Welcome to Lopez Island
Don’t be startled on your first visit to Lopez Island when people wave to you from their cars. This is “the Friendly Isle”—15 miles long with 63 miles of shoreline and 2,500 year-round residents. The Lopez landscape blends forests with rolling farmlands, quiet bays and driftwood-strewn beaches with distant views of mountain ranges and snow-tipped Mount Baker. Lopez Village offers quaint cafes and restaurants, a bookstore, galleries, a historical museum, a library and other shops.
Lopez’s natural beauty and quality of life have attracted a variety of residents—artists, craftspeople, entrepreneurs, musicians, farmers, fishermen and nature lovers. Scandinavian farmers arrived here in the 1850s, drawn by the island’s gentle topography, and Lopez Island farms today raise an eclectic range of products, from sheep to llamas, wine grapes to apples, pears to kiwis.
Lopez is perfect for travelers looking to disconnect from the distractions of urban living. Leave the more common creature comforts at home and enjoy the simplicity of island life. You will find plenty of opportunities for beach walking, hiking, bird watching, kayaking, reading and relaxing. You won't find rental cars or public transportation, stoplights, mopeds, a movie theater or a shopping mall.
It's a quiet, peaceful life on Lopez - perfect for the self-directed visitor. Stroll through the beaches and trails of the State and County Parks or visit the nationally recognized library. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a day at Spencer Spit State Park - a 138-acre marine and camping park. Look back in history with a trip to the Historical Society Museum or the restored Port Stanley Schoolhouse. On Lopez, you can do as much or as little as you wish.
Voices of the Islands - Lopez Island - Ferry Captain Donna
Lopez Island offers you a whole world of choice when it comes to where you stay. Private cabins overlooking the water, hotels in the middle of town, cozy B&Bs tucked away in pastoral loveliness, its all here, offering you different atmospheres and opportunities to enjoy your island getaway.
Hiking, kayaking, cycling and boating are all favorite activities on Lopez Island. You can also visit Lopez Village for a great espresso or delicious locally grown food. Visit a farm, hear great music or just wander the many beautiful beaches on this tranquil island.