When asked if there are any misperceptions about Washington’s Mukilteo, destination representative Arnie Hammerman quipped, “It’s usually a mispronunciation, not a misperception.”
Mukilteo can be hard to say and spell for many, he admitted, so perhaps the first thing to know as a travel advisor interested in selling the destination is how to avoid that mistake. For the record, it is pronounced Muck-il-tee-oh. Try saying that five times fast!
Now, you can start selling. But how exactly does Mukilteo appeal to different types of travellers? Hammerman suggested travel agents focus on three target markets:
With an array of parks, festivals and activities, Mukilteo makes for a good family vacation destination. It is a picturesque location with water and mountain views all around, and plenty of activities to choose from. Lighthouse Park stretches across 14 acres and features a walking path along the sand and driftwood beach, picnic shelters with BBQs, a playground for young kids, a volleyball court, a boat launch ramp, and beachside fire pits. The beach itself is also a major attraction, and visitors can enjoy it all year-round, even with cooler winter temperatures. Japanese Gulch, a 140-plus acre urban forest with hiking and mountain bike trails throughout, is also a popular spot for families. Other notable activities include TRAX, the indoor go kart racetrack; the new High Trek Adventures, a rope and agility course with zip-lines; the Harbour Pointe Badminton Club, where travellers might enjoy a lesson or a game; and Harbour Pointe Golf Club, which features 18 holes, some with spectacular views.
Clients with a penchant for the great outdoors will find plenty of opportunities to enjoy Mukilteo. Kayaking, boating and other beach activities are all popular in the area and nearby mountains provide easy access to river rafting, skiing and fly fishing. Mountain biking and hiking will give clients a taste of the forest close to town, as both Japanese and Big Gulches provide miles of trails at different levels of difficulty. Travellers can take day trips from Mukilteo into the Cascade Mountains, where they will find more advanced hiking trails with waterfalls, hot springs, and old growth forests along the way. Sightseeing on Whidbey Island via ferry, kayak or boat is another popular choice for visitors to Mukilteo. “Mukilteo means ’good camping ground’ according to ancient Native American lore and it remains a peaceful and beautiful place to stay,” Hammerman says. “Surrounded by water with views of Whidbey, Hat Island, and Mount Baker (snowcapped all year), as well as the Olympic Mountains, the natural scenery makes Mukilteo special.”
There are four aerospace museums adjacent to, and easily access- ible from, Mukilteo including the Museum of Flight Restoration Center & Reserve Collection, Historic Flight Foundation, Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, and the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour. These are some of the top avi- ation museums in the world, according to Hammerman, making Mukilteo a perfect choice for aviation enthusiasts of all ages. Time the trip right for clients to take part in Paine Field Aviation Day, an event in which vintage aircraft take to the skies. Tank Fest NW is another popular event with vintage aircraft and armament on the move.
NEED TO KNOW
- Mukilteo is a small city on a peninsula with water and mountain views surrounding you. Its location provides easy access to both Seattle proper (about 48 kilometers away) and the Eastside (Bellevue/Redmond - 42 kilometers). Mukilteo offers great beaches, forests and trails with the flavour of the Pacific Northwest but within close proximity to city life.
- There are a number of quality restaurants and bars in Mukilteo, some of which offer views of the water. There is even a local microbrewery and alehouse adjacent to Lighthouse Park.
- The climate is mild year-round; it does not get too hot in the summer and there is nearly always a gentle sea breeze. The city rarely sees snow in the winter and is a pleasant and picturesque spot whether it is raining or sunny.