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 […]

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Photo Courtesy of Captain Jim Maya

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Kevin Roth Yellow Sub 2

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 […]

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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 […]

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Picnic Basket with Rose

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 […]

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Photo by Jim Maya

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Grape Harvest

Top 10 Things to Do in the Fall

  Fall is our favorite time of year. The island is less crowded, the weather is usually still gorgeous, and there are plenty of activities still going on. Here are some of our top picks, in no particular order. Art Stock – […]

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Orca Sing 2012

Orca Sing 2012

  Saturday, June 16 Lime Kiln State Park, San Juan Island 7:00pm   Each summer the City Cantábile Choir, directed by Fred West, conducts a “musical celebration of the environment” at Limekiln State Park on San Juan Island. This annual summer solstice […]

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Summer Travel Tips

Naturally, summer is the most popular time for island visitors, and the beauty of the islands rarely fails to impress. With a bit of planning, our local travel tips and some patience, you might be able to dodge those long summer ferry […]

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Island Events – April and May 2012

April 5 – 29: “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me” is the spring production by Island Stage Left. Plan to catch a performance of this powerful show that celebrates the resilience and the human spirit – “the profound faith in human happiness to […]

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A Day At The Inn: Guest Becomes a Real Winner

The clean air and gorgeous surroundings of the islands beg visitors to get out and enjoy nature while they’re here. That may include whale watching, kayaking, bicycling, hiking, or even a leisurely sail. But one of our recent guests took that a […]

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An Island Character

Sometimes small communities can produce some pretty outlandish “characters,” and like them or not, they become a part of the “flavor” of the island. But there’s one character here that casts a spell on pretty much everyone who meets her – she’s […]

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Island Events For the Holiday Season

The town is always lovely in December, with storefronts decorated and lights twinkling everywhere. There’s no trace of the hustle and bustle of mainland cities – a peaceful calm fills the air, and there is truly a sense of joy everywhere on […]

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Free Tickets!

No one likes to pay taxes, but here’s a chance for you to recoup some of the lodging tax that you pay on hotel rooms. Thanks to funds received from the Friday Harbor Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, the Whale Museum is able […]

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Are There Ghosts in Friday Harbor?

Does the spirit of one of these women linger with us still? We’ve had guests tell us they heard strange sounds while staying in the Victoria’s Flower Garden suite in our historic 1898 Tucker House. One even told us she heard a […]

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Four Orca Calves Receive Names

After several weeks of public voting with more than 6,500 votes counted, four Southern Resident Community Orca calves have new names! The newly named babies are: Notch (J-47), Saturna (K-43), Mystic (L-115) and Finn (L-116).

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