San Juan Islands
I always get queasy driving off a ferry, having once been at the helm of an old Ford “roadie” van full of amps and equipment, part of my boyfriend’s band, and the sorry vehicle didn’t have enough gumption to get up the steep low tide ramp. I’ve blanked on how I got out of that predicament. I don’t want to think about it.
The thing is, if you want to take your vehicle, you have to take a ferry. Sure, you can take your own boat or even fly. I’ve done both and love sailing or cruising Puget Sound and gimme a float plane anytime. But I love those ferries too. The leisure of it, especially the trip from Anacortes to Vancouver Island. All that green water and perfect wooded islands. Orcas, birds, salt spray…
There are 172 islands — three major ones, Orcas, Lopez and San Juan—officially called the San Juans. But I’m also including Puget Sound’s Fidalgo, Whidbey, Bainbridge and Vashon Islands. Still, it’s a ferry ride, except for two: a bridge to Fidalgo and a connecting bridge from Fidalgo to Whidbey.
Fair Warning: Islands to be updated.
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Inn At Langley restaurant www.innatlangley.com 360.221.3033, six-course exquisite NW fresh cuisine and wine. Fair Warning: limited hours off season weekends only; call for info & reservations.
Langley Village Bakery 211 2nd St, 360.221.3525.
Boatyard Inn www.boatyardinn.com 360.221.5120, spacious, airy, contemporary studio and loft suites on the waterfront with views from $175.
Inn at Langley www.innatlangley.com 360.221.3033, Craftsman-style/Asian-inspired architecture and elegant Zen-like interiors, stunning panoramic vistas from guest rooms, suites and cottages from $275.
Washington State Ferries www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries info & schedules.
Boat tours: wildlife viewing from the water, Deception Pass Tours, Inc. www.deceptionpasstours.com 888.904.8687; harbor tours, whale watching Mystic Sea Charters www.mysticseacharters.com 800.308.9387.
Paradise Found Fiber Farm www.paradisefoundfiber.com 360.579.1906, alpacas, llamas, fiber and fiber products, produce and fresh eggs. Fair Warning: limited hours Saturdays June-October. Call first.