Autumn has come to our beautiful State of Washington. For most of us that means grey skies and drizzly weather. Not so on gorgeous San Juan Island, which enjoys – thanks to the Olympic Rain Shadow – an average of 247 sunny days per year. So sneak away for a weekend getaway and watch the sun set dramatically with the snow covered Olympic Mountains as the backdrop while you have the beaches to yourself!
1) Lime Kiln State Park
This amazing park, also known as the Whale Watch Park, features a historic light house, whale watching platforms and 36 acres of rugged cliffs, trails, old growth Douglas Firs and Madrona Trees. Whales can be seen year-round, even though sightings are rarer in Fall and Winter. Bring a picnic, snatch a front row table and enjoy!
Insider Tip: Try to get a photo of the setting sun right as it shines through the lighthouse’s lantern room!
2) South Beach
San Juan Island’s longest beach in American Camp National Historic Park is a delight to visit in the evening. Watch foxes, Bald Eagles, otters, seals and sea lions feed while Mother Nature colors the Salish Sea, Mt Baker and the Olympics a deep pink.
Insider Tip: Make a bonfire in one of the fire rings and stay cozy while making S’mores!
3) Roche Harbor
This adorable historic resort and former company town is abuzz with activities in the Summer. Quieter in Fall, take a stroll along the docks before having an Island-Certified Local dinner at the renowned McMillen’s Dining Room.
Insider Tip: Have a Pig War Martini at the Fireside Bar while watching night fall over the harbor.