Friday Harbor is a small charming historic town on San Juan Island in San Juan County, Washington State. Friday Harbor is the major commercial center of the San Juan Islands archipelago and a perfect base for exploring this fascinating area. Reachable only by a ferry, Friday Harbor is relaxed, walkable and lively, with small shops, galleries, restaurants and pubs, surrounded by wild, spectacular nature. After sailing with one of the tour boats to see whales that live in the waters around the island, learn more about these magnificent animals by visiting The Whale Museum. The San Juan Islands Museum of Art features works of local artists and the San Juan Community Theatre is a surprisingly high quality theatre offering free plays to everyone. The San Juan Historical Museum and American and British Camps tell the story of the town and island’s past.

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1.Lime Kiln Point State Park

Lime Kiln Point State Park
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Perched on a rocky bluff at the west end of San Juan Island in the San Juan Archipelago, Washington State, Lime Kiln Point is a small day park considered one of the best places in the world to watch whales- humpback, orcas and minke whales. Large pods migrate through this area between May and September. Visitors can watch whales from a 1919 historic lighthouse or from a sea cliff. The park’s Lime Kiln Interpretive Center offers a range of exhibits on resident and transient whale pods as well as on the lime kiln industry that once occupied the area. The park is a beautiful spot to explore in its own right – there are hiking trails along the rugged coast, plenty of birds for bird watchers, opportunities for diving and kayaking or a visit to the historic 19th-century lime kiln.

1567 West Side Rd, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, Phone: 360-378-2044

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2.Pelindaba Lavender Farm

Pelindaba Lavender Farm
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Pelindaba Lavender Farm is a beautiful spot on San Juan Island, overlooking Olympic Mountains and a tranquil lake, where visitors can stroll through 25 acres of fragrant fields growing certified organic lavender plants. The farm also includes a nursery, essential oil distillery, exhibits on the role of lavender and its products and a Gatehouse Farm Store that sells over 200 lavender-based products for botanical, culinary, therapeutic, household, personal care and pet care use. Visitors are welcome to enjoy picnic on the lawns or in the fields in the summer. Every third weekend in July the farm hosts the Annual San Juan Island Lavender Festival.

45 Hawthorne Ln, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, Phone: 360-378-4248

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3.Cattle Point Lighthouse

Cattle Point Lighthouse
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Overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca where the Haro Straits join the San Juan Channel, Cattle Point Lighthouse stands on the southeastern tip of San Juan Island, Washington State. Next to the light is the state's Cattle Point Natural Resources Conservation Area. The lighthouse is part of the San Juan Islands National Monument. The first light on this spot was a post erected in 1888 with a lens lantern. It was replaced in 1921 by a radio compass station. The 34-foot octagonal, concrete tower was erected on Cattle Point in 1935. The tower's lantern was removed in the late 1950s, and replaced with a 250-mm drum lens we can see on a short mast on top of the tower. The lighthouse was used as a backdrop for an Exxon television commercial in 1984.

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4.Whale Museum

Whale Museum
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The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor, Washington is a natural history museum founded in 1979 with the goal to interpret whales in the wild. Its mission is the protection of wild whales in the Salish Seaecosystem with education and research programs. The Whale Museum has a range of exhibits that include life-sized models of whale, full articulated skeletons, detailed information on the pods or family groups of the endangered Southern Resident killer whales, as well as current scientific research on local whale species. The museum includes also exhibits on porpoises, pinnipeds and other marine mammals that live in the Salish Sea. There are also wildlife videos, and exhibits on Northwest Native American culture.

62 First St N, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, Phone: 360-378-4710

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5.American Camp, Friday Harbor, Washington

American Camp, Friday Harbor, Washington
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The south end of the San Juan island is covered with the prairie and forest. That is where American Camp was located during the peaceful 12-year joint U.S./British occupation from July 1859 through November 1874. There is a visitor center with a selection of books on history and wildlife of the island. The rangers offer nature and history walks on weekends from June to August. Visitors can see the only remains of the former camp – two officers’ quarters, the parade ground, laundress quarters, an earthen lookout known as the Redoubt and a small museum. Several miles of trails through prairies mixed with rocky outcrops lead to South Beach, the longest public beach in the islands, overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca with the Olympic Mountains in the background.

