We had such an awesome time on our trip and I can say that it was one of the first times that I have really been able to relax for an extended amount of time in about two years, since Liv was born, on a vacation. It was the longest I had been away from her and I was sad to not be with her, but I knew that she was in very good hands with some of the people that love her the most; both sets of grandparents split the time with her and she had a great time. We are already looking into getting a reservation all set for next summer and I can hardly wait.
Our trip had just the right amount of time exploring and relaxing. We went with one of our really good friends, the Colburns and are so excited to have this annual tradition with them. They are perfect travel companions! We started our trip off by caravanning up to Anacortes to get on the 11:55 am ferry with an arrival into Friday Harbor around 1:00 pm. Once we got into town we decided we needed to grab some lunch so we went to the Blue Water Café and it did not disappoint. We all got breakfast and really enjoyed our meals! It was so tasty, love that place.
Next we were off to get crab licenses and then hit up some wine tasting at San Juan Island Vineyards on our way to Snug Harbor. I always enjoy SJI vineyards weather I am tasting or sniffing – not the best wine, but it is part of the island so I love it. After the group tasted we went to our place to get all settled in. Snug Harbor is such a cute little place located in Mitchell Bay, with just the right amount of activity and the cabins are so cute right near the water with great views. They are a bit rustic, but they do the trick considering that you are outside most of the time exploring.
The first night we went over to Roche Harbor, which is about 10 minutes from Snug Harbor, to have dinner and wander the docks. We went to the Madrona Bar & Grill, one of my all-time favorite places and we enjoyed some yummy food and being out on the deck people and boat watching. I especially love their shrimp and avocado margarita cocktail with Dungeness crab topping. Great first night on the island!
Saturday we decided that we wanted to do a day trip over to Orcas Island. We were up early, parked for the ferry and walked around Friday Harbor – loved the farmers market and scored some of their out of this world bread from Bakery San Juan. The ferry ride was a pretty quick one – we arrived at Orcas around 12 pm.
We drove over to Rosario for lunch at the Cascade Bay Grill overlooking the small marina. The weather was just starting to get nice too and it lasted the rest of the trip! We also walked around the property and took some fun pictures. Rosario is always a nice stop and I sure did enjoy staying there last summer – quiet little harbor and resort, but nice and they have a pool. After we looked around Rosario we went over to Eastsound to look at shops and ended up enjoying their farmers market too.
Then it was time to park for the ferry so we could get home and put our crab pots out! We brought my parents dingy with us and had two crab pots so it was perfect. The boys took turns putting the pots out and checking them – the first day we got five crab, we had put the pots out during the day the first day. The second day we put them out overnight and pulled in 21 crabs between the two pots, but we could only keep 10, our daily limit with two licenses. They were amazing and so big and delicious. We enjoyed our crab dinners Saturday and Sunday night. We ate very well on our trip!
The boys were so proud of themselves too and it really made the trip extra special because it was their first time getting crab all by themselves. The boys were little stinkers too – when Lauren and I got back from our walk Sunday morning we asked if they had pulled up any crab and they said that they had gotten into trouble because we weren’t supposed to put the pots out over night and that they only keep a few, had to throw back most of the crab and that they couldn’t crab anymore. We were so sad, but then they said to look into the cooler and see the ones that they did get to keep and it was full of crab!! They really pulled one over on us and it was so funny! The look on Lauren’s face when she pulled open the cooler was amazing! Sunday was a nice low-key day, started by a walk in the morning with Lauren. Then the guys golfed at the SJI municipal golf course in the morning and Lauren and I went to Roche to look at shops and get some pool time in. It was such a nice day and I absolutely loved being there and spending time at the pool with Lauren. So many memories growing up going to that pool and dingy-ing around the harbor. The guys met up with us later and we all enjoyed time at the pool. A great crab feast and smores around the campfire overlooking the beautiful Mitchell Bay to end the day – pretty perfect day to me. Lauren and I also made an amazing crab dip that we have decided has to be made every year now. I will post the recipe soon – it is so good!
Monday came way too quickly – we had another nice morning walk, got packed up and parked in Friday Harbor to wait for the ferry. I always hate leaving up the island. I feel like I never get enough time, but I am thankful for the chance to be there and always look forward to the next trip. The trip was so much fun, I hadn’t laughed that hard for days straight in a long time; Greg and Jeff are so funny together. Jeff and I were pretty excited to see Livie and spend the evening with her. It was so great to see her and ask her all about her weekend with the grandparents. Thanks again for watching her grandparents! She had a great time as always. We are thinking that next year will be a great age to take her to the islands with the new baby too!