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Island Hopping with Kids
Island Hopping with Kids

Spend the weekend jumping from Orcas to San Juan Island with your kids for a getaway they won't forget.

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Washington’s Pig Headed War
Washington’s Pig Headed War

The killing of a pig nearly plunged the United States and Great Britain into war in 1859. Fortunately cooler heads prevailed.

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Paula West, Pottery Artist
Paula West, Pottery Artist

In a small converted garage, roughly six miles southwest of Friday Harbor, you’ll often find Paula West covered in clay.

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6 Cuddle-Worthy Destinations in the San Juan Islands
6 Cuddle-Worthy Destinations in the San Juan Islands

Slow-paced island life, farm-to-table cuisine, and intimate accommodations make for the perfect winter escape.

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Get to Know Stephanie Smith, Owner of Holly B's on Lopez Island
Get to Know Stephanie Smith, Owner of Holly B's on Lopez Island

What makes a wetland biologist trade water and grass for butter and flour? For Stephanie Smith it was the desire to be more creative and find a career she could do anywhere in the world.

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Rahman Anderson from Studio 45 Glass on Lopez Island
Rahman Anderson from Studio 45 Glass on Lopez Island

Walking into Studio 45 Glass on Lopez Island is like falling down the rabbit hole with Alice. It’s a world of color, where possibilities are only the beginning and art feels like it is created from thin air.

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Crabbing in the Pacific Northwest
Crabbing in the Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest locals are very nonchalant when discussing Dungeness crab. Dungies (as locals call them) are arguably the best crab on the planet. We crabbers are somewhat protective of our favorite spots and our most reliable bait. Most of us have pulled fresh crab from the Puget Sound and Salish Sea. And with some experience tucked under our belt, we tend to think we know what we’re doing. But most of the time we just get lucky and land a few keepers. However, that’s not the case for Corey Joyce. Filling the pot is his daily hustle.

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A Blissful Getaway
A Blissful Getaway

There is something so invigorating about visiting the San Juan Islands. I cannot think of anything quite like the thrill of salt air rushing through your hair or seeing all manner of watercraft cruise by to make you enthusiastic about where you are fortunate enough to call home. And if you are insanely lucky you might even spot an orca, seal, sea lion or bald eagle on your journey. After a short, forty-minute flight, you might as well be a world away.

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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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