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Hotels & Camping on San Juan
Two motels offer standard rooms. The largest is the
Inn at Friday Harbor (360-378-4351 or
800-752-5752), on Spring Street. The motel has large
rooms, indoor swimming pool, and whirlpool.
Island Lodge (360-378-22000 or 800-822-5753) is
on Guard Street, 1/2 mile from the ferry landing, with
standard and housekeeping units (including suites),
sauna, whirlpool, barbecue area, and several llamas to
Island's West Inn (360-378-3031) is an
all-suites motel with a restaurant.
Hillside House B and B (800-232-4730) is at 365
Carter Avenue (off Guard St.). This 4,000 square foot inn
is in a quiet setting in an acre of pines, overlooking
the harbor with Mt. Baker in view. It has seven guest
rooms with private baths, and a full breakfast is served.
Cathy and Dick Robinson are hosts.
San Juan Inn, a bed and breakfast
(360-378-2070), is in the middle of town, close to the
ferry landing on Spring Street. It's a charming Victorian
building, furnished with brass and wicker.
Wharfside Bed and Breakfast (360-378-5661) is
the Jacquelyn, a 60-foot ship docked at Friday Harbor,
This unusual and well-equipped B and B has two cabins --
one with a private head. The forward cabin has a double
bed and two bunks. The aft cabin has a queen bed.
Breakfast is served in the main salon or on the poop deck
if weather permits.
In the Country
Several fine bed and breakfast homes are located
outside of Friday Harbor -- beside the sea, or in rural
Trumpeter Inn (360-378-3884) is just north of
San Juan Valley Road, on Trumpeter Way. There are six
rooms with private baths -- a find for
Olympic Lights (360-378-3186) is an outstanding
island bed and breakfast, located on the sea near British
Camp, with a great view of the Olympic Mountains. Four
rooms share two baths and the fifth room has a private
bath. Full breakfast is served. This Victorian farmhouse
on Cattle Point Road is a perfect base for beach walking
and exploring the parks on the west shore of the
The resort at Roche Harbor is one of the most
intriguing vacation places on the Pacific Coast. It was a
Hudson's Bay Company trading post, and then the
headquarters for a limestone mining and shipping
operation from the mid-1800s.
The historic hotel is a gem, and the resort's
restaurant (next door) overlooks the harbor and serves
local seafood. The chapel -- very popular for weddings --
is the only privately-owned consecrated Roman Catholic
church in the U.S. A short walk takes you to the McMillan
Mausoleum, the resting place for the family which owned
the lime operation. For information and reservations,
write Roche Harbor Resort, Roche Harbor WA 98250, or call
the phone number (above).
Camping on San Juan Island
Public camping on the island is restricted to the
County Park, but there are three private campgrounds.
Lake Dale Campground (360-378-2350) is at Roche Harbor.
Pedal Inn has camp sites at 1300 False Bay Road, in
Friday Harbor. There is overnight RV parking with
hookups, in the Town and Country Mobile Home Park
(360-378-3049), at 595 Tucker Ave, in Friday Harbor.
Lakedale Campground, (360-378-2350), on Roche Harbor
Road, has RV and tent camping and several small lakes for
boating and canoeing.
Hotels & Camping on
Rosario Resort (360) 376-2222 or
This is the premier resort of the San Juans, centered
around the Moran Mansion -- built by shipbuilding magnate
Robert Moran. It is a holiday resort with a superb
reputation. The mansion has a stepped dining room with
good views and excellent cuisine. The music room, on the
second floor, contains a pipe organ which is played
daily. There's a spa with whirlpool and sauna on the
lower level, and the resort features spa week
The resort has 179 rooms and suites, ranging from
quiet cottages to modern motel-type accommodations and
condo-style suites. A large outdoor pool is for family
swimming, and the resort includes a marina, with store
Orcas Hotel (360) 376-4300
This popular inn is on a hill overlooking the island's
ferry landing -- a restored Victorian with rooms
decorated in period style. The hotel's English pub is a
great stop for lunch or to sample the brews, and the
dining room serves family meals.
Outlook Inn (360) 376-2200
In the town of Eastsound, the Outlook Inn is another
historic building, with 49 restored rooms and a Victorian
dining room specializing in West Coast seafood
Landmark Inn (360) 376-2423
This condominium resort has some motel units, and good
views of the sound. The hotel; has one- and two-bedroom
suites, some with kitchens and fireplaces,and private
Lieber Haven Resort (360) 376-2472)
Olga is a small village south of Eastsound, near the
head of the island's whale-shape. The resort is close to
Moran State Park and Doe Bay. This is a bed and breakfast
operation with 12 apartment-style units in a quiet rural
setting by the shore.
West Beach Resort (360-376-22240) has 36
campsites with hookups, plus 36 tenting sites and 113
cabins. It's located on a good beach with a stunning
sunset view over the water.
The largest campground on the island is the facility
at Cascade Lake in Moran State Park. The sites are
suitable for tents, RVs and trailers, and the lake
provides opportunities for water activity, including
swimming, boating, and canoeing.
Hotels & Camping on
Islander Lopez (360) 468-2233
Located on Fisherman Bay, this is the longtime and
only resort on the rural island. The operation includes a
marina with space for at least 50 boats, plus offering
sail and motorboat charters, and bike rentals. The resort
has a swimming pool, hot tub, restaurant, lounge, and
rooms (some with kitchens), plus several cabins.
Inn at Swifts Bay (360) 468-3636)
The Tudor-style bed and breakfast sits on three wooded
acres, with a private beach a short walk from the
building. The inn has four rooms -- two with private
bath, and two sharing facilities. A whirlpool is found at
the edge of the woods. Full breakfast is served.
McKay Harbor Inn (360) 468-2253)
This beachside inn is a 1920 home, with gardens in an
unspoiled setting, and full breakfast served. The beach
and open water are prime attractions.
Marean's Blue Fjord Cabins (360) 468-2749
For those who like rustic cabins for their vacations,
try this spot on Jasper Cove. Three cedar log cabins are
equipped with kitchens, decks, and fireplaces. Nature
trails lead from the property; one trail running to the
Lopez Island Camping
Spencer Spit State Park offers a different view of the
ocean from the northeast side of Lopez Island. With a
mile-long sandy beach, the park offers walking trails, a
covered picnic area, and nearly 50 campsites. The sites
are perfect for bicycle campers, however they are quite
primitive without the normal conveniences.
On Shaw Island
Shaw County Park is the only place to stay on
this small, least-visited island in the San Juans.
Located at the south end of the island, it has one of the
best beaches in the archipelago, and this is one of the
few places where the water gets warm enough for swimming.
There are a dozen campsites, a boat ramp, toilets, and
drinking water. Nature trails lead along the shoreline
and through the woods.
For general information on the San
and on San Juan Island,
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