Weekend Getaways

Dreaming of a quick getaway? Pack your bag for the weekend and check out our guide to the best coastal towns for eating well, having fun in the sun, or doing absolutely nothing at all.

The Best Seaside Cottage Rentals

If a quaint little place on the beach sounds like an ideal vacation plan, book now and start counting down the days.

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Roche Harbor Resort, San Juan Island, Washington
Photographer Vicki J. Weathers

Roche Harbor Resort, San Juan Island, Washington

The compound at Roche Harbor has expanded to include a colorful collection of Craftsman-inspired homes sloping up from bustling Roche Harbor Marina. You can rent them, but the historic company cottages that housed the former lime kiln employees still win the charm contest. Stay in a little two-bedroom white clapboard on a grassy lawn that unfolds toward the water.

Field trip: The resort will connect you to San Juan Outfitters for a whale-watching tour to Lime Kiln Point State Park, an orca playground.

Night out: Tucked into a side alley in Friday Harbor, the Backdoor Kitchen serves local oysters, farm-to-plate salads, and pork chops with an international flair.

Rates: cottages, $199–$339/night (summer), and Village Homes, $379–$799/night (summer); 800/451-8910 or rocheharbor.com


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