by Kaitlin Braun
This lodge has a welcoming “come as strangers, leave as friends” vibe, and welcomes couples, families, friends, and even pets to their rooms, suites, and cottages. Families, your best options: Lizzie’s Cottage, a standalone building with a king bed and futon sleeper, fully stocked kitchen, and private patio shaded by a redwood tree; Victoria’s Flower Garden Suite, a five-room suite that sleeps six people and includes a solarium overlooking the gardens; or the Sunshine Suite, a two-bedroom unit that also sleeps six and has a funky, colorful, perfect-for-families setup (and obviously plenty of natural light!).
When the family gets hungry, no need to leave the premises: sit down for a three-course breakfast at the Garden Cafe — which, amazingly, is included in the room rates (except for the Sunshine Suite). Note that they are known for their gourmet food, so it might be different than you’re used to, but you’re perfectly welcome to request a more traditional breakfast. Either way, they’ll even bring the food right to your door so you can eat in your dining nook. Or, if you just want something light and quick, either request a to-go breakfast or grab a pastry from the stocked continental fixings available in your kitchen.
For dinner, head several blocks down to their associated Coho restaurant, which serves Pacific-Northwest-meets-Mediterranean meals. Lunch is the only time of day you’re on your own — though even then, concierge services will be happy to recommend a restaurant and even make your reservations (and the same goes for activities).
Our Editor Loves
- Wonderful cottages and suites
- Onsite dining and stocked kitchen
- Friendly, helpful staff and concierge
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Clean. Comfortable. Spacious bathroom. Amazing breakfast, savory and sweet. Welcoming, friendly staff. We stayed in Castle Wall and enjoyed lounging on our balcony. Plenty of parking and an easy walk to anywhere in Friday Harbor. Stay here. You'll love it. Oh, by the way, there is a guest info book that tells you that if you dont like your mattress, tell them and they will swap it out for you. That is outrageous service!
My family and I went to Friday Harbor to go whale watching, and just needed a place to spend the night. We didn't know it but the inn would become one of the highlights of our trip. We were very pleased with the quality and beauty of this inn. The room had a lot of charming character, and the breakfast was delicious! Fridge was stocked with fresh orange juice and milk, and the coffee (made with French press on the room) was fantastic!
We hope to stay here again when we come back.