Get out of town and eat (and/or drink!) some really good stuff.
Hama Hama Oyster Saloon
The Hama Hama Co. oyster farm is on an almost unbearably scenic stretch of Hood Canal, and its outdoor Oyster Saloon is completely charming. The afternoon you spend here eating shellfish and drinking cold beer might be the best all summer. It’s a small, family-run operation, so if you’re bringing more than five people, they’d love it if you called ahead.
35846 N. U.S. Highway 101, Lilliwaup, Mason County; 360-877-5811 or hamahamaoysters.com
The tiny town of Edison is adorable, and Slough Food will provide you with the perfect locally sourced picnic, including cheese from farms you can practically see from there.
766 Cains Court, Edison, Skagit County; 360-766-4458 or sloughfood.com
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The hourlong ferry ride from Seattle to Bremerton is a lovely one, made even lovelier by the fact that this world-class bakery now awaits. Pastry chef Matt Tinder has worked at Michelin-starred restaurants, and his baked goods are truly phenomenal. Note: They close at 1 p.m. (or sometimes earlier, if everything gets snapped up).
245 Fourth St., Bremerton; 415-828-0517 or saboteurbakery.com
Mora Iced Creamery
The stellar ice cream here, made with exquisite care, has been praised by Food & Wine and many, many more, and they really, truly want you to taste as many flavors as you like before choosing. Bonus: The Bainbridge and Kingston branches are just a summer’s-day stroll from a ferry dock.
Bainbridge Island, Kingston and Poulsbo, moraicecream.com
Finnriver Farm & Cidery
Walk around this lovely farm between Port Townsend and Port Gamble until you’re thirsty, then drink their excellent cider in their pretty tasting room or their presumably idyllic new cider garden (and they sometimes also have reportedly great pizza).
142 Barn Swallow Road, Chimacum, Jefferson County; 360-732-4337 or finnriver.com