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The Whale Watch Suite Away from it all on San Juan Island in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. This island paradise is full of magical experiences. Please go to our web site to check out the weather and view from the inn on our "west side Island Cam" and also take a "virtual tour" to see what a paradise it is here at the Highland Inn of San Juan Island. Experience views of Orca Whales playing and feeding in the sea below Spring, Summer and Fall, Bald Eagles soaring overhead, deer and fox and rabbits in the woods, glorious sunsets, and then the twinkling lights of Victoria, BC, across the Haro Straits, with the brightest starry skies above.
The inn provides every comfort in two luxury guest suites, which offer you private baths, jet tubs for two, steam cabinet showers, refrigerators, towel warmers, king size beds with down comforters, wood burning fireplace, sitting area with window seats, cozy sofa and easy chair, TV/VCR/CD, private telephone line, Free Wireless Internet Access, and antique furnishings.
Awards & Accolades
Seattle - Northwest Island Guide:
"We've found the best place to stargaze in the San Juans: the luxurious Highland Inn. On a clear night you can reach out and touch the planet Venus"
Featured inn on "Northwest Backroads" recent television show and winner of the "Great Escape Best Bed and Breakfast Inn"
Highest rating of FOUR KISSES given in the newest edition of Best Places to Kiss in the Pacific Northwest
Travel and Leisure Magazine - Inn of the Month
Martha Stewart's Weddings recommends the Highland Inn as a honeymoon destination. The only lodging mentioned in the San Juan Islands.
Travel Holiday magazine, in a nice story about San Juan Island, 10 inns with Highland Inn as #1!!
"It's all about luxury at the two-room Highland Inn. Think of this B&B on the nature-loving west coast as the Four Seasons of San Juan Island."
Coastal Living Magazine, feature article "Highland Fling, ...warm cookies and Puget Sound views make a delicious combination."
Conde Nast Traveler, "52 Weeks in America,...May 18 - 25 for A Whale of a Time, San Juan Islands, Washington: See the resident Orcas and soak up the natural majesty of the San Juan Islands... before the summer crowds arrive. The Highland Inn, a two suite hideaway, overlooks the whales' playground."
Selected and included in "Best Places of the Pacific Northwest"
Visitors to the San Juan Islands will soon find out how much fun it is getting there. The tranquility of the ferry ride is a prelude to the beauty of the islands. The magical island scenery and the friendly island feeling keep visitors coming back year after year.
San Juan Islands Scenic Byway is the state's newest byway! The San Juan Islands Visitor's Bureau now has a driving tour description and photos at www.visitsanjuans.com/byway.html.
San Juan Island is an island in Puget Sound, so you need to travel across water to get here! For an up to date ferry schedule call 1-800-84-FERRY or check out their ferry schedule on the internet. It includes everything from arrival and departure times to Canadian custom requirements. Ferry fares are round trip. You only pay going west. Getting here is half the fun!
San Juan Island has its own airport and scheduled service by San Juan Airlines (four Caravans land at the airport daily, and four seaplanes land in the marina daily) 800 690-0086 and West Isle Air 800-874-4434. Kenmore Air supplies float plane service to the island at 800-543-9575.
About San Juan Island
After disembarking from the ferry you arrive in the town of Friday Harbor. San Juan Island is known for its local flavor and many choices of lodging and accommodations. You will not find any large hotels, San Juan Island is a community of quaint inns and bed & breakfasts. Enjoy our many restaurants, such as Middle Eastern, American, Thai, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Pacific Northwest with fresh caught seafood and a variety of settings. Dine and view harbors, ponds, boats and vistas across the water to neighboring islands. For a real treat collect your own oysters at Westcott Bay or during the summer months visit the Farmers Market for organic fruits and vegetables, goat cheese, fresh flowers and other San Juan Island favorites. Visit our local winery with tasting room at the vineyard. Pelendaba Lavender Farm is nearby with acres of lavender in bloom through the summer months, and a gift shop open all year with their lavender products.
Now that you've eaten, it's time to take in some sights. Some of the more popular sights are the island's many county and state parks, from Lime Kiln State Park, where you can view the Orca whales in certain summer months, to South Beach, with its windswept fields, rabbit condos and miles of driftwood beaches. San Juan County Park was the location for the filming of Practical Magic, a movie starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. (The bluestone from the movie set now graces the walks, porches and pond at the Highland Inn.) San Juan Island offers spectacular scenery, wonderful nature walks and quiet moments around every turn.
Activities on San Juan Island will keep you going non-stop the entire trip. Try kayaking, whalewatching, boating, charter a flight, go hiking, catch a ferry, golf, rent a moped or a bike, see a movie, go birding, relive history, go fishing, see wildlife, shop, visit our many art galleries with works by our outstanding island artists, or just hang out and read a book.
From the original architecture of the oldest lime works west of the Mississippi, Roche Harbor Resort, to the story of the whales at the Whale Museum, San Juan Island boasts many opportunities for the visitor to step back in time and see what the islands were like when life was easier. Visit the American and British Camps to find out what the Pig War was all about. Check out the Historical Museum or the Pig War Museum for a more in depth history of our unique islands.
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