Written By Lindsey Smith. Published on March 23, 2018.
Although each season on San Juan Island offers a charming character of its own, prime time here is definitely what’s known as “peak season”. We’re talking June through September, when the island is full of bright sunshine, new faces, and all the local businesses have reopened up their doors for the Summer! After being in hibernation all year, here’s a list of local businesses you can expect to reopen for your summer vacation. Be sure to visit them while you can, after all, they’re all a short walk from your suite at the San Juan Island Inn Collection!
This casual seafood joint offers an unbeatable view of our beloved harbor. Sit up on the top deck or under the gazebo with a cold cocktail and some locally-caught Dungeness Crab while watching the ferries come and go. Visit Friday’s Crabhouse at 65 Front St. Friday Harbor, WA or online at fridayscrabhouse.com. They are reachable by phone at 36-378-8801. Open seven days a week from 11:00am to 7:00pm.
There isn’t a ton of Mexican food on the island, so get it when you can find it! Enjoy a unique lunch or dinner right downtown. This restaurant offers authentic tacos, tamales, burritos and more to satisfy your cravings. Visit Hermosa at their new location: 140 1st St. Friday Harbor, WA open 11:00am until 7:00pm daily, closed Tuesday. Reachable by phone at 360-622-8714.
Friday Harbor Ice Cream
Our next business on our list is right across the street from Friday’s Crabhouse. Friday Harbor Ice Cream Co., conveniently located right on the water! With 30+ flavor varieties, they will surely have your favorite in stock. They do not offer seating so you’ll have to take your cone on the go. Be aware, this joint is cash only! Visit Friday Harbor Ice Cream Co. seven days a week from 11:00am until 9:30pm. Located at 1 Front St S. Friday Harbor, WA or on the phone at 360-298-0716.
The Bait Shop
Another business worth a visit is The Bait Shop, a self-proclaimed “fish & chips joint”. Located at 175 Spring St. Friday Harbor, WA you can stop in for a bite during your afternoon stroll downtown. They are open for service 11:00am to 4:00pm seven days a week. Reach them by phone at 360-378-0366.
Pier 1 Fish + Brew
Still haven’t gotten your fix of fish and chips? Head down to Pier 1 Fish + Brew to try this seafood stand’s table fare. Enjoy a cold local brew while sitting on their harbor-view deck. Outdoor seating only. Associated with Cheesecake Cafe & Bakery right next door! Visit them on Facebook or on at phone at 360-378-0372.