Off to the Islands
There's no place I'd rather be in the summer than the Pacific Northwest! We've spent a lot of time over the years boating through the San Juan Islands, but there's still so much to this area we haven't seen. And we've just started to jump across the border more into Canada's Gulf Islands. There's never enough time to see it all. This week we covered a few familiar places, and a few new:
We started in a familiar place:
Went back to Anacortes, WA: When we are here, we stay in the Cap Sante Marina. The city of Anacortes is spacious and spread out so a good stroller is key here. There are a lot of little boutiques, but check their hours because most we came across closed early and we missed out. The Cap Sante Park is beautiful and a paved trail runs along the marina and out to a point that overlooks the bay.
Friday Harbor, WA: If you looking for travel inspiration, stop and read this! Friday Harbor is one of our favorite ports in the San Juan Islands and it's so easy to get to! The location is very central to all the islands, a regular ferry schedule makes it accessible by foot or car (Take the Victoria Clipper out of Seattle by foot, or by car out of Anacortes). It's picture perfect here with a lot of fun shops and restaurants to offer. Because everything here is centered around the marina, you won't have to walk far to get to it all. And my favorite? A great selection of ice cream parlors! You'll figure this out eventually, but I'll tell you now, I make a mandatory stop for ice cream at every port we visit.
Friday Harbor makes a great day trip. While you're here, be sure to ask around about meeting Popeye the harbor seal and if you're lucky, he'll eat a fish right off your lips with nothing more than a tickle from his whiskers!
And back to Poet's Cove on South Pender Island, B.C., Canada. This is a small marina with a resort but not much else. They have a family pool that is heated, Totes would have stayed in all day if we let him. A good restaurant, cafe and one of the nicest spas up this way. Get a moment to yourself for a massage and spend some extra time in the steam cave. Great hiking around the area but not very toddler or small-child friendly.
Eastsound is quickly becoming a favorite destination for us and this was our second time back. This is a very quaint and eclectic town that we fell in love with from our first visit. On this trip, we stumbled across a small, outdoor picnic area attached to a pizza kitchen that we decided to try since we had a large group and their outdoor picnic tables could accommodate us all. Hogstone's Wood Oven specialized in "Northwest Agrarian Cuisine" and the dishes were a delight. Very unique and creative in both ingredients and presentation. I'm a sucker for that. Grocery stores, a boutique hotel overlooking the bay, yoga studio and of course, ice cream. This place is a gem, although not so convenient to get to.
For the first time, we anchored in Blind Bay off Lopez Island, WA. This was one of the most beautiful sights to wake up to in the morning. #InSearchofSunrise
Deer Harbor on Orcas Island, WA was another first time visit. Very small marina with not much besides a sundries shop, but they did have ice cream! The Deer Harbor Inn is a short walk down the road, a cute place to go for dinner.