Author Archives: Mikaela Cowles

2 Days in Friday Harbor

On the edge of the US and Canadian border, where the ocean flows freely between the two countries – water locked drops of island oases can be found. With the Olympic Mountains lining the horizon and old-growth forests aplenty, the 250 days of sunshine beckon visitors and delight locals. Friday Harbor, the largest of the San Juan Islands’ towns, is home to some of the finest restaurants, coffee shops, and artists’ studios and galleries. Here, whale watching enthusiasts enjoy the sights of resident and transitory pods; outdoor adventurists explore a variety of parks and trails; and boaters take full advantage of known and lesser known coves, marinas, and shorelines.

World Famous Donuts at the Lime Kiln Café

There are donuts. And then there are donuts from Roche Harbor Resort’s Lime Kiln Café.   Plucked from the Donut Robot Mark II, these cake-like babies are moist, with a toothsome bite you can really sink into. Coated with sugar. Dipped in chocolate. Naked as the moment they came out of the fryer. It doesn’t really […]

San Juan Island Distillery – The Best Apple Brandy in the US

At the edge of a grassy field, on top of a wooded hillside, the San Juan Island Distillery is a hidden gem that’s earned quite the national reputation. In 2014, they released their first batch of apple brandy. It won gold and best-in-class from the American Craft Spirits Association, plus best-in-class from the American Distilling […]

2 Days in Roche Harbor

You don’t have to be a boat lover to enjoy this boater’s paradise. Roche Harbor’s richly preserved history offers nineteenth century clapboard buildings, old gardens and incredible sunsets – all perfect for relaxing. Enjoy local seafood, some of the best doughnuts in the Pacific Northwest and views of the surrounding mountains. Whether you arrive by boat […]

7 Rock Star Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is just around the corner. Are you prepared? Whether you want to spend some quality time with dad or give him something he’ll use for years to come, we have your covered.   Put a Fishing Trip on the Books Get out of town for some quality time with dad. Take him on […]