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


Special Honors

2016 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards: #2 of World’s Friendliest Islands

2015 Conde Nast Traveler, Best U.S. Islands for Family Vacations: Readers' Choice Awards

2015 Travel + LeisureBest Islands in the Continental U.S.

2015 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards: #9 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

“Find more flora & fauna than fast food." Katie Jackson, America’s Best Archipelagos,

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


Bend Bulletin Wild About San Juan Island, November 15

CNN A Stunning Island Getaway, November 9

Seattle Times Lopez Island in the fall: Hikes, farm stands, and fine dining, November 9

JustLuxe: A Romantic Escape in Friday Harbor: America's Most Charming Seaport, October 31

KING 5: Girl Meets Dirt on Orcas Island Got this Woman into a Jam - and That's a Good Thing, October 13

Huffington Post's The Culture-ist An Organic Oasis on Orcas Island, September 28

Sea Friday Harbor is Home to Art, Whales and Local Flavor, September 21

Coastal Living The World's Best Culinary Destination: San Juan Islands, September

FOX 11 Los Angeles Here are Some of the Best Places to Travel this Fall, September 4

Northwest Yachting  Island Wheels, September

Huffington Post  On the Culture Front: Four Days in Seattle and the San Juan Islands, August 28

Indian Country Today  Daytripping in Washington's Seaside Smithsonian: Friday Harbor, August 24

Seattle It's No Wonder the San Juan Islands Have Become an Exploding Food Destination, August

Peter Greenberg  Family-Friendly Adventures in Washington's San Juan Islands, August 16

Coastal Living  Perfect Weekend in the San Juan Islands, Washington, August 

Departures, What's New in the San Juan Islands, July 28

Sea,  A Century Old and New Again, July 12

Eater Seattle, For Restaurants in the San Juan Islands, a Beautiful Setting Brings Serious Challenges July 6

Coastal Living, "Island Confidential: Orcas Island" July/August

The New York Times, Summer Vacation, Minus the Traffic: 5 Alternatives to Popular Trips, June 23

National Geographic 100 Best Destinations: Around the World in Four Seasons,  "Summer Family Fun"

KNKX, How Sentinel Island in the San Juans Came to be Owned by a Newlywed Couple 100 Years Ago, June 17

Food & Wine, Best New Chef Jay Blackinton's Path from Veganism to Game Hunting June 15

Rodale's Organic Life,  10 Amazing Organic Farms that Double as Family-Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, June 13

The Seattle Times, Worth the Trip: Spy San Juan Whales and Sample What's New, April 17

Time, Why the West Coast is the Epicenter for Food in America, April 4

Dallas Morning News, Get Back to Nature and Find Your Inner Artist on Orcas Island in the Pacific Northwest, April 3

Sunset, "Inside Seattle," April

Adventures NW, "Spring in the San Juans," Spring

Northwest Travel & Life, "Secret Getaways to Jumpstart Spring," March/April

Seattle Met, Nick Coffey will Open Ursa Minor on Lopez Island, February 16

Portrait Magazine, San Juan Islands Escape, February 15

Mapquest Travel:  6 U.S. Travel Destinations Inspired by Oscar Nominees, February 9

1889 Magazine, Trip Planner: San Juan Island, February 3, 5 Affordable Romantic Getaways

The New York Times, Grass-fed Beef, Sold One Cow at a Time, January 17

San Francisco Chronicle, Strolling through Obama's National Monument Legacy, January 9

2016, The Five Places That Stole My Heart in 2016, December 30

Time Out New York, Escape from New York: San Juan Island, WA, December 7-13

Lonely Planet, Welcome to the San Juan Islands, December

Islands, 10 Amazing U.S. Islands Close to Home, November 15

Good Housekeeping, A 91-year-old Woman Died After an Incredible Year-Long Road Trip Adventure, October 3, Savor the San Juans: A Fall Feast for the Senses, September 23

Wall Street Journal, Beach Getaways in the Fall – When the Crowds are Gone, September 15

Departures, Destination on the Rise: San Juan Islands, Washington, September 15

Seattle Weekly, At Hogstone’s Wood Oven Chef Jay Blackinton Does Farm-to-Table Right, August 17

Star Tribune, Camping in National Parks with a Touch of Luxe, August 12

Sunset, "Departing Seattle," September

National GeographicWoo-woo; Whale Magic?August 31

Idaho Statesman via New York TimesFour Ways to Camp with a Touch of Luxe in the National Parks, August 16

The New York PostThe 15 Best Honeymoon Destinations in the U.S., August 16

Conde Nast Traveler, America almost lost the San Juan Islands over a pig and some potatoes, August 8

Conde Nast Traveler, Why Washington's Orcas Island should be your next family getaway, August 2, The most isolated islands in America, August 5

AFAR Magazine, "Why the San Juan Islands is one of the best summer getaways," July 14

