Lakedale-Midweek Mayhem

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Lake16Want to start summer vacation early? We’re with you! Enjoy our MIDWEEK MAYHEM package – every accommodation is 20% off every night in May and we’ll throw in a 1-hour all-inclusive fishing package! More details here: http://bit.ly/12WZp4h

Friday Harbor Hotel Lodging and Luxury Camping on Scenic San Juan Island.
On 82-acres, with three spring water lakes, Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes is an ideal San Juan Island getaway. Easily accessible by ferry or floatplane from Seattle, Lakedale Resort is nestled between Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, Washington. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience and a breath of fresh air – literally.

Lakedale Resort features a variety of accommodation options, including a 10-room hotel, real log cabins, canvas cabins for a fabulous glamping experience, and camping. Lakedale Resort near Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor is also a great destination for workshops, meetings and retreats, providing you with an inspirational setting to have fun and achieve your goals! Your group will enjoy the many activities that Lakedale has to offer including swimming, fishing, and canoeing on one of our three lakes. Or imagine taking over the lodge for your wedding and having your ceremony on a point in the midst of Neva Lake!

A San Juan Island vacation offers many more adventures including whale watching, sea kayaking, salt-water fishing, bicycling, wine tasting and local artisan tours.

Make your reservation today to visit Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes and experience for yourself why our San Juan Island resort is the ultimate getaway.

“Lakedale blends just the right amount of outdoor camping with
a resort-like ambiance.” -Sunset Magazine

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2015 Gourmet Glamping

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Lakedale chefsAlmost time to announce our 2015 Gourmet Glamping series! We’re excited to welcome three amazing chefs from Seattle and Portland this year – stay tuned!

Friday Harbor Hotel Lodging and Luxury Camping on Scenic San Juan Island.

On 82-acres, with three spring water lakes, Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes is an ideal San Juan Island getaway. Easily accessible by ferry or floatplane from Seattle, Lakedale Resort is nestled between Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, Washington. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience and a breath of fresh air – literally.

Lakedale Resort features a variety of accommodation options, including a 10-room hotel, real log cabins, canvas cabins for a fabulous glamping experience, and camping. Lakedale Resort near Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor is also a great destination for workshops, meetings and retreats, providing you with an inspirational setting to have fun and achieve your goals! Your group will enjoy the many activities that Lakedale has to offer including swimming, fishing, and canoeing on one of our three lakes. Or imagine taking over the lodge for your wedding and having your ceremony on a point in the midst of Neva Lake!

A San Juan Island vacation offers many more adventures including whale watching, sea kayaking, salt-water fishing, bicycling, wine tasting and local artisan tours.

Make your reservation today to visit Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes and experience for yourself why our San Juan Island resort is the ultimate getaway.

“Lakedale blends just the right amount of outdoor camping with
a resort-like ambiance.” -Sunset Magazine

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Midweek Mayhem!

It’s Mayhem! 20% off all rooms midweek in May!

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Let’s Go Outside!

Get outside and play at Lakedale!

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                    A map of Lakedale Resort on San Juan Island.
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Kayaking-It’s time

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Kayaking-It’s time

Regular season kayak tours begin this week! Our custom finger docks make getting in an out of our kayaks a breeze!

Kayak Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

San Juan Island’s Premier Kayaking Tour Company
Specializing in high quality sea kayak tours. San Juan Outfitters is known for its low guide to guest ratio kayak tours. That includes the whale tours by kayak, day kayak tours and overnight kayak -camping tours.

San Juan Outfitters owns the exclusive kayak facilities at Roche Harbor, San Juan Island and
kayak facilities in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. This means that you will depart from custom designed kayak finger docks that make entering and exiting your boat easy. No more dragging your kayak down a beach or getting wet. We make it easy, safe and accessible for everyone.

Kayak Day Tour

Kayak tours that are 3-hours can expect to see a wide range of marine life including harbor seals, harbor and dalls porpoise, and beautiful marine invertebrates.

