Getting there is half the fun. An hour long ferry ride ushers us to the dock and lands us at a quaint island that has a lot to offer. We begin to relax as we step onto the ferry and there is a sense that we are truly departing for a new destination.
Upon arrival the “laid back vibe” and island style put us at ease. The soft sound of guitar music mixes with salt air. Colorful locals embrace us and give us a wonderful reception.
Two blocks from the ferry we arrive at Friday Harbor House. The architecture is contemporary yet distinctly Northwest, this luxurious little boutique hotel brings urban sophistication to the island. The hotel’s bluff-top location offers the best view of the islands, ferry landing and marina.
The rooms are light and modern with a spacious Northwest Zen inspired design and a stunning view of the harbor. Rooms have fireplaces and oversized whirlpool tubs, making this place a choice spot for a romantic getaway. In our room we relaxed in the tub and gaze at both the view out the window and at the crackling fire. The views are truly breathtaking.
The Bluff Restaurant is located on the property, this sleek dining room has captivating views. Watch as the ferry soundlessly floats around the bend while swallows dip and swirl against a twilight sky. (Get a window table if possible but don’t fret if it doesn’t work out; your dining experience will be enjoyable no matter.) The slate floor, honey-colored wood soft lighting and recorded mellow jazz make The Bluff Restaurant the most casually sophisticated restaurant in town.
Freshness and flavor define dining at the Friday Harbor House. Executive Chef Jason Codding commented “I just let the food shine”. Consider, for example, the tenderloin steak: small, well portioned steaks presented minimally with a woody dark sauce topped by potatoes and asparagus.The fresh wild salmon was prepared simply with zucchini adornments. Beautifully presented fish tacos were our favorite.
Mango Mojitos complete the meal. A tangy mix of mint, sour and sweetness create a symphony for the taste buds. Our neighbors glimpse our tall orange-filled glasses and are inspired to partake in the refreshing delights as well. Looking across the bay they note their sailing vessels and we delight in conversations about the winds determining their next location.
Friday Harbor House is an intimate and casual setting where one can relax, taste exquisite cuisine and simply be a world away after just a short ferry ride.