Slide Show

A Weekend at Doe Bay Fest 2014

A visual recap of Orcas Island's quintessentially Northwest music festival

08/12/2014 By Allison Williams


Slide Show: Doe Bay Fest 2014

We wandered the fields and coves of Orcas Island's tiny, terrific music festival.


Insider Guide to the San Juans

Getting There: Beat the Ferry!

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

08/01/2014 By Allison Williams

Insider Guide to the San Juans

Helen Loggie, the Orcas Artist

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

08/01/2014 By Allison Williams

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.

08/01/2014 By Allison Williams

Insider Guide to the San Juans

What The San Juans Taste Like

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


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.

08/01/2014 By Allison Williams

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.

08/01/2014 By Allison Williams With Caroline Ferguson

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.

08/01/2014 By Allison Williams

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.

08/01/2014 By Allison Williams


Whale Watching in the San Juans

Orca tours turn Friday Harbor into a wildlife mecca, even in the off-season.

04/17/2013 By Allison Williams

Foodie Travel

Cooking Classes, Minus the Kitchen

Please stop eating franks and beans in a raggedy old tent. There's a better way to camp.

04/03/2013 By Allison Williams


Trail of the Month: Mount Finlayson

Catch sweeping maritime views from atop Mount Finlayson on San Juan Island.

10/08/2012 By Craig Romano


A Guide to Northwest Travel Classics

We broke down the region’s most popular destinations into a quick-reference guide—where to go, where to stay, and when to pack your bags.

09/19/2012 By Allison Williams

Get Out

Where to Go to Canoe and Kayak

The water isn’t quite freezing, which means it’s boating season.

06/11/2012 By Jessie Wesley


Lodge Podge

Park once and play all weekend at four classic Northwest destinations: Lake Quinault Lodge, Columbia Gorge Hotel, Lakedale Resort, and Alpine Inn at Crystal Mountain.

05/20/2011 By Allison Williams


The NYT Totally Has the Hots for the San Juans

The gray lady looks lovingly at restaurants on Lummi, Orcas.

01/10/2011 By Jessica Voelker


My Island

Resident experts on nearby isles—San Juan, Whidbey, Vancouver, Anderson, and Galiano—dish on the restaurants, shops, and destinations to check out during your next Northwest island getaway.

05/22/2009 By James Ross Gardner


Island Bound

See the secret side of the San Juans by sailboat.

01/04/2009 By Lia Steakley Dicker


35 Northwest Playgrounds

Great outdoor summer adventures in the water, on the ground, and high in the sky.

12/28/2008 By Courtney Nash