It’s hard to get to. It’s dusty. Harbor Master Barb can chase you away. But once you’re on Hat Island, you might never want to be outside again. Four miles of beach, a marina leads to the yacht club, which is just down the hill from the country’s cheapest country club.
Its official name is Gedney Island. But locals call it a “hat” because it looks like a baseball cap from the water. And in the 1960s they called it “The Riviera of the Northwest”. Plans for a restaurant, airfield, swimming pool, theater, golf course and even a boatel were in the works.
To this day, only 50 year-round residents love the place for its privacy and closeness. You can see it from Everett, where the Hat Island Ferry departs on weekends.
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