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Five Things to Do on A Rainy Day on San Juan Island

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The San Juan Islands are beautiful. During the summer we enjoy lots of sunshine, but if you decide to come in the off-season, which has its perks, you will most likely encounter a little rain. We do get significantly less rain than most of Western Washington due to a rain shadow, but we are not immune. If you’re visiting outside of June, July, August, and early September you can expect to get a little damp; but don’t worry! Here are five activities to brighten your rainy day during your stay at Harrison House Suites or Tucker House Inn on San Juan Island.

1. Coffee and a Good Book

Griffin Bay Bookstore is the perfect spot to hide from the rain. Their cozy interior is warm and inviting. There’s a large selection of books and a small coffee shop tucked in the back. Find your favorite author, then grab a hot drink while you sit, relax, and read.

Griffin bay bookstore Friday Harbor

2. Hike

When there’s a nice Pacific Northwest gentle drizzle it‘s time to hit the trails. There’s something about the forest that comes to life when it rains. Jackle’s Lagoon is a perfect spot for hiking in our damp weather. Its heavily wooded trails overlook Griffin Bay and the colors you’ll see in the foliage are intensified when they’re wet. Breath in as the the smell of earth and fresh rain overwhelm you. All you need is a hooded rain slicker and you will be prepared for a possible downpour. After you get back to your suite, warm up with some lavender hot chocolate by the fireplace or jump in an outdoor hot tub!

3. Whale Museum

It may not be optimal to schedule a whale watching tour on a rainy day, but you can learn all about them. The San Juan Island Whale Museum lets you get up close and personal with the large mammals. The admission is $6 and they have two floors of exhibits. This includes a gallery of whales, an exhibit on the dangers of plastic in the marine environment, an overview of baleen whales, a sightings map, and the movie, “Springer’s Story.” The Whale Museum is fun and educational and great for adults and kids alike.

4. San Juan Island Brewing Co.

Grab a brew at San Juan Brewing. All of their beers are made on-site and they have tasty treats to go along with it. Order a flight of five of their locally-crafted beer or ciders. They also have a kids play area so bring the little ones along! It might be cold outside but as soon as you bite into their house made pretzel with hot beer cheese sauce you’ll feel warm and cozy inside.


5. Spa Day

No matter the weather everyone loves a spa day; but the rain makes you feel less guilty about skipping the outdoors for a minute. The Spa at Earthbox is the perfect relaxing getaway. They offer all the usual menu items such as: massage, body treatments, facials, waxing, and lash extensions. However, they also have a Jacuzzi, pool, and sauna that you’re welcome to use before and or after your treatment. Their blissful ambiance and multitude of treatments, all using the best natural products, is sure to take your mind off the rain.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, rain is a welcome part of our lives! Ask one of the team at the Harrison House Suites or Tucker House Inn about their favorite activities for a drizzly day. There is so much to see and do on San Juan Island; don’t let a little rain get in your way.

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