San Juans in the News

The San Juan Islands have received some great media coverage lately!  See what has been written about Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands.


Special Honors:

2014 Travel + Leisure: #2 World's Best Islands - Continental US and Canada  

2014 Travel + Leisure: #10 World's Best Islands

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2014: #4 of Ten Best Islands in the U.S.

Lonely Planet: # 3 of Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2013

A newly-designated National Monument (1,000 acres)

Great Quotes

"Where Seattle goes to decaffeinate," 1000 Places to See Before you Die


King5 Evening Magazine, Visiting the Scenic San Juans/Friday Harbor 

King5 Evening Magazine, Visiting San Juan Island

King5 Evening Magazine, Visiting Orcas Island

King5 Evening Magazine, Visiting Lopez Island, "Washington's San Juan Islands," August 21, "Secret seaside escapes for a final summer fling," August 21, "Forget the Passport: 7 Best U.S. Islands to Visit," August 20

Forbes Travel, "Four Unforgettable Epicurean Adventures To Try," August 14

Country Living, "All-American Islands,"  August

The Seattle Times, "Farm-to-Table: Where to eat local on Orcas Island," July 20, "Islands of Orcas of Eagles," June 27

Puget Sound Business Journal, "San Juan Island rated tops in nation for Fourth of July celebrations," June 26

Luxury Travel, "5 Destinations Every American Should Visit," June 20, "10 Great Cities for Weekend Getaways," June 20

The Seattle Times, "Washington Weekends: Pig War and more on San Juan Island," May 17, "America's Top 10 State Parks," April 22, "Sip by the sea at island wineries," April 28

Popular Photography, "Pacific Oasis: See the camera-ready San Juan Islands," April, "Top 5 awe-inspiring wildlife species to see in Washington’s Salish Sea," March 25

The Chicago Tribune, "San Juan Islands offer peaceful beauty," March 18

Sunset, "Top 8 ferry trips: Anacortes to Shaw Island, WA," March

Sunset, "42 Perfect Summer Trips," March

NW Travel, "Family Time Travel: Exploring Historic Forts," March/April

AAA Highroads, "San Juan Island: A Beacon in the Pacific Northwest," March/April

Cruising World, "Convoy in the Pacific Northwest," March

InBusiness, "San Juan Islands: Where Life Moves a Little Slower," March

CBS News, "What are the best island getaways in the continental U.S.?," March 3

Coastal Living, "Whale Watching: The Guide," March

ABC News, "TripAdvisor's 10 Best Islands in the U.S.," February 19

Redbook, "Best Travel Finds of 2014,"  February

Bon Appetit, "Oysterland: A Journey to the Heart of Bivalve Country," February

AAA Via, "Where the Whales Are," January/Feburary

Coastal Living, "Best Coastal Bike Trails,"  January

Smithsonian, "The True Inner Beauty of Fishes,"  January, "50 states, 50 spots for 2014," January 2

Sunset, "Top 10 life-list adventures," January, "Top 10 National Parks," January



Sunset,  "14 Natural Treasures in the West,"  November, "Curious humpback encounter dazzles whale watchers," November 27

Michelin Guide Mustsees Pacific Northwest featuring National Parks, October 2013

Sip Northwest, "Savor the San Juans," October

The Seattle Times, "Chartering a boat in the San Juans is easier than you might think," September 4

The Seattle Times, "Moran State Park is an island treasure," August 24

Men's Journal"San Juan Island Hopping," September, "10 Great American Escapes for Labor Day Weekend," August 28

USA Today, "10 scenic boat trips that won't sink your budget," August 22, "Glamp Like a Champ: 5 Awesome Spots," August

Sunset, "Top 20 beach hotels," August, "Tastiest Eco-Friendly Restaurants Around the World," July 18

Sunset, "Top 21 island escapes," July 16

Travel & Leisure, "America's Best Little Beach Towns," July

New Day Northwest,, "Escape to the San Juan Islands," June 27

Today Show, NBC, “5 Beautiful Places Every American Should Visit,” June 26

The Seattle Times, "Making salt from the Salish Sea,"  June 21

Sunset, "42 Perfect Summer Trips," June, "School's Out!: Top Family-Friendly Beach Towns," June 11

