Float On

Never Have I Ever: Traveled by Seaplane

San Juan Island travelers can avoid ferry lines and hours of traffic with a 40-minute seaplane ride from downtown Seattle on Kenmore Air.

09/16/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Salish Sea Style

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

Scenic escapes, empty beaches, and a farm-to-table way of life: The San Juan Islands are waiting.

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

Off-Grid Architecture

Property Watch: A Blakely Island Enclave Designed by Architect Jim Olson

No time like the present to buy a remote island village in the San Juans.

01/13/2021 By Sarah Anne Lloyd

Destination: San Juan Island

Brunch Means Bibimbap at Friday Harbor House

Come for the seasonal fare and Korean fusion, stay for the revamped patio.

08/14/2018 By Allison Williams

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

Island Dining

Ursa Minor Ushers in a New Dining Chapter for Lopez Island

In a place where everyone has access to beautiful, farm-sourced ingredients, chef Nick Coffey gets creative.

05/19/2017 By Rosin Saez

Road Trip Dining

Nick Coffey Will Open Ursa Minor on Lopez Island

The isle’s allure for the Seattle chef: “It clears my brain and inspires me to create different dishes.”

02/16/2017 By Rosin Saez

Destinations

Northwest Travel Dispatch, Fall 2015

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

08/27/2015 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

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

Guide to the San Juans

San Juan Island Ferry Hacks

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

08/01/2014 By Allison Williams

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

Comics

The Most Famous Event in San Juan Islands History? The Pig War.

Now interpreted for the Internet generation.

08/01/2014 By Matthew Halverson Illustrations by Joseph Laney

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

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

Guide to the San Juans

What the San Juans Taste Like

Take the islands home with some of these locally made pantry items.

08/01/2014 By Allison Williams

Guide to the San Juans

What to Do on Shaw Island—Also Known as 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

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

Island Travel

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