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.
A spur-of-the-moment trip to the San Juan Islands is not the easiest to plan in the middle of summer (or for that matter, throughout the year). Ferry reservations can be difficult to obtain and accommodations are usually at peak season rates. I wanted to head up to Orcas Island and had a few days to get away and no intention of spending a chunk of it in Seattle traffic or waiting in ferry lines.
A behind the scenes peek at ‘island life’ delivers a grassroots, ground-level introduction to Orcas. Hosted aboard a Mercedes Benz 12-passenger Sprinter Van, Salish Sea Tour Co. takes visitors on experience-driven excursions.
From sampling scratch-made goods and sea-to-table cuisine to taking a leisurely sail and visiting artists while they work, a customized itinerary lets you experience the best of island culture at your pace.
Home-based in Friday Harbor, Kara Navradszky specializes in ‘wearables’ — elegant jewelry featuring living florals. Her necklaces, bracelets and crowns are often commisioned to celebrate milestones like weddings and new babies.
On the northern side of San Juan Island, nestled on a dock in the sheltered Roche Harbor waters, you’ll find North Sound Seafood. June through September, husband-wife duo, Keith and Corinne Porter, supply Roche Harbor visitors with seafood so fresh it’s been described as ‘boat-to-plate’ cuisine.
What's life like for San Juan Safaris Lead Naturalist, Vessel Coordinator, and Captain Sarah McCullagh? Find out and learn why she's passionate about these Friday Harbor-based tours on San Juan Island.
Vanilla? If that’s your scoop. But these Pacific Northwest ice cream shops are dishing up a flavor-packed array of cold treats that go way beyond the bean. Discover six of the best ice cream joints in the San Juans, Victoria, Vancouver, and Seattle.
Doe Bay Wine Co. sits at the heart of Eastsound, tucked behind Monkey Puzzle and Clever Cow Creamery. Like the whirlwind love story of the shop’s founders, this quaint libation destination has a knack for drawing you in and bringing you back for more.
Like every small town, Roche Harbor has its own unique traditions that keep the locals stepping in time and the tourists relishing their vacation. The mornings at this water-side village begin with carillons from Our Lady of Good Voyage and hot donuts, freshly made at the Lime Kiln Café.
With 247 average days with sunshine, a reputation for wholesome fun, and more than 6 places to get freshly made pastries – Friday Harbor is the ultimate kid-friendly getaway destination that the whole family will love.