Late Summer Edition, 2018

Note: Contacts and phone numbers below are for media follow-up and may not be the best contact for consumers

Restaurants & Shops

A Beer with a View

If you picture yourself at a cool little craft beer tavern on the waterfront, check out the brand-new beerhouse at the Port of Friday Harbor’s Spring Street Landing Building at 105 Front Street. Tentatively opening under the name “Cease and Desist” they curate a fantastic tap list in a friendly community atmosphere (read, no TV). The idea is to encourage conversation and collaboration. They’ll be teaming up with businesses such as Paellas San Juan, to serve delicious locally made foods at monthly events. Owners Justin Heikkenen and Phil Carvaono met in Portland where Carvaono helped launch two beer bars—Hoplandia and Bridgetown Beerhouse. Their 15 rotating taps (2 are dedicated to cider), feature Northwest favorites and unique specialty beers. Additionally, they will have a "Crowler" machine to create 32-ounce cans on demand of beers on tap for to go customers. Contact: Justin (650) 219-4088 (media contact, not for publication); [email protected];

House-made Shrubs, Sodas, and Sips at The Kitchen 

The Kitchen, an Asian-fusion restaurant on Orcas Island, creates their own soft drinks using organic and local ingredients. Sip from their menu including delicious shrubs, or sweetened sipping vinegars, in eight flavors including tangerine-turmeric, coconut-lime, and local Nootka rose. They also make seasonal lemonade, iced herb tea, spicy lemon ginger tea, spiced chai with rice milk. Their food menu of locally sourced meats, fish, and produce is full of Asian-fusion flavors and is a true Orcas Island favorite. Contact: Charles Dalton, [email protected];

Living La Vida Lopez with Two New Food Trucks

Lopez welcomes two fun new food trucks. El Taco ‘Bout It is a new taco truck by Jennifer Contreras featuring fresh local meats and vegetables. They are currently serving their delicious tacos at Isabelle’s Coffee on Fridays and at the Lopez Island Farmers’ Market on Saturdays. Contact: Jennifer Contreras;

Maison de Poutine calls Lopez Island home base, but take their poutine show on the road to regional festivals and markets. They serve the much-beloved frites, cheese curds, and gravy with various toppings from chili to Mexican to eggs & bacon. Contact: Jen & Ted Buckallew, [email protected];

Gold in These Waters

The less than year-old  San Juan Brewing Company in Friday Harbor took home a Gold Medal in the ESB (Extra Special Bitter) category at the Washington State Brewery association awards. The Bull Kelp ESB was chosen in a blind taste test by a panel of experts. With over 390 breweries in Washington State; the competition was stiff! Brew master Jesse Visciglia remarked, “The ESB, a fantastic beer, exemplifies our dedication to beers that are balanced, highly drinkable and made with the highest quality ingredients in the world.” Find it and 12 other of their micro-brews on tap at the San Juan Brewery and select restaurants and bars in San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties. Shean Aylward, (360) 378-2017; [email protected];

Creative Minds – A New Artists Co-op Gallery on Orcas Island

Creative Minds Art Gallery on Orcas Island is a gem in the San Juan Islands. It is the first artist cooperative to open in the San Juan Islands since Orcas Islands Artworks so many years ago. The gallery is home to several island artists and debuts several northwest artists whose work has previously only been available by commission. Contact: Janet Gadallah, (360) 622-5309; [email protected]; [email protected]

The “Port” of Friday Harbor (and Local Chocolates!)

Friday Harbor Chocolates, located in downtown Friday Harbor, is a purveyor of fine chocolates, handcrafted by award-winning chocolatiers from the San Juan Islands as well as the Pacific Northwest. Its licensed wine shop specializes in imported ports, domestic port-style dessert wines, and aperitifs. In addition, made in the San Juan Islands items will be featured including San Juan Sea Salt (San Juan), Just Heavenly Fudge (Lopez), Rainshadow Sweet and Savory (San Juan), Kathryn Taylor Chocolates (Orcas) and Lopez Island Vineyards dessert wines. Renowned Rogers Chocolates from Victoria complete the picture. Contact: Aylene, (360) 370-0050; [email protected];

Grand Openings & Lodging Upgrades

The New Web Suites Offer Bird’s Eye View of Friday Harbor

Stay, refresh and re-center in The Web Suites. Each of the three newly constructed, deluxe one-bedroom condo suites are nautically themed; each features a king size bed, kitchen, living area and a modern gas fireplace. Enjoy the Crow’s Nest, a rooftop deck with a 360-degree view of Friday Harbor. Listen to live music over the rooftops, watch the ferry glide by and enjoy beautiful sunsets—or snuggle by the fireplace with a good book. With thirty years of hospitality and service experience, islanders Rex and Lisa Guard want to share their life-long island knowledge with you. Contact: (360) 317-1798; [email protected];

