12 — Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The Journal of the San Juan Islands | SanJuanJournal.com
San Juan Island: the start of a lifelong romance
arge. Small. for a change of pace and enjoy live Traditional. A bit music and a view of the harbor at off-beat. the port’s Jack Fairweather Park. You’ll find a perfect Speaking of sunshine, San Juan setting on San Juan Island for Island lies directly in the rain whatever type of wedding you shadow of the Olympic Mountains might have in mind. and that phenomenon (basically The island is also home to it forces a rain-swollen weather numerous businesses and seasystem to dump its load) produces soned professionals — florists, 247 days of sunshine a year, on photographers, caterers, musiaverage. So, don’t forget the suncians, inns and lodges — that screen. specialize in making every The coveted westside of San Juan aspect of your special occasion Island is no more than a 15-mincomplete. ute drive from Friday Harbor. Whether you prefer an outIt’s there you’ll find the dazzling door location, or a charming, sunsets, sweeping vistas and stunhistoric church or chapel for ning views of snow-capped peaks your wedding ceremony, San and waterways that the island is Juan Island offers a long list of famous for. Here you’ll find a state ideal venues as well. park, a historic lighthouse, a picnic Then again, you might conarea, a park devoted to land-based sider exchanging vows out whale watching, a campground on the water, in a kayak with with mooring and a boat ramp, a glorious sunset as a romantic national park and mile after mile backdrop. after mile of hiking trails. Situated closer to Canada Roche Harbor Resort lies at the than mainland U.S.A., San Juan tip of the island’s northwest side. Island is the last stop in the San Newlyweds Bill and Joy Dubay of Vashon Island were married at San Juan Island’s Lime Kiln State Park in the From its roots as a blue-collar comJuans for the numerous ferri- afternoon and then kicked off their wedding night with a visit to the San Juan County Fair. pany town, founded on the proers that leave the terminal in Journal photo / Scott Rasmussen duction of lime, Roche Harbor has Anacortes. It’s home to Friday evolved into a full-fledged resort Harbor, the only incorporated and seaside village, and one of the residents on any given summer day. And there’s no shortage of activities to town in San Juan county and one of the Stunning scenery is one reason why San keep your guests occupied and entertained Northwest’s premier vacation and wedding last remaining 19th-century wooden fishing Juan Island is such a sought after place for a during your special occasion. Hiking, bicy- destinations. It boasts a thriving marina, an villages in Puget Sound. The town boasts summer vacation, or for a wedding. In fact, cling, horseback riding, airstrip, a 19-acre sculpture park, numerous a year-round population of just over 2,000 the San Juans were named one of the top 10 golfing, wine tasting and hiking trails, a disc-golf residents that seemingly quadruples with best summer vacations spots by National kayaking are just a few of course and an outdoor a steady stream of visitors and part-time Geographic Traveler magazine in 2011. amphitheater, where a San Juan Island’s celebratlocal production company ed pastimes. performs Shakespearean Friday Harbor is home and other classic theater. to numerous art galleries, And its picturesque and an assortment of outdoor charming wedding chapel parks, a movie theater, an is a magnet for soon-to-be art museum, a historical newlyweds. museum, a military museWith its natural beauty um, a whale museum and and romantic ambience, a popular farmers’ marSan Juan Island is the perket as well. Whether it’s a fect place to create special quick bite or an evening memories that will last a of fine-dinning, there’s an abundance of quality restaurants and first- lifetime. For more information and maps of class cafes that can satisfy the palate and the San Juan Island, visit the San Juan Island pocketbook of just about anyone. More than a restaurant... your local source The town is also home to the Port of Chamber of Commerce, 135 Spring St., for catering & event coordinating Friday Harbor, caretaker of one of the most downtown Friday Harbor; 360-378-5240, charming and liveliest marinas in all of www.sanjuanisland.org.; or, visit the website www.vinnysfridayharbor.com of the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau at, north Puget Sound. 165 West Street, Friday Harbor Here you can soak up the sunshine while www.visitsanjuans.com. 360.378.1934 strolling the docks or kick back in the shade
There’s no shortage of activities to keep your wedding guests occupied and entertained over the course of your special occasion
We have what you need for your Wedding Day. Offering a tasteful assortment of Catering Classics for your Special Day. We feature everything from appetizers to meals, platters to desserts, presented to suit your special needs. Our catering professionals will love to help you plan your menu, and provide the freshest foods available.
Please stop by to pick up a brochure or phone us at 360-378-4522