I’ve been finding myself saying “we need to do this more often,” to my husband recently. We have lived in Seattle for a little over three years, and this was the year I wanted to prioritize visiting “The Islands.”
Brighten up your spring with this beautiful island’s laid-back draws and dynamo deals.
We already know that the San Juan Islands dazzle in summer months, showing off in shimmering, sun-kissed, soul-soothing ways we cannot sufficiently put into words. But did you know that these islands hold a special charm in winter and spring months, too? Here are just a few reasons we suggest you beat the crowds and switch over to “island time” sooner rather than later.
Orcas Island, nicknamed “the gem of the San Juans”, had everything we needed for a relaxing weekend—a lovely downtown to shop and eat, a stunning shoreline, beautiful lakes, and walking, hiking, and biking trails. There are plenty of lodging options: you can camp, stay in a cabin, yurt, at a resort, or book an airbnb. Once on the island, you can take the ferry to visit the other islands for free, including San Juan Island (Friday Harbor), Lopez Island, and Shaw Island.
Head to the islands to unplug, chill out and get your art on.
Happen to be free October 11 through 14? Feeling the need to get away, relax and tune into your inner artist? Great, then we’ve got an idea for you. Sail away to Doe Bay Resort on gorgeous Orcas Island for a long weekend with new friends at the Art Camp for Big Kids. Seattleite caught up with camp founder Lori Stone of The Joy Guild to get the scoop on the upcoming island retreat.