I’m a sucker for a good deal, so when Jack sent us a link a few months ago to a voucher for a discounted stay in Friday Harbor, we jumped on it right away. I was so looking forward to a chance to get out of town with the Chens, to explore San Juan Island, to cozy up in a beautiful room and unwind – I had high, high hopes for the weekend. And they were met on all fronts. Plus some.
We picked up Jack and La Verne yesterday morning and headed north to catch the afternoon ferry to Friday Harbor. We wound our way through the islands, excited by the sight of sunshine glistening off the water – the forecast had called for wind and rain, but it looked like Mr. Weatherman was mistaken.
We checked into our rooms at the Friday Harbor House and all said a little “wow!” when we opened our doors. A fireplace, a jacuzzi tub, and a deck with this view. Oh, this view!
We dropped off our bags, picked up a few snacks from the corner market, and got back in the car to make the short drive to San Juan Vineyards. Shane and Jack picked out a bottle of Sangiovese while La Verne and I spread out a little picnic lunch on top of a wine barrel in the corner of the shop. We ate and drank and chatted, thankful for a little fuel after our three-hour journey. Once the bottle was dry and the cheese devoured, we headed back out to do some exploring, stopping for a minute of sun-soaking on the winery’s porch.
Our Tour de Island brought us to quaint Roche Harbor, which was something of a ghost town on a chilly February afternoon. But we’ll be back for spot prawns come summer!
The cloudy sky showed promise for a beautiful sunset, so we drove south along the west edge of the island in search of a good lookout. Our hunt landed us at Smallpox Bay, which sounded less-than-inviting on the map but turned out to be the perfect place to watch the sun drop below the horizon.
Shane was pretty pleased with his front-row seat.
But was willing to give it up when Jack challenged him with, “Dude, jump!”.
Post-sunset, we made our way back to the hotel to crank up our fireplaces and grab a catnap before dinner. The rest of the evening was perfectly mellow – a two-hour dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, a game of cards in Jack and La Verne’s room, and lots of laughter. Gosh, so much laughter. We reminisced about our romp through Portugal four years ago, we talked about adventures to come, we reveled in that happy, easy comfort that comes with spending time with people who know you inside and out. I like to think we’ll be having these same conversations in some other island lodge 20 years from now.
We woke up good and late today, stuffed ourselves at the hotel’s breakfast bar and then, far too soon, it was time to get in line for the east-bound ferry. One final stop at the Tulalip outlet mall for a few things, and we were putting a bow on our short-but-epic getaway. It was fun while it lasted…