The San Juan Islands have been on our bucket list for some time so when given the opportunity to partner with Toyota and their brand new 2019 Avalon we jumped on the opportunity. The San Juan Islands was a quick 1:45 minute drive from Seattle to the ferry and then a beautiful hour and a half ferry ride to Friday Harbor.
We were running late that morning, so we didn’t have much time to catch breakfast so our first stop once we arrived was to grab food. Located right in Friday Harbor we ventured to Downriggers one of the cutest restaurants I’ve ever seen and had some of the best food we had while in town (although truthfully we didn’t eat at any spot we didn’t LOVE!) We tried their baked oysters with brie and crab tater tots which we both highly recommend. After we filled our stomachs we took a drive around the beautiful island through town and then around the edge to see some gorgeous views.
We loved how sleek the new 2019 Avalon model looked with cognac interior and the smooth ride while we drove around the island. With the push of a button your seat adjusts, and the car starts with seemingly no noise. Toyota made distraction free driving easy with a projection of your MPH on the windshield along with your navigation and lane assist. The JBL sound system with Apple Car Play made our drive around the island easy to DJ. The 43-44 mile per gallon the Avalon gets was incredible! We drove from Seattle to Anacortes then all the way around the island and back and still had close to a half a tank of gas! The car itself made our trip worry and hassle free with all the features it had to offer! Along the drive we spotted an Alpaca farm and a vineyard- something that’s on our list to checkout next time, before stopping in Roche Harbor. We took a peek at the planes parked on the grass runway and the beautiful boats parked along in the harbor.
We then ventured to Lime Kiln State Park and stopped to take in the breathtaking Haro Straight views, noted for one of the best views to see Orcas on the island. his side of the island felt much quieter than Friday Harbor and in a world of its own. After circling back through the whole island we checked into the cutest Inn: The San Juan Collections and dropped our stuff to take a quick cat nap before our evening activities! After our nap we ventured back into the town for a quick pit stop and grabbed a glass of wine (Rose to be exact) at Mike’s Café and Wine Bar before heading to San Juan Island Brewing Company. This weekend at the San Juan Brewing Company they were hosting Oktoberfest which was only a short 5 minute walk from the Inn and was packed to the brim. Next time we plan on getting their earlier as when we arrived around 7 they had to close the kitchen due to an overflow of people (it was packed but fun!) so we ventured and grabbed sushi nearby at Tops’l. Truthfully an underrated spot in the island as we found their sushi and service to be fantastic. After a quick bite we headed back to the brewery to grab one last drink before winding down for the night. We ended up falling in love with the island and our only regret was not being able to come and enjoy it longer.