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Leave the Car Behind

You can always leave your car at the Washington State Ferry landing in Anacortes. Long-term parking is available at the terminal. With Earthbox Inn and Spa Friday Harbor hotel only a few blocks from the Friday Harbor ferry landing, you can easily walk or ride your bike to your destination.

Friday Harbor by Ferry

Most people feel their vacation starts as soon as they arrive at the Washington State Ferry landing. The ferry that will transport you from Anacortes to Friday Harbor is about a 90-minute drive north from Seattle, or south from Vancouver. The sailing is a little more than an hour and you will cruise in comfort through some of the most beautiful waters in the world.

Coffee in Friday Harbor

What better way to start your day that than strolling around Friday Harbor with a cup of good coffee.

Just a minute's walk from Earthbox will take you to the heart of Friday Harbor, and a variety of coffee shops. For those that need their caffeine fix fast, The Sweet Retreat, epresso stand, is the closest to our motel and offers a full range of coffee, confection and savory treats. For those with children or perhaps just a sweet tooth, don't miss their Mexican hot chocolate.

Arts and Crafts on San Juan Island

One of the many reasons we love San Juan Island is the vibrant arts scene. Not only does Friday Harbor have an array of art galleries to explore, but you can visit other places dedicated to arts and crafts elsewhere on the island.

Family Fun on San Juan Island

On your family's San Juan Island vacation, you'll discover a natural playground to delight the young in years and young at heart. Great Beaches. Kayaking. Whale watching. Fishing. A skate park. Swimming. Cycling. Skimboarding. Exploring on Mopeds and 3-wheeled Scootcoupes. Younger kids? Rent a bicycle built for two or a double kayak. Ask our tuned-in, helpful staff at Earthbox for advice, directions, and special events.

Shopping on San Juan Island

Antiques. Boutiques. Whaletiques (okay, whale-related gifts). From art and handcrafted jewelry to new and used books and kids' toys and clothing, San Juan Island shopping is an adventure right up there with cycling and hiking. And only a few minutes' walk from your Earthbox door.

Casual Dining on San Juan Island

Enjoy breakfast with an ocean view . . . lunch at an outdoor table overlooking the harbor . . . family brunch or dinner al fresco, all an easy walk from Earthbox, your perfect base for a San Juan Island Vacation. Friday Harbor's casual dining choices range from distinctive rustic fare at the Cask & Schooner to multi-ethnic delights at the Backdoor Kitchen, offering romantic outdoor seating. You might opt for vegan fare at Mike's Wine Bar or more casual options at the Hungry Clam, the Cannery House or the Crab Shack all offering outdoor seating with great views of the harbor.

Fine Dining on San Juan Island

Tuck into a dinner at one of San Juan Island’s fine-dining establishments, and you’ll realize the island’s artists include a cadre of superb chefs. (You’re equally welcome in sports jacket or shorts, dressed up or dressed down.)

Dining & Enjoying Friday Harbor

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Eating

It's the Pacific Northwest, so there are some great options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—good enough that you could plan your San Juan Island vacation around meals alone. Trust us—the island's high-caliber chefs serve up local fare in a very unlocal way, often using the bountiful fresh seafood that swims around up here. Much of the food comes directly from this group of islands.

Our San Juan Island Hotel

Nestled in the heart of Friday Harbor, our San Juan Island hotel is just five to ten minutes' walk from the ferry. If you're driving, don't worry about parking—we have plenty close to our guest rooms.

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