Just incase you didn’t know, my boyfriend Gauthier and I just recently moved from Arizona to Washington. It has been an insane few months getting used to a new city and a new State. We were so thrilled when we partnered with Toyota to finally be able to explore Northern Washington. We were headed to the San Juan Islands and could not be more excited.
1. Getting there: It is actually a very simple route. Simply drive an hour and a half to Anacortes, Washington and jump on a ferry to Friday Harbor. In total, the travel time was just under three hours. That is pretty easy considering the second half you don’t have to drive, just sit back, relax and enjoy the views on the ferry. Do: Make sure you make a reservation for there and back. Ferry’s fill up quick. We missed two ferry’s on the way back because we didn’t make a reservation.
2. Lighthouse hop: Lighthouses have so much history and naturally, they tend to have an amazing coastline view to soak up when visiting. the San Juan Islands are no stranger to lighthouses. Our favorites are Lime Kiln, Cattle Point and Turn point.
3. Explore American Camp: American camp used to be called Camp San Juan occupied by the US Army. Today, it provides tall grassy fields, windy coastal roads with the best view of the ocean and incredible wild life. There, we saw wild foxes, a bald eagle and even wild deer.
4. Have brunch in Roche Harbor: This was one of our favorite detours. It is on the northern part of the island, so its a bit of a drive, maybe twenty minutes. It’s a quaint little town with an iconic hotel called Hotel De Haro, shopping and more.
5. Visit the Pelindaba Lavender Fields: I’ve always wanted to frolic through lavender fields and this was my chance. Unfortunately, October isn’t the season for lavender so we will have to come back in June or July to get the full experience. Still worth a shot and they don’t mind photography which is a real plus for a blogger like myself.
6. Stay at Tucker Inn: This quaint Bed and Breakfast was a lovely place to rest our heads. I’m not lying when I say that it was the comfiest hotel bed I’ve ever slept in. In the morning breakfast is served in their kitchen family style. We had the most amazing homemade yogurt and granola followed by a goat cheese pancake. Of course, all the coffee, tea and juice you could want. It is also extremely close to the ferry, so if you don’t have a car this should be the spot you stay at.
7. See Orcas in the wild: There are a plenty of options to choose from for whale watching tours. Sometimes you see them, sometimes you don’t but I hear when you do see them they are magical. We didn’t end up seeing any whales this trip, but we will make it back in June when they are more prevalently in the area.
8. Have a beer at the San Juan Island Brewery: We opted for an IPA per usual, but they have so many options on tap brewed right here on the island. Definitely worth the stop if you love beer like we do.
9. Explore the Magic of Friday Harbor: Friday Harbor is the town right off of the ferry. It happens to be the largest on the island and the most touristy. It has some small town charm and is easy to walk around and shop, eat and relax.
10. Put the car in drive: The Scenic Byway is a great way to see the Island especially if you have a vehicle. Fortunately, we were given the 2019 Toyota Avalon for the weekend, which made this drive possible.
I would 100% recommend this trip to anyone planning to visit Washington. We saw the most beautiful landscapes and coastlines. I almost felt I was somewhere else, how could a place this gorgeous be less than three hours from me? San Juan Islands, we will be back.
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