Outdoor Adventures and Activities

Stargazing Guide 2024 for the San Juan Islands

Stargazing Guide 2024 for the San Juan Islands

Humans have looked to the skies for millennia to ponder their existence, and to find answers and direction. Our culture has integrated the discoveries, modalities, and sciences that illustrate the profound and innumerable ways the cosmos impacts our daily lives. Most...

8 Ways to Include Your Kids in Summer Vacation Planning

8 Ways to Include Your Kids in Summer Vacation Planning

You stayed up until midnight to sign up for as many camps as you (and they) can handle, coordinated calendars, scheduled an afternoon babysitter home from college for a few weeks, and left a week for your little (or big!) family to get away to somewhere new. Now it’s...

Our Guide to Glamping in Washington State

Our Guide to Glamping in Washington State

Let’s face it: Camping isn’t for everyone. But, once those unhappy campers go glamping, they’ll be eager to get outside all seasons of the year. Glamping is about experiencing the beauty of the outdoors while holding onto little luxuries (like running water), which...

Take a Magical Kayaking Trip in the  San Juan Islands!

Take a Magical Kayaking Trip in the San Juan Islands!

Ahhhh, kayaking and the San Juans. They’re like crab legs and melty butter, mountain cabins and cozy fires, graham crackers and roasted mallows, country crooners and pickup trucks, oysters and champagne. They are made for each other.  People from all over the world...

Outdoor Games

Outdoor Games

We might sound like a broken record, but we think the scenery on San Juan Island rivals just about anywhere.  We have forests to hike, coastlines to walk, and hundreds of species of wildlife to observe.  Our weather is mild to boot!  With so much awesomeness...

How to Choose a Tent for your Family Vacation

How to Choose a Tent for your Family Vacation

Do you need to escape the swelter of summer in the city? Do you need to take a long, slow breath surrounded by long, tall trees? Do you need a vacation that costs less than taking the family to a Mariner's baseball game? We have a solution: camping! Any kind of...

Ditch the Tent: How Cabin Rentals Help Kids Love the Outdoors

Ditch the Tent: How Cabin Rentals Help Kids Love the Outdoors

Summer's here...bringing back memories of being a kid, kicking off my shoes for 3 straight months and playing outside until the sky darkened and my mom yelled, "Dinner's ready, everybody come home!" OK, this is obviously dating me, because back in the day there were...

The Best San Juan Islands Camping Spots for a Family Getaway

The Best San Juan Islands Camping Spots for a Family Getaway

Summer is almost here and for us, that means it's camping season, the best time of year! But why go camping in the first place? In some families, camping is a tradition that is passed on from one generation to another, singing the same goofy songs, having grandpa...

Camping Tips and Tricks

Camping Tips and Tricks

After nearly eight months of hibernation, the sun has started to show its face and summer is nearly upon us!  Brighter, longer, and warmer days can only mean one thing: It’s camping time!  Around the globe, especially in the Pacific Northwest, a wide range of people...

Winter Activities on San Juan Island

Winter Activities on San Juan Island

This blog was written in 2017 and updated in 2023.  San Juan Island is one of the most beautiful places on earth (OK, we are a little bit biased). Although we’re famous for our summers, our Salish Sea archipelago is a paradise in winter, too, with plenty to see and do...

Fun Activities for Kids on San Juan Island

Fun Activities for Kids on San Juan Island

San Juan Island is a paradise for kids (and kids at heart) and the fun starts with getting to the island! Hop aboard a Washington State Ferry in Anacortes for the hour-long journey, explore the ship, watch the islands pass by and keep your eyes open for seals, whales,...

Friday Harbor to Orcas Island Day Trip Ideas

Friday Harbor to Orcas Island Day Trip Ideas

Even with so much to do on San Juan Island, we occasionally get a hankering to do a little “off-island” exploring. And the Washington State Ferries make it so easy to travel from your San Juan Island lodging to Orcas, home of Moran State Park and some of the best...