Off the coast of Washington, lies a charming island getaway that encompasses the best of the Pacific Northwest. The San Juan Islands are tucked away in an inlet north of Seattle and Portland and south of Vancouver and a popular day trip from those wanting to feel the laid-back island life, Pacific Northwest style.
Explore Friday Harbor
Friday Harbor is a quintessential seaside town that’s perfect for any day adventurer. Everything is in walking distance, and there are also many alternative ways to explore the island, including by moped, bike, bus, and trolley. We recommend taking the island’s self-guided walking tour to discover the magic of historic downtown and learn the stories behind the quaint buildings that line its streets.
San Juan’s Local Connection
You may be surprised to find that many foodstuffs are grown and caught in the San Juan Islands, all of which you can try during your visit. Oysters and salmon are harvested right off the coast, meats are locally raised, and fruits and veggies are cultivated all over the county. You can even try a variety of local cheeses! One local spot to catch before you leave is the iconic 25-acre Pelindaba Lavender Farm, where they offer over 200 lavender-based products that you can use in cooking, personal care, and around the house.
Listen to the Whales Sing
Lime Kiln Lighthouse in Lime Kiln Point State Park is a must-stop to have a unique wildlife encounter. Not only is it one of the best places to see orca whales from the shore, but you can actually hear them sing from the lighthouse’s hydrophone! You can also get a glimpse of other animals that make appearances on the shoreline, like sea lions, otters, and bald eagles.
Where It All Comes Together
If visiting the San Juan Islands sounds like the soothing mini escape you need in your life, we recommend taking advantage of the new “Capture the Moment” summer package at Willows Lodge, a resort offering scenic sophistication right in the heart of Washington’s award-winning wine country. This unique Northwest package includes:
- Two nights of luxury accommodations
- Arrival bottle of Woodinville wine
- Round-trip Kenmore Air seaplane trip to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island for a day of island exploration
- $100 dining credit at Barking Frog restaurant
- A curated Woodinville Wine Country wine tasting itinerary
- Complimentary valet parking
- An Instax Neo-classic camera including film
For more information or to book this package, please call (425) 424-2965.