Stay off the highway on one of the prettiest of the San Juan Islands.
This contemporary cedar lodge sits on the edge of a lush pond three miles north of the Washington State Ferry dock. Although it’s close to the center of Eastsound, the island’s biggest town, it feels far from civilization. Its five patios and decks offer prime wildlife viewing and overlook breathtaking sunsets. The inn has five individually decorated suites, each featuring a sitting room, hot tub, CD stereo, Direct TV and a VCR, as well as a refrigerator stocked with complimentary beverages. The Water’s Edge cottage is popular with couples. It includes an outdoor hot tub, feather bed, fireplace, mini kitchen and sitting area with a view of the pond. Guests who aren’t busy exploring the island can play bocce, read, picnic or watch the ducks splash in the pond.
While the majority of barrel-aged beers are made in darker styles such as stout, this honey-colored pale ale breaks free from the norm.