|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
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Our house is near Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, Washington State. San Juan Island was ranked by USA Today as #1 in the USA and #4 in the world in 2013, to visit for a vacation and ranked #2 in Top Islands in Continental USA and Canada.
Because of the proximity of our house (a 10-15 min walk) to Friday Harbor, if you wish, you can completely avoid ferry lines and reservations by walking onto the ferries. We'll provide transport to/from the ferry on request. If you do need a car on-island, and prefer not to bring your own, we can help you arrange a local rental.
Please check our video tour of the house and environs. In summary…… it’s a big comfortable home, handy to the ocean front, and to diverse activities at Friday Harbor, San Juan Island.
Three levels, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1.5 kitchens, great views. The house gives up to 9 people the space they need to be together and spaces for solitude. Go walking or biking to Friday Harbor shopping amenities, ferries, airport, marinas, restaurants, theatre, jazz, blues, tennis, golf or countryside. It’s a good match for people who are celebrating a family gathering, for a reunion, small retreat, a wedding, or friends with shared interest in biking, whale watching, hiking, boating/sailing, or other activities.
The house looks out to the sea across a grassy lawn, and you are welcome to use it as a path to the tideflats, tidal creek, and sandy spit nearby or to go rowing, fishing, crabbing etc., in the dinghy.
Day trips by ferry to other islands, or longer trips to Victoria, Vancouver, Port Angeles are easy to arrange with our house as a home base.
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Welcome! We're locals and have been on San Juan Island for over 20 years. We live nearby and if there are ways we can help you find what you need, or if you have special requests, we'll be pleased to take care of them as best we can.
Our interests include marine science, gardening, music, flying, swimming, biking, and jazz performance.
The Owner purchased this house in 2009
We both come from large families and have always enjoyed reunions at places like this one (and sometimes our family actually uses this one!) So we thought this particular location and house might be ideal for others. The gentle pace on San Juan Island, its natural beauty, abundant marine life (including whales!), and the variety of activities accessible nearby, add up to a memorable vacation experience for all ages.
If you are interested in the seashore and would like to explore Pacific North West marine life, let us know as we may be able to arrange a tide pool or mud flat expedition.
A unique benefit: Because of its location within ~10-15 min walking distance from Friday Harbor, you can walk onto the ferries, saving time and money. We'll meet your ferries to help with your stuff, and if you need a car on-island, will help you arrange a local rental. This can be a particular advantage on a big holiday weekend.
Guest access to the San Juan Island Fitness Club where we are members. Contact us for details. The Club is 12 minute walk and offers swimming, a separate shallow warm pool for little kids, exercise machines, spinning classes, weight room, racket ball, squash, ping pong, hot tub, steam room, sauna, etc.
The bay in front of the house is home or stopover for interesting birds ..... Eagles, Kingfishers, Osprey, Sandpipers, diverse ducks, Oystercatchers, Purple Martins, quail, and many others. Browse our bird books, and seashore guides. Expect also to see seals, otters, deer, and foxes.
The house is a short walk from town, in a quiet neighborhood. We walk or bike to work, play (swimming pool, tennis, flying, sailing), exercise (local Fitness Club), family activities (beach, zip line, kayaking, sailing), school, shopping, and travel (airport, ferry landing, marinas.)
Walkers in our family often hike 5-10 minutes over to a huge abandoned gravel pit on the shoreline nearby and the kids explore and build forts in the driftwood bonanza on the adjacent beach. The gravel pit is also a great place to fly RC aircraft.
Large house with plenty of room for four couples. We used the house as a base camp for cycling adventures. The house is 1 mile from the ferry dock. It was fun to ride to the ferry, ride the other islands and catch the last ferry back.
There is a beautiful bay in front of the house with boat to row in the calm water. We were gifted fresh crab by one of the locals. The house had all the essentials for a old fashion crab feast.
We had children from 7 years through 13 and they never ran out of fun activities. Parents also had a good time and it was especially nice for the kids to be outside playing while adults watched from the deck. Close enough we just walked to town for coffee, bookstore and fun. Dennis, the owner, lives next door and was available to give us any help we needed.
For our family reunion, we enjoyed the space, location near town and beach, and access to cycling adventures. The owners are exceptionally welcoming, kind, and helpful with advice on how to enjoy time on the islands. The amenities from hammock to bicycles were enjoyed by all. Thank you Dennis and Susan!
Spacious, beautiful home suitable for a large extended family or friends with room to spare. The house includes many extras to make the stay special. The location, fairly close to town yet on a somewhat secluded bay, is perfect for exploring or just quiet relaxing. Worth a second trip!
Our family of 9 was completely comfortable and totally cared for by hosts Susan and Dennis in this gorgeous 3-story home on the water in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA. We were cordially greeted upon arrival, and throughout our stay the owners were friendly, very responsive, conscientious and always helpful. We enjoyed the spaciousness of this lovely home, even with 9 people, and had all the amenities one could hope for. Downtown Friday Harbor was an easy walk or bicycle ride, or less than 5 minutes by car. The beauty of the location is stunning--water view and access, lush garden and landscaping, amazing sunrises and sunsets. We played on beaches, shopped, hiked some of the many available trails, and sea kayaked. We enjoyed sunning on the decks, toasting s'mores at the fire pit, and watching deer, foxes, seals, an otter, eagles and other birds throughout the stay. The thoughtfulness of the hosts was reflected in the availability of a dinghy, bicycles, water shoes, children's toys, and lots of literature about the island. Their knowledge of the area is impressive. We could not have asked for a more perfect site to host our family reunion or more hospitable owners. We unreservedly recommend this property. We hope to return soon!
We had a collection of family and friends from all over the US gather in Friday Harbor for Independence Day, and this house provided the perfect setting. The owners are gracious and accommodating, the setting by the water is beautiful, and the convenient location near town but out of the bustle is great for the island experience.
Thank you to the Willows for helping to make our vacation a memorable one.
On Island: Whale Watching, Sailing and Motor Yacht Rental, Public Sandy Beach with Volleyball Courts and barbecue pits, University of Washington Marine Lab self-guided tour, County Boat Launching facility, Sight-Seeing, Bicycle Rental, Geocaching. On Site: 4 bicycles and helmets, rowboat/oars/life jackets, barbecue pit, garden - vegetables and fruit trees, basketball hoop.
Day trips on ferries to explore the other San Juan Islands on foot, bike, or by car are fun. We can help with logistics on this.
Want to see some more of the region while here? We are just a pleasant ferry ride away from Victoria/Vancouver Island. A nice loop is 4-5 days for relaxation and recreation, 3-4 days in Victoria with its quaint English setting and Buchart Gardens and the a B.C. ferry ride onto the metropolitan world of Vancouver the city on the mainland for 3-4 days of theatre/aquarium/museums, before heading home. (Remember your ID/passports if planning travel to Canada)
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