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Karen Palmer

Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Spectacular San Juan Island Waterfront Whale Watch Vacation Home

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Friday Harbor House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft-bedroom + Den-bedroom, 2 Baths (Sleeps 8)

As you step into this exclusive west-side home your eyes are immediately drawn to the stunning 180° ocean view encompassing Vancouver Island and the beautiful Haro Strait. This contemporary home sits on a high bank with views across the strait and down to the water’s edge, offering the best of two worlds - enjoy both nature and the man-made additions. The warm and friendly environment allows you to watch Orcas, eagles, otters, seals, and a myriad of birds. Or watch international shipping traffic, whale watching boats, sailboats and kayakers from the living room or deck. Track the maritime traffic with your laptop or tablet from any room in the house with high-speed WiFi. Make good use of the binoculars! Enjoy refreshments on the deck and revel in the daily glory of awe-inspiring sunsets.

Create gourmet delicacies or bake a blackberry pie in the fully equipped kitchen with new professional range top. And there’s a coffee grinder – bring your beans.

The house is filled with light – windows surround the living and dining rooms, and skylights are present in every room upstairs. Drift off to sleep in luxurious new beds to the sight of stars overhead. Bedding and pillows are hypoallergenic.

We’re at the end of the road – there’s no traffic noise at all to interrupt the sounds of waves, birds, or breezes. If you’re after quiet, this is it – though the birds love to sing early in the morning.

If you’re able to pull yourself away from the views, the media room includes a 42” LED TV with DirecTV and internet-enabled Blu-Ray player, configured for streaming Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, or other media. High-speed WiFi internet access and free long-distance calls, too.

The west side of San Juan Island is the best location in the Pacific Northwest for viewing the resident Orca pods. These magnificent animals provide exuberant displays as they feed on salmon, traveling back and forth immediately in front, sometimes several times each day. San Juan waters have been identified by biologists as a prime feeding area for the “J”, “K”, and “L” pods during the summer months.

Come see why the New York Times has listed the San Juan Islands as #2 in their “Where to Go” guide – a list of 40 not-to-be-missed places around the world.

Ours is a special Northwest home. We hope you’ll relax and decompress in this unique and serene location, and enjoy the very special place that is San Juan Island.

Keywords: Whale Watch, Waterfront, Eagles, Orcas Westside

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Karen Palmer (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks: english


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)
Spectacular San Juan Island Waterfront Whale Watch Vacation Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
Washington, D.C. (the "other" Washington)

Stayed here twice, and will stay again!

  • 5 of 5

What a spectacular summer! We drove up and heard: "just leave everything in the car and come see the whales!" So we did, and all across the horizon were orcas, jumping, splashing, playing. You could hear the "thwack" from their tails across the water. Later, when it was quieter, you could hear the "whoosh" as they breathed out. And EVERY SINGLE DAY after that, they came back to visit. As did the eagles, flying fast, then swooping into the nearby trees. A juvenile bald eagle came real close, just watching us, as we watched him. So quiet here, you could hear the kayakers, out for the sunset paddle, down in the water just below the deck. They waved at us; we waved back.

It's a big house, three levels, including a separate (and cool) basement deck that wraps around the house). Beautifully furnished, with some whimsical and some spectacular paintings. And you won't believe the kitchen. A super-fancy gas stove with burners so precise they turn on and off by themselves to keep an even heat. And absolutely everything you could want in kitchen equipment, even a pair of spare beaters for the hand mixer (in case one paid gets lost, I guess). Very quiet dishwasher.

Hard to find the first time, but easy once you've been there once, so get directions. Adds to the quiet.

Such a wonderful time. We've done it before, and we'll do it again.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review, we treasure our returning guests like family. We are so happy that you love this place as much as we do, and look forward to seeing you again soon.
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  • 5 of 5

The property is, in a word; Perfect.

