If you want to get away from the 21st century and embrace the beautiful outdoors, head to the San Juan Islands, a scattering of some 170 islands and rocky outcrops that lie between the mouth of the Puget Sound and Vancouver Island. Choose any of the best places to stay in the San Juan Islands - time seems to have stopped somewhere in the ‘60s or ‘70s.
Hedgerows, hidden bays, sparkling lakes and forested trails are what you’ll find on the San Juan Islands. Life here is all about the simple pleasures of hiking, fishing, kayaking, swimming, crabbing and picnicking. There are more bicycles than cars, and you don’t come for the shopping or chain restaurants.
The several State Parks include Spencer Spit State Park on Lopez Island with its marshy lagoon; perfect for kayaking, fishing, bird-watching and beachcombing. Or head to Moran State Park on Orcas Island with its network of hiking and mountain-biking trails, and dominated by the 2409-foot Mt Constitution, the archipelago's highest point. On a clear day you can see Mt Rainier, Mt Baker and over to Vancouver.
Take it more leisurely with a tour around the Islands’ Whale Museum or why not go in search of the real thing with a whale-watching cruise where you might also catch sight of seals, porpoises and eagles. Then chill out in the evening with a BBQ while you watch one of the glowing sunsets.
So, forget the smart clothes, pack your shorts and swimmers and take a look at our range of the best places to stay in the San Juan Islands.
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San Juan Islands
This 1890s farmhouse-turned-hotel sits at the foot of Turtleback Mountain on Orcas Island, one of the most beautiful in the San Juan archipelago. With 80 acres of farmland, leafy forests and six ponds and eleven uniquely decorated rooms, the inn is perfect for getting away from it all.
Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands
Small seafront hotel in an idyllic location. Modern, spacious rooms some with balcony overlooking the bay. The restaurant at Friday Harbor House is renowned for its seasonal dishes using local produce. Perfect for a romantic getaway with stunning views & jacuzzi baths for two in every room.
Eastsound, San Juan Islands
Eco-friendly B&B on Orcas Island boasts stunning views, peace and quiet and a home-away-from-home atmosphere. Slip into plush bathrobes and slippers, relax in an armchair and soak up the nicely decorated bedrooms. Five course breakfast in-room or on the terrace, or read a book at the library.