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San Juan Island
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A love affair with Friday Harbor is not an uncommon thing.
For many, it’s love at first sight as the ferry boat approaches the quaint hillside island town overlooking the harbor. Historic buildings and stoplightfree streets invite you to be swept back into a quieter era – a welcome escape from the hectic day-to-day of mainland life.
There’s no need for a car here, making it a great stop
for walkers, bikers and island hoppers. The compact,
easily walkable town is full of art galleries, bookstores
and antique shops, and offers up world-class eats for
hungry travelers. (Try Vinny’s Ristorante for Pacific
Northwest fare at its best.) This island is the perfect
spot for a day trip or a few days’ stay.
But, if you want to get out of town, there’s plenty
to do on the island. Grab a bike or a moped and head
around the winding island roads for a variety of vistas.
On the north side of the island you’ll find stunning Roche Harbor with a bay full of yachts and the historic Hotel de Haro, which dates to 1886. After a delicious meal, tour the 19-acre San Juan Islands Museum of Art and Sculpture Park.
On the west side of the island, visit Lime Kiln Point
State Park, a 36-acre park where you can view spectacular sunsets and catch a glimpse of the orcas that summer in Haro Strait. Tours of the lighthouse are offered on Saturdays throughout the summer.
For more info, visit sanjuanisland.org.
Things to do:
WANT TO GET AWAY? Rent a moped or a three-wheeled scootcoupe from Susie’s Mopeds and explore the island.
GOT A PENCHANT FOR HEIGHTS? Glide through
the trees on a zip lining tour with Zip San Juan.
LOVE ORCAS SO MUCH YOU WANT ONE OF YOUR OWN? Adopt your own orca at the whale Museum in Friday Harbor and learn about the resident pod of orcas.