10 Reasons to visit San Juan Island in the Spring!

The days are getting longer, the Orca Whales are returning, the birds and the bees are having babies, there are flowers everywhere. San Juan Island awakes from its Winter Slumber, well-rested and eager to show off all that is fresh and new. Come join us for your own renewal and rejuvenation. Come share the Spring on San Juan Island.

  1. Flowers, flowers everywhere

There is nothing more exhilarating than climbing a mountain carpeted with native wildflowers on a sunny Spring day. Head to Mt. Finlayson in American Camp National Park, Mt. Young in English Camp National Park or Mt. Grant in the center of San Juan Island and find Blue Camas, Fawn Lilies, Indian Paintbrush, Buttercups, the charmingly named Death Camas and Prickly Pear Cactus, the only native cactus this far north.

  1. Spring Specials all around

We here at the Earthbox Inn and Spa run amazing lodging specials during Springtime. And we are not the only ones. Kenmore Air offers special airfare to the isle, Western Prince Whale & Wildlife Tours entices with the first trips of the season and Susie’s Mopeds has special rates on their hot wheels to explore the island in style.

  1. Here comes the Sun

Hello stranger! We haven’t seen you in a while. Virtually everybody in Washington State experiences Vitamin D deficiency in the Winter. Thankfully San Juan Island lays in the Olympic Rain Shadow and experiences over 247 days of sunshine per year. A trip to the island may just be what the doctor ordered.

Eagles on San Juan Island
Bald Eagles on San Juan Island
  1. And the Birds

San Juan Island  sits right in the middle of the Pacific Flyway migration route and hosts over 200 bird species throughout the year. Listen to the beautiful song of the Red-winged Blackbird in the prairie of American Camp National Park, watch for Bald Eagles and Hawks, have eager Hummingbirds jet by and observe Oystercatchers and Surf Scoters at work.

Whale Watching on San Juan Island
Whale Watching on San Juan Island
  1. Where the Wild Things are

Whale Watch and Kayak Tour providers are gearing up for the season. Be on one of the first 2018 trips and see the Orcas returning, Humpbacks teaching their kids how to hunt, Sea Lions basking in the sun and Porpoises frolicking.

  1. It’s like riding a bike

We here at the Earthbox Inn & Spa offer​ complimentary beach cruiser bikes to our guests. Take a ride to the San Juan Vineyards for a Spring wine tasting or ride to Jackson’s Beach for a picnic and a round of Volleyball.

  1. Deep deep Relaxation

Give your body a Spring cleaning with a body treatment or detoxing massage at the Spa at Earthbox. Make it a day and go for a swim in our indoor heated pool, relax in our hot tub and take a sauna before your treatments.

  1. Get inspired

There are seven art galleries in walking distance to the Friday Harbor ferry dock, as well as three museums. Learn something new at the Friday Harbor Whale Museum or buy an original piece of art work for a fresh look and outlook back home.

Wishing Urns at San Juan Sculpture Park
Wishing Urns at San Juan Sculpture Park


  1. Get more inspired

Meander among 150 sculptures from all over the world on over 40 acres through forest, fields and along beautiful Westcott Bay at the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park. Have the kids make their own art, sign the Friendship Totem and place a wish in the Tibetan Wishing Urns.

Friday Harbor Chocolates
Friday Harbor Chocolates


  1. Sweeten the Deal

Friday Harbor is a handmade truffles and salted caramels paradise. Stop by Friday Harbor Chocolates for some port wine and the works and - just to compare - do the same at the San Juan Coffee Roasting Company, the San Juan Florist and Candy Shop and the Cheesecake Cafe. Under no circumstances though miss the salted caramels from San Juan Island Sea Salt, made with their own honey and salt from the Salish Sea.