Sip Northwest, Adventures Await in Washington’s Orcas and San Juan Islands, July, "The Best Vacation Spots in Every U.S. State", June 16

New York Times, "The Long and Shore of It: The Country's Most Intruiguing Islands," May 18

Travel+Leisure, "Best Romantic Summer Getaways," May, "Slow-Rolling the San Juans," May, "The 12 Best Places to Check out Wildlife without the Crowds," April 28, "Unsung U.S. Islands You Should Visit This Summer," April

Seattle Met, "5 Oysters You'll Meet in Washington," March

Islands magazine, "National Parks by Season - 100th Anniversary," February, "The Pig War Martini Comes with a History Lesson," January 4, "America's best archipelagos," January 18

Where to Retire, "8 Tax-Friendly Towns," January/February


Seattle Times, "The San Juans winter secrets safe with year-rounders," December 9

Seattle Times, "Another Mount Constitution? Islanders unite to preserve San Juan ridge for views, trails," November 18

Coastal Living, “Best Dog Friendly Vacations on the West Coast,” November 12

LA Times, “Five great places to see killer whales in the wild,” November 11

Martha Stewart Weddings, “7 Honeymoon-Worthy Islands That Don’t Require a Passport,” November, "Beyond Seattle: Autumn in the San Juan Islands," October 19

Travel 50 & Beyond, "Wine on the Water," Fall

Yahoo Travel, "Forget Camping, My Toddler Loves Glamping," September 22

Bloomberg Businessweek, "Seven Destinations for Early-Fall Vacations," September 16

A Luxury Travel Blog, "5 Things to do in Friday Harbor, WA," September 11

Edible Seattle, "Girl Meets Dirt," September/October

Edible Seattle, ""It Takes an Island," September/October

Seattle Times, "Glampsite of the Week: Nesting in a tent on Lopez Island," August 11

Seattle, "11 Perfect Getaways Near Seattle," August

Huffington Post, "13 Stunning U.S. National Monuments You Didn't Know you Needed to See," July 27, "Summer in the San Juans," July 23, "10Best Island Escapes You Can Drive To," June 26, "Orcas Island offers fine food, festivals and high-flying fun," June 24

National Geographic, "Lopez Island by Bike," June 22, "The 10 best bars & Restaurants in the San Juan Islands," June 16, "Never Leave Your Pets Behind Again! 6 Pet-Friendly Destinations for Animal Lovers," May 18

Yahoo! Travel, "The Ideal Island for Each Month of the Year," May 4, "The pursuit of happiness on the San Juan Islands," April 27, "The pursuit of happiness on the San Juan Islands" (slideshow), April 27

Memphis Daily News, "Nature is on Stage in the San Juan Islands," April 21

Daily Telegraph, "Whale Watching at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island," April 19

Boston Globe, "Six wheels, three islands: A bike tour of the San Juans," April 18, "5 Essential All-American Vacations," April 10

Northwest Travel, “San Juan Islands Museum of Art,” April 2015

Travel +Leisure, “Northwest Passage,” April 2015

Travel 50 & Beyond, “8 Island Cruises for Nature Lovers,” Spring 2015

Travel + Leisure, "Washington's San Juan Islands: An Ideal Tour," March 17

Fodor’, “World’s Most Unique Dining Experiences,” March 2015

Every Day with Rachel Ray, “Hit the Food Isles,” March 2015

Sail, “5 Terrific Summer Charters,” March 2015

The Seattle Times, “5 Favorite Hikes on San Juan Island,” March 2015

The Wall Street Journal, “Top Spots for Luxury Getaway Homes,” March 2015

Vancouver Sun, "San Juan Islands' towns evoke a simpler time," March 17, "8 Reasons Why You'll Fall in Love in the San Juan Islands," February 24

Sip Northwest, "Savor the Local Liquid Arts of the San Juan Islands," Winter

Seattle Times, "One-month anniversary: Reservations are new on the San Juan ferry runs," February 5

2015 Yahoo Travel, "The World's 14 Most Beautiful Unspoiled Islands"

2015 Yahoo Travel, "10 Most Popular U.S. Islands for Summer Vacation"

2014 Travel, "Bareboating 101: Set a course for sailing adventure," December 19, "10 Best Scenic Flights in the United States," December 4

Business Insider, "50 Trips Everyone Should Take in the U.S.," November 19

The Oregonian: "San Juan Islands keep visitors enthralled with natural beauty, island lifestyle," September 22

Seattle Times: "5 autumn hikes in the San Juans and Gulf Islands," October 1

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

Frugal Traveler, Seth Kugel: "In the Northwest, 3 Trips, Planned by Others," September 26, "7 Small Islands That Should Be on Your Radar," September 26, "San Juans are the go-to island vacation for NW residents," September 2, "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

Departures, "The Wilds of Orcas," July/Aug 2014

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/February

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, "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

Previous Years

San Juans in the News 2011 - 2012

San Juans in the News 2009 - 2010