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San Juan Islands Family

Experience Fidalgo, Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands

With endless options for exploring the Pacific Northwest's colorful villages, wooded lanes and blue waters, Trek Travel's San Juan Islands Family trip has something for everyone. The entire family can enjoy leisurely seaside bike rides by day, and retire to charming northwestern retreats by night. Kayak rocky shores, hike through dense forests, view snow-capped mountain peaks, savor the delicious local cuisine and shop local artisans' wares. With plenty of activities for both the young and the young-at-heart, the San Juan Islands are a perfect place to experience a genuinely fascinating family adventure.
From:
$3099 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Rider Type: ?
2 - Recreational Non-riders Welcome
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Explorer
Bike Included:
Trek Domane SL 7 Disc More options available
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Trip Wows
The whole family will love a sunset wildlife cruise among the islands
Embrace the leisurely pace of 'island life' and let your preoccupations melt away and slip into the sea
Perch on Lime Kiln Point, one of the world's best places to spot passing orca pods
Spend some time at the unique Orcas Island Pottery and maybe catch a potter in action at their wheel
Sea kayak on the pristine waters off the northern coast of San Juan Island
Watch the Experience
We are about to take our 5th Trek Travel trip.   We take group trips with Trek Travel every year for one simple reason: we reconnect with friends and family in amazing places without the headache of being responsible for making all the arrangements.
-Jake

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  • 10+ Guests Price as advertised*
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After a quick 15 minute private shuttle, you'll arrive at Washington Park, on the western edge of Fidalgo Island, where your Trek Travel guides will do a short round of introductions before familiarizing you with your Trek bike. After a thorough bike fitting, the real fun begins! Set out together on your first family ride of the trip past brilliant blue waters with snow-capped Mount Baker in the distance. Today's ride ends at the Washington State Ferry Terminal where you will gather for a one hour cruise to Lopez Island, your home for the night. Enjoy a boxed lunch as you take in the sights and sounds of your first ferry crossing. Upon arrival, you'll have a chance to explore Lopez Village and settle into your room at the beautiful Edenwild Inn before gathering for drinks and appetizers in the garden. At this social hour you will hear about all the fun and adventure in store for you in the days ahead. You'll cap the night with delicious fresh local food at a nearby restaurant in the village.

Today's Ride:

Fidalgo Island
Approximately 16 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Edenwild Boutique Inn

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Scratch baked goods and fresh fruit parfaits await you this morning as you soak in the last moments of the tranquil Edenwild. After breakfast you'll saddle up to spend the day riding on gentle roads to explore rolling farmland and oceanside routes, all with stunning views, and perhaps you will spot an eagle or two soaring above. Lopez offers the flattest terrain of the trip, so enjoy these roads as you loop back around to Lopez Village for a lunch of your choosing from the cafes in town. After lunch you'll head to the ferry landing to board a boat bound for Orcas Island. Once on Orcas, you'll shuttle to the Outlook Inn where you can explore the waterfront village of Eastsound or relax in the gardens in one of the many Adirondack chairs. Tonight, you will walk to Hogstone’s Wood Oven for a delightful meal at this small, highly acclaimed eatery. Enjoy dishes prepared by chef Jay Blackinton that showcase local foods in creative, delicious ways.

Today's Ride:

Lopez Island Loop with Ferry Landing Extension
Approximately 23 miles with 1,040 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Short Lopez Island Loop
Approximately 16 miles with 700 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Lopez Island Loop with Mackaye Harbor and Ferry Landing Extensions
Approximately 33 miles with 1685 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Outlook Inn

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner

This morning you’ll head first to Orcas Island Pottery, a cooperative of local potters sitting atop a dramatic coastal bluff in a beautiful forest of old growth cedars and Douglas fir. Take in the views and explore the surrounding gardens with the kids, perhaps even catching a professional potter molding lumps of clay into art right before your eyes at this unique and whimsical studio. Afterward, a quick shuttle to Eastsound drops you in town, if you'd like, to explore the many art shops and spend time on the waterfront. For those who aren't done adventuring for the day, its time to shuttle to the other side of the island to visit Moran State Park and enjoy a packed lunch. You will visit mighty Mt. Constitution to explore the sprawling forests and scenic views from the summit, the highest point in the islands. Finish the day swimming in crystal clear Cascade Lake or relaxing on the grounds at the Inn. Tonight your guides take the kids for a fun night out while parents enjoy a quiet dinner at a bistro of their choosing in the charming village of Eastsound.

