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Farms and biking on the third largest of the San Juan Islands.

September 07, 2012

Sparsely populated, agricultural Lopez offers the beauty of the San Juan Islands without the crowds—or the high prices. Make a cottage your base, and then spend your afternoons exploring the island’s farm roads and coastal trails by bike; it’s relatively flat terrain, so it’s more about pleasure and less about the burn, here. Best of all, it’s quiet here year-round so you don’t have to plan ahead to dodge the crowds.

Lopez Bicycle Works

Rent a bike to explore the island’s farm roads and coastal trails.

Shark Reef trail

Spot seals and otters in the waters below.

Crowfoot Farm

In season, stop by and pick your own organic berries. Open Tuesday and Friday 9–3.

Holly B's Bakery

Start the day with a cinnamon roll or egg sandwich. Closed December–April.

Bay Cafe

Catch the sunset at the waterfront restaurant, which serves simply prepared seafood and grass-fed beef. (If you don’t mind dining at 5:30, there’s a three-course set menu for $35.)

Lopez Farm Cottages

Book one of these charming bungalows with kitchenettes and fireplaces; the largest cottage has a hammock and its own Jacuzzi.

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