Local Travel Guide: San Juan Island

August 26, 2010

Where to Stay The well-appointed Friday Harbor House (with two-person Jacuzzis in all 23 rooms) is your moderately more urbane option. Take your morning coffee on the expansive garden patio-as it's positioned on the island's eastern shore, you get sublime sunrises over a necklace of distant, forested isles.

What to Taste Try San Juan Vineyard's fine siegerrebe-even a neophyte can discover delish notes of lychee. For the carnivore: lamb from the long-resident Guard family is available at restaurants around the island.

What to Explore Head to the San Juan National Historical Park's American Camp, where you can clamber along the beach beneath Bronte-style bluffs, and stand at the western crust of the continent. Bring a little bread to feed the wild foxes that roam here.

How to Arrive Ferries leave the small town of Anacortes, Washington, and arrive a couple of hours later in San Juan's Friday Harbour Harbor. Stop off in Bellingham on the way there or back for great shopping and good eats.

Get the Newsletter

Own your city with Vancouver’s thrice-weekly scoop on the latest restaurant news, must-shop hotspots and can’t miss events. Rest assured your email is safe with us.