Exploring Lopez Island
Don’t be startled on your first visit to Lopez Island when people wave to you from their cars. This is “the Friendly Isle”—15 miles long with 63 miles of shoreline and 2,500 year-round residents. The Lopez landscape blends forests with rolling farmlands, and quiet bays and driftwood-strewn beaches with distant views of mountain ranges and snow-tipped Mount Baker.
Lopez’s natural beauty and quality of life have attracted a variety of residents—artists, craftspeople, entrepreneurs, musicians, farmers, fishermen and nature lovers. Scandinavian farmers arrived here in the 1850s, drawn by the island’s gentle topography, and Lopez Island farms today raise an eclectic range of products, from sheep to llamas, wine grapes to apples, pears to kiwis.
Outdoor Pleasures & Natural Wonders
Lopez offers the easiest cycling of the three main San Juan Islands. Consider bringing your bike for a day or weekend of scenic cycling, or rent one from Lopez Bicycle Works or Village Cycles. (The interisland ferry from Orcas Island or San Juan Island is free for walk-on passengers and cyclists.) You may want to schedule your Lopez visit to coincide with one of the island’s special annual events—the Tour de Lopez bicycle tour each spring. Always scheduled for the last Saturday in April, Tour de Lopez is a non-competitive, rural road tour that offers short and long routes through the island’s varied landscape. You can also explore Lopez Island through a cycling or driving tour.
If you're a nature lover, expect to see bald eagles and a great variety of water birds on Lopez Island, along with black-tailed deer and lots of rabbits. You may spot these on one of the island’s web of hiking trails, many near or along the shore (the same terrain that makes for somewhat easy cycling makes for plenty of opportunities for not-too-strenuous hiking). Whether you visit with family and friends or you’re in search of solitude, Lopez’s many parks (some of them well-kept secrets) fill the bill, from Agate Beach County Park with its soothing sound of waves over pebbles to the trails and bluffs of Shark Reef Sanctuary, where you’re likely to spot seals and often times sea lions. Or launch your kayak to explore the island’s inlets and paddle around the unspoiled paradise of one of the nearby National Wildlife Refuge islands (no two-footed creatures allowed) for glimpses of pigeon guillemots, double-crested and pelagic cormorants, and harbor seals.
Lopez Village on Fisherman Bay
Lopez Village is the commercial core nestled at the north end of beautiful Fisherman Bay. In the Village you will find a choice of restaurants, delicatessens and coffee shops as well as a bakery, large grocery store, organic grocery, galleries, bookstore and library. On Saturdays during the summer don't miss the popular Lopez Farmers' Market for fresh produce, and local arts and crafts. The island treasures its history and shares it with visitors at the Lopez Island Historical Society & Museum (in the Village) and the restored 1917 Port Stanley Schoolhouse a mile or so east. Wander a little farther south along Fisherman Bay and enjoy a few more restaurant choices with beautiful bayside views, marinas, bike and kayak rentals, and accommodations. Continue about three miles south on Fisherman Bay Road and experience the 1887-built Center Church and the pioneer Union Cemetery with vistas across rolling farmland.
We are the San Juan Islands' oldest bicycle shop and have been meeting the needs of cyclists since 1978. Lopez Island is the premium biking island, since we are less hilly than the other San Juan Islands. At Lopez Bicycle works, we have the best rentals, best prices and best service. Lopez Bicycle Works is like fine wine, it gets better with age. We are located at the marina next to Lopez Kayaks and Lopez Islander Resort, about four miles from the ferry landing. We are open seven days a week, from May to September. [more...]
Midnight’s Farm is adiverse 100-acre farm, bustling with cattle, pigs, ducks, dogs and cats. The Field House farm stay offers the chance to relax into the land, eat real food and get your hands dirty on the farm. This sunny two bedroom house overlooking a pond is available to rent year-round. During your stay, you may wake to the scent of fresh wild-yeast-leavened bread baking from Barn Owl Bakery’s wood-fired bake house, take a yoga class at Down Dog Studio, or just sip coffee and visit the animals. [more...]
