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5 Date Ideas for Under $50 on San Juan Island

It’s February in Washington, when we get blessed with a little teaser of Spring, the first flowers of the season, days where the sun is actually warm, baby animals and, of course, Valentine’s Day. Whether you’ve just met or have been married for decades, going on a date, spending quality time together laughing and exploring, creates the foundation of knowing and understanding each other. Take a weekend trip to romantic San Juan Island and plan a fun date with your Sweetie.

Here are 5 unique San Juan Island date ideas, which won’t break the bank:

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Find the perfect picnic table for your sunset picnic at the Whale Watch Park

  1. Sunset Picnic at Whale Watch Park

Grab a bottle of wine, a loaf of freshly baked bread and some local cheeses and charcuterie from San Juan Bistro and head to Lime Kiln State Park, also known as the Whale Watch Park. Find your table by the lighthouse or above the cliffs and snack while the sun sets, the birds play and the seals feed. Maybe you’ll even see some Orcas!

Galleries, museums and shops within steps of the Bird Rock Hotel
Galleries, museums and shops within steps of the Bird Rock Hotel

  1. Museum & Gallery Day

Our cute coastal town of Friday Harbor, with its streets lined with restaurants, cute boutiques, galleries and museums, is completely walkable. Make a day of it and start at the Friday Harbor Whale Museum across the street from the Bird Rock Hotel. Stroll the six galleries within three blocks of the ferry landing, make your way to the San Juan Islands Museum of Art and end in the fields of the San Juan Historical Museum, exploring historic buildings like the first county jail. Stop for appetizers, cocktails and desserts on your way and be inspired by the astonishingwildlife, local art and rich history our isle has to offer.

  1. Bonfire and Smores at South Beach

South Beach in American Camp National Historical Park is San Juan Island’s longest beach and the place to be at sunset. Make a bonfire in one of the fire rings and fix some smores while watching foxes, otters and sea lions, listen to the waves and breathe the clean air. The place is magic.

  1. Bowling and a Movie

When was the last time you went bowling? Uncomplicated and old-fashioned, Paradise Lanes will remind you of the good old days before heading to the historic Palace Theater a block away to catch the latest movie.

Complimentary Beach Cruisers at the Bird Rock Hotel
Complimentary Beach Cruisers at the Bird Rock Hotel

  1. Bike to a Wine Tasting

Check out our complimentary Beach Cruiser bikes and take a ride through lush farmlands to San Juan Vineyards, three miles out of town. Try their delicious, island-made wines in their historic tasting room and bring a bottle of your favorite back to your room.

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