Beer Hopping in Friday Harbor

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Beer hopping on San Juan Island
When we homo sapiens’ settled down and stayed put to grow crops, we first did that to grow cereals and then we did that to brew beer (or something like it)! The Sumerians are credited with brewing beer as far back as 2800 BC. Beer is mentioned in the bible, by the ancient Egyptians, the Greeks and the Romans. In middle-age Germany the alms for the homeless included 2 liters of beer per day, for the kids too. Beer was considered safer than water back then. When the British invaded India, the sailors would not go without ale on the long boat ride. But ale spoiled. And thus India Pale Ale was invented, with lots of hops to preserve the precious libation. In the 1990’s we Pacific Northwesterners were in for a treat when the microbrew revolution came upon us and we didn’t have to be ashamed about American beer anymore.

Epic Whale Watch Tour with Maya’s Legacy Whale Watching

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Captain Spencer of May's Legacy Whale Watch
It was a dark and stormy night…. No, it actually wasn’t. It was an overcast, cool, windy day in the “shoulder season” (before or after the summer season on San Juan Island) and the Orca whales had not been seen or heard anywhere. I tried not to be disappointed. Being out on Maya’s brand new J1, a Zodiac boat with an enclosed cabin and head (that’s “boat” for “toilet”), zipping by lighthouses and seeing some sea lions would be fun too.

5 Best Seafood Restaurants in Friday Harbor

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Seafood on San Juan Island
There is nothing like a fresh seafood dinner while watching the sunset over the Salish Sea after a long day of whale watching, hiking and beach combing on San Juan Island. The former fishing village turned culinary destination of Friday Harbor offers a wide array of places where seafood sourcing is as important as preparation and presentation, where dishes are prepared from scratch with care and paired with island grown ingredients. Trust us, you will taste the difference.

How to take a guilt free San Juan Island vacation!

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Guilt Free Vacation on San Juan Island
We Americans have less vacation time than any other developed country and even when we are taking time off, we are still checking in with work, responding to emails, taking phone calls, texting, checking social media, well, you know… It is questionable whether you checking in with work is actually lightening your work load once you come back. It is equally questionable whether you are actually relaxing and recharging on a beach in paradise, while your mind is at work.

5 Awesome Places to go Swimming on San Juan Island

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5 Awesome Places to go Swimming on San Juan Island
The crystal clear, deep green waters surrounding San Juan Island look incredibly inviting for a swim, but take note--they are at a (brr….) 50 degrees, even in the Summer, largely too cold to take a dip, except for the young and hearty.  And yet, that doesn’t mean you have to go without a nice swim on your Summer island vacation. We found 5 lovely spots to play in the water on the isle. Find out which one floats your boat.

5 Must Do Summer Things to do on San Juan Island

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5 Must Do Summer Things to do on San Juan Islan
There is nothing like Summer on San Juan Island. The killer whales are here, sailboats are bobbing in the port of Friday Harbor, there are colorful arts festivals, delightful wine and spirit tastings, historical re-enactments, flowers stands and flourishing farms everywhere and the beaches, mountains and parks are just waiting to be explored. Here are five San Juan Island Summer activities not to be missed:

Are we there yet? 7 Tips on How to Plan a Relaxing Family Vacation to San Juan Island

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Ferry - San Juan Island
A Summer vacation or weekend getaway to San Juan Island is such a treat. There are so many fun adventures to be had: whale watching, kayaking, zip lining, hiking, biking, to name a few. Yet even in the height of Summer, there is a different pace on the island. We call it “island time”. You’ll feel it as soon as you set foot on the isle: no fast foods chains, no billboards, no traffic lights, people are so friendly