Spring is here. The cherry blossoms are blooming. The weather is warming. And, we’re offering 15% off on flights between Seattle and the San Juans or Victoria.
To help you get started planning, we’ve rounded up seven of our favorite reasons to visit the San Juan Islands and Victoria!
1. You Can Ride in a Seaplane
Seaplanes have been an iconic fixture of the Seattle skyline since 1914, when the first pontoon-equipped plane took off and landed from Lake Union. Today, regularly scheduled flights depart from the downtown lake, taking passengers on scenic tours of the city, to Victoria, and to the San Juan Islands. We have an extensive crew of exceptional pilots, including Chief Pilot Chuck Perry; Anna Gullickson, co-founder of Wild Orca; and Michelle Cowan, the first full-time female pilot at Kenmore Air to fly the entire line.
2. Kid-Friendly Adventures
Our destinations offer a wide variety of kid-friendly activities. In Victoria, you’ll find a Miniature Museum that’ll make even the smallest kid feel big. Friday Harbor is home to thrilling zip-line tours, alpaca farms, and the Whale Museum. Scoot Coupe rides allow you to explore the island on your own schedule. In Victoria, you can visit the Butchart Gardens on a double-decker bus tour. And, that’s just a few of the fun kid-friendly activities.
3. A Great Cup of Tea
With its old-world elegance and pedestrian-friendly streets, it’s no surprise Victoria is home to more than 10 fabulous places to enjoy a great cup of tea.
4. Scrumptious Breakfasts
It’s said, ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day.’ With such a fabulous selection of early-morning eateries in Victoria and the San Juans, who are we to disagree? On Orcas Island, Brown Bear Baking’s scratch-baked treats run from sweet to savory. Friday Harbor’s Harrison House is so well-known for their granola they’ve had orders come in from around the world. And in Victoria, chefs are flexing their creative muscles with a plethora of Eggs Benedict selections.
Love a good libation (or two)? On the northern end of San Juan Island, the San Juan Island Distillery is making some of the best apple brandy in the United States. With the plethora of microbreweries on Vancouver Island, Victoria’s pubs have become the go-to destination for locally brewed seasonal pours. This makes Victoria the ideal place for a DIY pub crawl. And on Orcas Island, the Island Hoppin’ Brewery has become a go-to for full-flavored pours served in an intimate and inviting setting.
6. Fabulous Restaurants
Looking to indulge in fresh, seasonal cuisine. Chefs in the San Juans and Victoria have fully embraced the farm-to-table and sea-to-table mentality, sourcing local ingredients to create rave-worthy meals. At Doe Bay, the clams are out of this world. Rosario Resort’s Chef Raymond Southerland is revolutionizing old classics. Jay Blackinton, chef at Hogstone and Aelder, has been nominated for a James Beard. And, Victoria’s Agrius is serving a menu that ranges from albacore tuna spiked with sumac to tender pork shoulder with sauerkraut.
7. Selfie & Instagram-Worthy Locations
Is your ideal location one where you can bring home the perfect digital memory? Stretch your legs in Victoria by taking the ultimate photo walk throughout the city. Or just skip to the most Instagrammable places. Are selfies more your thing? Check out the nine best places to snap a selfie on San Juan Island. You may even be able to catch a whale in the background!