Now through November 9, 2019 — indulge in the best of the islands at the 12th annual Savor the San Juans.
Fall is in full swing and the San Juans recently kicked off one of our favorite events — Savor the San Juans. From wine tastings and beer fests to farm tours and exquisite multi-course dinners, this yearly event delights the palate. Discover the top seven reasons we look forward to a food-filled island getaway:
1. The Pace
Throughout the summer, the islands buzz with locals and visitors. Shop keepers, chefs, vintners, and artists are constantly going full tilt to keep up with demand. As fall hits and the summer rush subsides, the islands slow down. There’s more time for lingering chats, giving you an opportunity to ask questions and get to know the unique residents.
2. Sunny Weather
The San Juan Islands average 247 with sunshine. That's nearly double the number of sunny days here in Seattle. This is thanks t the fact that the San Juans are tucked at the heard of the Olympic Rain Shadow. So if you're in need of some Vitamin D, a bit of island time is just the ticket.
3. Stunning Fall Colors
Though still sunnier than Seattle, fall does bring a bit of rain. This is a fact for which we are grateful. Because the rain does wonders for the San Juan Islands’ natural habitat as the golden-brown hillsides give way to green. The trees turn and the pumpkins grow plump. It’s a stunning sight to behold.
4. Creative Menus
The remote nature of the San Juan Islands makes farm-to-table cooking a necessity for chefs. For patrons, this means menus loaded with fresh ingredients. And during the fall, when crowds don’t require restaurants to turn tables quite so quickly, chefs can flex their creative muscles.
5. Impeccable Wine Pairings
During Savor the San Juans, chefs and vintners often work together to create impeccable wine pairings. Doe Bay Wine Company and Outlook Inn are co-hosting a guided wine tasting with sommelier Cole Sisson. Coho chefs Ryan Lockhart and Tim Payne are creating an exquisite Italian-focused five-course menu with optional wine pairing.
6. Lodging Specials
With the culmination of the summer rush, many of the island’s hotels and bed-and-breakfasts offer lower rates. From discounts to free nights, fall is a great time to visit the San Juans for less.
7. Fun Activities
From a lively food festival, Bite of the San Juans, to inspiring film festivals, the San Juans will host a wide variety of inspirational events for both the mind and the spirit. There are farm tours on Lopez Island, Orcas Island, and San Juan Island. And, you'll be treated to a plethora of farmers' markets, community parades, and tea events.
Start Your Vacation on the Dock
Who wants to fight traffic or wait for the ferry? Don’t waste time. Start your vacation on the dock. It’s just a 45-minute scenic flight to San Juan Island, Orcas Island and Lopez Island from Seattle. Plus, our Lower Fall Fares to the San Juan Islands start October 1!