4668 Cattle Point Rd, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, Phone: 360-378-2240

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6.English Camp

English Camp
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English Camp on San Juan Island was home to a group of the British Royal Marines during what was known as "The Pig War," which resulted in 1859 in a 12-year long joint British/U.S. occupation of the island. British Camp was located at the north end of the island, on the shores of Garrison Bay and visitors can still see a formal garden, a few buildings and a cemetery that remain from that time. The camp is today a charming day-use park , which includes a visitors’ center and a network of trails that range from a strenuous hike up Young Hill that ends at the cemetery and beyond, to an easy 45-minute loop trail through lush woodland and along the bay. Every Saturday, from June to August, park rangers and volunteers recreate military and civilian life during the early pioneer period on the island.

Friday Harbor, WA 98250, Phone: 360-378-2240

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7.Westcott Bay Shellfish Co., Friday Harbor, Washington

Westcott Bay Shellfish Co., Friday Harbor, Washington
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Westcott Bay Shellfish Co. is located directly above cultivated tidelands on Westcott Bay. A visit to the farm offers a unique island experience, where visitors can actively participate in selecting freshly harvested shellfish from the farm tanks to take home, or shucking and eating raw oysters on the spot, on-site, at one of several picnic tables. On a low tide, it is fascinating to observe aquaculture farming on their beaches. At high tide, they can watch resident herons, seals and eagles cruising above water. Westcott offers all the necessities for the perfect summer picnic, including locally baked bread, a range of salads, cheeses and charcuterie, everything that goes perfectly with their hand-shucked oysters. They also offer beer, wine, water and sodas.

904 Westcott Dr, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, Phone: 360-378-2489

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8.Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm and Country Store

Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm and Country Store
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Krystal Acres is an 80-acre alpaca farm on San Juan Island in Washington State, owned by Kris and Albert Olson. The constantly growing herd of about 50 alpacas lives on the gentle slopes of sunny pastures, cooled by the shade of massive 100-year old oaks. It is the largest herd of alpacas on the San Juan Island. The farm is open to the visitors and they are invited to stroll around, see the animals and stop by their Country Store and browse an extraordinary selection of alpaca-wool sweaters, coats, and cuddly toys. They also offer all sorts of accessories such as hats, scarves, socks and slippers and, of course, alpaca yarns.

3501 West Valley Road, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, Phone: 360-378-6125

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9.IMA - San Juan Islands Museum

IMA - San Juan Islands Museum
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The San Juan Islands Museum of Art is dedicated to promoting the visual arts of the Pacific Northwest and Southwest British Columbia. The museum has three galleries and offers 8 to10 rotating exhibitions every year, as well as a series of lectures named Art as a Voice. The exhibitions feature fine visual art, including paintings, sculpture, drawings, photography and more, from all over the world, but especially from artists of the Salish Sea. The museum also works with the San Juan Island School District by providing on-going financial support for art education. Without their help, there would be no any arts program in the elementary schools on the island.

540 Spring St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, Phone: 360-370-5050

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10.Arctic Raven Gallery, Friday Harbor, Washington

Arctic Raven Gallery, Friday Harbor, Washington
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Arctic Raven Gallery is an art gallery in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in Puget Sound featuring Native art of Arctic and American Northwest Coast. The gallery features a collection of Northwest Coast Indian masks, prints and wood carvings that represents local peoples including the Kwaguilth, Coast Salish and Makah nations as well as the Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian from further north. The gallery is proud to represent some of the most recognized names such as Susan Point, Robert Davidson and the Hunt family. The gallery also features prints from the Arctic and stone, bone and ivory sculptures. Through the art of the Inuit, Inupiat and Yup’ik natives visitors can visualize a unique lifestyle of peoples adapted to the harsh northern environment.

130 First St S, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, Phone: 360-378-3433

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11.Stuart Island Marine State Park

Stuart Island Marine State Park
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Stuart Island State Park is a marine camping park in San Juan County, Washington State, a part of the Washington State Park System. It covers 433 acres of land and water on and around Stuart Island, with picturesque blue inlets and hidden craggy coves. The park has about 33,030 feet (10,070 m) of shoreline, with moorage at Prevost and Reid Harbors. Visitors can enjoy 3.5 miles of hiking trails, boating, fishing, scuba diving and crabbing. The park, a part of the Cascadia Marine Trail, has 18 primitive campsites reserved for kayaker and canoeists not far from Prevost Harbor. There is a trail all the way up the Turn Point Light Station, just outside the park. The park is famous for spectacular sunsets and friendly boating community.

