by Kaitlin Braun
This resort couldn’t be any more perfect for families (well, unless they had a pool): you’ll stay in a beautiful private cabin or main-building suite with waterfront views of Mitchell Bay, set up with fully equipped kitchens/kitchenettes, cozy gas fireplaces, dining areas, and sleeping room for up to six (sofa bed included). Families, try to book the two-bedroom water view cabin with two twin beds, one queen, and one sofa, so the kids won’t have to complain about sharing; this option also has a private deck with a BBQ and picnic table, a Blueray DVD player, and the privacy of being nestled up on a hill. You can grab waffles, pastries, soup, or coffee down at Mitchell Bay Coffee onsite. Chances are, you’ll feel so at home that you won’t want to leave.
Our Editor Loves
- Charming family cabins
- Views of Mitchell Bay
- Fireplaces and kitchenettes
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
We'd been waiting for this trip for months and Snug Harbor didn't disappoint! As soon as we pulled into the parking lot, we felt the layers of stress just melting off of us. We visited the last week in July and although we knew that the resort was at full capacity and we saw quite a few people (including families with small children), it was still so quiet and peaceful. There were three of us traveling, myself, my husband and our 13 year old daughter and we stayed in Cabin 13, which was a two-bedroom queen with one bath. It was the perfect size for us. We made full use of the kitchen and only ate out in town three times in six days, making most of our meals in the cabin. I would recommend to anyone traveling here to rent a car, as it does take about 15 minutes by car to get to the nearest town with groceries and restaurants. Additionally, I'd recommend driving into Friday Harbor for groceries (King Market), as the store in Roche Harbor is incredibly expensive.
The staff was very nice and accommodating in our dealings with them. It was my birthday and they recommended Downriggers for dinner and it was excellent! We took advantage of the complimentary kayaks one afternoon and skipped rocks on the shore most nights while watching a momma deer and her fawn graze just a few feet from us. Beautiful sunsets just made the whole experience that much nicer.
If you're looking for tranquility, Snug Harbor Resort is your place. I hope to be able to go back again very soon....perhaps in the winter so that we can use the fireplace!
I thought that I had thoroughly researched Snug Harbor resort, but still was disappointed in the property. Allow me to explain and be as objective as possible.
SETTING: The property overlooks a small, quiet harbor and is clean and attractive. I would rate it 4/5 stars.
LODGING: Forget about the total sq. ft. of the units...they feel cramped — certainly not luxurious. “Snug” is an apt name for the property and its rooms. If you happen to be in rooms 1-3, you will hear any noise or activity happening below your suite. I would rate it 2/5 stars.
SERVICE: With the exception of the young lady who helped us with canoes, the service was appalling. I felt as though I was imposing when asking the simplest of questions, e.g., could you help us identify a good, nearby restaurant. The owners need to take a primer in hospitality...it is sorely lacking. I could go on and on about the lack of hospitality here. I would rate it 1/5 stars.
AMENITIES: What amenities, beyond canoes and kayaks?
For a resort, I would rate it 2/5 stars.
ACCESS to PAID ACTIVITIES, e.g., whale watching: Ver convenient. I would rate it a 4/5 stars.
I tried to be as reasonable as possible with my overall rating. The phenomenal lack of service (and a smile ) definitely made a less than positive impression.