Vashon named a ‘fantasy town’ by national magazine

In its most recent issue, Sunset Magazine named Vashon Island as one of 20 “ultimate fantasy towns” to live in in the Western United States.

The article in Sunset, a lifestyle magazine with a circulation of more than 1 million, listed Vashon in the “woodsy dream town” category along with four other towns. In a short description, it said Vashon’s “forested, farm-y land is studded with honor-bar fruit stands, and hosts professionals who are artist-hippies at heart.”

Debi Richards, director of the Vashon Chamber of Commerce, said she heard about the article when a friend in California who had read it called her.

“I think it’s an honor,” Richards said. “It is a great place to live. That’s why we all live here.”

Richards added that some may be bothered by the magazine’s “hippie” reference.

“You hear people say all the time ‘I wish they wouldn’t keep calling us hippies.’ … We are just a different culture here, and it’s a positive thing,” she said.


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