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Don’t Miss These Charming Friday Harbor Shops

Friday Harbor Shops, photo of downtown Friday Harbor

During your vacation to the San Juan Islands, be sure to save time for a little bit of shopping. There are some great Friday Harbor shops within a two-block walk from our boutique hotel offering locally-made souvenirs, beautiful gifts, and farm-fresh goods. You’ll find everything from antiques and island artifacts to jewelry and local wines. And thankfully, most of the best shopping in Friday Harbor is just steps from our front door. 

A recent travel study by Tourism Review News discovered that more than ever, travelers want to support local businesses during their vacations. The San Juan Islands are the epitome of a local community. When you visit, you’ll support our farmers, purveyors, and so much more—especially when you purchase goods from these Friday Harbor shops. One of the best places to find local products is our weekly Friday Harbor Farmers Market, where about 35 vendors offer island produce, fine crafts, and delicious prepared foods each Saturday.

As a guest at our boutique hotel in Friday Harbor, you’ll quickly see that supporting the local community is a big part of our business. We often partner with island wineries for wine dinners at Coho Restaurant (just one half block away), order produce, eggs, and proteins from nearby farms for our breakfast service, and make our own luxury bath products you’ll find in your en suite bathroom. You’ll rest easy knowing that your dollar isn’t just disappearing into a corporate account, but it’s going where it counts! Start planning your next getaway and reserve your lodging at our hotel in Friday Harbor today.

Friday Harbor Shops, photo of a happy couple at a farmers market

Charming Friday Harbor Shops & the Local Farmers Market

For a leisurely day on San Juan Island, visit the downtown area and peruse the local Friday Harbor shops. It’s a lovely way to get a lay of the land, meet some residents, and find treasures to commemorate your trip. We’re always happy to make personalized recommendations, so if you’re looking for something in particular, ask our innkeeper or any of our personable staff at our hotel in Friday Harbor for advice.

Here’s a list of our favorite Friday Harbor shops not to miss: 

  1. Island Studios: You’ll love the island vibe at this eclectic art and handmade crafts shop right in the heart of Friday Harbor. 
  2. Pelindaba Lavender: Of course, during late spring and summer, we suggest heading out to the local lavender farm about ten minutes from our hotel in Friday Harbor to see the purple fields. However, if you’re downtown, be sure to pop into one of the best-smelling Friday Harbor shops. 
  3. Be Chic Boutique: For beautiful apparel, trendy styles, and name brands, pop into this clothing shop during your visit. The welcoming staff always have great suggestions, too! 
  4. Mystical Mermaid: This is one of the best Friday Harbor shops for the fantasy lovers in your life. You’ll find nautical-themed gifts, jewelry, art, collectibles, mystical gemstones, and magical creatures. 
  5. Griffin Bay Bookstore: A Friday Harbor fixture since 1979, this local bookstore is a must-stop during your stay. The staff recommendations are a great place to start for your vacation reads. 
  6. The Toy Box: For unique merchandise for all ages that will guarantee hours of entertainment, look for puzzles, games, plush toys, art supplies, dolls, and more. 
  7. Sand Pebble: From stationery to clothing and jewelry to books, this family-owned shop has hand-selected goods to bring a smile to your face. Check out the collection of candles, rugs, and apparel for men, women, and kids.
  8. Print Shop Northwest: For t-shirts, sweatshirts, totes, and tea towels with iconic Northwest artwork and scenes, this is one of the best Friday Harbor shops for one-of-a-kind gear. 
  9. Funk and Junk Antiques: For a very cool collection of vintage and antique goods, there’s no better place on the island for treasure hunting.
  10. Friday Harbor Farmers Market: If you’re visiting on a Saturday, don’t miss out on this local farmers market for fresh produce, hand-crafted products, and fantastic lunch options. 
Friday Harbor Shops, photo of a room at our hotel in Friday Harbor

Stay at the Best Hotel in Friday Harbor

One of the best things about staying at our hotel in Friday Harbor is that there’s a lot to do without getting into your car. There’s ample street parking, and you can slip on your comfortable shoes and head out on foot. You’ll find some of the most charming Friday Harbor shops, as well as dining opportunities, coffee shops, and wine tasting, all within walking distance. On-site, we also offer some local goods for sale, including our housemade granola, cookbook, gourmet dog biscuits, and some of the skincare products that you enjoyed at our hotel in Friday Harbor as well.

As a guest, you’ll enjoy our high-end amenities, including a lovely and freshly prepared breakfast that will arrive at your door each morning. (You’ll be offered a form to fill out before arrival to inform us about allergies or dietary requests.) Everything on our menu is made from scratch using local ingredients whenever possible. In the afternoon, enjoy our freshly home-baked cookies and treats. In the evenings,  pop down just a block from your room to Coho Restaurant, our on-site farm-to-table dining destination, for an unforgettable Northwest-focused meal. None of the other lodging accommodations on San Juan Island can compare to our hotel in Friday Harbor! 

Check out our luxurious guest rooms and suites, which can accommodate various arrangements for your next getaway. We offer 18 unique lodging options, some ideal for couples and others perfect for families. We also welcome pets, so bring those furry friends along. Book your lodging today! 

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