Sister Cities By The Sea

Stanwood – Camano, Wa

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The far corners of Snohomish County are by far my favorite, and the North Western corner is no exception. It is home to the sister cities of Stanwood and Camano Island. Now, I know what you are thinking, Camano is part of Island, not Snohomish, County. What you may not realize though, is that the two often go hand in hand. They often join forces for events, markets, tourism promotion, and more. Not to mention the fact that you would miss out on some awesome adventures and recreation if we were to exclude the Island from our features – zip lining, beaches, and hiking oh my!

 Don’t get me wrong though, there is lots to see and do in Stanwood as well. It is home to an amazing array of locally owned businesses and restaurants, some within walking distance of each other and some a bit more spread out. The city is one of the best to shop clothing boutiques and also indulge your sweet tooth. I might be a bit biased on that last part, since my favorite cookies and cupcakes can be found there (you will have to read on to find out where).

 Whether you choose to visit one or both cities, definitely make a day trip out of it. Combine some local shopping, eating, and drinking, then add in a bit of recreation or time to take in some amazing views and sunsets from the shores of Camano’s state parks. It will be a day to remember for sure. Need some ideas on what to see and do, not to worry, I’ve got you covered with lots of shop, eat, drink, and play options below. 

 Where To Shop …

Downtown Stanwood is home to many great places to shop, everything from clothing and kitchen gadgets, to the ever favorite antique and vintage treasures.

1. Old Town Antiques (pictured)
This is one of my favorite shops to explore for antiques. There is a great mix of different items and we’ve not only found some antique measuring cups for our kitchen, but started a collection of floral painted bells thanks to them.

 2. Dollies to Doorknobs – Antique/Vintage

 3. Ladders Clothing and Co (pictured)

 Huge shop featuring not only an amazing selection of clothes and accessories, but locally made bath & beauty products, jewelry, and more. From the fun to the trendy, you will find a bit of everything for your style needs here. 

 4. Cedar & Pine – Clothing & Accessories

 5. Laurie’s Boutique – Clothing & Accessories

 6. Urban Trends Boutique – Clothing & Accessories

 7. Picnic Pantry (pictured)

Home to kitchen gadgets, textiles, and more. Also features some PNW best food products including caramel sauce, BBQ sauce, and seasonings. Serves wine and quick bites too!

 8. Klesick’s Farm 

 Local farm offering CSA Box options that are delivered to homes across Snohomish County. Boxes include fruits, vegetables, and more available from Klesick’s, local farms, and beyond. Everything is organic, GMO free, and incredibly good for you. Catch our feature on Klesick’s HERE.

9. Makers & Producers
Compass Rose Jewelry – Camano
Ebb & Flow Jewelry Design – Camano
Cats Paw Bees (Honey) – Camano (pictured) 

 Where to eat …

The cities of Stanwood and Camano Island are home to several great places to eat, including fast food style, sit-down, and unique options. So where are the best places to eat when in the area? 


1. The Cookie Mill (pictured)

We simply can’t visit Stanwood without making a stop by The Cookie Mill. Why? For their doodles that’s why – Lemon Doodles, Cherry Doodles, any Doodles. They are by far our favorite cookies in Snohomish County. Also home to amazing sandwiches. Our personal favorite, The Nutty Monkey features peanut butter, bananas, and honey on honey wheat bread).

2. Spartan Drive In 

If you are looking for fast food style burgers, then Spartan Drive-In is the spot for you. It is one of our favorite Snohomish County drive in’s, mostly because of their delicious shakes. I love their peppermint shake during the holidays.

3. Stanwood Cupcakes (pictured)

Yet another spot to indulge your sweet tooth in Stanwood. Home to gourmet cupcakes in an ever changing line-up of unique and traditional flavors. They also serve Oregon based Cascade Glacier ice cream, just the thing on a hot day spent shopping downtown.

 4. Chatterbox – Asian style cuisine

 5. The Polska Kuchnia – Authentic Polish dishes and desserts.

6. Stanwood Grill – Higher end steak and seafood spot.

 7. Jimmy’s Pizza & Pasta – Italian style cuisine

Camano Island

1. Brooklyn Brothers Pizzeria (pictured)

Brooklyn Brothers is the place to get amazing pizza in Stanwood/Camano. It is a newer and welcome addition to the Camano Commons as you enter the island and worth a try. I highly recommend their calzone, and thanks to their use of a San Marzano based tomato sauce, I now use one at home for my pasta dishes.  Catch our review of Brooklyn Brothers HERE.

 2. Rockaway Bar & Grill (pictured)

Looking to spend a night out on the town, then Rockaway is the spot to be. It is a higher end restaurant and bar featuring a rustic atmosphere (I love the Edison light bulbs throughout) and amazing American/Seafood style cuisine. I recommend the BBQ Bacon Burger, cause I love burgers and their isn’t too shabby. 

3. Crow’s Nest

The place to go for breakfast when in the area.

 Where to Drink…

The cities of Stanwood and Camano Island are home to several great places to eat, including fast food style, sit-down, and unique options. So where are the best places to eat when in the area? 


1. Tea With Your Dragon (pictured)

Home to handcrafted tea blends, as well as products aimed at health and wellness. Catch our review of Tea With Your Dragon HERE.

 2. Picnic Pantry

Serves wine and quick bites. Home to kitchen gadgets and PNW food products as well. 

Camano Island

1. Camano Island Roasters (pictured)

Locally roasted coffee with a global conscious mission. Available at the Camano Commons and Camano Plaza IGA.

 2. Naked City Brewery 

Local brewery and taphouse located in the Camano Commons.


 Where To Play …

1. Canopy Tours NW, Camano (pictured)
Amazing zip lining experience featuring six lines that take you through a beautiful forest, each one longer and higher up than the last. Catch our review of Canopy Tours NW HERE.

 2. Bonhoeffer Botanical Gardens, Stanwood (pictured below and cover image)

 Take a stroll along paths and a waterway that showcase beautiful flowers, plants, and art work.


3. The Great NW Glass Quest, Stanwood/Camano (pictured)

 This annual ten day event in February brings in visitors from across the county and beyond, all in the hopes of getting their hands on one of Glass Quest’s beautiful glass balls. The event spans local businesses and recreation spots, where one can search out or follow clues to find their way to one. We have participated three years in a row, we have yet to find one. Lucky us though, they offer some for sale as well. 

4. Cama Beach & Camano Island State Parks
Cama Beach offers cabins, a restaurant, and hiking trails and Camano offers large beach access, boat launch, cabins, camping spots, and hiking trails.

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