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Just a block from the ferry landing in Friday Harbor
The Bird Rock Hotel is conveniently situated within walking distance of shopping, dining, and several attractions in downtown Friday Harbor. Its central location is just a block from the ferry landing.
Friday Harbor is a small, compact town located on the eastern side of San Juan Island. Its kid-friendly attractions and dozens of outdoors activities attract families and active travelers alike year round, but especially during the summer months when you'll likely find long lines for the ferry. There's a wide array of great boutiques, quite a few solid restaurants serving international cuisine, a handful of interesting art galleries, and several unique museums.
Pretty beaches, beautiful trails, gorgeous whale-watching tours, and wild state parks make the San Juan Islands one of the best destinations in the region for the outdoorsy tourist -- but the myriad of other "city" activities available are sure to please the urban travelers too.
The 15-room Bird Rock Hotel, housed in a historic building, is a quaint, bare-bones bed & breakfast. The small, earth-toned rooms are cozy (low lighting gives them a Zen-like vibe), and there's a lovely deck for enjoying some fresh sea air. The hotel's central location, though, is definitely the highlight -- just a block from the ferry landing, and within walking distance to plenty of shopping and dining in downtown Friday Harbor. The hotel lacks on-site amenities like parking, a restaurant, fitness center, and pool, but breakfast is free and guests have access to the sister property's parking lot, fitness center, and pool, less than three blocks away. Those traveling on a tight budget can get a lot of bang for their buck by staying in a simple room, but these rooms have communal bathrooms down the hall.