Friday, March 29, 2013

2013 Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice Islands Award


San Juan Island Voted Top Island


As you explore San Juan Island for yourself, be sure to stop by the farm to experience one of most fragrant reasons San Juan Island is TripAdvisor® Travelers’ Choice® top island!


Travelers’ Choice® awards honor top islands around the world, based entirely on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers. In total, more than 100 winning islands were named across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, South Pacific and the U.S.

“Whether you’re looking for idyllic palm-lined islands, or islands that offer a more cultural experience, you’ll find inspiration in these lists,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor.  “From the world famous to the hidden gems, what unifies every award winner is the fantastic feedback from travelers across the globe.”

The San Juan Islands are a magnificent 172-island archipelago in the heart of the Salish Sea in Washington State. Washington’s newest scenic byway, the Islands attract visitors year-round to the three main islands of Orcas, Lopez and San Juan. Extensive national, state and county parks, and new national monument status, preserve a coastline renowned for whale and wildlife viewing. Boat and kayak tours offer up-close views of wildlife and uninhabited islands.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, January 2013
**Source: Google Analytics, worldwide data, January 2013 ©2013 TripAdvisor, Inc.
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Monday, March 11, 2013

Pelindaba Featured in Offbeat Travel Article


 San Juan Island: Washington State's Island Destination

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
A fun, fresh and comprehensive article by travel writer Patrice Raplee highlights the slightly more "offbeat" side of visiting San Juan Island. Raplee features "offbeat" modes of exploring the island - Suzie's Mopeds, kayaking and the network of island trails and suggests "offbeat" stops along the way - Pelindaba Lavender, Island Inn at 123 West, Whale Museum, The San Juan Historical Museum, Funk and Junk and San Juan Vineyard's Piano and Wine Bar. Read the whole article.

San Juan Island is worth a visit any time of year, but Summer is really when everything comes into "bloom".  The best time to visit the farm to see the acres of lavender fields in bloom is May - August.  However, if you visit at other times of the year, please feel welcome to stroll through the fields at your leisure.  The fields are always open (just be sure to close the gate behind you).

As you explore Friday Harbor, be sure to stop by our year-round retail shop in Friday Harbor located on First Street a block from the ferry landing.