Road Scholar : Home
Island Hopping on Three of Washington's San Juan Islands

Program Number: 18520RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/7/2013 - 10/12/2013; 4/18/2015 - 4/24/2015; 5/2/2015 - 5/8/2015; 5/16/2015 - 5/22/2015; 5/23/2015 - 5/29/2015; 6/6/2015 - 6/12/2015; 6/13/2015 - 6/19/2015; 6/27/2015 - 7/3/2015; 7/25/2015 - 7/31/2015; 8/15/2015 - 8/21/2015; 9/12/2015 - 9/18/2015; 9/19/2015 - 9/25/2015; 10/10/2015 - 10/16/2015; 10/17/2015 - 10/23/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Seattle, Washington
Price starting at: $898.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the San Juan Archipelago while you uncover the cultures and landscapes unique to San Juan, Orcas and Lopez islands. Meet historians, artists, farmers, preservationists and other islanders who make up the fabric of these communities, and explore scenic shorelines, mountain vistas, rare coastal prairie and the region's iconic evergreen forests.




Highlights

• Spend a day on Orcas Island and explore the island's creative culture on a visit to a phenomenal private collection of San Juan Islands art.
• A ride aboard the Washington State Ferry takes you to a sustainable farm on Lopez Island to discuss sustainable farming on the islands with a renowned expert.
• On San Juan Island, take field trips to an outdoor sculpture park, historic Roche Harbor Village, a picturesque lighthouse and more.



Activity Particulars

Frequent getting on and off of mini-bus /van. Bus/van does not have lift.




Date Specific Information

10-7-2013

In lieu of a visit to Mount Constitution on Orcas island, the group will have lunch and freetime to explore the village of Eastsound. On Lopez Island, visit to farm replaced with winery visit.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Seattle, Wash., 1 night; coach & ferry to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Wash., 5 nights; ferry & coach to Seattle, departure.



Coordinated by Skagit Valley College.




Seattle

Seattle is a visual gem, set amid saltwater, lakes and mountains. International influences abound in this congenial city. Unique neighborhoods, world-class cultural institutions, parks and the landmark Space Needle are just the beginning.



San Juan Islands

More than 200 individual islands comprise this archipelago off the upper northwest coast of Washington state. Only a handful are home to permanent residents, many of whom stay for the close-knit community unique to Island living.



Accommodations
Seattle: Comfortable hotel with indoor swimming pool. Friday Harbor: Stylish inn with heated indoor pool, fitness center, complimentary bikes.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Russel Barsh

A graduate of Harvard University, Russel Barsh has devoted his career to educating and advising Native peoples on land and environmental issues. He has served as an adviser to United Nations agencies as an advocate for indigenous peoples in developing countries, and worked as the science adviser to indigenous organizations participating in the "Earth Summit," carrying out field missions in South Africa and Asia. Russel serves as the director of KWIAHT, a nonprofit laboratory in the Salish Sea.
 
Mike O'Connell

Mike O’Connell manages the Glenwood Springs Salmon Restoration Hatchery on Orcas Island, sponsored by the private non-profit organization called “Long Live the Kings.” LLTK is committed to restoring wild salmon to the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Mike is a long time fisheries biologist with experience and training in many areas of natural resource management. Prior to joining LLTK's staff in 2001, he was a district watershed manager for the Middle Deschutes Watershed in central Oregon.
 
Michael Vouri

Michael Vouri is chief park interpreter and historian for San Juan Island National Park. He is a passionate historian with an unmatched knowledge of regional history and exploration. He is the author of "The Pig War," and co-author of "Images of America – Friday Harbor." Michael is well known regionally for “An Evening with George Pickett,” a critically acclaimed stage play based on a local historical figure. Mike is a long-time and very popular Road Scholar instructor.
 
Emily Reed

Emily Reed is a longtime islander who writes a monthly column on art in the Islands Weekly newspaper. She served as a college adviser at UC Berkeley in the 1960s before moving to San Juan Island, where she later worked as a high school counselor for 18 years at Friday Harbor High School. Emily is a veteran Road Scholar contributor, and has published “Emily’s Guides to the San Juan Islands,” the definitive travel information source for the region.
 
Shona Aitken

A native of Scotland, Shona Aitken earned a degree in ecology and broadened her background in environmental education while working in her home country and spending two years in Sweden. She is currently the Education Coordinator for Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center on San Juan Island where she teaches people about local wildlife and increases awareness of the impact of human activities on wild creatures.
 
Bruce Dunlop

Bruce Dunlop owns and operates the small livestock farm and specialty food business called Lopez Island Farm. He started the environmentally friendly farm over 10 years ago, and now his products are sold throughout the Northwest. Bruce received bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemical engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and spent 17 years working in the food and agricultural industries. Bruce lives on his farm and produces lamb and pork to help feed his community.
 
