The San Juan Islands have long been a great vacation destination, the perfect place to slow down, relax, and unwind. Many come to the San Juan Islands for the breathtaking scenery and leave with a deep sense of appreciation for the charming communities and welcoming atmosphere they enjoyed while here. But that’s not the only reason to visit. The San Juan Islands are also home to three exquisite Washington wineries.
Sipping and swirling your way from one delicious Washington winery to the next is the perfect activity to add to your itinerary. In fact, here, you’ll enjoy sipping varietals that aren’t found at Washington wineries in the expansive and better-known wine-growing regions of Walla Walla, the Tri-Cities, and Yakima. Our luxury Friday Harbor hotels, located a short walk from the ferry, are the perfect place to slow down and enjoy the very best the San Juan Islands have to offer.
Here, you’ll find an 18-unit historic inn that has a variety of eco-friendly lodging options, perfect for couples, families, and even your four-legged companions. We offer an authentic island getaway, laced throughout with indulgent touches of luxury. From our complimentary multi-course gourmet breakfasts to our range of luxurious amenities, you’ll want for nothing during your time at the Tucker House Inn & Harrison House Suites. It’s time to slow down & enjoy the getaway you deserve. Book your room at our Friday Harbor hotels today!
5 Delightful Washington Wineries Near Us
The San Juan Islands are likely on your list of places to visit, thanks to the seemingly endless access to pristine nature enjoyed here. However, it’s probably not on your radar as a great wine-tasting destination. It should be! Wine tasting in the San Juan Islands ranks right up there with whale watching, kayaking, hiking, birdwatching, boating, biking, agrotourism, and just enjoying some good old-fashioned downtime.
There are 45 exceptional Washington wineries in the Puget Sound AVA, five of which are right here in the San Juan Islands. These lesser-known Washington wineries pack quite a punch, though, serving up a range of cooler-climate wine varietals that pair delightfully with island cuisine. Wines common to this area include Riesling, Siegerrebe, Madeleine Angevine and Müller-Thurgau.
There are three wonderful Washington wineries right here on San Juan Island. They are San Juan Vineyard, Madrone Cellars, and Archipelago Wines. San Juan Vineyard produces Siegerrebe and Madeleine Angevine grapes, and it is situated in a historic schoolhouse overlooking a stunning chapel. Madrone Cellars produces wines from grapes that have been grown in Eastern Washington and made with minimal intervention, which results in wines that truly reflect the terroir in which they were grown. Archipelago produces a delicious range of wines that reflect the San Juan Islands with its relaxed energy and love of fresh, high-quality food and wines. Their specialty is sparkling wine.
Your next wine tasting journey involves a short inter-island ferry ride to beautiful Orcas Island, where you’ll find the Orcas Island Winery. The winery itself is located at the base of Turtleback Mountain, and they offer a wine garden experience that is quintessential San Juans. Beyond just offering great wine flights and wines by the glass, they also offer gourmet picnic-style food and locally made cheese & charcuterie boxes to enjoy in their rustic setting.
The third of the Washington wineries found in the San Juan Islands is Lopez Island Vineyards. This winery is only open by appointment on Thursdays and Fridays. It’s the oldest vineyard and winery in the San Juan Islands, and they specialize in various wines, including Madeleine Angevine and Siegerrebe. Like other local Washington wineries, they also feature delicious red wines made from grapes grown in Eastern Washington.
You’ll need more than a day to visit all of these incredible wineries, but it’s a great way to truly get a feel for the San Juan Islands. We recommend a minimum of two days to visit these wineries, with three days being even better, so you can thoroughly enjoy the top attractions on each island as well. For ideas on what to do on each island, please read our blog about inter-island ferries.
The Best Friday Harbor Hotels for Your Getaway
In between your wine tasting adventures at these exquisite local Washington wineries, we’d love to help you enjoy the very best the San Juan Islands have to offer. Our concierge service is exceptional and always available to you both before and during your trip. We’re happy to offer recommendations for great hikes, bike rides, and beaches, but we’d also love to book your whale watching tours, kayaking trips, and other island adventures.
Apart from being your go-to island resource, the Tucker House Inn & Harrison House Suites also offer unbeatable luxury lodging. Our Friday Harbor hotels are top-rated accommodations for a reason. It starts with our warm & welcoming guest rooms, well-appointed with comfortable beds and luxury amenities. It continues through to your multi-course breakfast delivered hot and fresh to your room every morning of your stay.
Our variety of guest rooms, spacious suites, and vacation cottages are perfect for every traveler, from solo adventurers or couples looking for a romantic escape to families traveling with their children or four-legged companions. We pride ourselves on our unparalleled service and would love nothing more than to show you what an island getaway is all about. Are you ready to visit? Book your room at our unbeatable Friday Harbor Hotels today!