Imagine a island the size of Manhattan, but with only 10,000 residents.  Imagine 250 miles of paved road with only three 4-way stops, and no other traffic lights.  Don't expect souvenir shops or glitz. Vashon Island is upscale rural with a large arts community. Live music in several venues every week-end.  A difficult 9 hole private golf course. 4 excellent restaurants.  The only 'chain' eatery is a Subway. No shopping malls. You can get there by ferry, private boat or small plane. But there are no taxis or car rentals. No hotels or motels. There's a nice 4 bedroom vacation rental,  and some b &b's.  Wonderful views of Puget Sound and Mount Rainier  while you beachcomb the shores.  Vashon Island is a very special place!