America's Best Little Beach Towns
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA
The county seat of the San Juan Islands offers the perfect beach getaway if you like shade (tall pines), cool summers (highs in the 70s), and getting active. Rent a moped to scoot around the gallery-filled downtown, paddle a kayak around the waters, or take a whale-watching cruise to check out the local orcas.
Stay: A short walk from the ferry, the 23-room Friday Harbor House combines Zen stylings with in-room fireplaces and views of water and island pines.
Eat: Formerly named The Place Next to the San Juan Ferry Café, the family-owned and concisely renamed The Place offers fresh local seafood—such as roasted oysters from neighboring Orcas Island—and great views of the coming-and-going Washington State ferries.
—Katrina Brown Hunt