A New Patio for Friday Harbor House

Friday Harbor House unveiled a new 3,000-square-foot outdoor dining space and expanded kitchen with new Wood Stone oven this summer season. The outdoor area consists of a new stone patio with expansive deck space on both sides, along with a lush lawn that offers comfortable gathering places for locals and visitors alike. The new outdoor dining space provides a distinctive setting for guests to enjoy the restaurant’s popular island-inspired cuisine while taking in the beautiful harbor views. Contact: Katie Olsen, (206) 452-8175; [email protected];

Snug Harbor Resort Marina Expands

Snug Harbor Resort’s new 60 slip marina will be constructed in deeper water with wider docks and a better functional design. The latest ecological standards will transform the aging marina which welcomes both permanent and visiting yachts. After the marina is completed, guests of the resort—entirely rebuilt over the last three years—will be able to enjoy the convenience of walking from their cabins to the marina to enjoy kayaking tours and whale watching trips provided by Crystal Seas Kayaking and Maya’s Legacy Whale Watching. Contact: Erik Nelson, (206) 498-5608; [email protected];

Lakedale’s New Yurt Village; With All the Comforts of Home

Lakedale Resort has added a Yurt Village to its portfolio of expansive glamping offerings. The Village is composed of seven well-appointed yurts situated on the southern end of the serene 82-acre property. Offered May through October only, each private, 450 square-foot yurt comes fully furnished, has an en-suite bathroom with shower, electricity, wet bar, refrigerator and wrap-around deck with hot tub and BBQ. Images and full press release announcing the new yurts. Contact: Althea Conyers Achem, [email protected]

Concierge & Wedding Services

Dancing Under the Stars with Orcas Events’ Vintage Stage

In the mood for romance? Orcas Events has a new outdoor vintage dance floor (up to 29 x 39 feet in diameter). Create your perfect wedding ambiance with contemporary lounge furniture, farm tables, and chairs, vintage dishes and silverware, European crystal glassware—all available on Orcas Island, but can go anywhere in the San Juans. Contact: Veronica Ste. Martin, [email protected];

WaterWorks Gallery’s “Have Art, Will Travel” Service

Ever see an art piece you love but are unsure what it will look like in your home or office space? WaterWorks owner and curator, Ruth Offen, offers a new solution with her “Have Art, Will Travel” service. A frequent traveler to Seattle, Ruth states, “I would be delighted to bring a painting or sculpture from the gallery for a trial period in an office or home.” Since 1988, WaterWorks Gallery has highlighted world-class painters, printmakers, sculptors, jewelers in an intimate and fun gallery space in Friday Harbor. Contact: Ruth Offen, gallery (360) 378-3060; cell (360) 317-8262; [email protected];


Events & Activities

Local Magician Matthew Laslo Opens Escape Room on Orcas Island

Join in the Escape Room trend, built by Orcas Island’s very own young magician, Matthew Laslo. This Harry Potter-themed escape room gives you and several friends the thrill of following clues to get out of a tight spot. The perfect answer to the question: “what do you want to do tonight?” Contact: Matthew Laslo, [email protected];

Craft Brewery and Kayaking Tour

Outdoor Odysseys Sea Kayaking is partnering with local craft breweries for three days and two nights of kayaking, wildlife watching, and pairing locally crafted beers with their delicious camp cuisine. Relax on Jones Island as our expertly guided sea kayaking tour by day becomes a waterfront tasting room by night. Wander Brewing from Bellingham, Fremont Brewing from Seattle, and Icicle Brewing from Leavenworth all are sending their expert brewers and delicious beers their way this summer. Contact: Tom Murphy, (360) 378-3533; [email protected];

E-Bikes for Rent at Wildlife Cycles

E-bikes are a great way to enjoy Orcas Island! Wildlife Cycles on Orcas Island now offers E-Bikes for rent by the hour, with a 2-hour minimum. The shop is open every day during the summer months, and reservations are recommended. These bikes are pedal-assist and have a range of 30-60 miles depending on the level of assistance. Contact: (360) 376-4708; [email protected]

27th Annual Wildlife 100 Tour of the San Juans

On Sunday, August 19th, Wildlife Cycles will be hosting our 27th Annual Wildlife 100 tour of the San Juan Islands. Your $10 donation goes to Orcas Island Recreational Program, which provides year-round activities for youth, teens, adults, and families. The Tour will start at Wildlife Cycles at 6:00 am but anyone can meet up with the group at any point of the route. This is an unsupported ride. Contact: Taryn Collis, Operations Manager, Outdoor Odysseys, (360) 378-3533; [email protected]

Pod Nods: Not New but Very Cool!

