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This morning we hopped on the inter-island ferry, headed to Orcas Island. We knew we were going to the Lambiel Museum and the Glenwood Springs Salmon Restoration Hatchery. We had heard very little about both- other than "It's impossible to describe the museum" and “It’s so much more than a hatchery.” Both statements were very true.
It will also be impossible for me to describe the Lambiel Museum, ...
... more than you'd guess or we would like. Speaking of plans, going out into the ocean on a boat is different than heading out on the freeway in the car. We have to pay close attention and adjust our plans based on the weather.
We've been having beautiful sunny weather for weeks, which is great. Unfortunately with that sunny weather comes big winds blowing into the straits. The first hurdle for our trip is to get out the straits to the ...
... the words 'SALMON RUN'. We had no idea what that meant and decided to have a look and find out. The first thing to hit us when we got to the edge of the river was the smell, it was very stinky indeed as there were masses of dead fish lining the edges of the river. And boy, were the seagulls having a field day! So apparently, a salmon run is when the salmon all return from their freedom in the ocean to the stream where they were born. They come to lay their ...
... Nadine and Silvio had time for a quick round of disc golf (think hiking while chasing a frisbee through the woods) with Brian. Unfortunately, we had a hard deadline, so there was not enough time for Seta to join us. We are sure she would like it, though, so we will have to have her come next time. It’s a great way to spend some time in the forest. Maybe there will be time for a round or two as we cross the country.
We left ...
... had so many similar experiences since then. Sometimes, it overwhelms me. I was frozen for so long in a state of survival that I saw very little. I existed. I survived. I got through one day at a time. And when I started to wake up, to remember, to live, to see, to listen - it was the most painful time of my life. I was feeling again.
So back to my walk with my friend. I finished my walk with a little more awareness of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Trumpeter Inn Friday Harbor
Wonderfully modern but cozy B&B
We didn't have so many things going on in our visit as the Michigan single traveller did, but we're not surprised by that review. It matches our experience with Aylene and Mark's hospitality. The one important (to us) thing I'd add is that it was especially nice to have the main house reserved for just the guests, with the innkeepers living in their own separate quarters. It gave the experience an added bonus of feeling "at home." We felt like family guests there.
The best July 4th!
My husband and I stayed at the Trumpeter's Inn over the July 4th weekend. The Trumpeter's Inn is wonderful example of top of the line bed and breafasts. The rooms are beautiful, spacious, clean and comfortable. The land the estate sit on is very well landscaped. We especially enjoyed the jacuzzi which is hiddlen in it's own little garden. The breafast was sooo yummy!!!! Aylene and Mark gave us wonderful recommendations on places to go and to eat. On the evening of July 4th, we had dinner with wine in a wonderful waterfront restaurant while we watched the fire works. I would highly recommend this bed and breafast for any couple who is looking for a romantic get away.
Just arrived back in Boston a few short hours ago and wanted to take an immediate opportunity to offer an exuberant commentary on the hospitality at the Trumpeter Inn. The remarkable attribute of hospitality at the Trumpeter was that it stemmed from the individuality of Ayeline and Mark's personalities in their Innkeeper roles. The rooms were lovely and welcoming; breakfast was wonderful and interesting. But, what I will remember most were the affable welcomes: at the ferry dock; at the house; portrayal of dinner options; a customized mapping out of a driving day on the island. The infusion of Aylene and Mark into guests' comforts and curiousities was phenomenal.
Excellent San Juan B&B
My husband and I recently stayed with Mark and Aylene during the Memorial Day weekend and were met with unparalleled hospitality and kindness. Aylene welcomed us into their home, having just pulled out two kinds of delicious, fresh-baked cookies. The room we stayed in had a bunch of fresh roses on the bedside table, a gas fireplace, luxurious robes, and comfy slippers. We truly felt at ease and welcome to make ourselves at home. They accommodated our need to leave early for the ferry by making us a delicious breakfast earlier than usual. We had stayed at Lakedale Resort the night before and regretted not having spent both nights at the Trumpeter Inn. It was more affordable, more hospitable and comfortable. Don't hesitate to make this your place to stay on San Juan Island!
My husband and I had long been looking forward to a week in Friday Harbor. We didn't want to bother with a car so we made arrangements to stay at another Bed and Breakfast that was within walking distance of the ferry. When we arrived we found that a second story was being built on the cottage in which we were staying. After two awful days of construction noise and mess we asked the innkeeper to find us a place somewhere else. She called the trumpeteer and they graciously accommadated us for the next two days. It was heaven. The grounds are beautiful, the rooms are tastefully decorated and extremely comfortable. No detail has been overlooked. In addition to the ammenities you would expect in any fine hotel there was so much more; fresh baked cookies and other goodies available anytime, coffee freshly brewed at the time we requested before retiring, delicious breakfast, TV room with a thoughtful assortment of tapes, comfortable seating areas and a delightful host and hostess. My husband and I travel a lot but this is the first time I have wanted to hug the innkeepers when it was time to go. I can't wait to go back!
