Seattle PI Getaways Magazine

Guemes Island: This unspoiled San Juan Island is a laid-back retreat


GUEMES ISLAND -- For a few bucks, you can catch a five-minute ferry ride 30 years back in time, to an island where most people wave at everyone they pass, where you can wander the beach without treading on anyone's personal space, or ride your bicycle and draw smiles instead of frowns from motorists.

Guemes Island is one of the least known of the inhabited San Juan Islands, a great place to go if you are, say, a fugitive from technology or want to isolate yourself from the race-pace of civilization.

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Take your spring fling to Guemes Island for sweet serenity

By Sara Kennedy

June 6, 2008

Ferry info: Check out before 11 a.m. to get back to the ferry terminal for the 11:23 return to Anacortes. You'll be back in Seattle by 1 p.m. and still have a whole afternoon to sort through pictures and mentally prepare for another week at work.

Cost: Round-trip ferry fee (car and driver, plus one passenger): $9

Cabins from $125 per night, yurts from $55 per night, dog fee of $10 per night

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Winter was ... busy. My boyfriend and I had just moved in together; our main hobby, acting as referees for the Rat City Rollergirls, was gearing up for another long season; and I was spending a lot of physical and mental energy preparing for Trip's March debut. 

I was usually tired and stressed at home, and my boyfriend was the one who had to face that every night. We needed to get away and have some "us" time before summer brought another wave of booked weekends. 

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