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True gems of Washington state

There are many ways to enjoy the wonders of the San Juan Islands. Whether by physical activity or historical sightseeing, the famed Washington archipelago never fails to impress. Beauty, nature, and serenity are all fitting descriptors of the Islands, making it one of the more popular scenic regions in the state.

After all, there aren’t many other parts of Washington where you can kayak, whale watch, cycle, hike, fish, shop, relax, and boat within 620 square miles. Families, friends, or solo travelers can all find something to enjoy while visiting. No trip to Northwestern Washington is complete without a visit to at least one of them.

Taking it all in

Affording yourself time to enjoy all that the San Juan Islands has to offer is vital. Although a weekend stay is perfectly fine, it doesn’t allow for nearly as much as a week or multi-week stay.

Accommodations are just as important too. There are many options for lodging throughout the Islands. Finding some that cater to both active guests and laidback guests is perfect, like the San Juan Islands Vacation Homes. These privately owned vacation rentals are large and spectacular, presenting the magnificent simplicity of the area that not many people get to witness.

Visit the website or call (800)-426-2338 or (360)-378-6284 for information, availability, and reservations, today!

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day on San Juan Island

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than on a beautiful island with your loved one? We’ve come up with some of the best places to go and events to attend for this year’s Valentine’s Day on San Juan Island:

heartsSixty Minutes of Love – You can join Jonathan Shue, Daniel Mayes and Helen Machin-Smith for an hour of fun music and all sorts of love poetry for a night you won’t forget.

First Valentine’s Day Wildlife Tour Special – This year San Juan Safaris is offering their very first Valentine’s Day Wildlife Tour. There is a always chance to see whales around the island, and you’re guaranteed to see other wildlife such as harbor seals and sea lions.

Vacation Homes – If you’re looking for a more private, relaxing Valentine’s Day, there’s no place better than a private rental home on San Juan. San Juan Islands Vacation Homes offers private, well-maintained rental homes around San Juan, and offers a 20 percent discount on last minute booking!

If you’re still searching for a Valentine’s Day plan, look no further than San Juan Island and San Juan Island Vacation Homes for all your rental home needs.

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Top San Juan Island Tours

San Juan Island, Washington offers numerous wildlife tours, but is probably best known for its boat and air orca-whale watching tours. Whether you’re searching for a relaxing vacation on the slow pace of island time, or you’re looking for exciting adventures, you can find it on the San Juan Island. sanjuanislandsvacationhomes

Whale Watching – If you’re visiting during the normal whale watching season (March-November), which we highly recommend you do, you have the chance to take a tour that can lead to the experience of a lifetime. Seeing whales in their natural habitat is an exhilarating experience and one that not many people can say they’ve done.

Sea Kayaking – For those with an adventurous spirit, sea kayaking tours make the perfect exciting and unique experience. Sea kayaks allow you to tour the water around the San Juan Islands and see San Juan from a truly unique perspective.

Tour Packages – San Juan Island loves visitors and offers vacationers the opportunity to find affordable package tours – from bicycling to kayaking to whale watching and more.

If you know what you want to do in San Juan but don’t yet have a place to stay, look no further than San Juan Island Vacation Homes for private, comfortable and affordable vacation rental homes.

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Best Winter Activities on San Juan Island, WA

San Juan Island offers beauty and fun all year around. This December, get out of the house and take a tour or explore San Juan in the quiet season for a real unique adventure.

Museums & Galleries – Although whale watching season typically ends in winter, the Whale Museum is open throughout the year. In Friday Harbor you can visit this historic, first museum in the U.S. devoted to a species living in the wild.

San Juan also has many other museums, galleries and gardens for those who desire a truly unique tour experience.

santaHoliday Events – Whether you’re looking for something unique, like the Dance of the Elders on December 11, or something more traditional, like the holiday boat parade with Santa on December 20, you can find it on San Juan Island.

When you need a place to stay near Friday Harbor for a weekend or for the month, look no further than San Juan Islands Vacation Homes. We’ve got affordable, quality vacation homes available for rent, and can even include some activities package savings! Give us a call to learn more today.

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Thanksgiving On San Juan Island, WA

Especially on San Juan, we celebrate Thanksgiving. If you’re searching for some Thanksgiving activities, we’ve got you covered:

ThanksgivingThanksgiving Community Dinner – On Thanksgiving, Nov. 27 from noon to 5:00pm, you are invited to share a community dinner with other island residents and visitors. Everyone is welcome, everything is free, the food is great, a lot of it is donated, and the fire’s always hot!

