There’s no bigger day in your life than the day of your wedding. In the leadup to this momentous event, you find yourself making decision after decision—from the food to serve, to the reception venue, to the guest list, and the floral arrangements.
Subsequently, many newlyweds look forward to their honeymoons as a time to finally unwind after months of planning and stress. Finally, you can find time alone with the love of your life!
Of course, your choice of destination will determine the memorability of your honeymoon. If you’re looking for a sublime location far from the bustle of the city and brimming with the beauty of nature, consider touring the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest.
Some Facts About the San Juan Islands
This honeymoon destination is part of San Juan County and boasts of around 172 islands. The beautiful landscape has made them a prized travel destination. The San Juan Islands ranked fifth in Travel+Leisure magazine’s list of the best islands in the Continental U.S. The islands have also become coveted as a wedding destination.
Basking in a rain shadow cast by Vancouver Island, the infamous northwest weather is tempered considerably. Travel to the islands whether by car, by ferry, of by air affords the visitor romantic vistas along the way.
Something for Every Newlywed Couple
The number of enjoyable activities for a wedding party is as numerous as the islands in San Juan County. Following are just a few of the top picks.
The beauty of the sea—Many honeymooners often enjoy a San Juan Islands cruise to gain a view of the majestic landscape and sea, where native wildlife, such as orcas and dolphins thrive. What a fantastic way to unwind after the events leading up to the wedding. Often the wedding families will enjoy the Salish Sea prior to the ceremony by booking a chartered tour of the San Juans on a traditional schooner. If it is to be an intimate wedding, some have opted to have the ceremony itself right on board with the stunning vistas as a backdrop.
Stay at an old-fashioned cottage—While hotels are the go-to accommodation for many honeymooners, quaintness is not their strong point, especially in the large chain operations. Wouldn’t it be nice to stay at a more boutique-style accommodation? One that lends you a glimpse of your future homelife with your spouse? The San Juans is dotted with such inns and B&Bs, from Orcas Island to San Juan Island. Sea views, orchard views, cottages nestled amongst the dense evergreens or even alongside a lake await the newlyweds. Many include a full-sized kitchen, large living rooms, and even an outdoor entertaining area—all the amenities of a cherished home.
Enjoy farm-to-table dining—Farm-fresh produce and poultry are hard to come by in the city, but you can eat your fill of it during your honeymoon in the San Juan Islands. Here, the concept of farm-to-table dining is no mere marketing jargon—there are plenty of operating farms and ranches in this area, which means the ingredients in your meals are locally sourced and of the highest-quality attainable.
Take in nature’s beauty—Bond with your spouse while exploring the beauty of the San Juan Islands. There are many fun activities the two of your can enjoy, from hiking trips, to bike rides, to ferry tours, to kayaking—the options are nearly limitless. Just be sure to free up some space on your camera so that you can capture memories and share them with your loved ones after your honeymoon.
Indeed, many honeymooners who visit the San Juan Islands become repeat visitors because of the captivating, serene beauty of this place. What better way to start the rest of your life together than a cruise followed by a night or two in a picturesque coastal setting?