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Why You Should Travel to the San Juan Islands in Washington State

San Juan Islands in Washington State

If you’ve yet to explore the absolute beauty of the San Juan Islands in Washington State, this archipelago in the northwest needs to be your next vacation destination. Those who have spent time in this neck of the woods can attest to the rolling hills of emerald Evergreens, the pristine waterways, and the fresh saltwater air that refreshes the mind, body, and soul. You’ll start your journey with a ferry ride, the perfect place to view the thriving wildlife—bird and whale watching are favorite pastimes in this area. 

On the island collection, you’ll have your pick from outdoor excursions: hiking, kayaking, and biking options abound. When it’s time to wind down, you’ll find a lovely selection of wineries, cafes, and world-class dining institutions. San Juan Island, the second largest island in the archipelago, is a perfect getaway destination. Friday Harbor, just steps from the ferry dock, offers the ideal small-town vibe with boutiques and plenty to explore. The first thing you’ll notice is that “island time” is a way of life, and you can’t help but slow down and reset. 

While there are many lodging options to choose from in the San Juan Islands in Washington State, there’s something special about our charming Friday Harbor Bed and Breakfast. We are located within walking distance of the ferry and offer an array of accommodations, from cozy rooms for romance to full multi-room suites for family getaways. Better yet, we’ll deliver a hot and fresh scratch-made breakfast each morning of your stay—one less thing to plan for and the best way to start the day before heading out to discover our beautiful island community. Book your lodging today! 

San Juan Islands in Washington State, photo of the Lime Kiln lighthouse

San Juan Islands in Washington State: Best Things to do Near friday Harbor

The San Juan Islands in Washington State are undeniably one of the most gorgeous places on earth. These islands are renowned for their stunning landscapes, including lush green forests, pristine beaches, and breathtaking views of the surrounding waterways. These islands are a perfect haven for nature enthusiasts and people who love outdoor activities.

Here are the best things to do in the San Juan Islands in Washington State: 

  1. Hit the Hiking Trails: Sitting at the number one spot of things to do on San Juan Island on TripAdvisor is a visit to Lime Kiln State Park. Visitors flock to this waterfront nature area, also known as “Whale Watch Park,” for the ample opportunities to spot these majestic marine mammals from the trails along the craggy shoreline and Lime Kiln Lighthouse. There are several other places for hiking for all skill levels, including the San Juan Island National Historical Park, which has two locations, English and American Camp, for beautiful routes and plenty of history to discover. 
  2. Get out on the Water: One of the best ways to view this stunning scenery and wildlife is from the water! Multiple local companies are offering whale-watching excursions from small crafts or booking one of the intimate kayaking adventures. Many of these options are just steps from our Friday Harbor Bed and Breakfast, and we’re happy to help you arrange these tours. 
  3. Explore the Beaches: Northwest beaches are at their most beautiful on the San Juan Islands in Washington State. Collections of driftwood line the shorelines with patches of sand and rocky stretches with interesting agates, stones, and beach glass. Low tide creates tidepools and the perfect opportunity for treasure hunting. 
  4. Fine Farm-to-Table Dining: Due to our abundance of local farms and a community that enjoys supporting island businesses, the restaurants around Friday Harbor celebrate our island-grown produce and proteins whenever possible. You’ll have some of the most memorable meals on your getaways to the San Juan Islands in Washington State! Don’t miss Coho Restaurant
  5. Arts, Museums, & Culture: There’s a lovely selection of galleries in the Friday Harbor area. Check out The Whale Museum and the San Juan Island Museum of Art. On your way out to Roche Harbor, stop by the San Juan Island Sculpture Park for a curated outdoor collection of impressive sculptures and installations. 
  6. Scenic Drives & Ferry Rides: Getting to the San Juan Islands in Washington State is all part of the fun. The ferry is the most popular option, and you’ll want to head up to the top deck to take in the sights. Another unique option is flying in with Kenmore Air from Seattle on a seaplane. 
  7. Wine, Spirits, & Beer Tasting: For those who enjoy wine tasting and craft beverages, there’s a handful of island wineries, distilleries, and breweries to visit. We suggest San Juan Island Brewing, Madrone Cellars, and the San Juan Island Distillery to taste the local pours. 
  8. Shopping & Antiques: You’ll love meandering on the charming streets of Friday Harbor, popping into local boutiques, bookstores, and the Pelindaba Lavender Store. 

There’s so much more to discover on a getaway to the San Juan Islands in Washington State, and when you book our Friday Harbor Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be in the ideal location to experience it all. 

San Juan Islands in Washington State, exterior view of our Friday Harbor Bed and Breakfast

Island Lodging at our Friday Harbor Bed and Breakfast

Escape to our Friday Harbor Bed and Breakfast, a collection of two of the top-rated lodging accommodations on San Juan Island. Experience an ideal Pacific Northwest retreat only a short drive from Seattle when you visit the San Juan Islands in Washington State. Our 18-unit historic inn has a variety of eco-friendly lodging options that are perfect for couples, families, and four-legged friends.

Indulge in our complimentary hot gourmet breakfasts made from the freshest seasonal ingredients and delivered hot to your door each morning. Prepared with the same mentality we implore at our elegant fine dining establishment, Coho Restaurant, just steps from your guest room. Dining here should be on your itinerary for beautiful meals and an excellent wine list to match. 

Let us pamper you with our inn’s luxurious amenities and concierge service. Our Innkeepers are experts in the area from the best things to do to transportation options and reservations. You’ll quickly see why the San Juan Islands in Washington State is an authentic island getaway that you won’t soon forget! Book your lodging today. 

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