Autumn on San Juan Island brings Humpback whales and Orca sightings, Trumpeter Swans and Loons, empty beaches and the window seat at your favorite restaurant. But that’s not all.
When the leaves start to change, the evenings turn crisp, and the isle exhales after a busy summer, it’s time to Savor the San Juans--a celebration of food, farms and film. Here are our favorite ways to indulge in the Autumn abundance on the isle:
It’s always a farm to-table dinner at the charming COHO Restaurant, where everything is locally-sourced and made from scratch. Their special events, though, are an affair to remember. Don’t miss their Madrone Cellar Wine Dinner on September 22, 2023, at 6:00pm, with five exquisite courses paired with San Juan Island made wine.
Lunch at the Oyster Farm
You can’t get them fresher than this. Treat yourself to a sumptuous oyster lunch at the Tide Tables out at the Westcott Bay Shellfish Company before they close on September 18, for the season. Or patronize the adjacent Net Shed with their fabulous lunch menu every Saturday from noon to 5:00pm throughout the Fall and Winter.
Friday Harbor Documentary Film Festival
Treat yourself to this lovely small town Film Festival from October 26 to October 29, 2023. Meander from venue to venue with plenty of time for dessert and cocktail breaks in between inspiring documentaries around environmental and social justice issues, complete with Gala and Filmmaker’s talks.