Perfect Places for Weekend Warriors to Explore
To celebrate the publication of the all-Chinese Seattle Luxury Living magazine, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) is introducing a special English language content series, which highlights select articles from the magazine. From small towns to luxe resorts, the third post in the series highlights nearby spots to recharge in 48 hours including San Juan Islands, home to the majestic Madroneagle.
San Juan Islands
These green islands are as beloved for their food as for their beauty – especially San Juan and Orcas Islands. Think: Oysters you shuck and slurp on the beach, fat pears, spicy cider. These taste sensations are farmed, fished and foraged in such small quantities that they get gobbled up on the islands and never make it to the mainland.
On Orcas Island, Pebble Cove Farm features goats, chickens, an orchard and big garden from which guests are encouraged to harvest dinner. Your pretty room’s kitchenette is supplied with the staples you need to whip up a feast. Once in a Blue Moon Farm is not as polished, but in your big unit above the barn, you get a real kitchen and homey furniture. Head to Island Hoppin’ Brewery to find your new favorite beer.
Over on San Juan Island, go directly to the iconic Westcott Bay Shellfish Company for crisp, creamy and salty oysters, clams and mussels. Chase them with local spirits at the nearby San Juan Island Distillery.
If you don’t want to wait for the ferry, a quicker option for reaching the islands is via Kenmore Air. Seaplanes depart from Kenmore, Lake Union or Boeing Field and arrive on Orcas, San Juan or Lopez Island.