Pod Nod overnight marine adventures return this summer to The Whale Museum! These popular “pajama party” sleepovers are geared for children ages 6 to 11 and will be held on the following Fridays: August 10, and August 24. Pod Nods are led by Museum Educators with assistance from other adult professionals. Youth participants will learn to value whales and their environment through art projects, science labs, games, the traditional flashlight tour of the Exhibit Hall, and a bedtime movie. The museum promises a high adult/child ratio and a whale of a good time! Sign up online: Contact: Tracy Merrill (360) 378-4710 ext. 23; [email protected];  

Rent a Boat in Friday Harbor

Friday Harbor Boat Rental co-owners Noah Easterbrook and Kayla Short have a passion for boats. Noah grew up sailing around the world with his parents, and Kayla grew up in Friday Harbor with a connection to the natural environment. Together, they hope to share their love of boating and the San Juan Islands by renting their six different boats, from a 24-foot sailboat to a small 13-foot skiff perfect for cruising around the harbor and setting crab traps. Contact: Noah or Kayla, (360) 317-5578; [email protected];

Savor the San JuansA Medley of Food, Farms, and FilmKeeps Growing

Farm tours, wine dinners, a Bike & Brew cycling event, the Hops on the Rock Beer Festival, and other fun events fill the autumn months, rounded off by Eat Island Grown, a tasting event featuring the farms and chefs of the San Juan Islands. Two unique film festivals—the Orcas Island Film Festival and the Friday Harbor Film Festival also make an autumn getaway an artistic feast this fall. Formerly just in October, Savor events now take place September 9 through November 10. For dates and more information, visit  Contact: Barbara Marrett, (360) 378-6822; [email protected]

Friday Harbor Film Festival Honors Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd

Captain Watson will be honored on Friday, October 26, during the Friday Harbor Film Festival opening night party. The gala will take place at San Juan Community Theatre, and will include a screening of the film, Chasing the Thunder, a high-seas documentary that follows the eco-warriors of Sea Shepherd as they engage on an epic 110-day, 10,000-mile chase of the notorious poaching vessel, the Thunder. Contact: Karen Palmer, [email protected];

New Travel Resources

New Blog Shares Stories of the San Juan Islands

See island life from the local point of view in the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau’s new blog, Island Stories, a collection of experiences, sustainable travel tips, and profiles of some of the farmers, artists, adventurers, naturalists, chefs, innkeepers, whale researchers and others who make up the close-knit creative communities of the San Juan Islands. Island Stories features local and regional bloggers writing about life in the islands—nature, the arts, food, sustainability, travel, history, and more. If you have a blog post idea or would like to write a guest blog post, contact our blog editor at [email protected].

Stewardship Guide Offers Ways to Leave No Trace

There’s a new guide for visitors and locals that shares information on how to preserve this unique and special place. It’s full of information on reducing, reusing, and recycling wastes; boating best practices; water conservation; air and noise quality; and alternative transportation while visiting. Protection is critical to maintaining the Islands’ status as an eco-tourism destination. And, it begins with the education of all those that live and visit the Islands. If you’d like to place guides in your lodging or business, please contact: Amy Nesler, Stewardship Coordinator, San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, [email protected]; Kendra Smith, Environmental Resources Manager, San Juan County Public Works, [email protected]

New Storefront and App from Center for Whale Research

For over 40 years, the Center for Whale Research has studied the dynamic populations of J-, K-, and L-pods, also known as the Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKWs). Now they’ve taken a step further with the opening of the Orca Survey Outreach & Education Center in downtown Friday Harbor this summer. People and orcas are brought face to face with big screen video footage of whales in the wild and other fun displays. And now, a new app by the Center for Whale Research provides budding orcaholics with the opportunity to learn how to identify individual whales, understand their tight-knit social structure, prey choices, and scroll through the Center’s amazing gallery images. Location: 185 S. First St., Friday Harbor. Contact: [email protected];



Barbara Marrett

Media & Communications Manager

Phone: (360) 378-6822 ext. 6

[email protected]