Canadian Yachting, "Dockside in the San Juans," June

Alaska Airlines, "San Juan Islands Getaways," June

Seattle, "Best Camping Spots in Washington: Roughing It," June 

Sunset,"Top 45 hikes in the West," June

Northwest Travel, "Shoreline Whale Watching," June

Edible Seattle, "Gas bladders and enlightenment - a weekend at seaweed camp," May/June

Travel+Leisure, "20 Easy Weekend Getaways," May

The Seattle Times blog, "May is a month of history events in the San Juans - with a new small cruise ship to take you there," April 30

Sunset, "The West's Best Camping," May

Seattle Metropolitan, "Whale Watching in the San Juans," May

The Seattle Times, "Best places to visit and hike the new San Juans monument," April 19

Northwest Travel, "Orca Spotting in the Salish Sea," April 17

International Business Times, "10 vacation destinations that will be extra hot for summer 2013,"  April 12, "Top 8 affordable island getaways," March 29

National Geographic, "Obama Declares National Monuments to Preserve Pieces of U.S. Heritage," March 26, "San Juan Island: Washington State's island destination," March 7

Seattle Times, "Europe-bound outdoors writer recalls his Top 10 Northwest adventures," March 10, "Best Northwest Getaways" February 26

The, "Top whale watching destinations"  February 19

The Seattle Times, “Have a whale of a Valentine’s Day at Friday Harbor Museum” February 12, “The world’s top ten bike rides” February 12, "10 Places to Explore in 2013: Haro Strait—U.S./Canada Border"    

The Seattle Times, "Goodies for traveling and worth traveling to get," January 15

Spokesman Review, "Winter's slow pace ideal for an escape to the San Juan Islands," January 13

Seattle Times, "Around the Northwest, great places to say "I do,"" January 6


2012, "Top 10 Travel Destinations for 2013," December 25

HUFFPOST TRAVEL, "The Slow Life on Washington State's Lopez Island," November 22

Coastal Living, "Savor the San Juan Islands," November, "Support swells to make San Juan Islands a national monument," October 29

Vancouver Sun, "Orcas Island eatery is a garden of delights," October 24, "10 Greatest U.S. Adventure Vacations," October 22

FOOD & WINE Travel Issue, “Wild Secrets of the San Juan Islands,” September  

Los Angeles Times, "Living on island time in the San Juan Islands," August 26

The Seattle Times, “Tranquil Shaw is an island of blessings,” August 25, "Friday Harbor: A Slow Pace, A Quiet Town,"  August 20, 2012

HUFFPOST TRAVEL, “The Summer Splendor of Orcas Island,” August 8

HUFFPOST HEALTHY LIVING “Rowing the Big Seas,” August 8

Boat U.S. Magazine, “From Water to Wine,” August/September

Lonely Planet, “The gourmet archipelago: local food heaven on the San Juan Islands,” August 7

Travel + Leisure, "World's Best Islands in Continental U.S. and Canada,"  San Juan Islands, August

The Seattle Times, “Sampling the laid-back pleasures of Lopez Island,” July 28

HUFFPOST GREEN, “The Orca and the Shopping Mall,” July 26, "Northwest Travel: By sea and land on Orcas Island,” July 15

Men's Journal, "San Juan Island Hopping,"  San Juan Islands, July, "Top 10 Dream Towns in the West: Eastsound on Orcas Island,"  June

HUFFPOST TRAVEL, "9 River and Lake Getaways Better Than the Beach,"  Lakedale Resort, San Juan Island, June Travel, "7 Prime Spots for Wildlife Viewing,"  San Juan Islands, June 27

The Seattle Times, "Eat naturally and play hard on Orcas Island,"  Orcas Island, June 17

HUFFPOST TRAVEL, "Discover Washington's Beautiful, Friendly San Juan Islands,"  San Juan Islands, June 15

America's Hideaways, San Juan Islands, June 9

Wall Street Journal / Travel, "Hop to It,"  Friday Harbor,San Juan Islands, June 8

