It’s true. San Juan Island, nestled in the Olympic Rain Shadow, enjoys an average of 247 sunny days per year, making it a glorious destination, especially in Spring, when we Washingtonians have all but forgotten the yellow ball in the sky.
What happens when you come visit on day 248 though? What will you do on San Juan Island when it rains? Have a marvelous time with our insider tips for a rainy day on the isle!
1) Spa Day
A visit to the cozy, inviting Spa at Earthbox, with its extensive massage, facial, body & nail care menu and fun add-ons, is a real treat. Get pampered, flush the toxins out of your body and walk away feeling healthier and younger.
2) Driving Tour
San Juan Island with one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, was chosen in 2009 to become Washington State newest Scenic By-Way. Just follow the signs or your mood and discover breathtaking vistas and the most stunning views. Park at one of the numerous pull-outs high above the cliffs for a car picnic and to watch the eagles riding the wind.
3) Romantic Dinner
Also known as the “gourmet archipelago”, San Juan Island’s accomplished chefs are creating amazing concoctions from the abundance of sea and (is)land. Treat yourself to the First Seating at COHO Restaurant, between 5:00pm & 5:45pm daily, and enjoy a three-course tasting menu for two and a bottle of wine for only $70.
4) Bowling and Arcades
When was the last time you went bowling? Paradise Lanes just across the street from Earthbox Inn & Spa, features eight lanes, three pool tables, air hockey and arcade games for all ages. Get ready for an afternoon of good old-fashioned fun.
5) Storm Watching
We are not made out of sugar. Don those layers and an extra windbreaker for good measure and get out there. South Beach in American Camp National Historic Park and the isle’s longest beach, is the most exposed to weather. Sometimes the winds are so strong, you can lean into it without holding your body up. Be careful on the slick cliffs and drift logs, bring the camera and look forward to your mouth hurting from not being able to stop smiling.
6) Art Day
San Juan Islands Museum of Art exhibits visual art from the Pacific Northwest and Southwest British Columbia with a sense of place. In addition to rotating exhibitions, you can enjoy lecture series, family art days and art education. Plus the building’s architecture, the island’s former medical center, is worth a visit alone.
7) Wine Tasting
Visit San Juan Vineyards, overlooking lush Beaverton Valley, and their cute, historic tasting room and gift shop. Learn about the vineyard and wine making, their fun special events and stock up on their excellent selection.