Lauri Fahlberg

Dr. Lauri Fahlberg is a recently retired professor of health sciences from Carroll College in Montana. Lauri has also studied at yoga institutes from Colorado to Kathmandu, and has been a yoga teacher for 30 years. Lauri grew up skiing, hiking, and climbing in Colorado, and has climbed extensively in the Rocky Mountains and the Himalaya. She has been a marathon runner, triathlete, and cyclist, competing in national and international cycling classics, and in ski marathons. In 2005, she and her husband replaced their sea kayaks with a bluewater sailboat, and lived aboard it for 18 months. In years past, Lauri’s passion for health, education, travel, and service led her to establish tuberculosis prevention programs in Nepal, work with HIV/AIDS patients and their families in Africa, assist in a medicinal plant clinic in Guatemala, and help develop a Fetal Alcohol Syndrome prevention program in Alaska. She and her husband divide their time between San Juan Island and other parts of the world.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Earthbox Inn & Spa
  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island 5 nights
 Earthbox Inn & Spa
Type: Inn
  Description: You will stay in a stylishly renovated local Inn, proudly preserving the comfortable simplicity of its classic motor inn structure completely renovated with natural design choices and a full complement of modern, more upscale features and amenities. Inn amenities include heated indoor pool and jacuzzi, dry sauna, and limited exercise facilities open year round. The Spa at Earthbox is on site and available for massage, body treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures. Rooms at the Inn have 2 queen sized beds, a mini-fridge, microwave, complimentary WiFi, and private bath. The Inn is easy walking distance (1-3 blocks) from all of the Friday Harbor amenities and just 3 blocks from the waterfront. Earthbox Inn & Spa provides complimentary courtesy shuttle from the ferry landing. To reserve a space on the courtesy shuttle, please call 1-800-793-4756. Reservations for the Inn shuttle will be accepted between 30 days – 7 days prior to your program start date. (Please note that courtesy shuttle is available only at limited day times (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and may not be available when Inn staff is limited. For other ferry arrivals and when courtesy shuttle is not available, taxis are readily available at the ferry landing for the short ride to the inn (approx $5-8).
  Contact info: 410 Spring Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA
phone: 800-793-4756
web: www.earthboxinn.com
  Room amenities: All rooms include private bathroom, telephone, cable TV, free WiFi, coffee maker, microwave, mini-refrigerator, hair dryer, and free off-street parking. Note: second floor accommodations at the Earthbox Inn & Spa are accessible by stairs only. If you require a ground floor room, please contact our Friday Harbor office approximately 30 days prior to the start of your program. We can be reached at 360-378-3265 or at roadscholar@skagit.edu and are available M-F (8am-5pm PST). All ground floor requests will be accommodated based on availability.
  Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool, jacuzzi / sauna, full-service day spa, conference room, coin-op self-laundry on-site, free beach cruiser bicycle rentals, and limited exercise facility on-site. Courtesy shuttle from ferry dock, seaplane dock, or local airport upon request. *Please note: courtesy shuttle is only available during limited times of the day (8 am - 5 pm) and may not be available when hotel staffing is limited. Taxi cabs are also available for approximately $5-$7.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Varies by season. Please call Earthbox Inn & Spa directly at 1-800-793-4756 for extended stay reservations and rates.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies by season. Please call Earthbox Inn & Spa directly at 1-800-793-4756 for extended stay reservations and rates.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Your Road Scholar program will begin with an orientation at 5:00 pm in hotel conference room. You will be staying at Earthbox Inn & Spa that night.
  End of Program:
Your Road Scholar program will at conclude after breakfast (approximately 8:30am) to allow ample travel time for those returning to the greater Seattle area and points beyond You will be staying at Earthbox Inn & Spa the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Complimentary off street parking readily available at hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
  Nearest city or town:  Friday Harbor
  Nearest highway: Interstate 5, 30 miles
  Nearest airport:  Major: SeaTac Airport, Seattle. Small: Friday Harbor Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Sea-Tac Airport Seattle

 

To Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Bellair Airporter Shuttle
phone: 866-235-5247
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Senior fare approx $35/OW or $55/RT
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3 hours via Airporter Shuttle to the WA State ferry terminal, to catch ferry to San Juan Island. 

   

This service runs 7 days a week throughout the year except on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Select route from Sea-Tac Airport to Anacortes Ferry Terminal (www.airporter.com)

 

Friday Harbor,WA

 

From Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Washington State Ferry
phone: 206-464-6400

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Foot passengers approx $10-15 round trip varies by day of week and season.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hour ferry ride from Anacortes, WA to Friday Harbor, WA 

   

Select Anacortes to Friday Harbor/San Juan Island route. Visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries for the most current information.