Sunset Summer Trips, Northwest Edition, "Around the West, The Sea Kayak Trip,"  San Juan Islands, Summer

Better Homes and Gardens, "Vacation Equation,"  Smuggler's Villa Resort, Orcas Island, June

Seattle Metropolitan, "Washington Bike Towns,"   Lopez Island, June 

Seattle, "Foodies Afloat,"  San Juan Islands, June

Northwest Palate, "Island Gins," San Juan Islands, May/June

The Blender, A Williams-Sonoma Blog"Farm to Fork: A Recipe from the San Juan Islands, Washington,"  Orcas Island, May 30

Smarter Travel, "10 Charming Island Towns,"  Lopez Village, Lopez Island, May 28

Seattle Times, "From Slow Hikes to High Wires, San Juan Island has New Treats,"  San Juan Island, May 19

Seattle Times, "State's Tourism Bellwether Rings Loudly in the San Juans," San Juan Islands, May 18

Departures, “Best Summer Trips,” San Juan Islands, May/June

Just 5 More Minutes, an Epicurean and Adventure Travelogue, "Just 5 More Minutes on Beautiful Orcas Island in Washington State,"  Orcas Island, May 17

Coastal Living, "The Best Seaside Cottage Rentals," Roche Harbor, San Juan Island, May 15

Sunset, "Perfect Camping Within 4 Walls," Lopez Farm Cottages, Lopez Island, May

HUFFPOST TRAVEL "Unusual Island Vacations," San Juan Islands, May

Seattle, “14 Small Town Getaways,” cover photo and story on Eastsound, Orcas Island, May

Coastal Living, "Sailing School Rocks!"  San Juan Islands, April

Yahoo!, "Orcas Island, Washington: Adventurer's Guide to This Ideal Island Getaway in the Pacific Northwest," Orcas Island, April 19

Harbors, "Northwest Author Spotlight: Craig Romano,"  Beach Haven Resort, Orcas Island, April 15

Huffington Post, "10 Stunning Mountain Views Around The World,"  Mount Baker, Orcas Island, April 10

AAA Washington Journey, "Conservation Vacations," San Juan Islands, March/April 

The Knot, "Washington Best of Weddings,"  Roche Harbor Resort, San Juan Island, March 10

Travel + Leisure, "Best Spring Break Getaways,"  Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes, San Juan Island, February

Seattle Met, "Washington’s Five Most Romantic Destinations,"  Duck Soup Inn, San Juan Islands, February

Wine Enthusiast, "Destination: San Juan Islands,"  San Juan Islands, February 1 

Los Angeles Times, "Cooking up Gourmet Adventures Across the West,"  Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes, San Juan Island, January 29

TripAdvisor, "Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in the United States,"  Wildwood Manor at #9, San Juan Island,January 

Seattle Met Bride & Groom, "Destination: Northwest," Rosario Resort, Orcas Island, Winter/Spring 2012

Seattle Bride, "Place Cards:  Apple Ink,"  Eastsound, Orcas Island, Spring/Summer 

Seattle Bride, "Reception Trend:  Light it Up,"  Roche Harbor, San Juan Island, Spring/Summer 

The Blender, a Williams-Sonoma blog, "Discover Your Local Farm,"  Orcas Island, January 12 

Frommer's Travel, "100 Places to Take Your Kids,"  Victoria Clipper, San Juan Islands, January 5

Washington FILM, "Pacific Northwest Islands that still look like Islands,"  San Juan Islands, January

Harbors, "Island Inn,"  The Island Inn at 123 West, San Juan Island, January

Sierra, "Haro Strait, U.S. - Canada Border,"  San Juan Islands, January/February

Patricia Schultz, "1,000 Places To See Before You Die,"  San Juan Islands, Workman Publishing



Islands, "The islands that started it all,"  San Juan Islands, December, "12 best places you've never heard of,"  Doe Bay, Orcas Island, December 6 

USA TODAY, "10 great places for a North American safari,"  San Juan Islands, November 21 