Our weekend at the Trumpeter Inn exceeded our expectations in every way. This Inn is so beautiful in the springtime that it's hard to leave the grounds to go about exploring the island. The gardens, the surrounding views, the beautiful and extraordinary varieties of birds can keep you right on the grounds all weekend. It is a bird watcher's and photographer's paradise. The Inn nestles in the midst of a pastoral valley with beautiful views in all directions. We awoke the first morning to the quiet sounds of the surrounding farms and beautiful birdsong. A fog sat on the pastures outside our private deck creating a perfect and mystical view of the valley. The Bay Laurel room is decorated in excellent taste with beautiful linens, king size bed, a cozy fireplace, and an overstuffed easy chair. We had views of the surrounding land and gardens in three directions. Breakfasts are delicious, varied, and sensitive to special dietary needs. Mark and Aylene are two of the finest innkeepers we have ever stayed with. They are gracious hosts who have thought of every detail from fresh warm cookies, coffee, teas, and juice all day and evening to bedside water glasses, a huge library of CD's and players. You can arrange for a massage right at the Inn and hot tubbing in the garden under the star-filled sky. They also will help you plan your day's adventures and make dinner and tour reservations for you any time. We found the other guests to be just as pleased as we were. We took with us a copy of the Inn's recipe book (delightful) and some of the lavender lotion made with blooms right from the island. We would return to the Trumpeter Inn any time we were on San Juan Island and cannot wait for the next chance to return. We plan to get gift certificates for family as well. This is the place to stay when you go to San Juan Island. It is a perfect retreat. We even spent a little time calculating whether or not we could afford to just move in!
We have been staying in bed and breakfasts for many, many years. We enjoy the comraderie of them and the fact that there is usually a pretty good meal in the deal. This time we hit the jackpot with the Trumpeter Inn on beautiful San Juan Island in Washington. Upon our arrival, we were greated by Aylene and Mark, our gracious hosts, and given home made chocolate chip cookies. After a walk though the beautiful inn with the gorgeous gardens and we settled in to visit with our hosts. They offered a wealth of information about the island, where to eat, and what time the whales might come through. They recommended we set off for a small trip so that we could see the sunset and some beautiful views. We followed their advice for everything and enjoyed a very nice dinned at The Place. The next morning we were treated to a heavenly breakfast, and we visited with the two other couples who were staying. It was a beautiful day, so we followed the advice of Mark and Aylene and headed out to see the rest of the island. Roche Harbor was lovely, we spent time at the Lavender Farm, and looked , in vain for Orcas. We did see some dolphins frolicking right off the coast. The alpacas were oh so cute, but we were careful not to pet them! If you are planning a trip to San Juan Island, it would be our recommendation to stay at the Trumpeter Inn. Every amenity that you could want is right there, up to and including massages, beautiful decor , a full kitchen for the guests stocked with waters, juices, cookies, etc., and warm friendly hosts. It is close to town and the land surrounding the inn is as peaceful as can be. Surely you will come away from your stay as relaxed as we did!
When I was planning my week long kayaking trip in the San Juan Islands with Outdoor Odysseys, I wanted to book-end my trip with a stay at the perfect B & B. There was something about The Trumpeter Inn to which I gravitated. It looked perfect. It felt perfect, even online. Maybe it was the lure of an onsite massage after my kayaking and camping adventure, and the comfort of the beautiful setting surrounding their hot tub, which I experienced regularly with a perfect view of False Bay and two galloping horses in the pasture. When I arrived, I was warmly greeted by Aylene and Mark and I instantly knew that I had made the perfect choice. As a single traveler staying in their Yarrow room, I felt like I had been adopted by them. Upon returning from my kayaking trip, rather soggy, Aylene immediately took my bag of clothes and insisted on doing a load of laundry for me. Really, she did. While out on my kayaking trip, the whales had been hiding south of Vancouver Island and I'll admit that I was a bit disappointed. On the Saturday following, they came back...of course. Aylene knew how much I wanted to see them and within an hour, she had me booked on a whale watching boat with transportation arranged as well. On my final day on the island, she and Mark arranged for the island transit bus to collect me at the bottom of their road after check-out, so that I could take in some more sites of their beautiful island before heading home. At the end of the day, Mark met me at the port prior to departing on my sea plane to reunite me with my bags, so I didn't have to worry about coordinating anything...even after I had checked out! Besides the GREAT breakfasts prepared by Mark and the sweets baked daily by Aylene, I cannot imagine that there is another Inn with service and kindness like I experienced at The Trumpeter Inn. The Trumpeter Inn is San Juan Island's #1 B & B destination!!! If you're making a choice, look no further.
Wonderful Time at Trumpeteer Inn
We stayed at the Trumpeteer Inn in October and found the service gracious and attentive with many special touches from arranging an on site massage with a wonderful massage therapist down to the fresh fowers and chocolates and the complimentary wines and best wishes upon discovering it was our anniversary. This is a place to return to and recommend to your special friends.
Beautiful place, wonderful food. Great Inn keepers, so much help with resverations for dinner, whale watching just everything. Go you will love it.