by Kaitlin Braun
This lodge has a welcoming “come as strangers, leave as friends” vibe, and welcomes couples, families, friends, and even pets to their rooms, suites, and cottages. Families, your best options: Lizzie’s Cottage, a standalone building with a king bed and futon sleeper, fully stocked kitchen, and private patio shaded by a redwood tree; Victoria’s Flower Garden Suite, a five-room suite that sleeps six people and includes a solarium overlooking the gardens; or the Sunshine Suite, a two-bedroom unit that also sleeps six and has a funky, colorful, perfect-for-families setup (and obviously plenty of natural light!).
When the family gets hungry, no need to leave the premises: sit down for a three-course breakfast at the Garden Cafe — which, amazingly, is included in the room rates (except for the Sunshine Suite). Note that they are known for their gourmet food, so it might be different than you’re used to, but you’re perfectly welcome to request a more traditional breakfast. Either way, they’ll even bring the food right to your door so you can eat in your dining nook. Or, if you just want something light and quick, either request a to-go breakfast or grab a pastry from the stocked continental fixings available in your kitchen.
For dinner, head several blocks down to their associated Coho restaurant, which serves Pacific-Northwest-meets-Mediterranean meals. Lunch is the only time of day you’re on your own — though even then, concierge services will be happy to recommend a restaurant and even make your reservations (and the same goes for activities).
Our Editor Loves
- Wonderful cottages and suites
- Onsite dining and stocked kitchen
- Friendly, helpful staff and concierge
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Best place to stay on Friday Harbor. Great staff, delicious breakfast, and private. Everything in town is in walking distance. Will make reservations for dining and whale tours. Laundry service is available.
We stayed at this place only overnight, but we could have stayed a whole week! That said, we would have gained ten pounds because of the 5 star breakfasts. The most amazing thing was that they asked if we had any diet restrictions, I told them I had a gluten and dairy free diet and they provided me with a delicious breakfast that I could eat.
Patrick was wonderful, every Inn should have someone like him. He worked hard at making our stay comfortable. The location was great! We walked from the ferry and was able to walk to all the restaurants.