Seattle Times, "Christina and Bruce Orchid's Island Home Nourishes,"  Orcas Island, November 20

National Geographic, "Adventure Town: Eastsound, Washington,"  Orcas Island, November 8

National Geographic, "Top 10 Sailing Cruises,"  San Juan Islands, November

National Geographic, "San Juan Islands Jigsaw Puzzle,"  San Juan Islands, November

Sunset, "Weekend Trips,"  San Juan Islands, Fall Special Edition

NBC Today Show, "Best of the Pacific Northwest,"  San Juan Islands, October 21 

Travel + Leisure, "World's Best Islands,"  San Juan Islands, October

Yahoo Travel, "World's Best Islands,"  San Juan Islands, October

Seattle, "Seattle's Most Influential People of 2011,"  Doe Bay, Orcas Island, October

Coastal Living, "Haunted Inns by the Sea,"  Rosario Resort and Spa, Orcas Island, October 

Edible Seattle, "The Blessings of Orcas,"  Orcas Island, September/October (This Issue features Allium, Doe Bay Cafe and Coffelt Farm)

Seattle Weekly, "Chimayo's Orcas Noodling,"  Orcas Island, September 28, "12 Remarkable Places You've Never Heard of,"  Doe Bay, Orcas Island, September 28

KING 5 New Day Northwest, "A Hearty Taste of the San Juans,"  San Juan Islands, September 27

New York Times, "Getting There is Just a Piece of the Puzzle,"  San Juan Islands, September 10 

Sunset, "A Front-Row Seat To Whales,"  Orcas Island, September (This issue also features Rosario Resort)

Budget Travel, "Best Places You've Never Heard of,"  Doe Bay, Orcas Island, September

Sunset, "Top 8 Ferry Trips,"  Shaw Island, September

Trailblazer, "The San Juan Islands - An Awesome Archipelago,"  San Juan Islands, August 

Gadling, AOL Travel Blog, "Orcas, Sea Kayaking, and Sea Planes,"  San Juan Islands, August 

Travel + Leisure, "World's Best Awards 2011,"  San Juan Islands, August 

Woman's World, "Get away from it all in the San Juan Islands,"  Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands, August 23

USA Today, "Alaskan Cruises from Seattle,"  Friday Harbor, August 22 Forbes, "5 Endless Summer Vacations,"  San Juan Island, August 19 

USA Today, "Glamping brings creature comforts to outdoors,"  Lakedale Resort, San Juan Island, August 4 

Seattle PI, "Top 20 Places in Seattle to Take Your Mother Criticism Free,"  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, August 1

Journey, "Destination of the Month: Lopez Island,"  Lopez Island, July

Sunset Summer Trips, "49 Getaways (Early Summer),"  San Juan Island, July

Country Living, "All-American Islands,"  San Juan Island, July

USA Today, "Best Wildlife Watching Spots in each State,"  San Juan Islands, July 29 

Lonely Planet, "U.S. Islands That Won't Break the Bank,"  San Juan Islands, July 7, "Washington State for Less,"  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, July 1

South Sound, "Best Travel Destination,"  San Juan Islands, June/July

AOL Travel and Sherman's Travel, "Best July 4th Vacations Across America,"  San Juan Islands, June 24

CNN Travel and Coastal Living, "Best Coastal Bike Trails,"  Lopez Island, June 15 

Peter Greenberg Worldwide, "Luxury Camping with Kids: Family Glamping,"  Beach Haven Resort, Orcas Island, June 10 

New York Times, "Fork by Northwest,"  Lopez Island, June 10, "Glamping, the cure for the common camping trip,"  San Juan Island, June 10 (This issue also features Lakedale Resort and The Bluff)

New York Times, "A Directory of Rare Wonders,"  San Juan Island, May 13

Every Day with Rachael Ray, "The Best Red, White & Bloom (!) Celebrations,"  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, May

National Geographic Traveler, "10 Best Trips of Summer 2011,"  San Juan Islands, Summer

Disney FamilyFun, Great Island Getaways,  Orcas Island, May

Sunset, "Top 26 Wilderness Experiences,"  Lakedale Resort (cover photo!), San Juan Island, May (This issue also features coverage of San Juan Vineyards and Orcas Island's West Beach Resort.)

