Originally settled in 1893 with the construction of a hotel, wharf, sawmill, and store, the area was heralded as the ultimate destination for wealthy families in the Northwest. Centered around many resorts rooted in the natural beauty of the site, the establishment of a rich artistic heritage followed in the 1920's. Union holds the title of the first non-native artist colony in Washington state.

Embracing the meandering curves of the southern shores of Hood Canal, Union is renowned not only as a vacation destination but also as a center of artistic expression. Inspired by the amazing views, painters, photographers, and artists of all kinds flock to what is truly one of America's prettiest towns.