth oven and their ingredients are local. They have 6 micro brews on tap and a nice wine selection. Many of their items can be taken out. Open every day from 9 am. To 9 pm. in summer. Open Wednesday through Friday 11 am. to 9 pm. in winter and 9am. to 9 pm. on weekends. Located just north of the ferry dock. 360-758-2233.


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