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San Juan Island, Wash., information

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FROM LAX, Alaska, Virgin America and United offer nonstop service to Seattle; Southwest offers direct service (stop, no change of plane); and Southwest, Delta, Virgin America and United offer connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $288.

By ferry from Seattle: Clipper Vacations offers a scenic three-hour ferry ride through Puget Sound to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island from $70 a person for adults. Daily until Sept. 9, weekends through Sept. 30. Passengers only. (800) 888-2535.

By ferry from Anacortes, Wash.: Drive 90 minutes from Seattle to Anacortes and take the Washington State Ferry, $12.45 a person for adults, $45.75-$57.35 for a car, round trip. (206) 464-6400,

By seaplane from Seattle: Kenmore Airlines offers daily service from Lake Union in downtown Seattle to Friday Harbor and to the marina at Roche Harbor. From $139 a person one way. (866) 435-9524,


Island Inn, 123 West St., Friday Harbor; (877) 512-9262, Watch sailboats and ferries scurrying in and out from the windows of this former condo complex overlooking the water. Rooms are contemporary, chic and efficient. High-season doubles from $179.

Friday Harbor House, 130 West St., Friday Harbor; (866) 722-7356, Upscale hotel and restaurant complex with great views. Compact rooms with nice baths and small balconies. High-season doubles from $279.

Juniper Lane Guesthouse, 1312 Beaverton Valley Road, Friday Harbor; (360) 378-7761, Save money and get out of town at this fun and funky guesthouse overlooking Beaverton Valley. Nicely redecorated rooms, friendly staff; family or group rooms available. High season doubles from $85.


Market Chef, 225 A St., Friday Harbor; (360) 378-4546, Sandwiches, soups and salads at this busy deli and coffee shop that's a favorite with locals. Try the pulled pork sandwich, $9.95

Lime Kiln Café, Roche Harbor Resort, 248 Reuben Memorial Drive, Roche Harbor; (800) 451-8910, Family-friendly dining inside or dockside at the Roche Harbor Marina. Specialties are homemade doughnuts and eggs Benedict; breakfasts from $6.95-$14.95.

Duck Soup Inn, 50 Duck Soup Lane, Friday Harbor; (360) 378-4878, Fun ambience at this upscale country dining room outside of Friday Harbor. Emphasis is on Pacific Northwest cuisine. Entrees start at $28.


San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, (888) 468-3701,

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