An Island Art Adventure

Drive off the mainland to the scenic island destinations of Camano Island in the Pacific Northwest. Just north of Seattle, a short trip offers locally inspired shops and restaurants, dynamic events fora variety of interests, recreation, and beach combing. Rich history and a healthy dose of local color in all medians are provided by the region’s many artists.

For two consecutive weekends on Camano Island, more than thirty local artists will open their studios and galleries from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the 21st Annual Camano Island Studio Tour.

You’ll be able to visit the artists’ in-home studios and working spaces and share the passion for art while exploring the awe-inspiring nature of the island community.

This unique event will take place on May 10-12 and May 18-19, just in time for Mother’s Day. Many artists offer demonstrations to watch and learn their processes. You will be able to speak with them directly, ask questions, get inspired, purchase gifts, and build or extend your artwork collection. The Studio Tour is free, self-guided, and features only the top artists from the island.

The tour, hosted by the Camano Arts Association (CAA), draws visitors from thousands of miles away, as well as family and friends from around the region. Art mediums include ceramics, fiber and textile wearables, art glass, jewelry, sculpture, pastels, photography, printmaking, collage, and woodworking. Tour maps can be picked up if desired at the island’s Windermere office or downloaded on Camano Studio Tour’s website.

Lodging options on the island range from nationally renowned hotels with farm-to-table dining to secret spots ideal for a quiet retreat. For more information on the 21st Annual Camano Island Studio Tour, lodging, and event calendars, visit


A Day of Pampering at Point Ruston

Situated on the picturesque Commencement Bay waterfront, Point Ruston is the perfect place for a day of pampering for your mom, your girlfriends or just yourself. Whether you have a special day to celebrate or just need a day to kick back and relax, you’ll find everything you could need nestled together in this growing resort-like destination.

Start your day by enjoying a mimosa and the stunning view at Wild-Fin American Grill. This Northwest original boasts a locally sourced menu and offers a terrific weekend brunch. After fueling up, get ready to explore some of the unique specialty shops. Blush, Purpose Boutique, and Rebels & Lovers are all stocked with this spring’s hottest fashion trends.

If you need to freshen up your home décor, don’t miss TREE. From modern and contemporary furniture, to rustic and vintage pieces sourced from around the world, there’s always something uniquely beautiful to see at TREE.

Get your afternoon coffee at Anthem or the Jewel Box, two adorable cafes with plenty of delicious treats. Enjoy a stroll along the walking path that connects Point Ruston to the waterfront parks all the way to Tacoma’s Old Town. Or stay put and take in a movie at Point Ruston’s Galaxy theaters.

Make sure to leave time to stop in for spa treatments at Pink Polish and The Intaglio Salon, where you can enjoy an exceptional manicure, pedicure or salon experience that will have you relaxed and looking fantastic.

Finally, take a quick peek at the farmers market stalls and pick up some tasty seasonal treats and a beautiful bouquet to grace your home and remind you of your delightful day at Point Ruston.


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