HUFFPOST TRAVEL, "10 Best Whale Watching Destinations Around the World,"  Orcas Island, April 6

The TODAY Show, NBC, "Affordable Secret Island Getaways,"  Orcas Island, April 6

Destinations Travel, "Explore the San Juan Islands,"  San Juan Islands, April

Harbors, "Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes, (includes Duck Soup Inn),"  San Juan Island, Spring 

San Diego, "52 Weekend Getaways," San Juan Islands, April

Conde Nast Traveller, "Ocean's 10 The Holiday Islands of the USA,"  San Juan Islands, March (Issue also features coverage of Friday Harbor House, The Inn on Orcas Island, Bay Cafe and Backdoor Kitchen.)

USA TODAY Travel, "10 Great Places to see animals in the wild,"  San Juan Islands, March 25 

Country Almanac, "10 Best B&Bs By The Water,"  Hillside House Bed & Breakfast, San Juan Island, Summer 

CNN Travel, "Seattle beyond the Space Needle,"  Duck Soup, San Juan Island, March 3

Bellingham Alive!, "20 Healthy Things,"  San Juan Islands, February/March

Sunset, "Destination Date Night,"  San Juan Islands, February (Issue also features Allium on Orcas Island) 

AOL Travel., "Six Best Beach Vacation Spots in the Pacific Northwest,"  South Beach, San Juan Island, February 17

USA TODAY Travel, "Romantic Weekend Island Vacations,"  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, February

Coastal Living, "Nine Islands offer Pristine Beaches and Abundant Wildlife,"  Yellow Island, San Juan Islands, February

TripAdvisor, "Top 10 B&Bs and Inns in the World," Wildwood Manor, San Juan Island, January

The New York Times, "41 Places to Go in 2011 - a world list,"  #2 San Juan Islands, January 7

Harbors, "Enjoying the Reds and the Whites at San Juan Vineyards,"  San Juan Island, Winter 2011



Thames & Hudson book, "The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of the Pacific Northwest," San Juan Islands

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Airlines, "Wondrous Washington,"  San Juan Islands, December, "America's Island Paradises,"  San Juan Islands, September

Sunset, "20 Best Beach Getaways,"  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, September

Sunset, "10 All-to-yourself Islands,"  Patos Island, September 

AOL Travel, "America's 10 Best Islands,"  Orcas Island, August

National Geographic Adventure, "America's Best Adventures,"  San Juan Islands, August

The Seattle Times, "Glamour + camping = glamping (Does it add up for you?),"  San Juan Islands, July 

425, "Best Weekend Getaway,"  San Juan Islands, July  

Outside, "17 Perfect Weekends,"  San Juan Islands, June

Northwest Palate, "The Greening of San Juan Island,"  May/June 

Seattle, "Seattle's Great Escapes 2010," Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, May

Sunset, "Your next great summer vacation: San Juan Islands,"  An explorer's long weekend on the San Juan Islands, May

AOPA Pilot, "Friday Harbor, any day of the week, Washington's enchanted island,"  San Juan Island, April 

Minneapolis- St. Paul StarTribune, "Under the Spell of Orcas Island, Birds & Blooms,"  North America's Best, Orcas Island, April



Sierra, "Empty Sound,"  November/December - The Whale Museum, Discovery Sea Kayaks, Western Prince

Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2010 book, "World's Top 10 Cycling Routes,"  November

USAToday, "Traveling with the Stars: Giuliana and Bill Rancic,"  October 19 - The Whale Museum, Pelindaba Lavender

Toronto Star, "Escape to San Juans,"  October 5 - Duck Soup Inn, Coho Restaurant, Tucker House Inn, San Juan Excursions, Roche Harbor, Afterglow Roche Harbor Spa, Crystal Seas Kayaking, Shearwater Sea Kayak Tours, Best Western Friday Harbor Suites, Earthbox Motel & Spa, Bird Rock Hotel, Juniper Lane Guest House, Bayside Cottages, Moran State Park, San Juan Island National Historical Park, Westcott Bay Sculpture Park

