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Vacation in a unique Loft in Historic Downtown Friday Harbor with water view

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 nights


Friday Harbor Apartment Rental Photos and Description

The Lofts; Dashel Suite, has 2 bdrm, full kitchen, with waterview & balcony.

Lovely Loft Dashel Suite has extensive decorative faux painting and a unique floor plan with creative use of space. There is 2 bedrooms, 2 unique baths, one with a toilet and vanity, the other with a shower, vanity and washer/dryer. There is a full kitchen. One bedroom has a Queen, the other has a Double, plus there is a single Convertible bed in the Living Room. It has a balcony overlooking the Farmers Market, a distant water view and our historic seaport. The Dashel suite is very convenient to all the activities Friday Harbor and San Juan Island has to offer. Easy walk to many restaurants, shops, art galleries, museums, whale watch and kayak operators, bike, moped and car rentals, plus an easy stroll to the Port of Friday Harbor.

  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Lynn Danaher and Ryan Bennett
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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November 23, 2016

About Lynn Danaher and Ryan Bennett

Capt.Lynn Danaher, San Juan Island,WA.

Born in Portland, Oregon, raised on the Columbia River. She has spent her life around the marine environment, self taught and educated in the field. Lynn spent 23 years living in Alaska. During that time she homesteaded in the bush for 5 years and was a commercial fisherman for 14 years. During her years spent commercial fishing she explored the coastline from Bristol Bay to Prince William Sound, Canada to Seattle. She has always remained active in local politics and environmental issues. She worked on the front lines during the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill and participated in an archeological expedition along the Alaska Peninsula. Her fascination of Polynesian culture led her to Hawaii in the 60’s where she attended the University of Hawaii. She has a special interest in the impact of introduced cultures and the seekers of the mythical Polynesian utopia. After leaving Alaska in 1994, she started a whale watch company in the San Juan’s Islands.. She is a USCG Licensed Master, Dive Master, on the Board of Directors of the Explorers Club, Director of the FH Film Festival and Founding Member and President of the Pacific Islands Research Institute, Dedicated to the study, understanding & preservation of the unique cultural heritage & fragile environment of the islands of the Pacific Ocean. Completed archaeological expeditions to Raivavae, Austral Islands, Easter Island and Marquesas. She has traveled extensively, has been to all 7 continents and worked aboard expedition ships since 2001. She has traveled the length and breadth of the Pacific Ocean, from Siberia to Antarctica and Chile to New Zealand as an expedition guide. She is dedicated to renovating buildings in Friday Harbor’s historic district, including The Lofts. Currently she is coordinating the annual Friday Harbor documentary Film Festival.

Future plans include expeditions to the remotest islands of the Pacific.

Lynn Danaher and Ryan Bennett purchased this apartment in 2010

Why Lynn Danaher and Ryan Bennett chose San Juan Island

This is the first secure 2nd floor Loft type apartments built in Friday Harbor. They were designed to creatively utilize the unused open space of the upstairs of the Ace Hardware building. The original tenant of Unit D, was a world class faux artist and this Loft was her portfolio. Plus, this unit has a wonderful balcony for viewing the water, watching the activity of downtown and the farmers market.

What makes this apartment unique

This wonderful vacation unit located in the heart of the Historic seaport of Friday Harbor is within easy walking distance to everything, the ferry, the port and whale watch vessels, the airport and the Whale Museum. It is also within a 2 minute walk to many restaurants and shops. Both units are fully sprinklered.

Guestbook comments from the owner

DASHEL SUITE at the Lofts in Historic Downtown

Our two-night stay at the Dashel Suite loft in the historic district of Friday Harbor was just about perfect. The loft has a full, modern kitchen, with a breakfast bar and full-sized appliances. There is silverware for six and plates, bowls, mugs, and other necessities on hand. The grocer, King's, is within walking distance, so anything not available, such as aluminum foil or sandwich bags, can easily be purchased. The living room has a futon, coffee table, a dining room table, and a couple armoires, one of which houses a 32-inch TV. (The reception was not great, but you don't come to the San Juans to watch TV.) There is WiFi, but the Internet didn't work well. The living room has a portable, window-sized air-conditioning unit sitting on a table to help cool the place. It was quite warm during our stay, so the a/c unit and fans that were available did help. Not sure if it's always warm and stuffy, but temps were in the 90s during our stay. There was a small fireplace as well. The beds are very comfortable. The futon slept about as well as any futon, which isn't great, but it sufficed. There is a full-sized closet in the main bedroom, off the living room, which has a queen bed. The other bed, a double, is in a small room, with one side against the wall. There is a bathroom with a sink and commode (and hair dryer) and another bathroom with a sink and a nicely tiled shower. A new washer and dryer are also in this bathroom and were extremely handy. There was laundry detergent available, as well as shampoo and conditioner, plus body wash. The towels for bathing are plentiful and the bathroom with the shower also has a good-sized closet. The unit is faux painted and very attractive. The balcony is large and overlooks Nichols Street, which is pretty quiet. There's a slight view of the water and the ferry terminal. Along with the grocer being close by, so are many restaurants, taverns, bookshops, gift stores, the harbor, the ferry terminal, and so much more. In other words, the entire town is just outside your door. I am very happy we stayed in Friday Harbor as opposed to a more remote part of the island. It's a sweet town with a lot of character as is this loft. Free parking is around back of the unit. Two-hour parking is available curbside as well, so unload and reload your bags here when arriving and departing so you don't have to carry them around the entire building. Note there are stairs to climb, but worth it!
Aug 2016
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Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

Vacation in a unique Loft in Historic Downtown Friday Harbor with water view
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 28 reviews

Great loft in a great location

  • 4 of 5

The loft apartment was super cute and clean. So close to everything in downtown Friday Harbor and across the street from the farmers market. Just a few minute walk to the ferry. Would totally stay here again. Just know that if you do, especially if you are bringing your kids and they are internet addicted, the internet was very spotty. Not the fault of the owners, they have had the cable company out several times. Worked for a little bit after unplugging and resetting the modem, but out again later in the evening. Important to know in the event you are staying and planning on working or have a definite need for wi-fi service. Other than that, it was great!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming unit, excellent location & lovely island!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 2 night stay at this unique little hideaway. It was easy to find, close to the ferry dock and accessible via an easy walk to everything downtown! The artistic decor, the pretty paned glass and patio are nice touches. The bed was so comfortable after our days running around! The kitchen has great supplies for basic cooking needs, and the King Market had excellent produce & food choices. My husband was impressed that they have Hudson bourbon, for what that's worth.

