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Dave Ber, San Juan Island Knife Maker
Dave Ber, San Juan Island Knife Maker

Near the center of San Juan Island, in an area known to some as ‘Hippy Heights,’ Dave Ber hand-crafts knives in his 200-square-foot shop.

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From the Water’s Surface: Sea Kayaking in the San Juans
From the Water’s Surface: Sea Kayaking in the San Juans

Tucked in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, at the watery edge of the US and Canadian border, the San Juan Islands are a kayaker’s paradise. The more than 170 islands and inlets are sheltered from the biggest ocean swells. This is thanks to their neighboring landmasses — the Olympic Peninsula and Vancouver Island. And though tucked in the wet Pacific Northwest, this remote archipelago is located at the center of the Olympic Rain Shadow (aka the ‘Banana Belt’). The unique sunshine blanket is created by the Olympic Mountains which condenses and squeezes most of the air’s moisture from the sky before it reaches the San Juans. The result is an average of 270 days with sunshine a year — making this arguably the happiest place in Washington.

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Delectable Pastries
Delectable Pastries

The Pacific Northwest is known for its fresh seafood and lush mountainscapes. But speckled throughout its cities and destinations, you’ll also find baked delectables that’ll make you want to ooh and aah.

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How to Make the Most of a Romantic San Juan Island Getaway
How to Make the Most of a Romantic San Juan Island Getaway

There’s something special about getting beyond the hustle and bustle of everyday life with a romantic San Juan Island getaway!

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Unique Pacific Northwest Travel Ideas
Unique Pacific Northwest Travel Ideas

While you may have visited Victoria, the San Juan Islands, Vancouver, and Seattle — have you actually seen and done everything? Chances are, there are quite a few unique Pacific Northwest travel ideas that you haven’t yet explored.

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Top Rainy-Day Activities in the San Juan Islands
Top Rainy-Day Activities in the San Juan Islands

The lush forests and fertile farmland are proof that they San Juans get their fair share of drizzle — especially during the cooler months. Luckily, there are a plethora of things to do in the San Juan Islands when it rains.

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Things to do this Winter in the San Juans
Things to do this Winter in the San Juans

Escape the hustle and bustle with a relaxing getaway and discover that there are a plethora of fun things to do this winter in the San Juan Islands.

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San Juan Island Day Hikes Worth Your Boot Leather
San Juan Island Day Hikes Worth Your Boot Leather

San Juan Island’s rich with great scenery, both ashore and at sea. And with its temperate climate, it's the perfect place to hike year-round.

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Orcas Island Hiking at Turtleback Mountain
Orcas Island Hiking at Turtleback Mountain

Stunning views and fewer crowds make Turtleback Mountain a fabulous alternative to the sometimes-crowded hikes at Orcas Island’s Moran State Park.

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7 Reasons We’re Excited for Savor the San Juans
7 Reasons We’re Excited for Savor the San Juans

From wine pairings and festivals to lodging specials and incredible fall colors, there's a lot of reasons to love Savor the San Juans.

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7th Annual Friday Harbor Film Festival Returns in October
7th Annual Friday Harbor Film Festival Returns in October

The exciting seventh annual Friday Harbor Film Festival, to be held Oct. 25-27, 2019 on San Juan Island, will screen 31 new documentary films, 23 short films, and a selection of films produced by student filmmakers.

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5 Romantic San Juan Island Getaways
5 Romantic San Juan Island Getaways

While dinner out and a dozen roses are nice, a quiet getaway is the ultimate in perfection. And, there's no better place to cuddle up with your someone special than in the San Juans!

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Orcas Island Jewelry Artist, Jessie Morrow
Orcas Island Jewelry Artist, Jessie Morrow

Jessie Morrow's quaint Orcas Island jewelry shop, Material Wit, is the real-life embodiment of her commitment to beauty, quality, and sustainability. In addition to the shop’s showroom that features her pieces, Jessie carries a carefully curated collection of art and homewares that share her same values.

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San Juan Island Farmers Market: Island-Grown, Locally-Crafted Finds
San Juan Island Farmers Market: Island-Grown, Locally-Crafted Finds

At the heart of Friday Harbor—the largest town in the San Juan Islands—you’ll find the region’s oldest operating Farmers Market.

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Fast Food in Friday Harbor at San Juan Bistro
Fast Food in Friday Harbor at San Juan Bistro

So close to the border, it’s practically in Canada, the quaint town of Friday Harbor has yet to be overrun by strip malls and golden arches. But, it does have a fast food option!

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Orcas Island Escape Room
Orcas Island Escape Room

Love solving puzzles and riddles? Test your wits at Elusion — Orcas Island's escape room, where you'll have to solve your way to freedom.

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Hiking South Beach Trail
Hiking South Beach Trail

Windswept grasslands and breathtaking views make the southernmost tip of San Juan Island the perfect location for a day hike.

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No Car, No Problem. Bike Riding on Lopez Island.
No Car, No Problem. Bike Riding on Lopez Island.

Tucked among the United States’ northwest archipelago, Lopez Island spans just 30-square-miles. Though far from completely flat, the relatively gentle topography makes for an enjoyable day in the saddle.

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Why Orcas Island Should be Your Next Girl’s Getaway
Why Orcas Island Should be Your Next Girl’s Getaway

Low-key adventures loaded with scenic views and an internationally acclaimed food and wine scene, make Orcas Island the ideal testosterone-free, comfy jean destination.

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Best Land-Based Whale Watching Destination Turns 100!
Best Land-Based Whale Watching Destination Turns 100!

Along the western side of San Juan Island, rests the Lime Kiln Lighthouse. Built in 1919, this historic landmark is renowned as one of the best land-based whale watching destinations in the world.

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17 Pacific Northwest Bucket List Must-Dos
17 Pacific Northwest Bucket List Must-Dos

There are hills to hike, waterfalls to explore, and plates of eggs Benedict to devour. This is your ultimate Pacific Northwest travel bucket list. And, it’s just in time for kicking off the New Year!

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Brown Bear Baking on Orcas Island
Brown Bear Baking on Orcas Island

In a variety of delectable flavors and sizes, Brown Bear Baking on Orcas Island serves pastries worthy of praise.

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9 Romantic San Juan Island Winter Escapes
9 Romantic San Juan Island Winter Escapes

Slow-paced island life, farm-to-table cuisine, and intimate accommodations make the San Juan Islands the perfect romantic escape this winter.

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Winter Getaways: 14 Holiday-Inspired Things to do in the San Juans
Winter Getaways: 14 Holiday-Inspired Things to do in the San Juans

Embrace the magic of the holidays in the San Juan Islands. From tree lightings and artisan fairs to holiday concerts and festivals, each island brings its own bit of small-town charm to your winter getaway. Discover 14 of our favorite holiday-inspired things to do in the San Juan Islands.

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Hiking Cascade Falls
Hiking Cascade Falls

In a sun-dappled forest grove, a fresh-water creek tumbles down the 40-foot rock cliff and runs beneath fallen tree trunks.

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