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

2019 Orcas Island #33 on The New York Times' list  52 Places to Go in 2019  

2018 Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards: #5 "Best Islands Continental U.S...."

2018 Expedia Viewfinder: #2 Most Scenic West Coast Destination

2017 USA TODAY 10Best Reader's Choice: #1 "Best Washington Attraction"

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 

2013: A 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


Lonely Where to Eat, Stay, and Play on Washington's San Juan Islands, March

Condé Nast What to Eat on Your Next Trip to Washington's Orcas Island, February

Lufthansa Große Küche Auf Kleinen Inseln, February

BC Living Plan the Perfect Long Weekend on the San Juan Islands, February

The London Times Paddle Power, February

Monocle Pacific Plates, February

AAA Westways Washington's Emerald Isles, January/February

Washington Everything You Need to Know about Getting to the San Juan Islands, January 

The Telegraph Are these unspoilt islands America's best-kept travel secret? January

Napa Valley Register Art and nature shine on the Washington Coast, January


Thrillist  Why You Should Make the San Juan Islands Your Next Weekend Getaway, November

Cruising World Sailing the San Juan Islands, November

The New York Times  Loneliness and Its Antidote on Orcas Island, September

Houston CityBook Taste and Sea, September

Seattle Refined Eating and drinking your way through 24 hours on Orcas Island, August

425 Staycation: San Juan Island, July

Asiana Airlines Serendipity in the San Juan Islands, July

Fortune  This Island in Washington State will Make You Feel like a Multimillionaire, July

Traveller San Juan Islands, Washington State, USA: Orcas Island prides itself on purity, June 

Saveur  The Island of Forgotten Orchards, Summer 5 Reasons Why Voluntourism Should Be the Way You Spend Your Next Vacation, May

The Boston Globe Six wheels, three islands: A bike tour of the San Juans, April

Oakland Magazine, Experience Island Life in the San Juan Islands, April 

The Oregonian, Waiting for orcas at Lime Kiln Point, a jewel in the San Juan Islands, March Things to Do in the San Juan Islands: History, Art, Food, and Whale Watching, January


Seattle  Escape to Orcas Island During the Quiet Season, December 

Northwest  Orcas Island Beckons: Quiet Season Means Fewer Crowds, November The San Juan Islands are Made for Honeymooning November

Harbors  Holidays Island Style, November/December  

Seattle Take in Lopez Island's Stunning Views from Two Wheels Instead of Four, October 

Pacific Northwest Weddings Orcas Island Enchants as a Pacific Northwest Wedding Locale, September

The New York Times Off the Washington Coast, a Restaurant that Follows the North Star of Localism, September 

The Oregonian 20 Reasons to Love San Juan Island, September 

Wine Wine Shop Spotlight: The Bodega at Champagne Champagne, Orcas Island, August 31 

Seattle Met Washington's Best Ferry Feasts, August 14

Coastal Living Island Crush of the Month: Orcas Island, August 6 San Juan Islands, Washington: Family Travel Guide, July 19 San Juan Islands for Families on a Budget, July 17

Hemispheres Feast by Ferry, June 29

Seattle PI  Connelly: The best - Where to  dine, explore, and love in Washington's islands, June 12

Seattle Times Watch: Bald eagle battles fox for rabbit in skies above San Juan Island, May 22

Smart Meetings San Juan Island Offers Exciting Adventures, May 22 How Consumers Can Cash in Travel Rewards for a Wild and History-rich Vacation in Washington's San Juan Islands, April 27 San Juan Islands: a Meeting and Retreat Destination Where Nature Inspires Creative Renewal & Engagement, March 19

Philadelphia Inquirer In Washington's San Juan Islands, an expedition cruise and wondrous hiking, March 8

The New York Times A Room (or a Ryokan, Yurt, or R.V.) with a View, February 2 The Shortest International Flight in North America Takes 12 Minutes, January 18

2017 The San Juan Islands - A Gorgeous Backdrop for Romantic Getaways & Destination Weddings in the Pacific Northwest, December 21

Meeting News Northwest Meet on the Islands, December

Budget Travel 10 Best Bargain Trips for 2018 December

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

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

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 Intriguing 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

Previous Years

San Juans in the News 2013 - 2015

San Juans in the News 2011 - 2012

San Juans in the News 2009 - 2010