 

From Friday Harbor Ferry Landing to Hotel

 

From Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Earthbox Inn & Spa Shuttle
phone: 800-793-4756
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 minute 

 

Distance:

 

3 blocks

   

Reservations for the Inn shuttle will be accepted between 30 days – 7 days prior to your program start date. (Please note that courtesy shuttle is available only at limited day times (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and may not be available when Inn staff is limited. For other ferry arrivals and when courtesy shuttle is not available, taxis are readily available at the ferry landing for the short ride to the inn (approx $5-8).

 

To Friday Harbor Hotel when Shuttle is not Available

 

From Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Bob's Taxi
phone: 360-378-8388

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5-7 (rates subject to change)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

4-8 blocks

   

To shorten wait time for pickup - advance reservations are recommended. For late arrivals to the island (past 8pm) or early departures to the island (before 8 am) - advance reservations are required.

 

To Hotel via taxi when shuttle not available

 

From Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
San Juan Taxi
phone: 360-378-8294

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5-$7 (rates subject to change)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

4-8 blocks

   

To shorten wait time for pickup - advance reservations are recommended. For late arrivals to the island (past 8pm) or early departures to the island (before 8 am) - advance reservations are required.

 

From Seattle To Friday Harbor via air

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Kenmore Airlines
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

*Approx $125-145 (subject to change)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

80-90 miles

   

Regional airline carrier, offering small plane flights from Seattle's Boeing Field (King County Airport) and Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands. Baggage and weight limits apply. *Ask for courtesy shuttle from SeaTac International airport and King Co. airport.

 
Driving Directions
  Arriving from Seattle to Anacortes Ferry Terminal From Seattle, drive north on I-5, about 60 miles to Burlington/Mt. Vernon. Turn west (exit 230) onto Highway 20 and continue another 20 miles west to Anacortes. Follow the signs through town to the San Juan Ferry Terminal for approximately 3 miles from downtown Anacortes, WA.
  Coming from Bellingham WA to Anacortes Ferry Terminal From Bellingham, drive south on I-5. Turn west (exit 230) onto Highway 20. Follow the signs to the San Juan Ferry Terminal (3 miles west of Anacortes).
  From Friday Harbor Ferry Landing to Earthbox Inn and Spa Drive off ferry, turn right and follow Spring Street up the hill. The Earthbox Inn & Spa is about 3-4 blocks up on the right. The address is 410 Spring Street.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome & Orientation Program
(Monday, October 7)
   
 Afternoon: Welcome and Program Orientation
 Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, home-made lasagna (choose from meat or veggie lasagna), and garlic bread – topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.
 Evening: Get Acquainted Program follows dinner
   
Accommodations: Earthbox Inn & Spa
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: San Juan Island: Art, History and Treasures of the Northern part of the island.
(Tuesday, October 8)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.
 Morning: Presentation "Views from the Islands" offers an insider’s look at contemporary life in the Islands, and explores issues affecting Island life. Then discover the authentic Coast Salish Native history with particular note of Island's rich archaeological heritage.
 Lunch: Have lunch the way you like it! Lunch will be served buffet-style and features a soup of the day with salad bar (including green leaf / spinach salad, a variety of fresh raw veggies, potato salad, three bean salad, and more) – topped off with coffee, tea, iced, water and dessert of the day.
 Afternoon: San Juan Island excursion explores the northern areas of San Juan Island. We'll start with the picturesque Limekiln Lighthouse, now an Orca whale observation. We'll continue on to San Juan Island National Park (British Camp), and outpost and historic Roche Harbor, before heading back to the hotel.
 Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, baked salmon/fish (as locally available by season), rice , and steamed veggies– topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.
 Evening: Evening presentation details the local arts community and uncovers how the beauty and community combine to form a vibrant arts community. Meet a local guest artist!
   
Accommodations: Earthbox Inn & Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Orcas Island - "Creative Spirit of the Emerald Isle" as seen from prolific art collections to salmon restoration efforts.
(Wednesday, October 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is early on this day so that we may catch the inter-island ferry. Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.
 Morning: Board the inter-island ferry for the scenic cruise to Orcas Island. Explore the creative culture of Orcas with a field trip to private art collection showcasing works created in the San Juan's, personally guided by the owner/curator. This private residence includes a whimsical underground grotto, undersea oracle and many works commissioned as part of the Museum's architecture.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch in Eastsound Village, followed by a little free time to explore the village.
 Afternoon: Field trip continues to historic farmstead, now a showcase Chinook Salmon enhancement facility seen as a benchmark for natural rearing methods in the Northwest. Cruise through the Islands aboard the ferry in the late afternoon and return to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island in time for dinner.
 Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, home-made meatloaf, steamed veggies, and one of the following: rice, potatoes, pasta– topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening to stroll the seaside town of Friday Harbor.
   
