May 9th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Plan Your Escape to Snohomish County, WA

Snohomish County is located on Puget Sound, between Skagit County to the north and King County (and Seattle) just 12 miles to the south. Covering 2,090 square miles, Snohomish County’s varied topography ranges from saltwater beaches, rolling hills and rich river bottom farmlands in the west to dense forest and alpine wilderness in the mountainous east. Glacier Peak, at 10,541 feet, is the highest point in Snohomish County, one of the highest in Washington State and welcoming senior visitors to the Pacific northwest.

Home to the Boeing Tour, resort casino, whale-watching, river-rafting, ocean-fishing, golf, technical tours and outlet shopping – put together in one charming community and county.
Snohomish County values its historic buildings, sites, structures and objects.  Through the Historic Preservation Commission, Snohomish County seeks to identify, preserve and protect significant historic and archaeological properties that celebrates the rich history of Snohomish County.

Snohomish is one of the fastest growing communities in the United States. Snohomish is an undeniably quaint and quiet residential town. First Street is the center of the historic district, where elegant 19th-century buildings now house shops, restaurants, and small inns. Dutch Colonial-style homes, English-style cottages, and gingerbread Queen Annes are close-set along the narrow lanes. Not surprisingly, the town is the self-proclaimed “Antiques Capital of the Northwest,” with more than 400 stores, shops, and vendors selling old treasures.

Snohomish, founded roughly in 1858, was originally known as Cadyville, and changed its name to Snohomish City in 1871. The name Snohomish is taken from the name of the dominant local Native American tribesdoh-doh-hohbsh“, whose meaning is widely disputed. The town is a little under 100 miles south of Vancouver, and is a short ferry ride away from the San Juan Islands or Olympic Peninsula.

This historic community is listed on both the State and National Registries of Historic Places. Snohomish is the oldest and best preserved city in the county. I really liked this site that is multi-purpose and just full of color and links. Those antiques remind me of Walnut, Iowa where the entire city is dedicated to antiques. Arts of Snohomish (AoS) is a non-profit gallery featuring community-minded artists. Their mission is to add to the continuing revitalization of Historic Downtown Snohomish as an economic and cultural art presence for the area.

Snohomish County is ideally situated for exploring the entire Pacific Northwest.  Though it encompasses an area greater than either the states of Rhode Island or Delaware, most of the county’s development and residents can be found along the narrow, westernmost Puget Sound lowlands.

Attractions Galore For Senior Visitors

Snohomish has a plethora of visitor guides from aviation to art and culture in the region. I thought that their “Hike of the Week” was novel and if you love hiking, check out this website. Seniors, here you will find some of the most spectacularly beautiful scenery in the United States… forest and mountain wildlife sanctuaries, unlimited opportunities for outdoor fun and artistic pursuits, and the best coffee west of Italy. The economy is thriving thanks in large part to being the home of industry giant Boeing’s 747, 767, 777 and 787 Dreamliner assembly plant. Their travel guide will help you get there and even help you plan your trip.

There is a lot to see and do in and around Snohomish and skydiving is one of them. If you are a little afraid of jumping out of an airplane, how about going up in a balloon in Snohomish?  Take a scenic country drive into the Snohomish Valley and visit Craven Farm.

I do know this.  I have a friend from grad school at Ohio State who made a fortune writing textbooks.  He could have lived anywhere in the world with his money.  He chose this area of Washington as it seemingly had everything a person might want.  Do take a closer look at the area and Snohomish County and you will see why.  jeb

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