Sometimes a whale or dolphins appear. When the tide is right you can feast your eyes on the colors and shapes of the tide pool critters. Family kayak tours are offered also. The 3-hour trip is a condensed route. Our guides have extensive experience with kids.

These tours depart from the best locations in the San Juan Islands. The specially designed finger kayak docks make it a snap to enter and exit your kayak. San Juan Outfitters is known for their engaging and professional kayak guides.

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San Juan Island Kayak with Whales

Kayak with the opportunity to see whales! This tour takes off in the whale rich waters off the west side of San Juan Island. The whale watch by kayak is a 5-hour tour. Along with all the uncommonl sea birds, seals and birds flying overhead, you have a good chance of watching an orca whale. This is a safe situation as our guides are knowledgeable and trained to maneuver safely around whales and marine mammals in the San Juan Islands.. Also offered is the 5-hour “Whale Sanctuary Tour” departing from the south west side of San Juan Island at the County Park.

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San Juan Island Kayak Camping Trips

The ultimate sea kayak vacation! Join us for an overnight 2-day kayak trip, 3- day kayak trip, or customized private kayaking-camping trip 2 to 5 days. Exciting vacation kayak camping trips are great for singles, couples or families with kids. Overnight kayaking camping tours can be a great way to experience Mother Nature and enjoy being outside under the stars.

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San Juan Island Family Kayak Tours

Get the kids up and moving and off the devices with family kayaking trips.. Enjoy a real bonding experience that the family will never forget. San Juan Outfitters has a variety of family packages including:
• 2-day family kayaking trips for those who just would like to give it a try
• 3-day family kayaking trips for delving into the kayaking and camping experience.
For longer family kayaking trips or large families, let San Juan Outfitters design aprivate custom family kayak tour just for you! Phone or email us to learn more about our custom packages, designed around desired length, age, and ability level.

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Best INN the Northwest: Vote

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Vote:  Best INN the Northwest!

 

The Island Inn at 123 West is nominated once again for BEST Luxury Hotel in Evening Magazine’s 2015 edition of BEST Northwest Escapes!  The Inn placed first in 2012, third in 2013 and won again last year, 2014, so we’re 2 for 3 and want to make it 3 for 4!  You can help the Inn repeat and win again by following these three easy steps:

 

  1. Click this link:   http://nwescapes.king5.com/the-island-inn-at-123-west/biz/602733
  2. Vote for the Inn
  3. Spread the word and repeat for other Island neighbor nominees

 

Remember, every vote counts and voting is only open Monday, March 30th to Friday, April 24th!!!

 

We sure appreciate your help!

 

The Island Inn Experience Ambassadors

Nothing short of perfection…”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago

So, our trip was last minute – a birthday gift from Jen to me. We arrived on this gem of an island and discovered our original accommodations were less than we’d hoped, so we went back to town. It was late in the day, and we were exhausted. We “stumbled” onto the Island Inn, and had the great fortune of catching Misty, the amazing owner of this property, and two members of her awesome staff who were so pleasant that I thought something had to be amiss. Although the exterior design elements of the Island Inn are spectacular, rarely does the interior meet or surpass that “trap,” right? Wrong. We were shown a fantastic guest suit, but out of curiosity we chose to view the available Penthouse #2. I consider myself to be on the upper -end of high-maintenance, so I was extremely surprised with the attention to detail in every area. We needed a room for the 3 nights we were there, but this presented an adventure for us and the staff as they were booked up on the last night of our stay. They offered us Penthouse #2 the first night – epic. We got Penthouse #1 the second night – epic. We would have stayed in one of their closets the final night if they’d let us, as I’m certain that closet would have been wonderful. We met Scott the second day, and he was as remarkable as the other members of the staff, and collectively they went out of their way for us. Every single thing about the Island Inn was perfect, and thus our first trip to the San Juan Islands was magical by any measure. This is also the first Trip Advisor review I’ve ever posted, but it’s being done for a very good reason. I hope it helps! Brad and Jen.

Room Tip: You can’t go wrong with any room, but the Penthouses are spectacular.

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Kellogg’s-Fruit Loops con’t..

