The Bow-Edison area, including Bayview and Samish Island, is nestled at the foothills of Blanchard Mountain just off of scenic Chuckanut Drive and follows the Salish Sea to Padilla Bay. Blanchard Mountain is the only place along the coast where the Cascades connect to saltwater. It is the ultimate of green belts: a beloved community for recreation, respite, and wildness.
Established in 1869, Edison soon became a logging and agricultural center. Located just off Chuckanut at the Bow Junction, Edison remains an area hub with its unique shops, art galleries, and eating establishments. Edison is now on the Skagit Farm to Pint Ale Trail with the opening of the farm-to-table Terramar Brewery and Distillery.
Edison sits in the heart of a rich agricultural area and is one of many communities that thrived through the first half of the century and that have since melded into the region now known as Bow-Edison. As you explore this area keep an eye out for vestiges of bygone eras, visible in the architecture, old pilings, dikes & barns. Not only is Edison situated in the beautiful Samish delta but it enjoys views of Mt. Baker, Samish Bay, and the San Juan Islands.
Samish Island being primarily a residential area is another quiet rural area with waterfront Bed & Breakfasts, and great views of both Samish and Padilla Bays. As you travel these back roads enjoying the views you’ll have opportunities to visit farms selling local artisan cheeses, apples, berries, and other fresh produce as well as oysters, crab, and other shellfish.
Situated on Padilla Bay, Bay View boasts not only a beautiful view but a quiet rural atmosphere and proximity to Bay View State Park, the Breazeale Interpretive Center, and the Padilla Bay Shore Trail. Take time for a picnic and some great bird watching. Bay View State Park is a 25-acre camping park with 1,285 feet of saltwater shoreline on Padilla Bay. Bird watching, beachcombing, clamming, crabbing, and much more are popular activities at the park.
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