Vibe: Life-size Victorian dollhouse
Finest Feast: The homemade pastas and seasonal produce at Finistère lure Seattle folks onto a ferry.
Newest Novelties: A new summer arts and music festival at Fort Worden, Thing, moved to replace Sasquatch; the Olympic Discovery Trail, a bike route that will eventually stretch across the entire peninsula, gains miles every year.
Vibe: Vikings, but for kids
Newest Novelties: The Kitsap Peninsula’s own Little Norway got the brand-new multi-business Centennial building last year. It houses Crabtree Kitchen and Bar, an eatery dishing local beef, plus a high-end liquor store and artisanal chocolate shop ChocMo. Beats lutefisk tacos (the town has those too).
Vibe: If Maine had orcas
Finest Feast: Friday Harbor House boasts bird's-eye views of incoming ferries, an outdoor raw bar, and a chef who once cooked at the famed Willows Inn.
Newest Novelties: The seaside town’s Coho Restaurant earned attention for nixing salmon from the menu in solidarity with hungry orcas in 2018.
Vibe: Lumberjack central with good coffee
Newest Novelties: It’s been decades since the kooky CBS dramedy drew the Hollywood spotlight here; these days the town is best known for outdoor recreation—the recently relaunched Ride Roslyn Bikes even rents fat-tire ones good on snow. The new Hotel Roslyn opened in May with 10 rooms, and Bord and Pillar Pet Spa debuted last spring with hot oil and hydrotherapy treatments…for dogs.