Roche Harbor, WA 98250, Phone: 360-378-2044

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12.San Juan Island Farmers Market

San Juan Island Farmers Market
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Every Saturday morning, from April to October, the historic Brickworks Community Center in Friday Harbor is the place where all locals, and many visitors, go to stock up on fresh island-grown produce, berries, flower bouquets, eggs, dairy products, fresh local seafood, meats, shellfish, cheese and more. The San Juan Island Farmers Market is also the place to enjoy freshly cooked dishes made from local ingredients, including paella, falafels, crepes, Tibetan dumplings, breads, pastries, pizza, music, crafts and more. The Brickworks community center is located two blocks from the ferry port. In November, December and March the market is open only on the 1st and the 3rd Saturday and in January and February, only on the first Saturday.

Brickworks Building, 150 Nichols Street, Friday Harbor WA

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13.Schooners North, Friday Harbor, Washington

Schooners North, Friday Harbor, Washington
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Schooners North is a classic wooden vessel, beautiful, sturdy and seaworthy, that will make your sailing voyage unforgettable. Schooners North sails from the small coastal town of Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands, Washington. The waters around the islands are teaming with wildlife including the Orcas and Humpback whales, dolphins, otters and a range of bird species including bald eagles. The sheltered, peaceful waters between the islands make it for a peaceful and interesting sailing. Sailing these waters from the deck of a beautiful Schooner will give you a unique perspective into this beautiful part of the Salish Sea. While cruising among whales, porpoise, seals and sea lions and otters, onboard naturalists will tell you about their habits and dangers they face.

8058, 1 Front St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, Phone: 360-378-2224

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14.San Juan Museum Historical Society and Museum

San Juan Museum Historical Society and Museum
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Museum is located on the former James King farm which was homesteaded in the 1880s. The museum complex includes the original farmhouse, root cellar, carriage house, milk house, the first San Juan County jail, a barn, a pioneer log cabin and resource center. The museum is managed by the San Juan historical Society, which also maintains a large collection of historic artifacts, photographs and documents on the history of San Juan Island. The society organizes the annual 4th of July Pig War Picnic, Island Rec's "Music on the Lawn Summer Concert Series” and the Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration.

405 Price St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, Phone: 360-378-3949

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15.Harbor Song Art Gallery, Friday Harbor, Washington

Harbor Song Art Gallery, Friday Harbor, Washington
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Located in the quaint coastal town of Friday Harbor, Washington, Harbor Song Art Gallery is dedicated to the art of local artists Tom and Mary Garrels, who are also the owners of the gallery. Besides their own artworks, Harbor Song offers custom picture framing and unique decorative pieces for home or office. Their artworks can be found in several public and private collections all over the world. They are representing their work exclusively in their gallery and are available for commissions, individually or together. They decided to remain in the Pacific Northwest, counting on the magnificence and the splendor of the San Juan Islands to provide them with the constant inspiration for their art.

180 1st St S, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, Phone: 360-370-7037

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16.Island Stage Left, Friday Harbor, WA

Island Stage Left, Friday Harbor, WA
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Island Stage Left is a high quality professional theatre located in Friday Harbor, Washington State, which offers theatre experience, free of charge, to all islanders and island visitors, regardless of their financial or social status. The theatre was established 20 years ago by long-term theatre professionals Helen Machin-Smith and Daniel Mayes, who moved to San Juan Island to bring the performing arts to a small community. Since their inaugural 1999 performance of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest,' the company has produced many Shakespearean and other works ranging from James Goldman's 'The Lion in Winter' to John Patrick Shanley's 'Doubt'. Island Stage Left chooses works that move, speak of the human spirit and challenge. The company has taken many of their productions to other islands in the archipelago, including San Juan, Lopez, Orcas, Waldron, and Shaw.

1062 Wold Rd, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, Phone: 360-378-5649

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17.John S. McMillin Memorial Mausoleum

John S. McMillin Memorial Mausoleum
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Just a short trip from the Tucker House Inn in the historic village of Roche Harbor on San Juan Island, Washington State is John S. McMillin Memorial Mausoleum, a stately, rotunda–style family crypt. John S. McMillin was the founder of the Roche Harbor town, and the owner of the Roche Harbor Lime company that ran a monopoly on the lime business west of the Mississippi River. McMillin helped rebuild San Francisco after the earthquake by sending much of the needed lime for reconstruction. Feeling the sense of great purpose, he decided to build a monument to celebrate his achievements. He named the family mausoleum the Afterglow Vista. The Mausoleum stands in the center of a ten-acre forest next to Roche Harbor Resort. John McMillin incorporated in the design of the mausoleum many meaningful symbols from the Bible, Masonry, Sigma Chi fraternity and his own family.

