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While most associate the San Juans with whales and wildlife, the islands have recently been dubbed the “Gourmet Archipelago” for fresh seafood and farmto-table restaurants, boutique wineries and the oldest cidery in Washington state. Backdoor Kitchen has earned a reputation for high-quality international food and drink in a unique and tranquil atmosphere. Its owners strive to use farm-fresh ingredients and prepare all their dishes from scratch.  Visitors can channel their inner sommelier at Lopez Island Vineyards, a family-run winery producing fine wines from estate, organically grown grapes and select vineyards in the Yakima Valley. Lopez Island Vineyards is one of two wineries located in the islands. The owners invite guests to frequent their tasting room, which boasts delicious wines, including island-grown Siegerrebe and Madeline Angevine. Whether it’s through fine dining, wine or activities, people on vacation here experience “island time.” Indeed, life seems to move at a slower pace. They go back to “America,” as islanders refer to the mainland, renewed. While there is plenty of nature, there is also nurture. After a day in the fresh air, a relaxing massage makes for a relaxing conclusion. Located on the garden level of the historic Moran Mansion on Orcas Island, The Spa at Rosario is particularly inviting with a unique turn-of-the-century

When You Visit Lodging Boardwalk on the Water Enjoy a Spring Break special, March 1–April 30. www.orcasislandboardwalk.com Discovery Inn Get in on Spring Break savings, March 15–April 30. www.discoveryinn.com

Lopez Island

Old Trout Inn Bed & Breakfast Ask about a Spring Break dinner package, March 1–30. www.oldtroutinn.com

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indoor swimming pool and beautiful arts and crafts period mosaic tile floors. The spa boasts such amenities as a whirlpool, sauna, fitness center, exercise classes and therapeutic services, including massages and facials. History also intersects with relaxation at Roche Harbor, which offers 29 historic accommodations built in the late-19th century and updated over the years. The Hotel de Haro is the state’s oldest continually operating hotel, and its 20 rooms have hosted stays for visitors since 1886. Soak in all the charm of yesteryear while experiencing the convenience of resort amenities, like 300-count linens, Wi-Fi, a seasonal pool, onsite spa and fine dining. The bottom line: the San Juan Islands are an ideal destination to feed one’s body and soul. Life is simple here, and that’s the appeal.

Coho Restaurant Here, diners will find island-grown Pacific cuisine with a Mediterranean flair that includes seasonably available ingredients. www.cohorestaurant.com The Mansion Restaurant Enjoy delicious local seafood, meats and produce in a spectacular waterfront location.  www.rosarioresort.com The Place Restaurant & Bar A purveyor of Northwest coastal cuisine, it specializes in local and regionally sustainable fresh fish and shellfish, locally grown organic produce, a select wine list, full bar and much more. www.theplacefridayharbor.com

Shopping Arctic Raven Gallery The gallery’s collection of Northwest Coast Indian masks, wood carvings and prints representing local peoples makes for great gifts. www.arcticravengallery.com Orcas Island Pottery Orcas Island Pottery is a favorite destination for visitors to Orcas Island seeking aesthetic and functional artwork. www.orcasislandpottery.com

Photo courtesy of Jim Maya (bottom left) 

Pelindaba Lavender Pelindaba Lavender is a one-stop shop for lavender essential oils and handmade lavender products. www.pelindabalavender.com

Orca gathering, San Juan Islands

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