Stanwood is the commercial and cultural hub of the greater Stanwood/Camano community. The City has retained its small-town character and sense of community. The City’s historic resources have been preserved and the connections to the surrounding agricultural land and rural environment have been strengthened.
New residential neighborhoods and commercial centers form an aesthetically pleasing community character. Residents and visitors are able to move safely through the City to ease conflicts between pedestrians, bicyclists, and automobiles, and reduce suburban sprawl. The City and community work cooperatively together to promote tourism, access to local natural features, and special events.
Stanwood was first known as Centerville. It was a small trading post located on the South Pass of the Stillaguamish River. To avail itself of trade coming in from West Pass as well, Centerville was moved to its present location along the waterfront of the Stillaguamish River. A wharf was built along with businesses that lined the waterfront to supply the needs of the citizens of the area. D.O. Pearson came to Centerville in 1879 and constructed a mercantile store on the waterfront. He became Centerville’s seventh postmaster and changed the name of the town, at the request of the United States Government, to Stanwood in honor of his wife’s maiden name, Clara Stanwood Pearson.
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A new train station opened in the fall of 2009. Near the station, visitors will find Ladders and Lace, Guilded Gallery, and many other unique shops within a one-block walk. Cotton Pickins’, a regionally recognized quilting shop, is just a block from the train station. When the hungry bug bites, Stanwood has Mammoth Burger, Amigo Mexican Restaurant, Jimmy’s Pizza and Pasta, and the Cookie Mill, just to name a few. If music is your thing, join us for the Stanwood Summer Concert Series or year-round live music at Loco Billy’s Wild Moon Saloon, plus karaoke at the Stanwood Hotel and Saloon. Stanwood farms feature fresh locally grown produce throughout the spring, summer, and fall.
The Municipal Parking lot behind the Stanwood Police Station is the site for the Stanwood Farmer’s Market throughout the summer. The Twin City Idlers host a huge car show on the last Sunday in June. The first weekend in August is devoted to the Stanwood/Camano Fair, a country fair with all the animals and exhibits you would expect from a quality event. Stanwood also plays host to Movies in the Park.
More information on events can be found at the Discover Stanwood-Camano website.
We are located less than one hour north of Seattle, far enough to be outside of the metro area, yet easily accessible to all that the city offers.