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Bird Rock Hotel Travel Blog

Welcome to the Bird Rock Hotel Blog! We are located in beautiful Friday Harbor on San Juan Island and our blog brings you the latest news, insider tips and ideas on what to do on San Juan Island.

Posted on Nov. 16, 2020
San Juan Islands Sculpture Park

On the north end of San Juan Island, nestled along beautiful Westcott Bay, find the 20-acre San Juan Islands Sculpture Park. Fun for the entire family, dog friendly, open year-round and free (please consider a donation to this lovely place) the place eloquently combines San Juan Island’s stunning nature and its deep love for the arts.

Posted on Oct. 20, 2020
Lime Kiln Lighthouse on Beautiful San Juan Island

It had been 10 months since our last, well, anything really. Seeing friends, sleeping in a hotel, eating out. We wanted a break, but not endanger ourselves and others. Our getaway needed to be close (but not too close, I longed for not hearing traffic), easy to plan and feel very very safe. That’s how San Juan Island made the cut.

Posted on Jun. 15, 2020
Zodiac Whale Watch Tour with Western Prince

My husband and I got married on San Juan Island and decided to return for our “Wood” (fifth) anniversary to the place where it all happened. That was precisely why we chose San Juan Island as our wedding destination in the first place: a breathtakingly beautiful place, yet not so far away that it would remain a once-in-a-lifetime destination.

Posted on Jun. 1, 2020
Photo courtesy of Maya’s Legacy Whale Watching

San Juan Island is one of the top whale watching destinations in the world. Sometimes whales even frolic in the harbor of our little coastal town.  Other times, whales cross paths with the Washington State Ferry, the sweetest traffic delay you will ever experience. Most often, though, they are seen on the Westside of the island, where the water is very deep and full of nutrients. We islanders love them, we deeply respect them and we invite you to courteously observe the gentle giants while visiting our lovely island. Here are our tips to make your whale watching experience the most rewarding, considerate and fun:

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