664 Afterglow Dr, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, Phone: 206-935-5919

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18.Turn Island State Park, Friday Harbor, Washington

Turn Island State Park, Friday Harbor, Washington
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Turn Island is a 34-acre island in the San Juan Channel, about 900 feet off the eastern coast of San Juan Island, Washington State. The island is part of Turn Island Marine State Park and the San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge. It is a favorite among the kayakers, who love its pebble beaches and scenic shoreside campsites. There is a trail that runs around the island's perimeter. It starts in a grove of madrone trees just above a small rocky beach, a dreamy spot shared between blue herons and raccoons. The path, which goes up and down, offers spectacular views of the sea on every corner. Turn island is accessible only by boat, via Jackson Beach on San Juan Island, or Anacortes. It is great starting point for exploring all San Juan islands. For supplies, you will have to paddle to Friday Harbor.

20 Cormorant Ln, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

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19.Posey Island State Park

Posey Island State Park
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Posey Island State Park is a one-acre public recreation area on Posey Island in San Juan County, Washington. The island is located between Roche Harbor and Pearl Island, San Juan Islands. It is part of the Cascadia Marine Trail and has about 1,000 feet of shoreline and campsites for visitors arriving in sailing of paddling boats. The island-park is popular with kayak groups and porpoises, but there is a good chance you will have the place to yourself. Although the island seems barren, it is covered in spots by meadow grasses, bright orange lichen, ancient Yew trees, and in season bright blooming wildflowers. From Posey Island you can take your kayak around nearby savannah-like Spieden Island where you can spot antelopes and longhorn sheep and harbor seals resting on surrounding rock formations.

Pearl Island, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

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20.St. Francis Catholic Church, Friday Harbor, WA

St. Francis Catholic Church, Friday Harbor, WA
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St. Francis Parish Friday Harbor church was built around 1875, about three miles outside of Friday Harbor in the Catholic cemetery in the San Juan Valley. There, it replaced the original log cabin church built in 1860 and destroyed by fire in 1874. In 1958, the church purchased five acres of land in Friday Harbor and moved the church from its old cemetery home to its today’s location on Price Street. St. Francis became a parish in its own right in 1968, and it continues to grow, from only nine homesteading families in 1884 to a diverse vibrant community of about 300 families today.

369 Price St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, Phone: 360-378-2910

21.Cynthia's Bistro, Friday Harbor, WA

Cynthia's Bistro, Friday Harbor, WA
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Warm and cozy, with homey atmosphere and original paintings on the walls, Cynthia's Bistro is a popular breakfast and lunch restaurant in Friday Harbor, Washington State, offering a nice choice of brunch and dinner dishes in the summer and brunch year around. The restaurant can accommodate 30 guests indoors, with additional outdoor seating in the summer. They also have a take-out Espresso Deli area. The menu includes Skillet Baked Eggs, Swedish Pancakes, Dutch Babies, Tofu Scramble, Sausage Rolls, Cinnamon Custard French Toast, Paninis, home- made soup and more. The Espresso/Take out area has a full espresso bar and also sells smoothies, juices and a nice menu of savory and sweet things you might want to take on a picnic or while exploring the island. Check their fresh baked pies picnic.

65 Nichols St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, Phone: 360-298-8130

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22.Friday's Crabhouse

Friday's Crabhouse
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Friday's Crabhouse is an outdoor seafood bar and grill in Friday Harbor, Washington State, just across from ferry landing. For the last 23rd year the Crabhouse has been a favorite waterfront eatery in Friday Harbor, with the spectacular view of the harbor. With four levels of decks, every guest has the front seat view. Both inside and outside spaces are heated and can fit about 180 people all together. The menu is extensive and is focused on fresh local oysters, clams, mussels, grilled and deep fried seafood and, of course, Dungeness Crab. There are also hamburgers and seafood tacos as well as a range of side dishes. Full bar has just about anything you might want, including local wines and beers. Dogs on a leash are welcome on the decks outside.

65 Front St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, Phone: 360-378-8801

23.China Pearl Restaurant, Friday Harbor, Washington

China Pearl Restaurant, Friday Harbor, Washington
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China Pearl Restaurant and Lounge in Friday Harbor is the only restaurant in town specializing in the cuisine of Northern China. Spacious dining room is family-friendly, with a mix of cozy bright blue boots and large round family tables with the traditional “Lazy Susan’ in the middle. The large menu includes standard Westernized Chinese dishes we are used to but also a more traditional options, with exotic ingredients even the most discriminating Chinese Native will accept. The best way to try all the best goodies is for everyone in the party to choose a different dish and then share it all around. There is a full bar that includes local wines and beers. The lounge, attached to the restaurant, has a ping pong table and a range of games.