Today's Activity:

Hike in Moran State Park

Today's Activity:

Swim in Cascade Lake

Hotel:

Outlook Inn

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Kids Dinner

This morning you will bid farewell to Orcas Island as you ferry to San Juan Island and disembark in the charming port town of Friday Harbor, the largest town in the San Juan Islands. Here you can discover the art galleries or perhaps check out the whale museum before grabbing lunch on your own at one of the cafes. After lunch you'll ride past False Bay, a popular photo spot where the brilliant blue waters contrast stunningly with distant, snow-capped peaks. Pedal through green farmland spotted with red barns and golden straw bales to the Pelindaba Lavender Farm, where you can wander through fragrant purple fields and sample some of their homemade lavender ice cream! This evening your guides will provide dinner for you to take with as you join your travel companions for a sunset wildlife cruise. You’ll spend the next several hours on the water, learning about the region’s incredible wildlife including orca whales, porpoises, and bald eagles from an onboard naturalist. It’s a beautiful way to spend the evening before retiring to your Friday Harbor hotel.

Today's Ride:

San Juan Island Loop
Approximately 17 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Friday Harbor to Pelindaba Lavender Farm
Approximately 10 miles with 600 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Sunset Wildlife Cruise

Hotel:

Earthbox Inn and Spa

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner

You'll trade bicycles for kayaks this morning and explore the pristine inlets and rocky coves of this beautiful coastline. If you're lucky, you may see harbor seals who bed off nearby Henry Island. After your adventure on the waves it's back to dry land for a cafe lunch in scenic Roche Harbor and another relaxing afternoon ride past Lime Kiln State Park. Visitors here often witness pods of resident orcas feeding in the kelp beds just offshore and you can learn more about these enigmatic creatures by visiting the lighthouse research center. This evening the group will gather to toast the week and newfound friends with a social hour overlooking the harbor and a final dinner downtown.

Today's Ride:

Roche Harbor to Lime Kiln to Friday Harbor
Approximately 19 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Roche Harbor to Lime Kiln
Approximately 10 miles with 870 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Earthbox Inn and Spa

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

This morning’s ride is your last chance for a peaceful early-morning spin on San Juan Island. You'll ride to the southernmost tip of the island and Cattle Point, to bask in the stunning views of the Olympic Mountain Range and the lighthouse here that overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca--soak up as much as you can before it’s time to pack up and head for home. You'll have time to shower and check out before boarding the late morning ferry back to Anacortes.

Today's Ride:

Cattle Point Return
Approximately 18 miles with 1,180 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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The Edenwild Boutique Inn

Lopez Island, Washington

On the first night of your trip to the islands, you will be welcomed by the Rovente family to your room at the Edenwild Boutique Inn, a beautiful and relaxing property in the heart of Lopez Village. This quiet island is the perfect place to begin to unwind as you explore the gardens and wrap-around porch of the inn or venture forth to explore the beach, galleries, cafes and views of Fisherman's Bay and San Juan Channel from the village, just steps away.
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Outlook Inn

Eastsound, Washington

Perfectly located in the village of Eastsound and right on the water, the Outlook Inn is a delightful place to stay. Combining all the charm of a historic country inn with classic architecture and warm hospitality, the Outlook enjoys an incredible atmosphere and offers a memorable experience for all guests. You will stay in one of the East Wing rooms during your stay.
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Earthbox Inn and Spa

Friday Harbor, Washington

Located in the port town of Friday Harbor, the Earthbox embodies comfort and convenience. Rooms feature simple designs using calming colors, inspired by the earth, sea, sun and sky. With cruiser bikes available for guests to borrow, an indoor pool and on-site spa, the Earthbox is a fun retreat within easy walking distance of Friday Harbor's many restaurants and attractions.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

bike

Trek Domane SL 7 Disc

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. Starting in 2019, we’re upgrading our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. And the best part? It’s included in the trip price. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world with the new Domane SL 7. Learn More

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Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid

Now you never have to miss another view with Trek’s most popular upright hybrid that refuses to sacrifice performance for comfort. You’ll have 10 speeds for any hill, a carbon fork with vibration dampening for any bump in the road, and Shimano components for every advantage. Learn More

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
is also available on this trip

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 5 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • 2 social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7, Trek's newest Electric-Assist, a Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, or for the kids, the use of a Trek Superfly 20 or 24
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals)
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or a Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bike
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • For the kids, the use of a Trek Superfly 20 or 24
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager helmet and saddle
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • You may bring your own pedals and saddle on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 2 - Recreational?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
20 miles
TOTAL MILES:
101 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
1,300 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
6,490 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
The terrain is full of rolling hills, including some long, gradual grades and some short steep ones. The riding near Anacortes and on Lopez Island is the most gentle, and Orcas Island has the hilliest terrain, so we do not offer riding options on Orcas Island on our family trips. Many of the roads on the islands have a "chip seal" surface, which is a type of pavement treatment that is more rough than typical asphalt. This type of surface makes the riding slower and a bit more difficult for the distance when compared to asphalt roads you may be used to. We have done our best to choose the most suitable roads for cycling with kids, though there are times when our guides may suggest certain shuttles to make the routes match the ability level of those in the group. San Juan Islands Family is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option—you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 3+ Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Schedule a massage or spa visit
  • Take a catamaran cruise or a sunset sail from Eastsound
  • Visit the Whale Museum or one of the other art & history museums located on the islands
  • Enjoy sight seeing and the varied terrain of the San Juan Islands on a horseback ride
  • Scenic hiking all over the islands
  • Witness firsthand the amazing ocean ecosystem while sea kayaking
  • Join the group for a sunset wildlife cruise

