Matt and I have been married for seven years.
That. Is. Crazy!
To celebrate, we escaped to the sunny San Juan Islands in Northwest Washington. Last fall, my dad and I took a trip together to Friday Harbor and we both fell in love with the place. I wanted Matt and Bear to experience it as well, so it seemed like the perfect spot for a weekend getaway, especially with Matt having to go to Seattle for work this week.
We flew into Seattle Friday night, made the drive up to Anacortes and caught the last ferry across to Friday Harbor. We finally made it to our AirBNB around 1am.
You guys, we stayed on a houseboat! We were right at downtown Friday Harbor where we could see the ferry coming in. Bear loved seeing the boats, the birds, the water. The beds were super comfy, and my fear of showering on a boat was unwarranted – the shower was actually pretty amazing!
We packed a lot of adventure into a short little weekend, and were gifted with beautiful weather. With rain all weekend in the forecast, we all packed rain jackets but the sun stayed the whole time giving us plenty of opportunity to soak up the outdoors.
Everything we did on our trip was family friendly, but we honestly would have done all of the same stuff without Bear (although we may have gone out to the bars after dinner instead of back to the houseboat, but we’re still living that #bedtime life). We also saw a lot of people who brought their pets, and we noticed the restaurants and hotels were dog friendly.
The Stewart San Juan Adventure Itinerary:
- Breakfast at the Hungry Clam. Large portions, affordable prices, great staff!
- A visit to Overlook Park for views of the harbor, followed by a walk down to the harbor to look for Popeye, the one-eyed seal.
- A drive up the east coast of the island to Roche Harbor.
- A walk through the Sculpture Park (We loved the rejected sculptures, the kids area, and the spoon).
- Donuts from the Lime Kiln Cafe while exploring the boat docks.
- A wine tasting at the San Juan Vineyards, followed by a bottle of Afterglow Rose while wandering the vineyard property.
- A hike around Lime Kiln Point State Park to see history, a very cool lighthouse, and some whales – there were no whales when we were there. 🙁
- Pizza and beer at the San Juan Island Brewing Co.
- Checking out the cute shops and art galleries downtown.
I also recommend checking out the Lavender farm, the alpaca farm, and the American and English Camps. If you’re taking the ferry, I HIGHLY recommend getting a reservation. In the summer months, the ferry books solid, and even in the off season it’s really hard to go Stand-by on a Sunday. Summer season you’ll need to plan around the ferry schedule. There is a great hostel on the island, plus ample area for camping.
The island is also incredibly bike friendly, so if you’re physically up for it, an option may be to bring your bike and ride the ferry as a walk-on and cycle around the 56 sq mile island. There are deer all over the island, great hiking trails, and a thriving arts community. It is also the cleanest island I’ve ever been on – seriously, there wasn’t any trash.
Add this community to your list of places to go. I’ve been twice, and I still haven’t crossed it off mine.
Have you been to the San Juan Islands before? What else should we add to our list for next time?