The Washington State Ferry and Kenmore Air’s Seaplanes land right on the shores of beautiful Friday Harbor. Everything in town from restaurants and museums to boutiques and galleries, are in walking distance. It is the loveliest past-time to stroll the docks of this former fishing village turned cute coastal town, go souvenir shopping, browse the many shops and galleries before leisurely returning to your hotel for a swim or a massage. We compiled a list of not-to-miss places for unique gifts, stylish clothing and things you can only find in Friday Harbor.
There are about half a dozen unique galleries in the heart of downtown Friday Harbor, featuring native art, island art, wood, stone and glass sculptures and more. Don’t miss the monthly changing exhibitions of Waterworks Gallery, show-casing contemporary painters, sculptors and jewelers of the Pacific Northwest. Check out the Arctic Raven Gallery, displaying gorgeous Native American art, including wood carving, cedar bark weaving, bentwood boxes and more.
Lovely boutiques with names like Deer Hazel and Be-Chic line Spring Street, the main street in town. For sportswear, outdoor gear, and amusing Friday Harbor & San Juan Island T-shirts & Hoodies, go to Nash Bros Sports or upstairs at King’s Market. A fun place to check out is Girlfriends, a high-end consignment store on Nichols Street, with an awesome sales-team that will dare you to try new styles.
Griffin Bay Bookstore offers a quality selection of the newest written word, a cute coffee shop in the back, author readings and other events. Serendipity is a very well-organized used book store in a lovely Victorian house, a very cool place to browse and nurture the book lover in you.
Explore Funk & Junk’s huge collection of Victorian furniture, musical instruments, Native American arts and crafts, décor and little knick knacks.
Find everything lavender in Pelindaba Lavender Farm’s downtown, very good smelling store, from floral décor, beauty and body care, to culinary, health & pet care products, all made right here on the island. Poke your head into Island Studios, representing over 200 San Juan Islands artist and their versatile arts & crafts. They have the tiniest outdoor sculpture and art garden by a fountain in the back. Pick up a bottle of San Juan Vineyard wine or San Juan Distillery Spy Hop Gin from Kings Market as unique island souvenirs.