51 Spring St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, Phone: 360-378-5254

24.Yo! Friday Harbor

Yo! Friday Harbor
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Yo Friday Harbor Flowers & Sweets is family owned and operated shop in Friday Harbor, Washington, located just around the corner as you get off the ferry. This lively shop will surely satisfy your sweet tooth. They sell fresh, natural ice cream made by the local Lopez Island Creamery, delicious fudge made by the famous local ‘fudge ladies’ from the Fudge Factory and their own frozen yogurt in a range of flavors. The charming shop also sells all sorts of candies and chocolates, souvenirs, toys and fresh flowers. There is also lemonade and drip coffee and you can take it all with you or eat right there at one of their small tables.

160 1st St S, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, Phone: 360-378-2477

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Hotel Spotlight: Roche Harbor Resort, San Juan Island, WA

Roche Harbor Resort is located on the northwest side of the beautiful San Juan Island in San Juan County in Washington State. The resort is a historic yet modern full-service resort, surrounded by gardens, cute shops, restaurants, and a beautiful marina.

The marina is a port of entry for all kinds of boats, and is considered one of the best marinas on the West Coast. For guests looking to stay on the waterfront, Roche Harbor Resort is perfect, and is one of the few places on the island with rooms right on the water. It is also the oldest operating hotel in the state of Washington, opening its doors to its first guests in 1886.

Roche Harbor Resort offers a few different accommodations for guests. These include waterfront lodging, historic cottages, the McMillin Suites, Quarryman Hall and village homes, which are perfect for families. There are 25 waterfront condos located only 100 feet away from the ocean. Some of the condos offer a harbor view and the others have a lagoon view.

The Harborview rooms have the best views of the marina and water and are equipped with king sized beds, a living and dining room, and a kitchen. The resort offers these rooms as one-bedroom units and two-and-three-bedroom options, which sleep between two and eight people. The Lagoon view rooms are close to the water but tucked away in a forested area. For nature lovers, the lagoon view rooms offer the most relaxed and secluded setting out of all the available accommodations. These rooms also feature king sized beds, a living and dining room, a kitchen, and sleep between two to eight people.

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The McMillin suites are another option for guests and are located in a historic home overlooking the harbor. These suites sleep two, so they are highly recommended for couples looking to relax and have some alone time. There are four McMillin suites and all have large decks which are the perfect place to catch a sunset and wind down with a cocktail in hand at the end of the day. Inside these suites, guests can find a spacious living room, a king sized bed and lavish yet classically decorated bathrooms with heated floors and a large tub, ideal for bubble baths. The Harborview, Lagoon view, and McMillin suites all come with parking spots steps away from the suites, daily housekeeping services, complimentary Wi-Fi internet, a balcony with comfy furniture and flat screen TV and DVD players.

The resort also offers older more traditional accommodations. These accommodations were originally built in the 19th century and have a rustic feel to them which guests really enjoy. The resort offers both the historic cottages and Hotel de Haro. The Historic cottages are located on the east side of the harbor on the hillside and are the most popular places to stay during the spring, summer, and fall months. There are five of them and all have picnic tables and a fire pit out on the lawn for those who enjoy grilling and spending time around a camp fire. The cottages are the perfect size for a family or two couples because they have two bedrooms, a large kitchen for preparing and enjoying meals and a gas fireplace in the sitting area. The cottages sleep up to six people.

The Hotel de Haro is another rustic accommodation featuring antique furniture and some of the hotels original furnishings from the 19th century. The rooms in the Hotel de Haro sleep two and are close to all the resorts amenities. Every room has access to shared balconies that overlook the garden and harbor. Only four of the 20 hotel rooms have private bathrooms. The other rooms have access to four shared bathrooms down the hallway.

Quarryman Hall is the newest boutique-hotel in Roche Harbor Resorts that offers even more luxury to its guests. Quarryman Hall is perfectly located in the center of it all. Guests can choose to sleep in an air-conditioned room with a king sized bed or opt in for two queen beds while staying here.

Lastly, Roche Harbor Resort offers village homes to guests who are looking for a lot of room during their stay, typically families, groups of friends and couples looking for some extra space will reserve the village homes. All of these homes have a gourmet kitchen, living room, dining area and outdoor space for family barbeques and celebration. If guests are coming with many loved ones or friends, try the village homes. Guests can reserve the two or four-bedroom village homes and have plenty of space to relax and enjoy one another.

