The Pacific NW is really unlike anywhere else I’ve traveled. I’ve lived here almost all my life and yet I’m still in awe of its magic. The San Juan Islands are no exception. My last post was about exploring Friday Harbor. Today’s post we traveled north on the island to Roche Harbor.
To get to Roche Harbor, you travel north from Friday Harbor. I’ve used the San Juan Trolley in the summer, but since it is seasonal, this trip we used a taxi. San Juan Island is beautiful. It has a lot of different types of landscapes. Rolling hills, valleys, cliffs, and beaches. When you arrive at Roche Harbor, you come in from above, atop a hill. You get this instant panoramic view of the town. Massive superyachts in the harbor, tiny market stalls and flags waving from the buildings. It’s quite a sight.
The main lodging is the Hotel del Haro. I went looking on their website for more information, and I couldn’t describe it better myself, “These simple, historic hotel rooms in our historic Hotel de Haro feature all the charm of yester-year and close proximity for easy access to all resort amenities.” It’s quaint, yet historic charm is something you have to experience. It has beautiful gardens which we strolled around in. Boche ball courts and a breakfast cafe serving fresh donuts.
Like I said. It’s magic.
I can’t believe I’ve lived most of my life in the Pacific NW without exploring the San Juan Islands. I’ve only been coming for about 4 years now and each time, I find something new to fall in love with. It’s a complete escape from the hustle and bustle. It brings a sense of calm and relaxation unlike a lot of vacations I’ve been on. It’s a place where time slows down and everywhere you turn is natural beauty.
If you can’t tell-I highly recommend it.
Head up to the San Juans as soon as you can. You’ll be sad you didn’t make the choice sooner-
Love, Rachel xo