San Juan Islands In The News

The San Juan Islands have received some great honors and media coverage lately!  See what's been written about Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands.


Special Honors

2022 Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards: #4 Best Islands Continental U.S.

2021 Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards: #4 Best Islands Continental U.S.

2020 Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards: #2 Best Islands Continental U.S....

2019 Orcas Island #33 on The New York Times' list  52 Places to Go in 2019  

2018 Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards: #5 Best Islands Continental U.S....

2018 Expedia Viewfinder: #2 Most Scenic West Coast Destination

2017 USA TODAY 10Best Reader's Choice: #1 "Best Washington Attraction"

2016 Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards: #2 of World's Friendliest Islands

2015 Conde Nast Traveler, Best U.S. Islands for Family Vacations: Readers' Choice 

2013: A designated National Monument (1,000 acres)

Great Quotes

"Find more flora & fauna than fast food." Katie Jackson, America's Best Archipelagos,

"Where Seattle goes to decaffeinate." Patricia Schultz, 1000 Places to See Before You Die


Seattle Refined Be carefree and CAR-free when you visit the San Juan Islands, August

Forbes Island Hopping in the San Juans Off the Washington Coast, May

Seattle Refined Your Next Romantic Getaway Begins with Edenwild Boutique Inn on Lopez Island, May

Travel+Leisure This Wildly Scenic Island in Washington State has Rocky Beaches, Great Seafood, and Beautiful Coastal Trails, February


Knoxville News To find relaxation, visit the San Juan Islands in Washington State, September

Portland Monthly Going Solo in Washington's San Juan Islands: Kayaking, Mountain Hikes, and Peace and Quiet, September

Canadian Traveller A Slow and Sustainable Guide to Washington's San Juan Islands, September

Washington Post Ferry Tales in the Pacific Northwest, August

Travel+Leisure This Stunning Pacific Northwest Destination is Home to Idyllic Islands, Epic Whale-watching Tours, and Rustic Lodges, July

Forbes Best Way to Experience San Juan Island? Walk on and Skip the Ferry Line, June

Forbes This Destination Dining Tasting Menu is Truly Exceptional and an Amazing Bargain, May

HuffPost How to Take the Ultimate Vacation on Lopez Island, Washington, May

AARP Travel Road Trip in Washington's San Juan Islands, April


Seattle  Escape to Orcas Island During the Quiet Season, December 

Northwest  Orcas Island Beckons: Quiet Season Means Fewer Crowds, November The San Juan Islands are Made for Honeymooning November

Harbors  Holidays Island Style, November/December  

Seattle Take in Lopez Island's Stunning Views from Two Wheels Instead of Four, October 

Pacific Northwest Weddings Orcas Island Enchants as a Pacific Northwest Wedding Locale, September

The New York Times Off the Washington Coast, a Restaurant that Follows the North Star of Localism, September 

The Oregonian 20 Reasons to Love San Juan Island, September 

Wine Wine Shop Spotlight: The Bodega at Champagne Champagne, Orcas Island, August 31 

Seattle Met Washington's Best Ferry Feasts, August 14

Coastal Living Island Crush of the Month: Orcas Island, August 6 San Juan Islands, Washington: Family Travel Guide, July 19 San Juan Islands for Families on a Budget, July 17

Hemispheres Feast by Ferry, June 29

Seattle PI  Connelly: The best - Where to  dine, explore, and love in Washington's islands, June 12

Seattle Times Watch: Bald eagle battles fox for rabbit in skies above San Juan Island, May 22

Smart Meetings San Juan Island Offers Exciting Adventures, May 22 How Consumers Can Cash in Travel Rewards for a Wild and History-rich Vacation in Washington's San Juan Islands, April 27 San Juan Islands: a Meeting and Retreat Destination Where Nature Inspires Creative Renewal & Engagement, March 19

Philadelphia Inquirer In Washington's San Juan Islands, an expedition cruise and wondrous hiking, March 8

The New York Times A Room (or a Ryokan, Yurt, or R.V.) with a View, February 2 The Shortest International Flight in North America Takes 12 Minutes, January 18