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our Today’s Ride options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
MEETING TIME:
8:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Majestic Inn & Spa, Anacortes, Washington

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
DEPARTING TIME:
12:15 PM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Anacortes Ferry Terminal, Anacortes, Washington

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA). From the airport you can take the Bellair Airporter to Anacortes (www.Airporter.com, 866 235 5247). Reservations can be made online or by telephone. A one-way ticket costs $43 per person or $82 for a round trip. The shuttles run about every two hours between the hours of 6:00 AM and 11:30 PM and it takes about two and a half hours to get to Anacortes. In Anacortes the shuttle will drop you off at the Shell Station in downtown Anacortes at 1312 Commercial Avenue. From here it is a half mile to the Majestic Inn & Spa, where you will meet your guides on the first day of your trip. We recommend calling a taxi upon your arrival in Anacortes to take you and your luggage to the hotel of your choice.

If you chose to drive to Anacortes and need to leave a vehicle somewhere for the duration of the trip, we recommend parking it in the upper lot of the Anacortes Ferry Terminal Lot (Lot #3). The cost for the week is approximately $55. You must pay at one of the six electronic pay boxes with credit card before leaving the vehicle— parking spaces cannot be reserved in advance. After dropping off the car on the first day of the trip you should take a taxi to meet the group at the normal meeting location. On the last day of the trip your guides can drop you and your luggage off at Lot #3 to retrieve your vehicle.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Majestic Inn & Spa (419 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, Washington) at 8:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Please come dressed in your cycling clothes with your riding gear easily accessible, separate from your luggage. Please also have a set of street clothes and shoes packed separately from your luggage so you can easily change into them for the post-ride ferry crossing. Your guides will acquaint you with your bike and ensure you a comfortable fit before setting out on today’s ride.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, the Edenwild Inn (360 468 3238), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. Taxis are available to the Washington State Ferry Terminal in Anacortes to meet the group. You will need to be at the ferry terminal no later than 12:00 PM in order to meet your guides and board the ferry. If you are unable to make it to the ferry terminal by 12:00 PM check the current ferry schedule (www.wsdot.com/ferries/schedule, look for the summer sailing schedule) for departures to Lopez Island. You may call your guides or the Edenwild Inn to arrange transportation from the ferry landing.

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Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 12:15 PM at the Anacortes Ferry Terminal. We recommend reserving a ticket with the Bellair Airporter for transportation to the Sea-Tac Airport (www.Airporter.com, 866 235 5247). The cost is $43 per person, one-way (or $82 for a round-trip ticket from the airport). Your guides can help you find the Airporter pickup location at the ferry. The shuttle departs for the airport about every two hours between 2:00 AM and 7:00 PM, at 5 minutes after the hour--we recommend booking a ticket on the 1:05 PM shuttle. The shuttle takes about three hours. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible traffic delays. Alternatively, you may book a flight on Kenmore Air (www.kenmoreair.com) directly from the Friday Harbor Marina to the Sea-Tac Airport for approximately $180 per person. Multiple flights are offered each day. Guests who choose this option will say goodbye to their guides and travel companions in Friday Harbor. Contact Kenmore Air for more details of this convenient option.

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Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

Daytime temperatures range from the upper 60s to low 80s. Evenings cool to averages of low to mid 50s, and as the west coast can be rainy we recommend you come prepared with wet weather gear (although we'll cross our fingers that you won't need it!). We also suggest bringing a warm jacket and long pants to wear on the naturalist-led sunset boat cruise on Day 4. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before: Seattle, Washington

Nicknamed the Emerald City, Seattle has a lot to offer and, if your travel plans allow, should be explored before your trip. City highlights include Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, the Seattle Art Museum, the Museum of Flight and the Seattle Aquarium. Or, venture out to one of the three National Parks located within a one to three hour drive from Seattle—Mount Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park, and Olympic National Park. If you are in downtown Seattle and need to get to Anacortes to meet the group for the trip start, you can still use the Bellair Airporter. Airporter shuttles depart from the Washington State Convention Center in downtown. Call 866 235 5247 or visit www.Airporter.com to make arrangements. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

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After: Anacortes, Washington

Anacortes is the working heart of the San Juan Islands and is well-known as the home of the Washington State Ferry Terminal, serving the San Juan Islands as well as Victoria, British Columbia on Vancouver Island. It is located on Fidalgo Island and enjoys a milder, drier climate than other locations in the Pacific Northwest, due to the rain shadow effect of the Olympic Mountains to the west. Take some time to visit nearby Mount Erie, Washington Park or Deception Pass State Park. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

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Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

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