Top things to do in Northwestern Washington & the San Juan Islands

Top Choice Gardens in La Conner

Roozengaarde Display Garden

Halfway between La Conner and Mt Vernon, this renowned bulb producer has color-drenched fields of blooms as well as a truly spectacular display garden with an eye-boggling array of bulb varieties blooming in unison.…
Top Choice Seafood in Orcas Island

Inn at Ship Bay

Locals unanimously rate this place as the best fine-dining experience on the island. The chefs work overtime preparing everything from scratch using the freshest island ingredients. Seafood is the specialty and it's…
Top Choice Bakery in Orcas Island

Brown Bear Baking

No one wants to pay $7 for a pastry, but the trouble is that once you start eating the baked goods here, nothing else will do. Options include croissants aux amandes, quiche using fresh Orcas Island eggs and roast v…
Top Choice International in Anacortes


Warm service and high-class food will satisfy all levels of taste at the nautical-cozy Adrift, where you can get everything from a delicious hearty soup to a fancy fish meal. The interesting decor features a small l…
Top Choice Fusion in San Juan Island

Duck Soup Inn

It ain’t cheap, but it’s really good. Situated 4 miles northwest of Friday Harbor amid woods and water, Duck Soup offers the best island fine dining using its own herb garden to enhance menu items such as oysters, s…
Top Choice Park in Lopez Island

Spencer Spit State Park

Spencer Spit State Park is one of only four state parks on the San Juan archipelago. Two sand spits have formed a marshy lagoon that is a prime spot for various species of waterfowl. It's a good place to kayak, fish…
Top Choice Modern American in Bellingham

Pepper Sisters

This cheerful, colorful restaurant serves innovative food that is hard to categorize – let's call it Mexican cuisine with a Northwestern twist. Try the grilled eggplant tostada, chipotle-and-pink-peppercorn enchilad…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Bellingham


Bellingham's date-night central is a lurid 1950s-style ice-cream parlor with a zillion different flavors – many of them weirdly exotic. Come here before or after a show and sample the all-organic vanilla-and-pepper …
Top Choice American in Lummi Island

Willows Inn

The ultimate in locavore dining with most ingredients hailing from a few miles away or less.
Park in Orcas Island

Moran State Park

In 1911 Robert Moran donated 7 sq miles of his property to create this park on the eastern saddlebag of Orcas Island. The park is dominated by 2409ft Mt Constitution, the archipelago's highest point. On a clear day …