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Kellogg’s Cereals: Double Dose of GMO Pesticides & Antibiotics
Kellogg’s Cereals loaded with pesticides, GMOs

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Christina Sarich BY CHRISTINA SARICH
POSTED ON NOVEMBER 3, 2014

There is a good reason that Kellogg’s spent over $1,012,552 on media propaganda in California & Washington to defeat voter ballot initiatives that would have required the labeling of GMO foods, and now are contributing again to the defeat of labeling initiatives in Oregon (contributing $250,000).

A consumer recently sent a box of Froot Loops to a lab for genetic testing and found that the corn and soy used in the cereal are 100% RoundUp Ready GMO. So is the sugar. Never mind the other toxic ingredients in the cereal. This means that in one box of Kellogg’s cereal (and likely all their cereals contain similar GMO products), you are dining on a double dose of glyphosate and Bt toxins – glyphosate being patented as an ‘antibiotic’ by Monsanto in 2011.

Kellogg’s has been making cereal since 1898, but I seriously doubt its founders ever thought it would be poisoning the world at breakfast every morning.

Not only is the corn in Froot Loops sprayed with RoundUp, but it is a pesticide in its own right, registered with and regulated by the EPA. But it isn’t just Froot Loops that is of concern, for all of you who avoid sugar-laden cereals. The ‘healthful’ Kellogg’s brands are full of the stuff, too.

Kellogg’s claims that, even though they don’t use genetically engineered ingredients in Europe, in the U.S., “consumer concerns about the usage of biotech ingredients in food production are low.”

Kashi, Bare Naked, Morningstar Farms, and Gardenburger – all brands you probably have been relying on as healthful foods to feed your family – are also contaminated.

Kellogg’s has promised to change the labeling on their Kashi brands – but they also promised that their products had hardly any GMOs in them in the first place!

Read: Kellogg’s Foods are Full of GMO Sugar Beets – Join the Boycott!

Kellogg’s is feeding children pesticides & antibiotics, without their parents’ knowledge or consent. Are you going to tolerate that?

You can bet that the ‘vigorous testing of their products is a lie, too. They told us that all these brands were verified as non-GMO.

GOLEAN Crunch!®
GOLEAN Crunch!® Honey Almond Flax
GOLEAN Crisp!® Cinnamon Crumble
GOLEAN Crisp!® Toasted Berry Crumble
Autumn Wheat®
Cinnamon Harvest®
Island Vanilla®
Strawberry Fields®
Raisin Vineyard®
Simply Maize®
Indigo Morning™
Berry Fruitful
7 Whole Grain Flakes
7 Whole Grain Puffs
7 Whole Grain Pilaf
The truth? Kashi lied. Cornucopia Institute tested Kashi’s GoLean cereal and found it to contain 100% genetically engineered soy. The company’s response? Just get used to GMO contamination!

In response to the question, “Do you use GMO ingredients?”

Kashi said, “factors such as pollen drift from nearby crops and current practices in agricultural storage, handling, and shipping, has led to an environment in North America where GMOs are not sufficiently segregated. As a result, some of our foods include ingredients made from genetically engineered crops.”

Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/kelloggs-cereals-double-dose-gmo-pesticides-antibiotics/#ixzz3VQLaTsYx
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Fruit Loops-Poison comes in many colors

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A Froot Loops Sample was Sent to a Lab for Tests..What They Found Should Have Every Parent Concerned – See more at: http://althealthworks.com/5037/kelloggs-fruit-loops-contain-gmos-harmful-chemicals-and-more-new-lab-analysis-finds/#sthash.nZwCo1Ai.dpuf

For millions of kids across the country Kellogg’s Froot Loops have been a staple part of their morning diet.

But are Kellogg’s Froot Loops really safe, and should parents strongly consider boycotting them until the company finally listens to activists and removes all the unnecessary junk?

It’s common knowledge that the sugary breakfast cereal is anything but healthy, especially in the morning when kids are still adjusting and heading out for a long day, but a new lab analysis is showing just how bad the cereal really is for kids.

