Savor the San Juan Islands
Left: The bustling marina in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island
After a short ferry hop to Orcas Island, drive northeast to Doe Bay Resort and Retreat. At the sprawling, campy spot, simple cabins, yurts, and domes tuck into the woods around the resort's waterside general store and Doe Bay Café, where the menu is almost completely organic. The poached duck egg, sourced from Orcas, is cooked perfectly and paired with greens and creamy grits. 107 Doe Bay Road, Olga, WA, 360/376-2291; doebay.com/cafe/cafe.html.
The Market Chef
Pick up sandwiches at The Market Chef in Friday Harbor and head to the island's southern tip to American Camp—a former army base overlooking Griffin Bay. Here, easy walking trails weave through golden meadows of waist-high grass on the way to the shore. 225 A Street, Friday Harbor, WA; 360/378-4546
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.