Artisans Holiday Marketplace – If you’re looking to get into some Black Friday shopping, consider checking out the Artisans 36th annual post-Thanksgiving event, featuring the ‘best of the best’ creations from local San Juan artists.

Holiday Shopping at Lime Kiln Point State – Lime Kiln Point State Park, also known as the Whale Watch Park, is a must-see for visitors and residents alike. Starting Nov. 28, till Dec. 20, you will find Christmas ornaments and Christmas gifts for great prices while contributing to a great cause. Proceeds from the park’s Interpretive Center/Gift Shop help fund the park’s future activities and programs.

If you’re visiting with family or friends, or are even by yourself on San Juan Island to enjoy the holiday season, look no further than San Juan Islands Vacation Homes for your quality and affordable vacation home rental. Give us a call at 800-426-2338, and don’t forget to check out our last minute specials!

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San Juan Island October Events

San Juan Island, WA really does have something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to get out and enjoy the fall weather and some live music, or you’d rather shop and eat, there are island specials for you here!

Many restaurants, homes, farms, winemakers and more are participating in the annual “Save the San Juans” themed event. Mikes Cafe & Wine Bar has a vegan harvest and special h’dourves and dinners, and many other events occur throughout October as well:

Oktoberfest – On Saturday, Oct. 11 from 5:00 – 10:00pm,  you can enjoy this annual family event that features San Juan’s original Blaskapelle Oompah Orchestra, a Bavarian menu, drinks, professional polka instruction and activities for the kids. Oktoberfest is always free for children, and this year is free for anyone in costume as well!

San Juan Vineyards Savor the San Juans Dinner – You’re invited to join San Juan Vineyards for their 7th annual wine dinner at Coho Restaurant on Friday, Oct. 17 at blog6:00pm. With six courses and five wines served for wine pairing, this is a night food and wine connoisseurs won’t want to miss.

Canoe and kayaking picnic lunches are available!

Farm Tour and Distillation Demo – Saturdays in October provide a chance for a guided tour of the Pelindaba Lavender Farm. From cultivation and harvesting to essential oil distillation, you will see first hand how lavender is produced and you’ll learn about the many and surprising uses of lavender. For an educational outing that’s interesting and unique, consider touring Pelindaba this Saturday.

Whether you’re on San Juan Island for the weekend, a month or more, San Juan Islands Vacation Homes has the private vacation rental homes you’ve been looking for with affordable rates and specials you’ll love. To relax and take some much deserved, autumn time off, reserve your San Juan Island vacation home today!

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Autumn on San Juan Island, WA

1If you’re looking for a laid back, outdoor fall vacation, look no further than San Juan Island, WA.

It is the main island in Washington’s group of 172 islands, the San Juan Islands, and is often the island people are referring to while referencing the San Juan Islands.

San Juan Island has vibrant, fall colors among the firs and madronas that signal the changing, “quiet” fall season. Nature offers us spectacular views and breathtaking water, forest and fields scenery. We are currently experiencing inviting, moderately warm days and crisp nights. Forests, lake shores and mountains all lay waiting for you to admire and explore, and occasional rainstorms are less frequent than on the Northwest mainland.

Arrival by either ferry or air provides a spectacular experience in their own right!

Hiking on San Juan Island – To really take advantage of the fantastic fall weather and to see all the island has to offer, consider taking an island hike, or two or three. There are hiking trails located in the two National Historic Parks, up and down hills, small mountains and along the shores of the island as well as through county and state parks.

Kayaking, Bicycling & More – The San Juan Island have activities galore.You can go boating, sailing, kayaking, fishing on the lake or “gunk-holing” among the many ocean islands, or even zip line through the forest. With rental or personal bikes you can explore and connect with nature in an entirely new way.

Whether you’re looking for family activities such as visiting our art galleries and local crafts stores, whale or historical museums, or just to relax at a spa or fitness center, you really can do it all here. If you’re taking a trip to the San Juan Islands, consider renting a vacation home so you can relax, bathe and eat in private when you desire. For a “best choice” vacation rental experience in San Juan, check out San Juan Islands Vacation Homes today!

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