Anacortes, Washington is located on Fidalgo Island, eastern-most of the San Juan Archipelago and with easy access via bridge to the mainland. The island is just over 41 square miles, almost half of which is public park and recreational lands and waters.
Downtown Anacortes remains full of small town charm. There are excellent restaurants and antique stores tucked into historic buildings. A seasonal farmers market takes place at the old train depot and art lovers gather at galleries and stores for the First Friday Art Walk each month.
In the center of all this charm and history is a beautifully restored four-story boutique hotel. The Majestic Inn and Spa offers 52 guest rooms ranging from a standard queen Studio Rooms to the elegant Majestic Suite. All Majestic rooms and suites provide a partial or full view of the Guemes Channel, the San Juan Islands, Mt. Baker, Historic Downtown Anacortes, Fidalgo Bay, and/or the Cap Sante Marina, and come appointed with all the stylish amenities one would expect from an upscale boutique hotel. On the second floor, you’ll find The Apothecary Spa offering a wide range of enticing spa packages.
I had the pleasure of staying in an Imperial Room on a fourth-floor corner with views all around. I could watch the sunset in the distance and enjoy the warmly lighted street scene below as people gathered in local brewpubs. The king-sized bed was comfortable and the upscale bathroom offered a soothing tub, bathrobes and high- end toiletries.
You’ll be intrigued by the history of the inn. It was formerly the McNaught Building. In 1904, a team of horses rolled it on logs to its present location after the owners realized the center of commerce was going to be in that location, not where the building was originally constructed.
The building housed a large mercantile company and was converted to a hotel in 1983. Despite a fire that caused the Majestic to need major repairs and renovations the current beautiful hotel and spa still retains the character of early Anacortes. The light-filled bar and dining room is known for farm to table Northwest cuisine.
When enjoying a First Friday Art Walk earlier in the year, I found out that the 5th Street Bistro, right off the lobby, offers an excellent Happy Hour menu. On my more recent visit, a friend and I made Happy Hour our dinner and all our expectations were met.
Happy Hour takes place afternoons from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday/Saturday 9 p.m. to Midnight. The excellent Happy Hour menu ranges from salads and stuffed mushrooms for $5.00 to a marvelous Calamari served with cocktail and Remoulade sauce for $7.00. The Majestic has a full bar, signature cocktails, and happy hour wines for only $5.00. Try the “Naughty Schoolgirl,” Pama Pomegranate Liqueur, 360 Raspberry Vodka, lemon juice and a splash of Sprite. The restaurant has a good selection of Washington wines.
We started with salads. I had a fresh, crisp Caesar and my friend tried the equally fresh garden salad. We agreed that the salads were entrée sized and for only $5. We then ordered $9 “entrees.” She tried the Steak Bites, beef tenderloin sautéed with mushrooms, garlic and onions. And I decided on the Sauteed Garlic Shrimp with large, tender shrimp sautéed in garlic, spices and spritzed with lime juice. I definitely recommend the shrimp!
We were full after just two dishes but decided that we really should try a dessert. We opted to share a seasonal berry pie with rich creamy vanilla ice cream. It was an excellent choice.
The bistro offers an elegant dinner menu and features an early three-course dinner for only $25. In warmer weather, there is rooftop dining. We shall return!
After dinner, we took the elevator to the fourth floor and then climbed a small staircase to the cupola for a 360 degree view of Anacortes and the San Juan Islands.. a fitting end to a relaxing evening.
The Majestic Inn is located in an area where you will be enticed to take a stroll. Visit the shops and boutiques on Commercial Street or walk a few blocks over to enjoy the marina.
For more information on what to see and do in Anacortes, visit Anacortes Visitors Information.
Note: As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary accommodations and meal for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.