Accommodations: Earthbox Inn & Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: San Juan Island: Whales, History and Treasures of the southern part of the island.
(Thursday, October 10)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.
 Morning: Morning field trip to the Island's southern tip explores San Juan Island National Historic Park (American Camp) with it's rare coastal prairie, marine views, and unique history. Savor the views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains from South Beach, the longest stretch of beach in the Islands. Learn about the 1850's boundary dispute and how the San Juan Island National Historic Park was founded to commemorate the "pig war" that was peacefully resolved without violence.
 Lunch: Today’s lunch features a build your own taco bar – with everything needed to build it your way (beef, refried beans, cheeses, flour/corn tortillas, lettuce, tortilla chips, salsa & more) – topped off with coffee, tea, iced, water and dessert of the day.
 Afternoon: Small group walking field trips to the San Juan Island Historical Museum and the Whale Museum, the nation's first museum dedicated to whale's living in the wild. Guided expert program at both museums.
 Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, grilled chicken, steamed veggies, and red potatoes or rice – topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.
 Evening: Evening presentation on the Salish Sea ecosystem and the marine life that call these waters home.
   
Accommodations: Earthbox Inn & Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Lopez Island - Sustainable farming and affordable housing projects on "the friendly isle."
(Friday, October 11)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.
 Morning: Hop aboard the WA State ferry and sail to Lopez Island; Field trip steps back in time at the historic Port Stanley School house for a presentation on Island-Style Sustainable Farming from renowned expert.
 Lunch: Picnic Lunch at the historic Port Stanley School house.
 Afternoon: We'll enjoy a presentation from the Community Land Trust housing development showcasing sustainable design, construction and landscaping techniques Our afternoon field trip continues to the tiny Lopez Village to uncover its keenly designed community layout. Take a break from your study and mingle with the friendly locals as you stroll the village during some relaxed open time. Return to San Juan Island via ferry in the late afternoon.
 Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, prawns & scallops (in sun-dried tomato pesto), penne pasta and steamed veggies– topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.
 Evening: Special farewell program features historical folk music from a performer / musicologist revered as an Island icon and local treasure. Features homespun songs and stories from people who built America while living a simpler life. This unusual and irreverent collection of songs conveys remote history through toe-tapping music.
   
Accommodations: Earthbox Inn & Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Farewell and Departure
(Saturday, October 12)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.
 Morning: Program concludes following breakfast to allow time to return via ferry to mainland and return to greater Seattle area by late afternoon. Breakfast available early for those wishing to depart on 8:00 AM ferry.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island San Juan Island Activities
Among the many free time activities in Friday Harbor are whale watching, kayaking, beachcombing, bicycling, fishing, shopping, museums, outdoor sculpture park, historic sites, and ferry trips to other islands. For additional information, visit www.sanjuanisland.org
  San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
The San Juan Islands are just a scenic ferry ride or a short flight from the northwest Washington mainland. Whether you yearn for the slow pace of island time or the excitement of new experiences, you're sure to enjoy your time in the San Juan Islands. For additional information, visit www.visitsanjuans.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Friday Harbor


Author: Mike Vouri, San Juan Historical Society, Julia Vouri


Description: A book that reviews the rich history and residents of Friday Harbor throughout the past 100 years.



Living High: An Unconventional Autobiography


Author: June Burn


Description: This autobiography chronicles Farrar and June Burns travels around the United States and their experience homesteading in the San Juan Islands, teaching Eskimos and traveling across the United States in a covered wagon. She wrote extensively for various periodicals and wrote several books. Burn's autobiography Living High: An Unconventional Autobiography (1941) documents much of her early life story, particularly her time on Sentinel and Waldron Islands in Washington’s San Juan Islands. The book has been republished several times.



San Juan Islands, Afoot and Afloat


Author: Marge & Ted Mueller


Description: Thousands of visitors are drawn annually to the San Juan Islands, which are famed for their safe, scenic boating, lush meadows and dense forests, abundant bird life, and fascinating bits of history. Most of those visitors (and residents alike) have relied on this best-selling guide to outdoor recreation in the Islands. Now in a fully revised third edition, the book covers everything you want to know about park and marina facilities, beaches, shorelines, historic sites, natural science, and marine life. Whether you arrive by land, sea, or air, this fact-filled guide is a must for enjoying the best of the San Juans.





You can't find a better value than Road Scholar.


As a not-for-profit organization, we are dedicated to providing all-inclusive educational programs at great value. From lectures to gratuities to field trips to accommodations - the tuition you pay up front is all that you pay.



Specifically, this program includes:

Plus these special experiences...

View the Daily Schedule to see more

And included with all Road Scholar programs:


© Road Scholar 2014 | Call toll-free: 1-800-454-5768