National Geographic Adventure, "100 Best Adventure Towns,"  October - Eastsound, Moran State Park, Shearwater Sea Kayak Tours, Turtleback Farm Inn

Sea Kayaker, "Washington's San Juan Islands: A Rainshadow Archipelago,"  October 

American Spirit, "Haven for History: Venture to Friday Harbor, Washington,"  September/October - San Juan Island National Historical Park, The Whale Museum, Roche Harbor, San Juan Islands Museum of Art and Sculpture Park

Bridal Guide, "Islands in the Stream,"  September/October

Western Journey, "Island Respite,"  September/October - Bay Cafe', Crow Valley Pottery, Mount Constitution, The Whale Museum, Pelindaba Lavender, San Juan Island National Historical Parks, Moran State Park, Lakedale Resort, Christina's, Roche Harbor, Lime Kiln Point State

Western Journey, "No dog left behind,"  September/October - Downtown Dog, Moran State Park, San Juan Island National Historical Park, Harrison House Suites Bed & Breakfast

The Seattle Times, "Washington's best: Five top towns for outdoor jocks and nature lovers,"  September 24 - Eastsound, Moran State Park Smart Meetings, "Unbridled Beauty: Good vibes and great meetings in the Pacific Northwest,"  September - San Juan Islands Museum of Art and Sculpture Park

Woman's World, "Have summer fun in the San Juan Islands!,"  August 24 - Pelindaba Lavender, Lime Kiln Point State Park, Roche Harbor, Lopez Island, Mount Constitution, Moran Mansion

KING 5 Evening, "Just a ferry away: Orcas Island,"  August 6 - Deer Harbor Charters, Moran State Park, Turtleback Farm Inn

Travel + Leisure, "Top Islands in the Continental U.S. & Canada,"  August

National Geographic Traveler, "Great Long Weekends,"  July/August - San Juan Vineyards

The Bark, "Dogpatch: Summertime Travel, Tips, Lists, Cool Digs,"  July/August - Blue Heron Bed & Breakfast, Pebble Cove Farm

The Wall Street Journal, "Seattle Hotel Scene Perks Up,"  featuring the San Juans, July 31 - Friday Harbor House, Ferry Landing Suites, San Juan Excursions, Discovery Sea Kayaks 

KING 5 Evening, "The Organ of Rosario Resort,"  July 29 MSNBC, "Top 10 Stateside Safaris,"  July 20 - Otter's Pond Bed & Breakfast, Outlook Inn Seattle Metropolitan

Bride & Groom, "Real Weddings - Tindall & Crocco Wedding,"  July 20 - Roche Harbor, Afterglow Spa, San Juan Vineyards, Kenmore Air

MSNBC, "Biking in the San Juans,"  July 17 

Los Angeles Times, "The boar war that was averted on San Juan Island,"  July 5

King 5 Evening, "Just a ferry away: Friday Harbor,"  July 2 - Steps Wine Bar & Cafe', The Whale Museum, Pelindaba Lavender, San Juan Kayak Expeditions

Travel + Leisure, "23 Seaside Inns We Love,"  July - The Place at Cayou Cove, Kenmore Air

Time, "Quintessential Summer: 8 Outdoor Getaways,"  June 8, online edition - Lakedale Resort

Conde Nast Traveler, "Hotel Deals in Seattle and the San Juans,"  June 5, online edition - Lakedale Resort, Roche Harbor

ShermansTravel, "Top 10 One-of-a-Kind Camping Trips,"  Summer - Lakedale Resort, "America's Island Paradises," May 22 - Doe Bay Resort and Retreat

Backpacker, "Top 3 Glow-in-the-Dark Trips,"  May - Discovery Sea Kayaks, Steps Wine Bar & Cafe' 

Budget Travel, "Summer Camp for All (That Means Parents, Too!),"  May - Canoe Island French Camp 

National Geographic Adventure, "Best Adventure Travel Companies On Earth,"  February - Adventure Associates of Washington, Discovery Sea Kayaks, Outdoor Odysseys