Salish Sea Style

Where to Stay and What to Do on Washington's Idyllic San Juan Islands (and Beyond)

Orcas, Whidbey, and the rest of these Washington Islands are favorite road trip destinations near Seattle. Here are the best restaurants, hotels, and more.

07/08/2021 By Allison Williams Illustrations by Levi Hastings

Island Time

Property Watch: A Lofty Orcas Island Home

This quintessentially Northwest home is decked out in cedar.

04/28/2021 By Sarah Anne Lloyd

Destination: Orcas Island

Diametric Dinners at Hogstone and Ælder

From alfresco pizza to lengthy tasting menus, Jay Blackinton finds balance in two unlikely companion restaurants.

08/14/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Getaway Guides

Guide to the San Juan Islands

The San Juans are Washington’s special, secluded archipelago, a tiny realm barely tucked into Puget Sound’s pocket. And they’re ripe for exploration.

05/25/2017 By Seattle Met Staff

Travel Dispatch

Northwest Travel News, Summer 2015

Where you’ll want to go, and what’s happening there.

06/10/2015 By Allison Williams

PubliCalendar

PubliCalendar: Add a Touch of Green

Today's picks for civic nerds.

10/09/2014 By Darren Davis

Travel Dispatch

Northwest Travel News Fall 2014

Where you’ll want to go, and what’s happening there.

10/01/2014 By Allison Williams

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

Slideshow

Slide Show: Doe Bay Fest 2014

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

08/12/2014

Guide to the San Juans

Helen Loggie, the San Juans' Most Famous Artist

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

08/01/2014 By Allison Williams

Guide to the San Juans

Secret Pho on Orcas Island

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

08/01/2014 By Allison Williams

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

Openings

Lily Opens on Orcas Island

Sweets and treats, now on sale in the space below Allium on Orcas.

03/18/2011 By Jessica Voelker

Food News

Sweet News: Herbfarm Pastry Chef Joins Lisa Nakamura in New Orcas Island Venture

Anna Harlow will serve up homey desserts at Allium.

05/06/2010 By Jessica Voelker

Openings

Herbfarm Chef de Cuisine Takes Over Christina’s on Orcas Island

Lisa Nakamura’s new restaurant will be called Allium.

05/03/2010 By Jessica Voelker