For guests who enjoy swimming and the game of bocce, the resort offers complimentary pool and bocce court access to all of its guests regardless of where they are staying on the premises.

Roche Harbor Resort has a several dining options for guests to choose from during their stay. These include McMillin’s, Lime Kiln Café, BeechTree espresso and ice cream stall and Madrona bar and grill, which is the only seasonal option only open during the summer months. McMillin’s is the perfect dinner spot for couples and families. The restaurant prepares its dishes with local and fresh products and serves dinner Thursday through Monday. McMillin’s house specialty is an aged slow roasted prime rib but other menu items include lobster mac and cheese, lamb empanadas, and buttermilk fried chicken and biscuits.

Lime Kiln Café is a traditional American café that serves breakfast every day as well as lunch. The café is known for its homemade doughnuts, but offers a variety of breakfast foods like omelets, breakfast platters served with eggs, meat and toast, and pancakes and fresh fruit. For lunch, the café offers a variety of salads, sandwiches, and burgers which include a smoked bacon burger and hazelnut crusted veggie burger.

For coffee lovers, Beechtree is a one stop shop for everyone’s morning grab and go needs. All coffee drinks at Beechtree are made with Starbucks coffee and flavorings. Guests can also find breakfast items such as pastries, muffins, and granola parfait as well as ice cream here. Kids flock to Beechtree for the locally made ice cream. They sell plenty of classic and unique flavors daily and work to satisfy every guest’s sweet tooth.

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The resort is also home to the Madrona Bar and Grill, a hot spot with an outside deck for waterfront dining and tasty cocktails. Madrona is only open during the summer months from May to September and is one of the only places on the island with a full sunset view. Guests consistently review and say the sangria, decksicle and harbortender’s margarita are some of their favorite cocktails and the chicken wings with honey sesame glaze and fried oysters are a must-have. The restaurant does not take reservations and it gets very busy on the weekends, so guests should definitely plan accordingly.

Roche Harbor resort offers many different spa and treatment services to its guests. These include facials of all sorts, pre-treatment baths which include a eucalyptus bath and a mineral wellness bath which are made to help relax stiff and aching muscles and joints, and make the body feel at ease. They also offer a ginger renewal and use a dry brush to exfoliate the skin.

This is followed by a massage my trained massage therapists. The resort also offers couple massages, a Swedish full body aromatherapy massage, and a therapeutic massage that uses firmer pressure on tense areas of the body. All guests can choose to reserve an hour or 90-minute massage.

Both female and gentleman guests can also enjoy manicures and pedicures at the resort, which include cuticle care, buffing and polishing, and nail maintenance.

The resort is happy to host weddings and other celebrations. The ceremony and reception areas are steps from each other and guests are not restricted to one ceremony or reception option, as they can choose from a few different ones. The bride and groom can choose to have their ceremony in the sunken garden or chapel. The garden is a less traditional yet beautiful location.

The ceremony is centrally located in a garden full of colorful, scented flowers that offers a truly intimate experience. The chapel, a much more traditional setting, is located on the hillside overlooking the harbor. It holds up to 130 guests and has been in use for over a century.

Guests can have their reception in the pavilion and courtyard which overlooks the harbor and surrounding islands or the lawn located right on the shoreline. The lawn can fit up to 300 guests and the pavilion and courtyard area can fit up to 175 guests. The seaside lawn is only available during the summer months of July and August.

The resort also offers catering services with a menu focused on seafood and shellfish and other items like beef, chicken, vegetables, and salads. The resort is open to accommodating many different types of events and celebrations, not just weddings, in these venues.

The island and surrounding islands offer great opportunities for whale watching, kayaking and outdoor activities. The San Juan Islands are known for its marine wildlife and its orca whales. Almost a hundred orca whales visit the area during the warmer months and Roche Harbor offers whale watching excursions to guided groups, families, and travelers alike.

Kayaking tours are also an option for the ultra-adventurous. The exclusive kayaking operation from Roche Harbor offers trips into the open water and guests snatch views of the Cascade and Olympic mountains and can travel down Haro Strait and paddle alongside the orca whales.

For hikers, the island offers a variety of trails and outdoor footpaths that start at the resort and head out into the forests and nearby farmland. The National Historic Park, National Monument Lands and Mt. Young are just a few minutes away by car and can be explored and climbed as well.

248 Reuben Memorial Drive, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, Phone: 800-451-8910

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