By Tim Kowols
Ferry boat captain and Townliner Motel owner Joel Gunnlaugsson quit trying to figure out the traffic patterns to Washington Island this season at the end of May for good reasons. Traffic has not slowed down since the Memorial Day holiday, making it a banner year not just for the Washington Island Ferry but for the businesses benefitting from the service. Gunnlaugsson says his motel improved on its business every month this summer compared to last year, something he says is hard to figure out.
The late arrival of peak colors on the trees has Gunnlaugsson and other Washington Island business owners excited for what is still to come this fall. The Washington Island Ferry runs 11 round-trips daily from the mainland to the island through October 29 before it cuts service in half for the following five weeks.