There’s certainly no shortage of things to do when visiting us on beautiful San Juan Island, but there’s no doubt that one of the most popular places to visit is Lime Kiln Point State Park. It’s a beautiful location in its own right, with dramatic coastal views and a historic lighthouse, but it’s also one of the best places in the world to enjoy a bit of land-based whale watching in the San Juans.
When it comes to choosing lodging for your adventure in the San Juan Islands, there is nothing better situated than our Friday Harbor Hotels. We’re just a short walk away from the San Juan Island ferry terminal, but also within easy driving or biking distance to top attractions like Lime Kiln Point State Park. Add just the right touch of luxury and exquisite dining experiences to this centralized location, and you really do have the dreamy island getaway you’ve been looking for!
We offer 18 units at our historic hotels, perfect for a broad range of travelers, including those coming with family or 4 legged companions or those just looking for a romantic escape. Come for a few days, live on “island time” with us, and experience this sensational getaway destination like never before. Book your room at our Friday Harbor hotels today!
Beautiful Views & More at Lime Kiln Point State Park
Lime Kiln Point State Park is located on the western edge of San Juan Island, just a 15-minute drive from downtown Friday Harbor. By bike, you can expect the 9-mile trip to take around an hour, but it’s a beautiful journey across the interior roads of San Juan Island. The 41-acre Lime Kiln Point State Park is one of the most popular attractions on San Juan Island, and for good reason.
Lime Kiln Point State Park is considered to be one of the best land-based whale-watching destinations in the world. Between the months of May – September, you’re likely to see resident and transient pods of orcas, gray whales, humpback whales, and minke whales splashing just offshore from the park.
Apart from whale-watching, there’s plenty to see and do at Lime Kiln Point State Park. The area historically was used as a quarry for limestone, and Kilns were built to fire the limestone to produce lime. Next door to all of this, the Coast Guard operated the historic lighthouse, which was built in 1919. Lime Kiln Point State Park was created in 1984, and the Coast Guard still actively maintains the lighthouse, while the building itself is dedicated to Orca research and enjoyment by the public. There are scheduled lighthouse tours throughout the day.
There are 1.6 miles of hiking trails in the park, allowing further exploration of the area, and it’s also surrounded by 200 acres of public land which you’re welcome to explore as well. Lime Kiln Point State Park also happens to be a great place for birdwatching, picnicking, and just generally enjoying the beautiful natural surroundings.
Location, Luxury, & More at our Friday Harbor Hotels
After you’ve had your fill of beauty at Lime Kiln Point State Park, enjoy a relaxing afternoon sipping local beer, wine, or spirits at local establishments, such as San Juan Vineyard, San Juan Island Brewing Co., Picnik in downtown Friday Harbor, Westcott Bay Cider, San Juan Island Distillery, or Madrone Cellars & Ciders. As you continue to unwind, a delicious dinner awaits at our very own Coho Restaurant, serving up some of the most delicious farm-to-table cuisine available in the San Juans.
Follow up your dinner with one of the most restful nights of sleep you’ll ever have away from home. Our Friday Harbor hotels are located within walking distance to Friday Harbor, offering you easy convenience to the best of San Juan Island, coupled with our uniquely luxurious and comfortable accommodations. You’ll have your choice from our guest rooms, suites, and vacation cottages, all of which come standard with our exceptional hospitality attentive service.
Each guest room features a range of high-end amenities to compliment your stay. Start your day off every morning of your stay with a delicious multi-course breakfast, made from scratch using local ingredients right here in our kitchen, and delivered fresh to your door. As you sink into the enveloping comfort of your room, you’ll finally understand just how good a San Juan Island getaway can be. Come enjoy the very best of the islands with us. Book your room at the best Friday Harbor hotels today!