What’s in a Froot Loop? Harmful Chemicals, GMOs and More

The website and advocacy group GMO Free USA has gained popularity nationwide for taking on and refuting GMO myths through social media awareness and education, and lately they’ve begun branching out by conducting lab tests on popular foods.

The lab tests are important because GMO labeling is still a right not offered to United States consumers as it is in 60+ countries around the world.

In order to test the Froot Loops for harmful chemicals as well as GMO material, a lab sample was submitted of Froot Loops to a certified lab.

It found that a full 100% of the corn in Froot Loops was GMO, through a quantitative PCR test by DNA analysis that found sequences that are known to be present in insecticide producing Bt and Roundup Ready corn.

[See the original GMO Free USA article here]

In addition, sequences known to be present in Roundup Ready soy (which is engineered so that it can be doused in Monsanto’s herbicide of the same name) was present as well.

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Why This Particular Type of GMO Corn is So Harmful 

As noted by GMO Free USA, the amount of GMO corn in Froot Loops is particularly troublesome because of the unnatural and potentially toxic nature of it.

As GMO Free USA noted:

The corn in Froot Loops produces insecticides from inside every cell of the plant that can’t be washed off and is regulated by the EPA. The FDA, EPA, and USDA allowed the insecticidal GMO corn discovered in Froot Loops to be commercialized without ever conducting human safety tests.

[Read a list of studies showing the health dangers of the insecticide here]

Glyphosate Also Discovered

The active ingredient in Roundup, the Monsanto product sprayed liberally by famers of GMO crops, was also tested in Froot Loops and found at a level of .12 ppm, or .12 mg/kg according to GMO Free USA’s tests.

Glyphosate exposure has been linked to gut health problems, endocrine disruption, cancer and much more as GMO Free USA noted along with its list of study links.

Considering that children eat more food per pound of body weight than adults and that U.S. “safe” levels are far higher than in Europe (nearly 6 times higher to be exact), GMO Free USA is sounding the alarm and hoping that more parents will choose organic food for their kids rather than potentially harmful cereals like Froot Loops.

“We are deeply concerned about the health risks of genetically engineered foods and the associated insecticides and herbicides, especially their effect on the bodies of growing children. Children eat more food per pound of body weight than the average adult. As a result, pound for pound, they have substantially heavier exposures than adults to any toxins that are present in food, water or air. Children are undergoing rapid growth and development and their delicate developmental processes are easily disrupted. We must keep them safe,” said Alexandra Zissu, Editorial Director of Healthy Child Healthy World, which GMO Free USA concurred with, saying the test results give “significant reason for concern.”

For more information see the full report links above or check out GMO Free USA on Facebook by clicking here. You can also donate to help their food testing program by clicking on this link.

– See more at: http://althealthworks.com/5037/kelloggs-fruit-loops-contain-gmos-harmful-chemicals-and-more-new-lab-analysis-finds/#sthash.nZwCo1Ai.dpuf

Let the Kayaking begin

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Outfitter Sprouts

Let the Kayaking begin: It just keeps improving. Where else are you going to get fresh organic produce on your adventure. Going to a whole new level.

Love organic and fresh produce? So do we! Kayak Guide Amy has been hard at work planting everything from brussel sprouts to zucchini for the new San Juan Outfitters garden. The yummy fruits and veggies will be used to prepare our delicious and gourmet Overnight Kayak Tour meals!

 

San Juan Island Family Kayak Tours

Get the kids up and moving and off the devices with family kayaking trips.. Enjoy a real bonding experience that the family will never forget. San Juan Outfitters has a variety of family packages including:
• 2-day family kayaking trips for those who just would like to give it a try
• 3-day family kayaking trips for delving into the kayaking and camping experience.
For longer family kayaking trips or large families, let San Juan Outfitters design aprivate custom family kayak tour just for you! Phone or email us to learn more about our custom packages, designed around desired length, age, and ability level.

