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A Colorful Day at Pelindaba Lavender Farm on San Juan Island

Photo of the Pelindaba Lavender Farm near our Friday Harbor Bed and Breakfast, the best San Juan Island lodging property

On San Juan Island, summer brings many things to look forward to, including breezy warm days, a beautiful bounty of fresh produce, and sweeping purple fields at the local Pelindaba Lavender Farm. The best time to view these hues and take in the aromas is in July and August, though there of plenty of things to explore at the farm from May to October.

Better yet, visiting the Pelindaba Lavender Farm is always free, and the fields never close—guests can stroll the purple rows from morning to night, while the farm store hours are from 9:30 to 5:30 pm. 

Visiting the Pelindaba Lavender Farm is consistently listed on TripAdvisor as one of the top five things to do on San Juan Island. Past guests call to the well-stocked and beautiful gift shop, lavender treats, including ice cream and lemonade, and getting to harvest their own bundles from the fragrant fields. If you’re heading to San Juan Island for a relaxing getaway, visiting the lavender farm is a must! This purple herb is known for its calming and therapeutic properties, so it’s an excellent addition to your itinerary. 

For those planning an overnight or extended visit to San Juan Island, you’ll want to secure your summer lodging, and our Friday Harbor lodging property is one of the best places to stay! Not only was our Inn collection recognized by Travel + Leisure Magazine, but we’re also known for our warm and welcoming hospitality, comfortable accommodations, and scratch-made breakfast service delivered each morning to your door. Plan your next getaway and reserve your stay today! 

Guesets harvesting at Pelindaba Lavender Farm on San Juan Island near our Friday Harbor Bed and Breakfast

Pelindaba Lavender Farm *Closed as of 2024: Visit our Friday harbor B&B

For more than 20 years, the Pelindaba Lavender Farm has welcomed visitors from around the globe to experience the beauty of these rolling purple fields. The team has worked hard to maintain its place as the premier grower of lavender plants, distiller of lavender essential oils, and handcrafter of lavender-based products on San Juan Island.

Here are five things to know about the Pelindaba Lavender Farm before you go: 

  1. At the Pelindaba Lavender Farm, there are more than 25,000 plants of three different species in the organic fields and 50 different varieties in the demonstration garden. Essential oils are extracted from these plants at the on-site distillery and used to make various botanical, culinary, personal care, therapeutic, household, and pet care products. The farm is certified organic as well. 
  2. Located about six miles from our Friday Harbor lodging property, the lavender farm is the perfect outing by car or bike. Head to the U-pick fields and grab a bunch of photos. Let us know if you’d like a picnic to bring along; the fragrant lavender fields are the perfect backdrop to lay out a blanket and enjoy a casual lunch. There are picnic benches and tents set up for shade as well. 
  3. Before leaving Pelindaba Lavender Farm, browse their store, The Gatehouse, which features more than 200 lavender-based products. This year, they added some upgrades to the nursery, cafe, and exhibits at the Gatehouse. This is where you’ll find delicious lavender ice cream, lemonade, and cookies. Shop for personal skin care, therapeutic essential oils, culinary lavender products, and other things for the home. They sell their fantastic line of products online, too!
  4. For those who might be in the beginning phases of planning a big celebration or wedding, Pelindada Lavender Farm is available for special events from time to time throughout the year. We happen to offer some fantastic catering options at our Friday Harbor lodging; contact us for menus and quotes. 
  5. If, for some reason, you can’t make it out to the farm, you’ll also find a Pelindaba Lavender Farm store within walking distance of our Friday Harbor lodging property. There’s a fantastic selection of sachets, skincare, and culinary products. They also have more than ten outposts around the country, so you may encounter this brand during your travels.
Explore the Pelindaba Lavender Farm on San Juan Island near our Friday Harbor Bed and Breakfast

Our Friday Harbor Bed and Breakfast is the Best San Juan Island Lodging

Strolling the sweeping fields at Pelindaba Lavender farm, especially at the “peak of purpleness” in July and August, is such a welcome addition to any getaway on San Juan Island. What’s better is knowing that our welcoming Friday Harbor lodging is awaiting your return. Our San Juan Island Inn collection offers an array of comfortable accommodations with classic bed and breakfast-style amenities, which includes a fresh breakfast each morning delivered to your door, sweet treats throughout the day, and a dedicated Innkeeper available for concierge services. 

Our Friday Harbor lodging property on San Juan Island has more than 500 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor. One of the top reasons is the luxurious guest rooms and suites available to fit any vacation style. We provide 18 distinct lodging options that cater to different needs, whether you’re traveling with your partner, group of friends, or family members. Additionally, we welcome pets, allowing you to bring them along without worrying about a sitter or compromising on comfort! 

Our location is a walker’s dream! Just steps from the ferry landing in Friday Harbor, there’s no shortage of restaurants, shops, and beaches to discover without using your car. Just a block from our Inn, you’ll find the perfect place for a farm-fresh meal at Coho Restaurant. Local produce and proteins shine on our thoughtful and creative menu. The award-winning wine list offers guests a selection of small-production Washington wines and a handful of international favorites. We can’t wait to host you in Friday Harbor! Book your stay today.

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