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April 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM

May is a month of history events in the San Juans — with a new small cruise ship to take you there

Want to take an evening walk to the haunted spots of Friday Harbor? Maybe take a guided tour of Roche Harbor and the founding father’s quirky mausoleum in the fashion of a Greek ruin?

Saloon Best is known today as the Blue Water Bar and Grill. Built about 1874, it is the oldest building in Friday Harbor. (photo courtesy University of Washington Archives)

Saloon Best, known today as the Blue Water Bar and Grill, is among sights on the Historic Downtown Friday Harbor walk. Built about 1874, it is the oldest building in town. (photo courtesy University of Washington Archives)

Free guided walks every weekend in May are among offerings in the San Juan Islands as part of national Preservation Month, designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Park Service to celebrate history and historic places. In the San Juans, they’ve declared it Heritage Month.

Here’s what’s on the calendar:

SAN JUAN ISLAND

  • May 4: Historic Downtown Friday Harbor walk, 10 a.m. from Memorial Park, Front and Spring streets.
  • May 5-11: Bloom Week, concluding with
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March 26, 2013 at 4:40 PM

San Juans are flavor-of-month as TripAdvisor jumps on bandwagon

Cattle Point lighthouse is among scenic spots on San Juan Island, named best island in America on TripAdvisor. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

Cattle Point lighthouse is among scenic spots on San Juan Island, named best island in America on TripAdvisor. The lighthouse is also part of a new national monument created this week. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

Better book now if you plan to visit the San Juan Islands this year.

Monday, President Obama granted a long-held wish of many San Juan Islands advocates and created a San Juan Islands National Monument, shining a bright national spotlight on Washington’s favorite archipelago. Now comes another pop in the news cycle, and it’s no weasel: TripAdvisor, everybody’s go-to travel-review website, announced that San Juan Island has gotten the nod from its users as the best island in America.

And it’s a global honor, too: San Juan Island, the home to Friday Harbor, the Pig War, Mona the camel and the reputed world’s best whale-watching park (Lime Kiln Point State Park), is ranked fourth island in the world in the same Travelers’ Choice awards. (Ambergris Cay in Belize, St. John in the Virgin Islands, and Bora Bora were No. 1 through 3, so don’t cry too hard in your beer, all you Friday Harbor Rotarians.)

Here’s what TripAdvisor had to say about San Juan:

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Comments | Topics: Friday Harbor, Mona the camel, san juan island

February 12, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Have a whale of a Valentine’s Day at Friday Harbor museum

If you love whales so much that Valentine’s Day makes you feel like studying orca mating behavior, maybe you should head for Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands on Thursday. The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor reopens with new exhibits on Valentine’s Day. (photo by Greg Gilbert / Seattle Times files) The popular Whale Museum…

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