Friday Harbor House
The lovely island of San Juan offers something for everyone from endless outdoor activities to annual events and festivals. Exuding sunshine for more than 245 days of the year, Friday Harbor is a haven for outdoor recreation and activities and has an abundance to choose from, including hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, scuba diving, boating or golf. Orca whale watching is a popular pastime, as is watching for other marine creatures such as seals, porpoises, and otters. There are two national parks on the island to enjoy, including British Camp (sometimes called English Camp) and American Camp, which delves into the history of a war that nearly occurred between the US and Britain in 1859.
For those who prefer something slightly more relaxed, Friday Harbor is famed for its eclectic collection of art galleries, antique shops, boutiques, and bookstores. It is also reputed to have some of the best restaurants in the region, with an array of outstanding locally sourced and seasonal cuisine to enjoy.
Visit the Roche Harbor Village, which is home to an 18-acre sculpture garden of original artworks and interesting artist booths, or taste wine and enjoy a cellar tour at the San Juan Vineyards.
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130 West St., Friday Harbor, WA 98250, Phone: 866-722-7356, website
Photo: Friday Harbor House