Dream Island Escapes

Craving an island vacation? Get inspired by these exotic destinations.

Savor the San Juan Islands

A tour of these Puget Sound isles might be the country's most authentic foodie road (and ferry) trip.

Island Inn
Photo: Michael Hanson

Staying in the San Juans

Island Inn at 123 West, San Juan Island (pictured)
The seven penthouses have kitchens, living rooms, and baths with steam showers. Steep outdoor stairs from the front door lead to a private rooftop terrace overlooking the harbor. Choose from the new set of 350- and 490-square-foot "Sweets," the 920- to 1,495-square-foot penthouses, and 195- to 350-square-foot studio rooms. Rates start at $199; 360/378-4400 or 123west.com.

Rosario Resort and Spa, Orcas Island
Completed in 1909, the grand old mansion is now a restaurant, spa, and museum of sorts overlooking Cascade Bay. But for the best room in the house, reserve the 1913 Roundhouse Suite overlooking the water. Rates start at $89; 360/376-2222 or rosarioresort.com.

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