San Juan Islands – Washington State

TIME TO GET AWAY!

And I mean REALLY away. Come to Washington. Enjoy the beautiful city of Seattle. Then, take a 4-hour drive and a something-hour ferry ride to the “far-away” get-a-way in the San Juan Islands.

Coming from an urban Southern California city in the last week of August, my first thought was, “Whoah… I like the trees.” There were a lot of trees, and the trails made me want to hike through the forest, and possibly live there… or stay there for just a day or two. I changed my mind when I was reminded how cold it was at night, but I’ll get to that later.

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THE DRIVE – THE DEER

IMG_2306 (1).jpgAfter hopping off the ferry from the main land—2 ferries. We had a long drive ahead of us. A winding drive of nearly two or so hours. The only sign of civilization on our way up there were signs warning us to not hit deer and icy roads in the winter. The deer seemed to know to stay away from roads. (We even got out of car to see if we could pet one, but it galloped away. In hindsight, that was probably for the best).

Be extra careful, or travel with someone skilled swerving on winding roads. Please watch out for the wildlife.

THE DRIVE – THE TREESIMG_2303.jpg

I absolutely love trees! The only way to get to the resort is on a two lane winding road. If you’re from somewhere made of concrete brick walls, and all the trees around you were grown somewhere else and came there on a truck, you’ll appreciate the trees. I’m sure the majority of them at least 100 years old.

You do not see where nature ends here. The trees stretch from the ocean to the mountains. There was still a tiny bit a snow on the very tip of the mountains, even at the end of August.

THE STAY – THE YURT

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The best thing about this place? The stay? You can stay anywhere from the resort with luxury rooms, to a cabin, to a tent on the ground, and even a yurt! My advice—unless you love the freezing cold, stay away from the tents and the yurt. What the heck is a yurt anyway!? I had no idea until that night. It is a round wooden hut, with no roof. Well, there’s a tarp that covers the top, and mini tarps that cover the windows—well, more like the square “holes” around the walls.

If you want the experience—don’t forget the long underwear

If you want my personal opinion—pass on the yurt.

THE STAY – THE FOOD

It’s a pretty tiny place when you consider everything the town offers. The main restaurant is the big restaurant. It’s a huge gorgeous wooden lodge. HUGE! Also a nice bar to sit around with your posse. The food was great. Even in August, the place was too cold for me, but the food was good. There’s a huge menu with great specials everyday. The best part—it’s all organic. The majority of their fruits and vegetables are from their own garden. If it can be grown in the cold Washington soil, they grow it. The resort also keeps different animals, but I doubt they butcher it themselves. As for the eggs—they may be fresh from their very own chickens… I’m not quite sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised

The restaurant is not open all day. It is open for each meal, then closed to prepare for the next one, so make sure you’re up early enough for breakfast and make sure you’re back in time for dinner.

If you’re looking for some snacks in between meals, or if you’ve missed a meal, there are small shops around the resort that sell healthy organic snacks. You won’t find any Cheetos, but nuts and fresh fruit should hold you over until the next meal. So don’t be late!

FINAL THOUGHTS

IMG_2313.jpgGive it a try. You can stay in the resort, the cabins, the yurt, a trailer or a tent. Choose one that’s best for you to stay in, but make sure you stay. I don’t recommend the open-sky option. There are bugs, and animals out roaming at night. Personally, it was an interesting experience with a great view, but I’d like to experience another resort next time. Every resort is different, and this place just didn’t make me go “Wow!” enough. Coming from the city, I really wanted to experience nature… just without too much discomfort.

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