The manager was unbelievably professional and helpful with our stay, and helping with my planned engagement. She went above and beyond with regards to staging the home for our arrival and my proposal (she said "YES"). Thank you so much, Karen, for a wonderful experience.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review. When I saw the plans you had made I knew her answer YES. Congrats. This is the best place to connect with nature an your love ones.
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Redwood City, CA

Jaw-dropping views

  • 5 of 5

This is an absolute wonderful vacation rental. I hadn't told my family anything about it as I wanted to hear their response when they opened the door. The kids yelled "wow"! The wife screamed "whoa"! The views are absolutely breathtaking and there is really no reason to leave the front room of the house (to go anywhere). The house itself is clean and modern with the kitchen being a particular standout. It is about the most well-appointed kitchen we have ever rented (and we have rented a lot of homes). The appliances are top notch and everything is providing. Pick up meat to grill, wine to drink, and other groceries from the market in Friday Harbor and you are all set for an awesome relaxing evening. Our final night there was the best as a pod of transient orcas swam by the house at sunset and gave us a show! The one thing to note is to turn off the cellular roaming on your cellphone (at least on an AT&T cell phone) because you will pick up a Canadian signal and rack up a costly international roaming bill.

Overall, this house is awesome and we would love to return! If only we had more time...

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your super review. Not difficult to make this place the best.
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Chicago, IL, USA

Tranquility with a view!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time to the San Juan Islands and we were so lucky to find this house. The pictures posted are accurate, but being in the house is much more beautiful. We enjoyed the view from the living room and while eating in the dining room. Each night we had a different sunset. The house provided space for three teenagers with their parents. The kitchen is well equipped, the beds extremely comfortable, the house is very clean and the neighborhood provided peace and quiet. We saw Orcas on a whale watch tour that left out of Snug Harbor, however we had the pleasure of being visited by an eagle on two separate occasions in the fir trees outside of the deck. We enjoyed dining out (Duck Soup Inn, Cask & Schooner) but really enjoyed dining in at the house. This is a wonderful house that we hope to return to in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular and unforgetable

  • 5 of 5

We actually saw the Orcas, a eagle right in front of the deck, gorgeous sunset every dawn, deers, seals, and unbeatable views. The house is big and functional as at our own home. The beds are comfortable. Every meal in the dinning room with gorgeous view is like eating in a five-star resturant. We had a perfect stay and Everyone in the party just love it.

Highly recommend this house for everyone, families, adults and young kids. We will definitely consider this rental next time.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Placitas, New Mexico

VIEWS and more

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a wonderful 18 day stay at this beautiful home...18 days in November, and yes we had rain but lots of sun also. Fern Place is exceptionally comfortable: thick luxurious towels, super comfortable beds with great quilts and sheets. The home is beautifully decorated and sure to check out the unusual "travelog" on the walls of the laundry room. The kitchen has everything you need for cooking and even has a supply of spices and oils. The house is quiet and will have a stress free visit and won't want to leave. The Palmers are super helpful. Recommendations: visit Snug Harbor, Roche Harbor, English Camp and South Beach at American Camp (a great driftwood filled beach). In Friday Harbor try the Coho, the Market Chef, Pablitos (yam tacos!) and the Cask and Schooner pub; and stop at the Doctor's Office for coffee and a scone before catching the morning ferry. You will love this house and your visit to the San Juan Islands

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2011
  • Stayed: Nov 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy to help make your San Juan Island vacation experience the best ever. Thank you.
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Friday Harbor
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Roche Harbor
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Friday Harbor
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Friday Harbor
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Roche Harbor
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Snug Harbor
Car: recommended

Whale watching and kayak tours

Wonderful location for Birdwatching.


Rates & Availability

Friday Harbor House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Peak Season 2016
Jul 31 2016 - Oct 3 2016
3 night minimum stay
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Friday Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Two large bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Tempurpedic Bed
    Loft - 1 king
    Den - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • The Loft is a separate room with King bed. Not called a bedroom since it is a loft. The den has a queen bed nd not called a bedroom since it doesn't have closet per se.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • tennis
Every room on top level has a skylight or two.

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