Friday, April 1, 2011

Lodgings and How to Get There

Poulsbo: Small Family Wedding, June 4

(In 1886, Scandinavian settlers intended to name the town Paulsbo – Paul’s Place – after a Norwegian village. The authorities in Washington DC miss-transcribed the name, and it ended up with its present name, which is still pronounced as if it were Paul’s Bo.)

The special family wedding will be at the home of Jeff & Amanda Cain, Jay’s cousins:

2703 NW Finn Hill Road,
Poulsbo, Washington

Places to stay

Houses (Careful - many have 3 night minimum stay!) 


The Poulsbo Inn:

Beds and Breakfasts

Lopez Island: The Big Ceremony, June 11


The Big Wedding will be held at 241 Eagles Roost Lane, on Lopez Island, Washington. This is the home of George and Kay Keeler, who are Cait’s godparents and dear family friends. See the map below.

Getting there

If you live in Seattle, you already know how to get to Anacortes; it's about a ninety-minute drive north. Take the Ferry to Lopez Island. Check here for the Spring Schedule which will be in effect in June. There are seven delightful, restful crossings a day. Follow their guidelines for getting to the ferry early.

(If you are flying in, you’ll land in Seatac airport, and then either rent a car or take an airporter to Anacortes. The airporter takes 2½ hours to get to Anacortes. Public transit is also an option. Contact us if you want more specifics!) 

Our goal is to make coming up car-free as painless as possible. Certain hotels (see below) give you free parking in Anacortes and meet you at the Lopez Ferry; there will also be carpools. Contact us if you'd like to bring folks from Seattle, or would like a ride!

Directions on Lopez Island

If you are on foot, just relax and enjoy the sound of the seagulls and wait for the shuttle (either our cars or the shuttle from one of the island's hotles). If you have a car, then drive off the ferry, go 2.1 miles on Ferry Road. Continue on Fisherman Bay Road for 5 miles. Turn Right at Airport Road and go 0.4 miles. Take the first left on Shark Reef Road and go 0.7 miles. Look for signs to the wedding!


There are many great places for visitors to stay on the island. We are recommending these two for people who want to stay in hotel-like settings. Both are convenient, and both will meet you at the ferry if you come without a car.

the Lopez Islander Bay Resort has a selection of rooms ranging from $109 to $169. They have free parking in Anacortes so you can park there, walk on to the ferry, call them from the ferry when you can see Lopez, and they will be waiting there for you in their shuttle when you get to the island. Now, that’s nice! They are holding a block of fifteen rooms for us until May 9. Please make your reservation as soon as possible, tell them it is for Cait and Jay’s wedding. 800 736 3434

The Edenwild Inn also has a few rooms available from $170 to $195. If you are reserving with them, please call them soon. 800-606-0662, 

And, Lopez Village Properties has several of houses to rent. Check them out and talk to Barbara Pickering.

But there are lots of other places available, at different prices. Almost every place that visitors can stay on the Island is listed on the Chamber of Commerce website. They have three bed & breakfasts, three camp sites, 17 “private lodgings”, and one big hotel,

Another source, that probably overlaps with the Chamber of Commerce website, is VRBO – Vacation Rentals by Owner – lists 18 houses on Lopez Island. Most rent by the day. Some are very large and can sleep a lot of people. (Don’t try to rent #158307 because that’s the house where the wedding is taking place!)

The Wedding House is about in the middle of the Island, and most of the places to stay are between it and the ferry landing. The farthest you could be away would be a fifteen-minute drive – it’s a small island. But nearer is better: if you call people, tell them you’ll be going to a home near the airport, and ask how far it is.


We’ll be posting some phone numbers before the wedding for last-minute info. Please check back here.

Also, there is a free Lopez Island iPhone app that “provides information about local businesses, farm information, recreational opportunities and ferry schedules”. And, here’s a travel guide to Lopez Island: Cool!

As always, write to if you have questions or concerns, or need more info.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Jay and Cait,

    We are very happy that you are getting married. I am working on some artwork for you.