November. The wettest month of the year. But in the Pacific Northwest, we don’t hide from the rain. We embrace it! So grab that raincoat and discover three uniquely Edmonds souvenirs that you can experience and take something home to remember us by.
Go Whale Watching,
Bring home a blueberry buckle and a calendar
Consider a tour to see the gray whales, which are making their migration now through Puget Sound and the Salish Sea. Gray whales are up to 4 feet long and weigh as much as 40 tons — an amazing sight! Puget Sound Express, which guarantees a whale sighting, operates whale watching tours from Edmonds’ marina through April 30.
Want a souvenir to remember this incredible experience? Buy that Puget Sound Express Coffee cup when you get coffee on board — and enjoy it with their homemade Blueberry Buckle dessert. The drink will warm you up and the cup will hold more memories.
If you have a chance, stop in at the Edmonds Bookshop, where a complete line-up of 2021 calendars beckon, including this one on Puget Sound. All year long you can remember your own personal connection to the Sound, Edmonds, and our gray whales.
Take in a little history with a walking tour,
take home some history
The human history of Edmonds, of course, begins with the Coast Salish peoples. Many tribes gathered and harvested on Edmonds’ shores and wetlands. Begin your historical tour of Edmonds with a walk to The Papery, where a nearby exterior wall sports a new mural from Andy Eccleshall and advised by Tulalip Tribes member and artist Ty Juvenil. The mural is inspired by the epic style of Sydney Laurence (1865-1940), a renowned American Romantic landscape painter. It depicts how the area might have looked before European colonization.
For the history that followed settlement, download a pdf map provided by the Edmonds Historical Museum and take a self-guided historical tour of Edmonds.
Want a souvenir to take home? Take a selfie outside your favorite spot on the tour. Or stop into the museum, where Juvenil is also creating a cedar panel carving for display outside the museum. There you can pick up a historical calendar to remember the day.
View public sculptures,
shop in a local gallery
As Washington State’s first designated Creative District, Edmonds is devoted to creating engaging public spaces. With 35 permanent sculptural installations and 203 indoor two- and three-dimensional artworks in public spaces, as well as a great many privately owned and publicly viewable art pieces, Edmonds’ dedication to creativity and community is noteworthy. Cap off your whale watching trip by viewing the Seeing Whales sculpture by Richard Beyer on the waterfront.
Want something to remember this experience by? Stop into any one of the amazing galleries and bring home a work of art. These galleries participate in Art Walk Edmonds and are a great place to start.