Imagine a group of islands with almost all the same characteristics as a tropical paradise, with the water a smidgeon cooler. Now you can start forming a picture of the San Juan Islands in
. Washington State
Beautiful, warm, friendly and full of whatever you want. Whether you desire to suspend your hectic life for a moment to just rest and relax or you’re eyeing the destination as a place to shop or explore, you won’t be disappointed.
The three main islands in this archipelago on the
Salish Sea are , Orcas and Lopez. Today I’ll give you a glimpse of San Juan , which is the most populated with about 7,300 people. San Juan Island
“Getting there is half the fun,” says the San Juan Island Visitor’s Bureau website (www.visitsanjuans.com). Unlike some of our islands which can be driven to, usually via a bridge, you must take a boat, ferry or small plane to reach the San Juans.
Riding the ferry from the town of
, the most popular way to go, is enchanting and has also been known to lower blood pressures. Sit back, have coffee and enjoy the journey. After landing in the town of Anacortes Friday Harbor on , it’s just a short jaunt to boutique gift shops, stellar art galleries, incredible bookstores, adorable hotels and gourmet restaurants. San Juan Island
|Pelindaba Lavender has all things lavender|
For dessert, pop into Pelindaba Lavender and sample their chocolate lavender ice cream, which is more like a smooth, creamy gelato. Survey all the possibilities with lavender as an ingredient and I’m sure you’ll find something you’d like to try.
Walk off all that tasty food browsing in the many shops that sell crafts from local artisans or hike up to The Whale Museum. It's the best place to gain some insight into
Puget Sound's orca population. With your first step into the museum, you enter the orcas' world through interactive exhibits and displays. You will leave with an appreciation for these breathtaking animals and the challenges they face to survive.
|Guests enjoy Bird Rock Hotel|