Kayaking on San Juan Island
Sea Kayaking on San Juan Island

Top Activities for Family Reunions & Business Retreats on San Juan Island

Updated February 2018

San Juan Island makes for an amazing place for a family reunion or a business retreat. It is so close to Seattle, only 45 minutes by plane, and yet feels like you are far far away with its slower pace, pristine and breathtaking nature and unique things to do.

We at the Earthbox Inn & Spa have the guest rooms and conference center to accommodate reunions or retreats for up to 100 guests and are tickled pink to help you plan your event. Contact us: steffi@eartboxinn.com.

There are so many fun things to do on San Juan Island. We took the liberty to pick 10 awesome activities, which we think will make your reunion/retreat productive, fun and filled with laughter.

  1.  Sea Kayaking

Take your co-workers or family on a guided wildlife kayak tour with San Juan Outfitters . Let their knowledgeable guides tailor a tour just right for your group, endurance and skill level. Find out how long starfish can live, why eelgrass tastes like coconut and what is really going on deep down in a kelp forest. Call it team building or summer fun when you race the others in your group back to the dock and compare who got the wettest.

  1.  Beach Cruiser Scavenger Hunt

We at the Earthbox, have 20 bright orange and purple beach cruiser bikes for our guests to check out for free. If the size of your group allows, organize a fun scavenger hunt around town. Have your folks find a blue piece of beach glass, find out the original name of our sister hotel and take a picture of a seaplane landing down by the port. We can already hear the giggles. And yes, we will help you.

  1.   Volleyball at Jackson’s Beach

Exactly one mile from the Earthbox, you will find Jackson’s Beach, a lovely driftwood beach with an old salmon cannery on a spit and a volleyball court in the sand surrounded by prairie grass. Make an evening of it and bring charcoal and a slab of fish for the onsite grill.

  1. Whale Watching with San Juan Safaris

Charter a boat from our friends at San Juan Safaris, just a few blocks from the Earthbox, and go out on a whale watch tour tailored just to your needs. Maybe you’ll want a catered lunch on the boat, go out shorter or longer than the whale watch tours of the general public, or go see Yellow Island, the tiny island covered with wild flowers, between Orcas Island and us.

  1.  Distillery Tour  & Tasting

On the north end of San Juan Island, nestled between beautiful Westcott Bay and the lovely apple orchards for their cidery, you’ll find quaint, boutique San Juan Distillery. Their informative and very tasty tours take about an hour. Their absolutely gorgeous all-copper Andreas still alone is worth a trip. San Juan Distillery’s spirits are rarely distributed outside of San Juan County. Make sure to buy some gifts for friends and family, like Salish Juniper flavored Gin or Madrona flavored Brandy.

  1.  Play a Round of Golf

San Juan Golf & Tennis Club, home of the Celebrity Golf Classic, situated on stunning Griffin Bay with views of magnificent Mt Baker, features a beautifully manicured 9-hole golf course with alternating tee boxes that convert into a long and challenging 18-hole experience. Treat the golfers in your party to a round of Twilight Golf and a drink on the patio of the Greenside Grill.

  1. A Stroll through the Pelindaba Lavender Farm

Close to 20 years ago Stephen Robins acquired today’s site of the farm to simply protect it from development. Since then it has grown, literally and figuratively, from a piece of land with some pretty purple scrubs to the vertically integrated model of sustainable agriculture it is today. Pelindaba grows and manufactures certified organic, handcrafted, lavender products for botanical, culinary, body care, therapeutic, and household use and distributes them nation wide.

The farm is absolutely gorgeous, open to the public from April through October, with the “peak of purpleness” being July & August. Admission is free. Stephen gives free walking tours during July & August. Consider coming for the Summer Lavender Craft Workshops and the unforgettable Lavender Festival in July. Read more on our blog at Why Tanners Didn't get the Plague.

             San Juan Islands Sculpture Park

  1.   Westcott Bay Sculpture Park

Take everybody on a literal arts walk. The 20-acre Sculpture Park, adjacent to Roche Harbor Resort, features over 150 unique sculptures around a freshwater lake, the Westcott Bay waterfront, with trails through majestic woods and sunny fields. Dogs are welcome, kids are free and encouraged to make their own art. There are very cool family picture opportunities as well as sweet places to picnic and watch wildlife.

  1.  Wine Tasting

Take our beach cruisers and ride only three miles out of town to visit San Juan Vineyards.  Enjoy the view of rolling farm fields, while tasting Madeleine Angevine and Siegerrebe, the Estate varietals.