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ACANTHUS SUITES; is one of Friday Harbor's first important historic homes, built in 1913, as a wedding gift for a well to do merchants daughter and her new husband. It has been beautifully restored. Located in Downtown Historic Friday Harbor; only 3 blocks from the Ferry dock and Port of Friday Harbor. This is an excellent choice for special events, small gatherings and family reunions. When you rent this entire home, you have 5 suites, 4 baths and 4 kitchenettes, which consist of a very large 2 room studio/gathering space (the original wood paneled parlor and dining room), a 2 bedroom suite on the ground floor, plus 2 studio suites on the 2nd floor along with an additional sleeping room suite. 4 suites have a private bath, all are fully furnished with comfy furniture, new small appliances and most have an electric fireplace. There is a large covered front porch with a picnic table and extra seating, plenty of off street parking, large back yard with a koi pond and huge curly willow tree with another picnic table and lawn furniture in the cool shade. Our home has a 2 night min, year around The suites included in the entire home rate are: The EXPLORER: A spacious 2 room studio with queen bed, single portable bed, 3/4 bath, kitchenette, dining and sitting area, beautiful wood paneling and coffer ceiling. Ground Floor, max 3 guests. The FARMER: A roomy 2 bedroom suite with a Queen bed in each bedroom, full bath, gathering/dining area and kitchenette. Ground Floor, max 4 guests. The LOGGER: A cozy studio with a single bed and double couch bed, 3/4 bath, kitchenette and sitting area. 2nd Floor, max 2 guests. The MINER: A lovely roomy studio suite with 2 Queen beds, 3/4 bath, kitchenette, sitting area, skylights to see the night stars. 2nd Floor, max 4 guests. The ANNEX: is also included; an additional room on the 2nd floor with a queen, a single and a youth bed, no bath. This is for additional guests only. Perfect for kids. 2nd Floor, 3 guests max. Needs access to the MINER and LOGGER bathroom. FOR LARGER GROUPS THAT NEED AN ADDITIONAL SUITE, THE FISHERMAN IS AVAILABLE AT AN ADDITIONAL COST AROUND BACK WITH ITS OWN SEPARATE ENTRANCE www.vrbo.com/656927. The FISHERMAN: A cozy pet friendly one bedroom suite with a Double bed, single couch pull out bed, kitchenette, 3/4 bath and its own entrance and fenced porch. Ground Floor $50 pet fee. max 3 guests.
LOGGER 2nd floor: 1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon
A cozy studio suite w/ kitchenette & 3/4 bath, 2 guests max...moreless
MINER 2nd floor: 2 queen
A spacious suite w/ skylights, kitchen & bath 4 guests max...moreless
ANNEX 2nd floor: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single, 1 child bed
In combo w Miner or Logger only; 3 guests max...moreless
Each bedroom is actually a separate suite. 4 have kitchenettes and full to 3/4 baths, the Annex is an additional sleeping room so needs to share a bath with either the Miner or Logger. They are perfect to be combined for large groups.
The 4 Suites each have its own private full or 3/4 bath.
All 5 Suites have a private access from the entry hall just inside the front door.
Interaction with Guests:
Guests are left completely on their own. We are available at any time to answer questions, there is a great selection of info about the island available in each suite.
Acanthus Suites is in the old historic Argyle neighborhood. There are several restored historic homes both next door and across the street. It is a very easy walk to town.
There is a bus system to the other side of the island, bikes, electric bikes, mopeds and cars to rent. Plus many of the whale watch vessels and kayak operators depart from right from the Port of Friday Harbor only 3 blocks away.
Our island has so much to offer!! We have year around resident Orca whales to see, wonderful kayaking along our shores, the largest number of nesting bald Eagle in the continental USA, 2 large National parks with numerous hiking trails...moreless
Entire House Winter Nov 10 - May 31, 2015 2 night min stay
Entire House Summer Jun 1 - Nov 9, 2015 2 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Pet Fee$50 + tax
cleaning$200 + tax
Check in 4 pm
Check out 11 am
All Suites are non smoking
Please no parties and all quiet after 11 PM.
Every effort has been made to sound proof the rooms from each other.
Pets are only allowed if under 30 lbs
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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San Juan Island is the best area to actually see Orca whales in the wild easily during the summer months. Fall and Spring it is a birders paradise with many species passing through en route to their winter home or summer breeding grounds. Many birds reside here in the winter, most beautiful are the Trumpeter Swans and the Great Blue Heron, plus the largest population of Bald Eagles outside of Alaska, reside in the San Juan Islands. We have 3 National Parks on our small beautiful island so there are a lot of opportunities for hiking on the well marked trails. Please inquire about each individual unit on our web site; fridayharborvr(dot)com
Year Purchased: 2014
About the owner: Acanthus Suites is owned and operated by Mother and Son Team; Lynn Danaher and Ryan Bennett. Both arrived from Alaska to Friday Harbor in May of 1994 and worked together to create San Juan Excursions, offering both whale watching and sea kayak tours. Sold in 2000. Lynn started to expand into repurposing under-utilized commercial properties in downtown Friday Harbor, with a primary focus on historic restoration. Ryan traveled extensively for several years working in the snowboard and skiing industry. He returned to Friday Harbor in 2008 to assist his Mother, Lynn to co-manage the family business. They have expanded to own 4 historic homes along Argyle Ave. which are used as vacation rentals and commercial offices.
Why the Owner Chose Friday Harbor: This was an underutilized commercial property in a great location. It was beautifully restored and needed some creative thought as to how to best apply it's attributes to our visitor industry.
The Unique Benefits at this Bungalow: Classic craftsman style, very well preserved, lots of square footage guaranteeing spacious suites, that are both convenient to downtown Friday Harbor and all the activities available on San Juan Island. A true gem!!