My parents visited us in Seattle over Labor Day weekend. Instead of staying here, we rented a house on Pear Point on San Juan Island - Friday Harbor. We had not been there before so we weren't quite sure what to expect. San Juan Island is probably one of the most beautiful places I have been to!
To get there, we drove about an hour to Anacortes, hopped on a ferry (cars, dog, and all), and then took an hour boat ride to Friday Harbor.
The town is warm and inviting and not as small as I had imagined. Most of the restaurants are nestled on top of one another across the street from the marina so imagine beautiful views. We enjoyed chowder and crabcakes, visited the local ice cream shop, and then cooked in the rest of our visit. There were a lot of eclectic shops including one filled with all things lavendar, Pelindaba Lavendar was the name. I didn't know so many items could be made from lavendar - from skin care products and fragrances to dips, beverages, and cookies. It smelled so good in there! We also grabbed a latte at the skinniest latte shop in the world. I don't know if that's true but it was the tiniest coffee shop I had ever seen.
We spent most of our time away from the hustle and bustle. Our house was amazing! It was about 5 minutes from town but you would have thought we were hours away. Nestled in the woods and on the water, we had great views of wildlife including bald eagles and seals swimming to and fro. Snow capped Mt. Baker was in the distance and the only sounds we heard were that of a seaplane, boat, or the animals. That's it! It was very peaceful. I'd say we all enjoyed hours on the wrap around deck snuggled in blankets staring at the scenery.
We took a whale tour on the Western Prince. About a 3 hour tour, we saw seals, porpoises, and after an hour or so of searching, we headed to Canadian waters where 60+ orca whales were spotted. That was the coolest part. Although you aren't guaranteed to see anything, I highly recommend this tour.
We also visited the state park and took in some breathtaking views.
Until next time...