What: A 1.7 mile round trip along Stanwood’s Main Street.
Where: Main Street (271st Street NW) from Market Street to 88th Avenue NW and return on Pearson Street.
Why: Stanwood really has two “downtowns”: the old old one and the old one. Many of the original wood and brick buildings are still up and operating, including the D.O. Pearson House, the first mayor of Stanwood’s residence, which now houses the historical museum. The museum at the corner of Pearson and Market streets is a good place to start and end your tour. From the museum head south on Market and then east on Main Street. There are a couple of little cafes and some interesting antiques and collectibles places to duck into here. About halfway down Main Street is the Stanwood House Gallery and Art Center, another good stop if it’s open. Continue your trek to 88th Avenue and the newer “old downtown” section. Cruise through the QFC shopping center if you need a water break after this grueling trek, then turn around and head back, this time branching off along Pearson Street and back to the museum. It might be tough to schedule your walk during museum hours, but it’s worth it if you do, just to see the inside of this grand Victorian. The museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.