The Camano Island Studio Tour began today celebrating an impressive 20 YEARS. The sun is shining and you can feel the excitement in the air (and the increased traffic!). Here at Discover Stanwood-Camano we want to save you hassle of “next year we will know…” This Insiders Guide to the Camano Studio Tour will guarantee a great visit!
The guide to your adventure visiting artists – download online or pick up a guide at various locations throughout Stanwood and Camano Island. Here are some tips and suggestions to make your visit a smashing success!
Pacific Northwest 101 – Dress in layers & wear comfortable shoes to explore our beaches & parks while you are here. Map out your route of artists to see – and plan another day to visit, it is a lot to cover in just one day.
Grab a cup of locally roasted coffee at The Camano Island Coffee Roaster and perhaps a scone from the French Bakery inside. If you are beginning your day near Cama Beach – you will not regret breakfast at the Cama Beach Cafe (call ahead 360-387-3266 for a reservation!)
Now that the coffee has hit and you have stayed hydrated while visiting artists and hiking – you need to use the bathroom! Windermere Real Estate graciously opens all of their locations as the “official restroom” of the Studio Tour!
While you are here you might as well do some shopping! In addition to some of our great vintage stores on the Island you will also be sure to find some great treasures in Historic Stanwood – stop by Laurie’s, Doilies 2 Doorknobs, Ladders, and grab a Mother’s Day bouquet from Island Floral! Speaking of flowers – there are a lot of plant sales on the island during the tour – and the CASA Plant & Bake Sale (Sat. 5/12) will benefit our local animal shelter!
DON’T GET HANGRY!
Looking at all of that beautiful art sure makes you hungry! There are an abundance of options for your lunch or dinner- whether you want to pack a picnic or eat out.
- Pack A Picnic – stop by The Camano Plaza IGA for picnic staples or visit The Picnic Pantry in Stanwood where they will fill your baskets with scrumptious meat and cheese selections or a charcuterie board to go!
- Take it on the Road – The Utsalady Ladies Aid boasts “The BEST Turkey Sandwich” and will serve take out or eat in from 11:30-2:30 on May 11th, 12th, 19th & 20th. Visit them at 78 Utsalady Road and be sure to ask about the history of “Utsalady.” Huntington’s Corner Grocery Store is an option to grab some snacks for the road.
- Restaurant Options: If you are on the North End of the Island you could stop by Crow’s Nest for traditional American Style eats, Camano Commons offers multiple options with Naked City Brewing, Hodgepodge (crepes and tacos), and Brooklyn Bros Pizza all within walking distance of each other. Pub 282 is in the IGA Plaza where you can also swing by REMAX Associate Brokers or the Camano Island Visitor Center for additional information about the area after filling your belly! Finding yourself mid island and starving? Kara’s Kitchen at Elger Bay Grocery has some great sandwiches & pizza.
- In Stanwood there are some great Mexican options such as Ixtapa or Dos Reales (you can also find Dos Reales serving lunch at the Mabana Fire Station on Camano from 11-4 on the first weekend of the tour only!) The Stanwood Grill has happy hour and dinner options but make sure you grab dessert from Stanwood Cupcakes first (they close at 5).
IT’S 5:00 SOMEWHERE
Camano is proud to have two local wineries – Dusty Cellars and Edward Lynne Cellars – who have extended hours for the Studio Tour (see their ads in the booklet.) Naked City Brewery is a great option for beer lovers and has the Camano Island signature Easy Island Ale on tap.
The Camano Island Chamber of Commerce is happy to help you plan your next trip to Camano Island! Give them a call at 360-629-7136 or visit www.camanoisland.org. While the Studio Art Tour only happens once a year, this area is packed full of fun things to do – make sure to visit DiscoverStanwoodCamano.com to stay up to date on all activities in our area.