Deep Ties To History And The Future

Port of Everett

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Despite Everett being a bustling big city, full of tall buildings and people, it is home to one of the most beautiful, important, and history filled places in Snohomish County, the Port of Everett. I’ve caught more than my fair share of vivid and colorful sunsets over Port Gardner Bay from its many parks, and watched grey whales, porpoises, and harbor seals frolic in its waters. The last three were a bit of a shock. I had no idea that such things could be found in our area. They can!

Don’t let its beauty fool you though, the Port of Everett plays an important role not only in Snohomish County, but in Washington State and internationally as well.

Nearly 30 Billion in US Exports a year

#1export district in Washington

#4 export district on the West Coast

Largest public marina on West Coast

Beyond the water, the Port of Everett is home to many locally owned businesses, events, and adventures. Within walking distance you can find amazing restaurants, a brewery, and distillery. In the spring, you can catch grey whale watching trips and, during the summer and fall months, you can find the county’s largest Farmer’s Market in Boxcar Park, a waterfront concert series, art festivals, and more activities for adults and kids alike.

PHOTOS: Island Adventures Whale Watching

That isn’t all though. Development is well under way for the Port’s Waterfront Place. It is set to create not only more public and commercial spaces, but residential ones as well. Current plans call for a hotel, multiple restaurants, offices, retail shops, a walking trail, and an outdoor performing arts center. I for one am excited to see the local businesses that will find homes there, and for the many more view points of the bay that will be created.

Enough about the future though. The Port of Everett has an amazing history, one that began in the 1890’s when Henry Hewitt and Charles Colby bought up the land on which it stands, as well as most of North Everett. With some funding from John D. Rockefeller, they were determined to turn it into the NYC of the west, and over the next 20 years it grew into a booming industrial center.

At the center of it all were lumber and shingle mills, the railroad, and of course maritime industries like fishing and trading. The level of activity on the waterfront led to the creation of the Port of Everett in 1918. Actually that is not entirely true. While it allowed for those industries to grow and flourish, the Port was actually created to get wartime contracts during World War I, but a little too late.

Find out more history and interesting facts by checking out the Everett Waterfront Historical Interpretive Program at www.historiceverettwaterfront.com. Don’t forget to stop by and try out the local businesses too.

PHOTOS: Fresh Paint Art Festival

EAT + DRINK OPTIONS

Anthony’s HomePort
Seafood Restaurant
1726 W Marine View Dr
Everett, WA 98201

Anthony’s Woodfire Grill
Seafood Restaurant
1722 W Marine View Dr
Everett, WA 98201

Bluewater Distilling
Distillery + Restaurant
1205 Craftsman Way #109
Everett, WA 98201

Lombardi’s
Italian Restaurant
1620 W Marine View Dr
Everett, WA 98201

PHOTOS: Bluewater Distilling

Moontree Asian Tapas
Japanese Restaurant
1728 W Marine View Dr #112
Everett, WA 98201

Scuttlebutt Brewing
Brewery + Restaurant
1205 Craftsman Way #101
Everett, WA 98201

Events + Adventures

Everett Farmers Market
Local Food + Products

Fresh Paint Festival
Shop + Watch local Artists

Island Adventures
Grey Whale Watching

PHOTO; Scuttlebutt Brewing

Did you know that this article, as well as all of the others featured on our website are part of a monthly magazine. It is all about shopping, eating, drinking, and playing local in Snohomish County. More importantly, it is about the ways that local choices can make your life better. Our monthly magazine is available in both electronic and print form (yes, you read right, print!). As if that wasn’t awesome enough, each issue contains exclusive content that can’t be found on our website or social media accounts. So if you aren’t getting a copy each month you are missing out.

Single issues can be bought HERE and annual subscriptions, which include exclusive giveaways and discounts, can be signed up for HERE. Finally, a limited number of printed copies are available at The Chic Boatique and Artisans Mercantile in Snohomish and Reclaimed Heart in Arlington, Vintage Company No. 7 in Bothell, Dahlia’s Vintage Marketplace on Camano Island, and Rustic Redemption in Granite Falls.

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