When they stopped laughing, I told the restaurant folks on Vashon Island that I was serious:
Validate ferry rides.
Think about it.
After expensing nearly $90 on ferry rides while researching a story about Vashon restaurants, I wondered if I would pay $13.60 (plus $4 for each passenger, from Tacoma or West Seattle) each time I wanted to eat at a restaurant like Sound Food Cafe or Ferrara Ristorante.
There's a reason I didn't write about breakfast at The Hardware Store. I was practically ferry'd out. One more ride, and my ferry budget for this story would have bigger than the $101.84 tab for fine beer and fancy food during the Craft Brewers Conference.
So, would a Vashon restaurant offer some kind of incentive for "overseas" diners to spend a few bucks?
What if one of them traded appetizers or desserts for ferry receipts?
A little something-something to sweeten the ride.