There’s never a dull moment in Seattle, and this is true whether you’re in the heart of downtown or exploring the outlying areas of the city. When Seattleites want a change of scenery, they often take to the water to visit one of the many islands that are just a short ferry trip away. With so many breathtaking getaways near Seattle, we at Cyrene understand that it can be hard to decide where you should head to when you make your next day trip escape. Luckily, our Seattle waterfront apartments are located just minutes from the city’s busiest ferry terminal, so we’re well informed on not only which shores are easy get to, but also which ones are loads of fun.

Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island may be a small town, but it certainly packs a punch of art and culture among the San Juans. Downtown, which is just a 10-minute walk from the ferry terminal, is home to amazing art galleries, tasting rooms, and shopping and dining options.

Bainbridge Island near Seattle Waterfront Apartments

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The island boasts seven wineries, and a brewery and distillery, all of which are easy to get to by car or bike. There’s also plenty of impressive hiking and biking trails all over the Island. Our residents often easily walk the half-mile from their Seattle waterfront apartments to the ferry terminal at Colman Dock.

Lopez Island

Lopez Island is affectionately known as both “Slow-pez” and “The Friendly Isle” since it’s a great spot for relaxing, and you’re guaranteed to get neighborly waves from the locals as you make your way around the island. If you’re looking for a peaceful, laid-back setting for your day trip, Lopez is where you want to be.

Lopez Island from Downtown Seattle

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There are plenty of scenic woodlands, beaches, pastures, and orchards to admire while you’re hiking or biking.

Vashon-Maury Island

Vashon-Maury is actually two islands that are connected via an isthmus. The ferry ride showcases stunning Puget Sound views and is accessible via West Seattle, which is about 20 minutes from Cyrene’s Seattle waterfront apartments.

Vashon-Maury Island

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With several beachy and woodsy trails, Vashon-Maury is an optimal spot for hiking, biking and admiring stunning natural views.


Like Bainbridge, the Bremerton Ferry docks at Colman, so if you happen to live in downtown Seattle apartments, it’s super easy to catch. Bremerton offers some cool shopping and dining options, but what it’s known for is its rich maritime history.

 Bremerton Ferry docks at Colman

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One major attraction is the Bremerton Boardwalk, which is home to the USS Turner Joy, a retired Navy destroyer that was converted from warship to floating museum. There’s also the naval museum, Illahee State Park, and and a tone more!

Port Orchard

It’s possible to drive to Port Orchard from our Seattle waterfront apartments, but keep in mind that it will add 40 miles to the journey. Why not take a ferry and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Puget Sound?

Port Orchard from Seattle waterfront apartments

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In addition to various events throughout the year, Port Orchard has restaurants, museums, galleries and shops filled with collectibles and antiques. And, there is no shortage of places to enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, fishing and golfing.

Blake Island State Park

Blake Island is a marine camping park that is ideal for boating, camping or just a tranquil picnic. You can’t beat the views of the Seattle skyline and the Olympic Mountains while you’re on Blake Island, so make sure your camera is charged and ready to capture this marvelous day trip.

Blake Island State Park from Seattle Waterfront

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Blake Island Is a go-to spot for camping, hiking, kayaking and fishing. Plus, the histroic Tilicum Village provides a wonderful opportunity to experience some native american culture.

Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island is a bit further than the others at about 35 miles from Cyrene’s Seattle waterfront apartments. But, as one of the largest islands in the Puget Sound, you know there’s going to a whole slew of fun things to do.

Whidbey Island 35 miles from Cyrene’s Seattle waterfront apartments

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Several small towns are available for exploration and a bite to eat including Langley and Coupeville, Washington’s oldest town. Hikes with spectacular views are plentiful and stops at Double Bluff Beach and Deception Pass are a must.

Orcas Island

Orcas is the furthest of the trips here, but the 3-hour journey from downtown Seattle is totally worth it. It is also one of the most well known and well traveled of the San Juan Islands, boasting the world famous Rosario Resort and Mount Constitution the highest vantage point in the San Juans.

Orcas Island 3 hour journey from downtown Seattle

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Orcas provides more than 30 miles of hiking trails and magnificent views from Mount Constitution and Turtleback Mountain. Between May and September, definitely try booking a whale watching tour. During this season, sightings occur 90 percent of the time!

At Cyrene, we couldn’t imagine being anywhere but the Emerald City. It has allowed us to develop premier Seattle waterfront apartments that meet the wants and needs of tenants. Providing easy access to downtown Seattle and other cool spots is just one way we accomplish this. Apartment goers find that their needs are met through awesome features like open floor plans, extra storage, parking, and a fitness center and yoga studio. And, luxurious finishes and social spaces give them exactly what they want in an apartment community.

There’s actually so much more to Cyrene that we can’t explain it all here! Find out more by taking a tour of our apartments in downtown Seattle!