Can you believe February is already here? Valentine’s Day will before we know it. If you haven’t started planning how you’re going spoil your “someone special,” now’s the time.
While dinner out and a dozen roses are nice, we like to think a quiet getaway is the ultimate in perfection. Quiet getaways say, “I want to focus on you.” They offer a level of intimacy you don’t get with a staycation. There’s no laundry to wash or dishes in the sink. No one has to worry about vacuuming or mowing the lawn.
It’s just the two of you, together, in a little slice of heaven. These are a few of our favorite San Juan Island getaways:
Harrison House Suites
Tucked into the hillside just above Friday Harbor,Harrison House Suites features peek-a-boo water views and a three-course breakfast that’ll indulge every one of our senses. The rooms come stocked with homemade lavender hot chocolate and locally sourced coffee. The bathrooms are outfitted with plush robes and the B&B’s personal line of bath products. Plus, there is a fireplace perfect for setting the mood and a small grill on the deck for those who want to have dinner in.
Hotel de Haro
The crown jewel of Roche Harbor Resort, Hotel de Haro was built in 1886. This magnificent white clapboard building is as breathtaking as its harbor-side location. Its cobblestone walkways and lush garden invite gentle strolling. McMillin’s– the resort’s fine dinning destination – is renowned for its prime rib. (This 40-day-aged, dry rubbed, slow roasted affair is sliced to order.) Also, not to be missed are the donuts at the Lime Kiln Café. These cake-like babies come plain, tossed in brown sugar or dipped in a variety of toppings. With so many from which to choose, they’re best enjoyed with a partner so you can sample more than one without feeling guilty.
Doe Bay Resort
Life moves slower at Doe Bay Resort on Orcas Island. Here, breathtaking views are matched by bird watching and clothing-optional soaking tubs. Tucked in a small bay, this 38 acre getaway features a variety of lodging options, including a collection of yurts, the perfect “glamping” mix of simplicity and comfort. Their café, supplied by the resort’s own garden, features eco-friendly gourmet cuisine that’s fondly been dubbed “seed-to-table.”
Framed by Fisherman Bay, The Edenwild’s Victorian-style farmhouse offers a quaint B&B destination. Located in the heart of Lopez Village, a variety of shops and cafes are well within walking distance. Each of the large rooms is furnished with antiques such as claw-foot tubs and brick fireplaces. The mornings feature a full breakfast and guests are welcome to use The Edenwild’s bicycles on a first-come first-served basis.
Rosario Resort and SpaThis 40-acre slice of old-world elegance rests beside the quiet waters of Cascade Bay. Its centerpiece, a 1909 Mission-style mansion, is perched at the tip of Rosario Point. Built by Seattle shipbuilder Robert Moran as an artistic retreat for his family, it is still home to many of the original features – including a 1,972 pipe Aeolian organ. Housed in the music room, the resort is known for its year round concerts.