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Insider Guide to the San Juans

Getting There: Beat the Ferry!

How to survive the hardest part of the San Juans: getting there

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 08/01/2014
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Insider Guide to the San Juans

Comic: The Pig War

The most famous event in San Juan Islands history, interpreted for the Internet generation.

  • By Joseph Laney and Matthew Halverson
  • Published 08/01/2014
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Insider Guide to the San Juans

Helen Loggie, the Orcas Artist

A house-turned museum on Orcas Island, dedicated to island art.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 08/01/2014
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Insider Guide to the San Juans

San Juan Island's Whale Watcher

Bob Otis has been watching killer whales off the island since 1990. And he doesn't take weekends or breaks.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 08/01/2014
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Insider Guide to the San Juans

What The San Juans Taste Like

Take the islands home with some of these delectable pantry items.

  • Published 08/01/2014
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Insider Guide to the San Juans

San Juan Island: What to Do and Where to Eat

The most populated island in the San Juans archipelago is home to the bustling town of Friday Harbor, fine dining, and midnight kayak rides. There's a heavy dose of culture on this hub, but don't stress—it's nothing like the big city.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 08/01/2014
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Insider Guide to the San Juans

Orcas Island: What to Do and Where to Eat

The biggest San Juan island has an artsy heart, a mountain that dominates half its clam-shaped mass, and views that can't be beat. Swim in a millionaire's basement pool and shuck your own clams.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 08/01/2014
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Insider Guide to the San Juans

Introduction to the Islands (and a Map)

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 08/01/2014
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Insider Guide to the San Juans

Lopez Island: What to Do and Where to Eat

Welcome to a biker's paradise where drivers wave at every cyclist and where grocery shopping is done at farm stands. Some of the island's best beaches are tucked at the end of Lopez Island's sleepy roads.

  • By Caroline Ferguson and Allison Williams
  • Published 08/01/2014
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Insider Guide to the San Juans

Shaw Island: The Holy Island

The nuns who live on this quiet San Juan island have been busy farming their bucolic acres, and there's camping right on a sandy beach. And if you can't find something at this island's only store, you probably don't want it anyway.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 08/01/2014
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Secret Pho on Orcas Island

A Vietnamese pop-up on Orcas Island, single-handedly crafted by a Saigon native.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 08/01/2014