The breathtaking natural beauty and serene pace on San Juan Island are deeply inspiring. No wonder the island has more working artists than any other county in Washington State. You’ll experience the creative spirit as soon as you set foot in the quaint coastal town of Friday Harbor and are greeted by the beautifully-carved Coast Salish house posts entitled “Interaction” created by Native artist Susan Point.
We highlight 9 of our favorite ways to enjoy the arts on San Juan Island here.
Within easy walking distance to our Bird Rock Hotel you'll find cute shops, adorable boutiques, three world-class museums and seven art galleries. Wander your way through island-made paintings, sculpture, pottery and jewelry. Find island-inspired clothing and gear, San Juan Island Sea Salt and body care products made from island lavender. Stock up on island-made wine, spirits and cider and go cocktail or dessert hopping along the way.
Learn about the Orcas' history, habitat and challenges at the Friday Harbor Whale Museum across the street from Bird Rock Hotel. Indulge all of your senses at the renowned San Juan Island Museum of Art and explore history at the outdoor Historical Museum, displaying historic town buildings like the first jail or the 120 year old milk house of the original homestead the museum grounds are on.
Regardless of when you are visiting, don't miss the stunning, 20-acre San Juan Islands Sculpture Park on beautiful Westcott Bay, effortlessly combining San Juan Island's deep roots in art and nature.
The more intimate, self-guided Artist Studio Tours in June offers a unique glimpse into the lives of working artists and an excellent opportunity to support them.
In Summer enjoy the Saturday Farmer's Market and the many arts and crafts and delicious island fare on offer, as well as the Summer Arts Fairs, the Lavender Festival in July and the San Juan County Fair in August.