Sailing Aboard Riverboat Discovery: Experiencing Native Culture

I am looking out from the bow of the sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery III as we glide up the calm, khaki-green Chena River. It is mid-May, 70-degrees with a blue sky and puffy cumulus clouds; I peel off unnecessary layers while listening to our guide’s lively narration on the natural history and cultural history of interior […]

Holiday Cheer in a Cocktail (or Three) – RECIPES

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, a cocktail can help to make the season bright. And since travel is challenging right now, we hope to bring a little comfort and joy to you through these San Juan Islands inspired recipes. They are our gift to you from the restaurants and resorts on Orcas Island, Lopez […]

The San Juan Islands

When the coronavirus known as COVID-19 became a pandemic earlier this year, the San Juan Islands responded with compassion and ingenuity. Sewing circles churned out cloth masks by the dozens, restaurants kept food banks well-supplied, and distillers switched to sanitizer instead of spirits.   Other ‘signs of the times’ were, quite literally, signs. Heart-shaped cutouts expressing peace, love and encouragement were […]

Summer in San Juan Islands

The three largest Islands, Orcas, Lopez and San Juan, are served regularly by ferries, seaplanes and wheeled planes. Find well-appointed inns and charming waterfront resorts and renowned chefs who serve food as fresh and exciting as anything you’ll find in Seattle or Vancouver.