Friday, June 1, 2018

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA - #SaturdaySnapshots

Called "The Gateway to the San Juans," Friday Harbor is one of those places I've been wanting to visit ever since we moved to Washington State. This past week that finally happened. We traveled with a group from Auburn to Anacortes, Washington, via bus and then walked onto the ferry and sailed to Friday Harbor. Here are a few photos of this charming town.

The town of Friday Harbor, viewed from the ferry dock.
San Juan Island boasts a population of just over 2,000 people.

We had limited time on the island (day trip), so we had to set some priorities. First thing: visit San Juan Vineyards! We hired a taxi and headed for this charming winery out in the countryside, about 10 minutes from the ferry dock.

The tasting room used to be a schoolhouse, built in 1895
and beautifully remodeled. 

The vineyard's previous owners built this chapel,
but it looks like it's always been there.

This small winery offers only four selections (fruity white wines) and they can only be purchased on the island. We tasted them all and brought home four bottles. 

I'm enjoying a glass of Siegerrebe
and a little sunshine.
After our wine tasting, we taxied back to town, had lunch, and ate an ice cream cone before boarding the ferry for our return trip.

Views from the ferry ride. The day started out overcast but slowly cleared and turned into a beautiful afternoon.

I'd like to come back again and spend a few days at a B&B, take a whale watching excursion, explore the town's many museums, and sample its restaurants. One afternoon definitely wasn't enough.

More info:
San Juan Vineyards Website
San Juan Islands / Friday Harbor Info
Rhode Trips Taxi & Tours Website

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  1. What a lovely part of the world!
    I always love a wine tasting tour too :-)

  2. I spent a weekend there in 2007, for a wedding. It was like an escape into Paradise! I'd definitely love to go back some day. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Brona Joy and Laurel-Rain: Thanks for leaving comments.
    Now I'm wondering why we've never visited the San Juan Islands before! We'll definitely be going back... and for longer than an afternoon.

  4. Spectacular pictures. Thanks for sharing. Brought back memories. Decades ago the staff and families of our Senior High youth camp had a retreat on Orcas Island at Moran State Park. We went up Mt. Constitution from where you could practically see to the ends of the world. I have a whole series of books set in the San Juans--the Sparrow Island mysteries. The setting is a fictional island but characters go to all the other islands. Fun, fun.

  5. Thanks for sharing your San Juan Islands experience, Colleen. Sounds like a fun outing. How delightful that your trip to Orcas Island inspired a series of books.

  6. I've been to Anacortes but would loveto visit these islands!

  7. So beautiful! I've heard about the San Juan Islands and always wanted to visit. You live in such a gorgeous place!


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  8. Lovely photos, Sandy! Makes me want to go back to the San Juans. Haven't been on one of those islands in more than 30 yrs.


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