2017 The San Juan Islands - A Gorgeous Backdrop for Romantic Getaways & Destination Weddings in the Pacific Northwest, December 21

Meeting News Northwest Meet on the Islands, December

Budget Travel 10 Best Bargain Trips for 2018 December

Bend Bulletin Wild About San Juan Island, November 15

CNN A Stunning Island Getaway, November 9

Seattle Times Lopez Island in the fall: Hikes, farm stands, and fine dining, November 9

KING 5: Girl Meets Dirt on Orcas Island Got this Woman into a Jam - and That's a Good Thing, October 13

Huffington Post's The Culture-ist An Organic Oasis on Orcas Island, September 28

Sea Friday Harbor is Home to Art, Whales and Local Flavor, September 21

Coastal Living The World's Best Culinary Destination: San Juan Islands, September

FOX 11 Los Angeles Here are Some of the Best Places to Travel this Fall, September 4

Northwest Yachting  Island Wheels, September

Huffington Post  On the Culture Front: Four Days in Seattle and the San Juan Islands, August 28

Indian Country Today  Daytripping in Washington's Seaside Smithsonian: Friday Harbor, August 24

Seattle It's No Wonder the San Juan Islands Have Become an Exploding Food Destination, August

Peter Greenberg  Family-Friendly Adventures in Washington's San Juan Islands, August 16

Coastal Living  Perfect Weekend in the San Juan Islands, Washington, August 

Departures, What's New in the San Juan Islands, July 28

Sea,  A Century Old, and New Again, July 12

Eater Seattle, For Restaurants in the San Juan Islands, a Beautiful Setting Brings Serious Challenges July 6

Coastal Living, "Island Confidential: Orcas Island" July/August

The New York Times, Summer Vacation, Minus the Traffic: 5 Alternatives to Popular Trips, June 23

2016, The Five Places That Stole My Heart in 2016December 30

Time Out New YorkEscape from New York: San Juan Island, WADecember 7-13

Lonely Planet, Welcome to the San Juan Islands, December

Islands10 Amazing U.S... Islands Close to Home, November 15

Good HousekeepingA 91-year-old Woman Died After an Incredible Year-Long Road Trip Adventure, October 3, Savor the San Juans: A Fall Feast for the Senses, September 23

Wall Street JournalBeach Getaways in the Fall – When the Crowds are Gone, September 15

DeparturesDestination on the Rise: San Juan Islands, Washington, September 15

Seattle Weekly, At Hogstone's Wood Oven Chef Jay Blackinton Does Farm-to-Table Right, August 17

Star TribuneCamping in National Parks with a Touch of Luxe, August 12

Sunset, "Departing Seattle," September

National Geographic, Woo-woo; Whale Magic? August 31

Idaho Statesman via New York Times, Four Ways to Camp with a Touch of Luxe in the National Parks, August 16

The New York Post, The 15 Best Honeymoon Destinations in the U.S..., August 16

Conde Nast TravelerAmerica almost lost the San Juan Islands over a pig and some potatoes, August 8

Conde Nast TravelerWhy Washington's Orcas Island should be your next family getaway, August 2, The most isolated islands in America, August 5

AFAR Magazine, "Why the San Juan Islands is one of the best summer getaways," July 14

Sip NorthwestAdventures Await in Washington's Orcas and San Juan Islands, July, "The Best Vacation Spots in Every U.S. State," June 16

New York Times, "The Long and Shore of It: The Country's Most Intriguing Islands," May 18

Travel+Leisure, "Best Romantic Summer Getaways," May, "Slow-Rolling the San Juans," May, "The 12 Best Places to Check out Wildlife without the Crowds," April 28, "Unsung U.S. Islands You Should Visit This Summer," April

Seattle Met, "5 Oysters You'll Meet in Washington," March

Islands magazine, "National Parks by Season - 100th Anniversary," February, "The Pig War Martini Comes with a History Lesson," January 4, "America's best archipelagos," January 18

Where to Retire, "8 Tax-Friendly Towns," January/February

Previous Years

San Juans in the News 2013 - 2015

San Juans in the News 2011 - 2012

San Juans in the News 2009 - 2010

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