Off the coast of northwestern Washington state are 4 islands that make up the San Juans. San Juan Island is the largest. It's one of the best places I have ever been. You can even day trip it from Seattle... just drive to Anacortes, take the hour-long ferry trip past all the tiny uninhabited islands that dot around the 4 bigger islands, and you arrive in lovely Friday Harbor, the township.
Drive to the other side of San Juan with a picnic and sit here (photo above) at this public park, on these craggy rocks, spread a few blankets out and watch the sunset. A million-dollar day for about $60 bucks total. Can't beat that. Even better? Cell phone and blackberry reception is total crap on many parts of the island (and most of Orcas Island) so it's an easy way to let the boss know you TRULY cannot respond to anything over the weekend. So if you live in the NW and need an easy getaway, this is it.
Everything books up quickly for summer, so consider booking now:
Canvas cabins at Lakedale Resort
Friday Harbor House
Windermere Vacation Rentals
Homestead Orcas Island
Convict and domestic diva, Martha Stewart, has a boyfriend in Seattle, so it's no wonder she visits frequently. She spent Thanksgiving here and posted about it on her blog. You can see her photos of the San Juans HERE, plus more info on the islands.
Martha at Roche Harbor resort (link above).
Saturday, March 1, 2008