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San Juan Island Whale Watch Tours by Boat

Whale sightings on over 90% of our tours! See orca whales in the wild. Sit comfortably on a 45 foot- long whale watch boat with a walk-around deck, inside cabin and bathroom. Other whales around San Juan Island are Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. We also can see Dalls Porpoise and Harbor Porpoise. Whale Watching tours also see Bald Eagles, Harbor Seals and many exceptional sea birds.
We also offer private whale watch tours and private boat charters. Water taxi service is provided between the San Juan Islands and also Canada.

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124 Blackberry Lane

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124 Blackberry Lane, San Juan Island, WA

This home features custom craftsmanship throughout. The southerly views extend from Mt Rainier to Victoria BC and beyond. You can see the whales from your living room chair, the sights are just amazing. The property comes with a separate apartment above the detached two car garage.

Fabulous custom Westside home with “World Class” views, gorgeous interior finishes and exotic detailing. Large view windows upstairs and downstairs, “all-house” Bose music system, Irish Connemara marble, Sub zero fridge, two dishwashers, media & exercise rooms and much more! Lovely adjacent guest house offers more versatility.

For all the details on this amazing property, click Here

Here is some tips for Springtime:

Now that spring has sprung, let’s clear the cobwebs and get your home ready! Here is our quick guide to spring home maintenance:

Inspection top to bottom: Now that the weather is temperate you will want to check on how your home weathered the winter. Check the roof for leaks, the gutters for damage, and the siding for cracks. You will also want to inspect your basement or foundation for any shifts. Make repairs now to prevent further damage.

Clean out the gutters: April showers bring May flowers… so clear out the gutters to keep rain from pooling on your roof or near your foundation.

Pest control: Spring is mating season for eight legged critters, so sweep out cobwebs, clear debris, and check the nooks and crannies. If you live in an area prone to dangerous species like brown recluse or black widows, you may want to contact your local pest control, but otherwise household spiders do help eliminate other bugs.

Check your basement and attic for signs of other infestations. For more information on pest control go here:http://www.windermere.com/blogs/windermere/categories/living/posts/when-things-go-bump-in-the-night

HVAC system: If you have an air conditioner now is the time to check to make sure it is ready before summer gets here and everyone else is clamoring for maintenance. Now is a good time to check your home air filters and replace or upgrade to keep allergens at bay.

Clear the clutter: Do a sweep around the house and get rid of junk that you don’t use! Take a little time each week to tackle a room. Closets, playrooms, and basements can be especially daunting, but getting rid of old stuff and refreshing your space will go a long way!

Deep clean: On a nice day open the windows, dust, wipe, scrub, and clean. You will get a nice work out and your home will look and feel so fresh after a winter of being cooped up.

Update your décor: Add a splash of color to your home with small embellishments. Add a colorful vase, a lighter throw for your sofa, pretty pastel pillows, or spring-time candles, to upgrade your living space.

Take it outdoors: Let your throw rugs, curtains, and other tapestries air our outside. Shake off the dust, spot clean what you can and let everything bask in the sun for an afternoon.

Don’t forget the back yard: It may not be time to start up the grill, yet, but you can get started on your outdoor entertaining checklist. Check your lawn, and if you have some spare spots start filling in with seed. Check your outdoor plants, prune, plant bulbs, start to replenish soil for your garden, and mow, so you are ready to start when the season allows.

Speaking of the grill – if you have a gas grill you will want to pull this out and perform a maintenance check. Clean everything up and check to make sure all the gas lines are clear, as these can get clogged after sitting idle all winter. Make sure the grill is clear of spiders too, as they can build webs in the tubes, causing damage to your grill. You can start to bring out your garden furniture too, or clean it up if you left it covered outside all winter. Because before you know it, it’ll be barbeque season!

 

Cholesterol-Statin Drugs

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Cholesterol-Statin Drugs

So It’s Not Just Diabetes, It’s Parkinson’s Too?

Are the lawyers lining up yet to go after not only the pharma companies but virtually all the doctors too?

Maybe they should be, given what we’re now finding out about intentionally ignored knowledge that cardiovascular disease does not originate and propagate as claimed and what’s worse, statins appear to have horrifying long-term side effects.

