Taylor Shellfish Samish Farm Store along the scenic Chuckanut Drive in Washington State is less than two-hours from downtown Vancouver, and qualifies as a local ‘Hidden Gem’. It’s definitely a best travel and slow-food find. The Taylor family has been growing shellfish for over 100 years.
If you have the opportunity to take the slow drive from Vancouver to Seattle, or if you like fresh oysters, or if you just want to experience some authentic pacific northwest life and beautiful coastal scenery then Taylor Shellfish Samish Farm Store is a must visit!
You can buy a variety of fresh, live, farmed oysters (Shigoku, Kumamoto, Olympia) by the each, by the dozen, even by the 60-count! You can do the shucking yourself (they supply a shuker and will show you how), or they will also shuck for you. They offer a number of condiments to accompany your raw food experience; fresh lemons, tabasco, their own made vinaigrettes.
Taylor Shellfish Samish Farm Store is Open 7 Days a Week
Closed major holidays : New Years Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day.
Store Hours :
April – Sept: 9am – 6pm
Oct – March: 9am – 5pm
Christmas Eve: 9am – 2pm
Taylor Shellfish Samish Farm Store is about a two hour drive from Downtown Vancouver.
If you prefer to sit indoors and have your oysters shucked and presented to you, alternatively, up the hill is The Oyster Bar.
Chuckanut Drive is designated as State Route 11 and is a Washington State Scenic Byway Every bend in the road at 200 feet above sea level provides another spectacular view of the bays, San Juan Islands and the mountains to the West on Vancouver Island and the Olympic Peninsula. Chuckanut Drive (State Route 11) is a beautiful and slow-paced alternative to Interstate-5 connecting Skagit Valley to the historic Fairhaven District of Bellingham. This designated scenic byway connects Whatcom County to Skagit Valley by winding along the rock shoulder of the Chuckanut Mountains and follows the shoreline a couple hundred feet above sea level. It overlooks the San Juan Islands and offers stunning views of Chuckanut and oyster beds of Samish Bays, as well as the Olympic Mountains and Lummi Island. It travels through Larrabee State Park, farmlands and near numerous trailheads, migratory bird ecosystems, quiet beaches, unique art galleries, restaurants and cafes.
The North entrance to Chuckanut Drive (Highway 11), is I-5 exit 250 in Bellingham. The South entrance is exit 231 in Burlington. The Drive is a little over 21 miles.
Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism offers a great downloadable map of Chuckanut Drive.
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) – S 11 – Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway; maps and links.