All photos taken by Charles Koh
Tucked away in the Northwest corner of Washington state, you’ll find a precious gem called Friday Harbor, a place that will bring you to a state of peace and serenity like the ocean breeze on a sunny day. The Town of Friday Harbor is on San Juan Island. San Juan Island is one of 172 named islands and reefs in San Juan Country, of them, four have access via ferries including, San Juan Island, Orcas Island, Lopez Island and Shaw Island. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or just wanting to unplug for the weekend, Friday Harbor allows you to escape and immerse yourself into an environment that will mellow you away.
Here’s a small history lesson about Friday Harbor. The San Juan Islands are over 100 million years old, and consist of anywhere from 428 to 743 islands depending on the tides. Of those only 170 have names including the most popular and largest being: Orcas, San Juan, Shaw and Lopez. Friday Harbor is a relaxing town with small mom and pop restaurants, local groceries, weekend farmers markets, a local vineyard, and outdoor activity rentals to name a few things to do on the island.
So, you’re probably wondering… how long does it take to get to Friday Harbor? Well good thing you asked, it’s only 2.5 hours from Seattle to Friday Harbor. It will take you about 1.5 hours from downtown Seattle to get to the Anacortes Ferry Terminal, then another hour to get to the island.
- Lonely Planet’s list of Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2013
- TripAdvisor’s acclaim for San Juan Island as “the best island in America.”
- TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Award for San Juan Island as the fourth-best island in the world (behind Ambergris Cay in Belize, St. John in the Virgin Islands, and Bora Bora).
Once you get on Friday Harbor, you’ll see a beautiful view of the marina and all the boats either docked or sailing in the water.
Just in case the weather got chilly, you have an option to stay cozy by a fireplace in the room.
Here’s a view looking out the window of another scheduled ferry coming to Friday Harbor.
Here’s a full view after opening up the juliette balcony.
One of the best things about the room is the large jetted tub that will help you unwind. After soaking in the tub, you can head downstairs and enjoy a delicious dinner freshly prepared by Chef Aaron Rock.
Enjoy a nice meal or for drinks out on the beautiful outdoor area that gives guests an extraordinary view.
Here’s a picture of a fresh herb garden the chef at the Bluff uses in his dishes. Below are a few of the delicious dishes on the happy hour menu served everyday from 5PM-6PM.
The Friday Harbor is small so if you have a car, take a nice drive around the island and make stops along the way. Here’s a Red Fox that was sighted on the side of the road.
It’s said that whales are sighted daily! This is a great stop on the island to have a picnic and gaze over the waters for whales.