Cabins on the San Juan Islands Image: john yaya (flickr)
San Juan Islands cabins can be great places to stay if you want to be close to nature while vacationing in a scenic wonderland. Three of the four islands that have ferry service are home to some wonderful cabins. Many of the cabins that are available for rent across the chain offer many of the same comforts and amenities that you would generally expect in a vacation rental. Others are simpler and provide budget-friendly accommodations for those who don't need a lot of extra frills. Either way, your cabin stay in the San Juans is likely to be both fun and relaxing, and chances are good that you won't want to leave once your trip has come to an end.
Orcas Island Cabins
Many of the San Juan Islands cabins are found at resorts, so you might start there when trying to find your ideal fit. Take the Orcas Island cabins, for example. The West Beach Resort on Orcas Island features some unique "tent cabins" that are made of canvas and wood. There are beds inside, each tent cabin features a small deck for lounging. Barbecue grills are available for cooking, and each cabin site comes equipped with a picnic table. If the tent cabins at the West Beach Resort aren't quite what you had in mind, you can choose from the well-equipped cottages, which are essentially cabin units. These other cabins have full kitchens, private bathrooms, and other welcoming amenities. Cabins on the Point is just one more example of a lodging operation that offers tempting Orcas Island cabins, and there are other cabin and vacation rentals on the island that stand on their own.
Lopez Island Cabins
Lopez Island is another good bet when trying to find San Juan Islands cabins that suit your fancy. You can find a fairly luxurious cabin on Lopez Island that features things like a full kitchen, a flat-screen TV, a DVD player, a grill, and more. There are also simpler units that may or may not have kitchens and can be excellent places to stay on a budget. Blue Fjord Cabins offers some of the most popular Lopez Island cabins, perhaps due to the fact that there is a private beach at the end of a short trail. Rustic, yet outfitted, the Blue Fjord Cabins are ideal for romantic escapes, especially since they are designed for just two people.
San Juan Island Cabins
Many people who are interested in staying in a cabin during their San Juan Islands escape have San Juan Island in mind. This is the most developed island in the chain and is home to the most lodging options overall, and the available services are also relatively complete. Some delightful cabins are available at the Snug Harbor Marina Resort, and they enjoy wonderful waterfront locations. Guests have access to crab cookers, as well as gas grills, and thanks to the marina, all kinds of fun waterbased activities can be enjoyed. You can go kayaking, for example, or arrange a fishing excursion.
Also worth keeping in mind when it comes to the San Juan Island cabin rentals is the Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes. This divine retreat offers some of the finest log cabins that you will find anywhere in the San Juans, and the canvas cabins aren't too shabby themselves. The log cabins feature two bedrooms, two baths, a fireplace, a TV, a DVD player, a full kitchen, and more. The canvas cabins are akin to the canvas tent cabins that can be found at the West Beach Resort on Orcas Island. They might not have electricity or running water, but they are comfortable and provide access to common camping facilities, not to mention everything else that the resort has to offer.
Shaw Island Cabins
Shaw Island is the remaining island in the San Juans that features ferry service. A campground with around a dozen sites is about the only lodging option on Shaw Island, and this campground doesn't offer any kind of cabin units. There are a few vacation rentals on the island, however, and they are worth adding to your list of potential places to stay.