In Lopez Village, right next to the Community Center, take time to stroll the Lopez Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from mid-May through mid-September. Here, many of the island’s artists set up shop—offering hand blown and stained glass, fiber art, jewelry, pottery. Find an abundance of fresh island produce, fine artisan bread and baked goods, locally raised meat, eggs and more, direct from the island's bakers and farmers. It’s a fine place to have lunch and a chance to pick up some unique gifts. Don't miss this little gem of Lopez.
Hours:10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. throughout the season [more...]
Escape with TerraTrek on a two- to six-day bicycle and multi-sport vacation through the San Juan Islands. Only a short drive from Seattle or Vancouver B.C., the San Juan Archipelago is an ideal getaway because of our long days of sunshine and plenty of activities. Enjoy cycling along quiet two lane country roads lined with wildflowers that wind down to spectacular vistas of neighboring islands and snowcapped mountain ranges, hiking around lakes that lead down to waterfalls, and kayaking past pebble stone coves and rocky islets in orca whale territory! [more...]
Our full service bike shop is located next to the fudge shop in the village on Lopez Island. We provide high quality, efficient bicycles for rent and bike tours of Lopez with local guides. Our service department is top notch. Repairs are done in a professional, timely manner, on the spot when needed. We sell a diverse selection of accessories and components. We are your local bike shop when you're away from home! [more...]
Lopez Island Golf Club offers year-round golfing on beautiful Lopez Island. A private club open to the public, LIGC offers a unique golf experience for all levels of golfers. Dawn to dusk, no tee times are required, with at most a brief wait. The course plays an easily walked 5304 yards (4702 from the forward tees). There's an extensive short-game practice area as well as a putting green. Our nine holes play as 18, with separate tee boxes and pins for front and back nines. [more...]
Outer Island Expeditions offers whale watching tours -- see whales or ride again free! -- from Orcas Island, Lopez Island, San Juan Island and the Bellingham area. Last year we saw orcas on over 95% of our summer tours, and whales on 97%. [more...]
Visit the Lopez Island Vineyards Tasting room in Lopez Village, where you can taste delicious island-grown wines made at their family run winery. Lopez Island Vineyards produces fine wines from estate, organically grown grapes and select vineyards in the Yakima Valley.
Address: 265 Suite D Lopez Rd., Lopez Village; (360) 468-3644
Hours: Summer, Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m. Call ahead for other hours, or for groups of 8 or more. [more...]
Established in 1977, Blossom Grocery is locally owned, controlled and committed to quality. This well-stocked shop is one of the most unique shops in the San Juan Islands. The quality of products are measured by their food miles, certified organic status, fair-trade status, producer ethics, affordability, simplicity, freshness and suitability for islanders' needs.
Open daily 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Lopez Center for Community and the Arts is a critical part of life on the island. Located on some 7 acres of land in the middle of Lopez Village, The Center has committed the use of some of the land to an outdoor performance pavilion, the Lopez Children’s Center, the Family Resource Center, the Farmers' Market, a community garden, and a skateboard park. It sits proudly in the middle of an expansive greensward with drought- and deer-resistant landscaping. Location: 204 Village Rd., Lopez Village; (360) 468-2203 Hours: visit www.lopezcenter.com for event schedule [more...]
Jones Family Farms (JFF) is a diversified family-owned and operated business producing grass-fed meats, grain, produce and shellfish on Lopez Island. JFF also sources and distributes other fine quality Northwest seafood sustainability harvested from regional waters. JFF is dedicated to the highest quality artisanal food production, distribution, and land stewardship. [more...]
Lopez Kayaks offers rentals, kayak trips and sales. Our on-the-water kayak shop has been serving the area since 1995 with one of the best launches in the San Juan Islands. Rent by the hour or for multiple days, with car topping available. Our rental shop offers maps, books, kites, hats, kayaking information and more. All ages and abilities are welcome. [more...]