Dr Kailash Chand, deputy chairman of the British Medical Association, was speaking following research which found those who take the cholesterol-lowering drugs are more than twice as likely to develop Parkinson’s disease in later life than those who do not.

A study last week showed statin use increases the risk of diabetes by 46 per cent.

Correlation is not causation but….

Parkinson’s is a horrifying and debilitating, progressive condition. It’s not quite on the level of Type II diabetes, but it’s definitely getting up there.

The real problem is that the lipid hypothesis, on which this entire train of “progress” has been based, was known to be junk science 30+ years ago and what’s worse there are studies (which you’ll read about right here in the next couple of days) back right near the turn of the century that threw a monkey wrench into the entire premise underlying the alleged “cause” of cardiovascular disease.

In short it appear that there is pretty-solid evidence that it has nothing to do with serum cholesterol levels at all; the association is too weak to be considered causative.

From the literature I can take a couple of reasoned guesses at the actual root causes, namely two: high blood glucose and hypertension, both of which are strongly associated with being overweight and that has a strong association with a high-carbohydrate, low-fat eating pattern.

If this proves up then not only are statins worthless they’re harmful due to the side effects and the fact that they do nothing to address the root issues.

I’ve written much about my view of diet and exercise over the last few years. Some people call it “controversial”, even “extreme.” I disagree strenuously. Indeed, I’ll say that the so-called medical establishment willfully and intentionally ignoring contrary evidence on the lipid hypothesis along with what appears to be a bad etiological model for coronary artery disease that has become embedded in what’s sold to you is the true extreme position, much as is someone who claims the Earth is the center of the universe or is only 5,000 years old, despite plenty of contrary evidence that is easily accessible should one care to look, simply because “God” said so.
Karl Denninger

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INN Honor of Pi Day

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PieINN Honor of Pi Day, we’re offering 31.4% OFF the nightly rate for our Penthouses for arrivals March 15th – March 19th if you book today – Pi Day – using promo code 31415!Cash INN on these once every hundred years $avings based on availability – may not be combined with any other discount. Of course, rates will vary by room, party size and date. Room maximums, people and puppy fees will still apply! Excludes existing bookings and groups. Must enter or mention the promo code: 31415 at the time of booking to cash INN!feeling excited at The Island Inn at 123 West, Friday Harbor.

 

Go Team: Open Postitions at the Island Inn

If you’re the perfect match for any of our open positions, we want to hear from you!

We’re located on San Juan Island INN Friday Harbor, WA.   Our fifteen accommodations nod to maritime gone by while broadcasting a strong eco ethos.  Seven Penthouses are kitted out with gourmet kitchens, remote controlled fireplaces, steam showers and unbelievably comfy bedding.  Some penthouses even offer roof decks for guests to soak up the San Juan Island sun.  Four Sweets offer up scrumptious styling, unbelievable bedding and solo soaking tubs.  Four Euros offer a basically luxurious experience for solo or duo travelers exuding sleek simplicity with trademark bedding, fun washrooms and flat screen televisions.

We’ve been covered by Travel + Leisure, Coastal Living, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and was named the Best Luxury Hotel in the Northwest by King 5 and Evening Magazine and has earned the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence INN both 2012 and 2013.  The Inn is a proud partner of STASH Hotel Rewards and encourages you to stop and smell the ocean.

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Experience Ambassador; immediate opening!

Experience Ambassadors guide our guests each step of their experience with us.  From the first contact to their booking to their arrival, our Experience Ambassadors are our front line and our guests’ personal champion.

If you bend over backwards on command, type faster than you can talk, love telling guests all about the Island and our Inn and know computer applications like you know your first name – drop us a line.

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Team Clean; immediate openings!

Without clean guestrooms, you wouldn’t be on this website!  Clean rooms make our world go round and keep our guests coming back for more.  If you shudder at the thought of a smudged glass and can’t comprehend a wrinkled pillowcase, we’ve got great news for you.  You are not alone – we’re just like you.

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