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Grover Travels to American Camp

  In 1859 the United States and Great Britain nearly went to war over possession of the island, the crisis ignited by the death of a pig. The territory in dispute was the San Juan Islands, and the confrontation began when an American farmer shot a pig that […]

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Grover Travels to Mount Young on San Juan Island

Grover likes to get out and about and one of his favorite trails on San Juan Island, is climbing his way up 650 feet to the top of Mount Young!   Along the way he gets to sniff the trunk of every Madrona, Oak and Fir Tree […]

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San Juan Island Biking

The Tucker House Complimentary Bicycles

                          The Tucker House Inn and Harrison House Suites have your fun covered with complimentary bicycles! Seeing the island by bike is a wonderful way to enjoy all that the island has to offer, whether […]

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Landscape Cycles

      is a new start-up in the San Juan Islands this summer. While the company is new, owner Thomas Bennett is not new to guiding small, custom, bicycle trips. Over the past few seasons, we have gotten to know Thomas as he visited each summer […]

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K-Pod orcas seen from the shore; photo by Libby Baldwin

K-Pod Returns to the San Juans

Over the weekend, orca enthusiasts on the island were thrilled when several members of K-Pod were reported as inbound from an area to the north called Race Rocks. Sure enough, a couple of hours later they were seen making their way down the southern end of San […]

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The view from the Orcas Hotel of the ferry landing

Island Hopping – Visit Orcas Island!

Of course, there is no shortage of amazing ways to fill your days right here on San Juan Island…but the beauty of our archipelago is that each of our ferry-served islands (San Juan, Orcas, Lopez and Shaw) are all unique, and have their own unforgettable experiences to […]

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Need Something To Do on a Cloudy Day on SJI? Here’s 10!

The sun is starting to make its triumphant reappearance here in the San Juan Islands! Thanks to the “rainshadow effect,” we enjoy an average of 250 or more sunny days every year, and receive only about half of the rainfall that our friends to the south in […]

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Charmed by Whales

 Anna Maria and Dave recently enjoyed a well-deserved vacation in Hawaii, and she shared with me the story of an incredible whale encounter that they had. As we approach the start of whale-watching season here on San Juan Island, I wanted to share it with all of […]

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Why Do You Travel?

We often hear a lot about the baby boomer generation, but what we’re hearing now is that they’ve got the travel bug. According to an article from NextAvenue.org, boomers spend almost $160 million every year on travel. There are several categories of travel that are becoming increasingly […]

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The Best Vacation Resource You’re Not Using

With the advent of the Internet, planning your entire vacation down to the hour has become easy, with online check-in, competitively priced booking websites, and readily available reviews of every hotel, restaurant and activity in any given place. But no matter how much careful planning you do, […]

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Island Marble butterfly, once thought to be extinct

See Something Rare and Beautiful on Your Next Trip!

When it comes to wildlife and the San Juans, the first thing that generally comes to mind is the orca. Orcas are unique to this part of the country, and this area is the only one in the United States that has its own population of resident […]

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Update on our Orcas w/ Captain Jim!

The summer of 2013 was the worst summer in a long time for orca sightings, with the J-Pod whales being sighted only 27 times in our area between April and August. But the winter has been excellent, with lots of orca appearances in addition to an abundance […]

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Meet the Washington state Poet Laureate!

On January 29, Friday Harbor will welcome a very esteemed guest. Kathleen Flenniken has served as Washington’s Poet Laureate since 2012. She will hand the post over to a new Poet Laureate this year, but before she does, she wanted to make sure to visit every county […]

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San Juan Island has some great spots for enjoying year-round tide-pooling. Marine Naturalist Brittany Bowles offers tips on getting the most from your excursion.

Tide Pooling on San Juan Island

Tide Pools can be a place of endless fascination and entertainment, for young and old alike. When the sea recedes on the rocks near the shore, it leaves little puddles of water, often home to delicate creatures that survive in both wet and dry conditions. They may […]

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Beatles Fans Will Love San Juan Island Artist’s Latest Creation

San Juan Island “Trash to Treasures” artist Kevin Roth has erected a whimsical tribute to the Beatles at the former site of his West Side Free Pile. The grand Yellow Submarine stands behind a memorial bench to beloved islander John Buck, creating a great photo op. The […]

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Southern Resident Orcas eat only salmon; humans needs to support sustainable practices to ensure adequate food for these magnificent creatures.

Where are the Whales?

This report came in from Orca Network, July 30, 2013: “It’s been over a week since the last sightings report, mainly because it’s been since July 20 that anyone has reported seeing any Resident orcas, and Biggs/Transient orcas have also only rarely been seen for the past […]

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Favorite Picnic Spots on San Juan Island

I adore picnics. Whether it’s an elaborate feast or a simple, impromptu meal, nothing compares with the charm of dining outdoors in nature. Nature’s rhythm and beauty lends an air of serenity to the repast, a feeling of peace and contentment that is not as readily grasped […]

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What Time Do the Whales Come By?

“What time do the whales come by?” It’s a question we hear almost daily in the summer months. Yes, at first it seems rather ludicrous; obviously the whales don’t check in with us on their schedule. But we know what people really mean when they ask this […]

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J Pod Returns

Islanders and whale watch fans were all abuzz last Sunday with the return of our favorite, J-pod. Orca Network reports they were shuffling and frolicking while foraging along the west side of San Juan Island. Fortunate kayakers and land-based whale watchers had the thrill of their lives […]

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New Restaurant in Friday Harbor

Today I was able to escape the office to try out the newest restaurant in town, Tia’s Tacos. Tiny Tia’s Tacos is tucked away in the old Ellsworth Building (sorry, I couldn’t resist the alliteration) on Blair Street, between the Post Office and the long wall off […]

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