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New website promotes visiting Edmonds


After several months of research and collaboration, the City of Edmonds is promoting what it calls its new and improved VisitEdmonds.com website.

While the city has had a tourism-promotion website for several years, the current version of VisitEdmonds.com was just debuted earlier this year with a new look and feel, more photographs and imagery, and a more comprehensive presentation of what Edmonds has to offer, Economic Development and Community Services Director Patrick Doherty said.

A reappearing feature that’s intended to inform visitors and residents alike is the arts and culture calendar, that contains information arts and culture events happening around town, with event descriptions, dates, times and contact details.

It has been consistently the most visited feature on the website, Doherty said.

In addition to “Arts and Culture,” the website directs visitors to the other main categories of activities with the tabs “Things to Do,” “Stay,” “Dine” and “Shop.”

“We’re really enthusiastic about the new website,” Doherty said. “The new design and functionalities will engage visitors – and residents – to a whole new degree and entice them with a richer assortment of high-quality Edmonds imagery.”

With a limited supply of hotel rooms, as Mayor Dave Earling often remarks, Edmonds serves principally as an attractive day-trip destination for people from throughout the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett metro area.

But with an increasing amount of accommodations available through the likes of Airbnb and VRBO, the numbers of overnight guests in Edmonds is increasing dramatically.

The new website is intended to serve both day-trippers and overnighters equally well, with information about daytime events and activities, as well as itinerary ideas for evenings and weekends.

Arts and culture, food and drink, shopping, saltwater beaches and sunsets are just a few of Edmonds’ key attractions – along with whale-watching excursions, the summertime spray park, and the spring, summer and holiday farmers markets.

But what really brings in the visitors, Doherty said, is Edmonds’ wide array of events, including the Waterfront Festival, Arts Festival, Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks, Taste Edmonds, Puget Sound Bird Fest, Classic Car Show, Art Studio Tour, Write on the Sound Conference, Downtown Halloween Trick-or-Treat, and the Holiday Tree-Lighting Ceremony – to name a few.

“In order to ensure the best and most accurate information from establishments all over town,” Doherty said, “the city encourages owners of shops, restaurants, lodging and other visitor-oriented establishments to check out VisitEdmonds.com to see if the information regarding their establishments is correct and complete.”

If not, or when and if business owners wish to supply additional information or new images, they can contact Cindi Cruz at cindi.cruz@edmondswa.gov with any updates.


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