Lynn made every effort to make sure we had a wonderful stay. There was a minor housekeeping issue when we arrived, and Lynn responded immediately and fixed the issue- we later found out that she had friends visiting from Hawaii who also lent a hand to make the unit spic and span! They changed their plans on a dime to take care of us and we really appreciate it- know that you are in excellent hands if you stay! We were able to stash our bags before check in/ after checkout, which allowed us to make the most of our time exploring the island. We would happily return and hope to come back one day!

Re: wifi, we knew the issues coming in from reviews, and Lynn let us know this as well. We tried to log in once and weren't successful, but we came to unplug so didn't try again or miss it! So not really an issue for us but understand that it may be for some.


Running into Lynn & her friends on our first night- she is a steward of the island and we were fortunate to enjoy some wine and learn more about San Juan Island & the film festival here.

Mike's Cafe & Wine Bar- excellent wine, Ursula our server was fabulous. All vegan food, which was delicious-neither of us are vegan and we enjoyed it immensely! So check it out. Wonderful place to unwind.

Susie's Mopeds: we rented electric bikes and rode around to the American Camp, False Bay Drive, the Lavender Farm (try the lemon/lavender sorbet and the lavender honey) & Lime Kiln Park. No whale sightings but we did see porpoises and enjoyed the sun. We were glad for the electric assist- both of us are experienced cyclists but the assist helped immensely up the hills without clips. The staff was helpful & we will probably rent a moped to check out Roche Harbor today before we leave.

Turning Point loop run- ~6 miles- beautiful!

Whale museum- small but great place to learn about the resident orcas!

Thanks so much for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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a balcony with partial bay view and a bakery almostt directly across the street. Perfect.

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed waking up with the town, if you like a quiet morning this might not be for you. Coffee on the balcony was a great way to start the day. Fans kept the air moving so it did not get stuffy. Just across the street was a fun consignment store, different tasteful displays every am. A block from wonderful shops and restaurants as well as bike, kayak and activity centers .

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Lofts, a hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

Lynn was very accommodating with helping us store our luggage before we were able to check in and once again after check out while we waited for the Ferry to leave. On Saturday morning when we arrived, we were excited to see the farmers market right across the street from the Lofts. We were able to buy ingredients for dinner and then enjoyed a relaxed evening in our apartment and a glass of wine on the balcony while people watching. There was a wine and cheese bar next door and a fully stocked grocery store down the road. Great location, beautifully decorated, we would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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close to town. clean. urban feel

  • 4 of 5

Great location. Tastefully furnished. Unique

. Needs more curtains to block out the light and better WiFi connection. Other than that it was perfect

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great spot in Friday Harbor!

  • 5 of 5

Great location right in town. Really enjoyed the balcony with a partial water view - awesome place to sit with a cup of coffee in the morning. Close to ferry landing, restaurants, coffee shops, etc...excellent amenities, very clean - top notch. Loved every minute of our time on San Juan Islands - saw Orcas every day! We would definitely stay here again if we come back to the island - thanks for the great experience!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Serendipity the Used Book Pl
Haley's Sports Bar & Grill
Backdoor Kitchen & Catering
"fabulous food!!!"
Friday Harbor Drug
"the only drug store in town"
Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Friday Harbor
Nearest Barpub
10 Metres
Nearest Ferry
300 Metres
Washington State Ferry
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
San Juan Golf Course
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Mt. Vernon
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Hwy 20
Nearest Restaurant
5 Metres
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Jacksons Beach
Car: not necessary

San Juan Island is the best area to actually see Orca whales in the wild easily during the summer months. Fall and Spring it is a birders paradise with many species passing through en route to their winter home or summer breeding grounds. Many birds reside here in the winter, most beautiful are the Trumpeter Swans and the Great Blue Heron, plus the largest population of Bald Eagles outside of Alaska, reside in the San Juan Islands. We have 3 National Parks on our small beautiful island so there are a lot of opportunities for hiking on the well marked trails.


Rates & Availability

Friday Harbor Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 22 2016 - Jun 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jun 2 2017 - Sep 25 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $60 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.3%

To secure your reservation a 50% deposit is required Mastercard and Visa only.
If you cancel a confirmed reservation and the dates can be re-booked for the same time period and price, there will be a full refund less a $75 administrative fee. If the dates cannot be re-booked, we will retain the entire reservation amount. This is necessary due to our short summer season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Friday Harbor Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - shower , this bath has a shower, no toilet but does feature a W/D
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , This bathroom has toilet and a lovely vanity
  • Please read this description: the bathrooms are actually unique, each 1/2 bath has a vanity and sink, one has a shower and a W/D the other a toilet So be advised between the two 1/2 baths, there is one shower and one toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , opens to living room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , double bed
    living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Couch in the living room converts (twin size) for sleeping
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • 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
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
This is a very lovely, spacious unit with great views, unique use of space, world class faux painting and downtown convenience.

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