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the Highland Inn, Friday Harbor, Washington.
The house seemed to be in harmony with its surroundings, as a large tree blended into the front entryway. The innkeeper has an interesting past and holds a record for deep sea fishing, having caught a 270-pound tuna with 50-lb. test line. It is proudly displayed in the entrance hall. We hadn't noticed it on the way inn and asked her if she had it mounted, and she proudly showed it to us.
This is a bed and breakfast, and the beautiful rooms, very large deck, and view are the main amenities. There was an outdoor spa on a deck in front of a guesthouse, which we were welcome to use. We did sit in it after dinner, warming up a little. The foliage was thicker over by the guest house and we couldn't get a good view of the water from the spa. Ice was available via an icemaker in the kitchen, and the refrigerator in the room was thoughtfully stocked with bottled water and soft drinks.
In the morning, we had our choice of eating breakfast out in the dining room with the other guests, taking it to our room and eating it on trays, or having it served to us on the dining table in the corner of the room, which was our ultimate choice. We also were able to pick what time we wanted breakfast. As Helen said she would do, she called us 10 minutes before serving to make sure we were ready. The first course was a fruit plate, followed by scrambled eggs, sausage, and fresh muffins. We had requested iced tea, and she served that, along with fresh orange juice. There also was a perpetual plate of fresh cookies available in the kitchen.
This is a very small b&b (2 suites only), and there was no bar. We provided our own.
Ms. King has been in the service industry for a long time and is obviously a very skilled hostess. What a perfect way to semi-retire - still doing what she loved, but on a smaller scale. Her living quarters were upstairs, and we noted she also had an outdoor spa, on her deck, which partially covered the downstairs deck. She was very helpful when it came to choosing a restaurant for dinner, and recommended a brand new Italian restaurant which we enjoyed very much.
Next time we go to San Juan Island, we will allow ourselves more than a day. The island was much larger than we had expected, and it would have been nice if we could have seen more of it. The town of Friday Harbor (where the ferry lands) is quaint and nestled on a hillside overlooking the water. Its streets are full of shops, restaurants, bars, and small inns, and most are clapboard, resembling a seaside town one would expect in New England. Once out of town, the island gave way to farms and much more expansive fields than we would have suspected. It was very clean; the residents take much pride in their island.
Vinnys - West Street, Friday Harbor
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The San Juan islands are a quiet way of life, and not somewhere one goes for nightlife. There were bars in town and perhaps some entertainment, but we opted to return to our inn with its beautiful view.
We were on San Juan Island in mid-July. It was sunny, with high clouds, and the wind was calm. The afternoon temperature peaked in the 70s and went down to the high 50s in the evening. Although it is to the north, the islands apparently enjoy a mild climate even in the winter, and snow is rare.
Leave yourselves more than a day to explore this island. Plan ahead and arrive at ferry terminals well in advance of departure.