near Bellingham, Washington
San Juan Islands' Pearl of Rosario Strait
If you are looking for tourist or travel information about the San Juan Islands you are fortunate to have discovered Lummi Island - an oft overlooked gem. It is the home of sustainable fisheries, historic inns, organic farms, excellent restaurants and cafes, and many artists and artisans. It is a quiet place to listen for birds as well as spotting them, and hearing Orcas splash by as they pursue their salmon meals; a place to walk the country roads for hours, engrossed in the marine views at every turn.
Lummi Island is the most northeasterly of the San Juan archipelago, and easily the most accessible. Located near Bellingham (Whatcom County), it is served by a small county ferry which makes the scenic, six minute crossing at least once an hour until mid-night. It is just two hours from Seattle, and one and a half hours from Vancouver, BC.
On this wooded, rural island you can still enjoy unspoiled natural beauty. It is graced with tranquil beaches and 18 miles of quiet, country roads ideal for biking, bird watching, or hiking. Since there are no RV parks, campsites, nor State parks, the island attracts a different kind of holiday seeker, one who wants to be in touch with nature and himself.
Lummi Island is home to many artists and artisans. They hold the Artist's Studio Tour open house three times each year: Memorial Day, Labor Day, and the first weekend in December. Of particular note are the dramatic bronze sculptures of Ann Morris and Michael Oppenheimer's wind sculptures. And don't miss the Good Thunder Pottery, an excellent studio that is open to the public year-round, as is the Sister's Gallery located next to the Islander Store. Each summer there is a Reefnet Festival in August.
The Island also hosts a summer farmer's market, open Saturday mornings from May through September and within walking distance of the ferry, and is fortunate to have an excellent source for both live crab & prawns, and fresh vegetables. Nettles Farm features an Agritourism program each summer. There is an espresso shop/pub, (The Willows Inn's Taproot pub), The Islander, (a country store), two full service restaurants - The Willows Inn Restaurant featuring organic fine dining with a spectacular San Juan Islands view, and the Beach Store Café, a country cafe near the ferry terminal. There is a well appointed library; a post office; a charming country church; and comfortable lodging too. It is the home of the only reefnet salmon fishery in the world, along with a few of the other San Juan islands. It is the ideal venue for a small northwest wedding, because The Willows Inn caters to small, elegant wedding events.
Learn more by exploring our web site and you may be tempted to come and enjoy the pleasures of our quiet, little island. And here are a few Island views.
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