NYT and Sunset Magazine Love the San Juan Islands and Bellingham

Cypress Island Forest Walk
Cypress Island Forest Walk

We like to think that the San Juan Islands and Bellingham are two of the best kept travel secrets. But is seems that recently the cat’s been let out of the bag and the northwestern corner of Washington State is finally getting its fifteen minutes of fame. Last week the New York Times listed the San Juan Islands as #2 on its list of Places to See in 2011, and Sunset Magazine’s February Issue named Bellingham (Our homeport) as one the Best Towns to Make You Happy. What makes the San Juan Islands and Bellingham such great places? It’s a combination of amazing wildlife, beautiful scenery, great trails and unique active friendly communities.

If you come cruising with us we’ll show you why the Islands and Bellingham are on the tips of everybody’s tongue. On a typical cruise in the San Juans aboard the M/V David B we visit stunning places like Iceberg Point on Lopez Island with its vast views of the Straits of Juan de Fuca. Here seabirds gather to feed on dense schools of fish only to be interrupted by the lunge of a Minke whale. On many of our cruises we’re able to spend time watching the local orca whales put on acrobatic displays to the delight of our passengers. In the evenings we tuck into quiet coves where the setting suns inspires the artist in everyone to capture the perfect island sunset of golden barked of madrone trees that hang precariously on steep sandstone cliffs.

Croissants and Pan au Chocolat
Pastries Made From Scratch Aboard the David B

The New York Times also states the the San Juan Islands has some fantastic restaurants — they do, but what they don’t know is, that some of  best food in the San Juan Islands is made right aboard the David B. Every meal is hand prepared especially for our passengers on the boat’s wood-fired cookstove. We make most everything from scratch from our famous croissants and pan au chocolat, to the local veggies we buy from Joe’s Gardens, and fish from Vis Seafood. We make sure that everyone on the David B is well fed.

We start all of our San Juan Islands trips from Bellingham’s Squalicum Harbor. We often encourage our out-of-town passengers to spend the night before and the night after their trip in Bellingham’s southside community of Fairhaven. It’s a great place to visit if you’re traveling without a car. For people interested shopping they can visit Whimsey for handcrafted jewelery (real jewelry – not mass produced), or our thriving independent bookstore, Village Books. In the summers, Fairhaven’s Village Green is a great space for people watching and it’s close to walking trails.

Orca Surface
Orca Surfacing in the San Juan Islands

Bellingham is our home. It’s where you can find us when we’re not on the David B — running the trails of Galbraith Mountain or drinking red wine at the Temple Bar . We choose to run the David B out of Bellingham because it’s not only a great place to live, but a great place to visit. It’s the prefect gateway to the San Juan Islands. We love this place and as Bellinghampsters we’re so happy that Sunset Magazine and the New York Times have taken the time to recognize this great town and our nearby islands. We hope you’ll find the time to come visit us this summer! For more information on our cruises…