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Highland Inn of San Juan Island

439 Hannah Road, P.O. Box 135 (mailing), Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
Highland Inn of San Juan Island
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Fall City, Washington
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Having stayed here years ago, I had mixed memories. Lovely room, a view of water and 'strange' service. The kind of service you write off, because you want to focus on the positive. I made another reservation in November 2014 for December stay - a dead time for the island. Unfortunately I had to cancel using the prescribed process. You... More 

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bestinnkeeper, Owner at Highland Inn of San Juan Island, responded to this review

I have no record of a cancellation by telephone or email. My policy is clearly stated with webervatons and he agreed to the terms when Mr. Anderson made the 2 night reservation. It was also stated in the letter of confirmation sent to him on Nov. 5th. "ask for a cancellation number for your records to verify a cancellation has... More 

Laguna Beach, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The Highland Inn is a special place. My wife and I recently stayed there for 3 nights for some much needed peace and quite. The proprietor, Helen King has created an atmosphere that really makes you feel like your are home without being home. We stayed in the Whale Watch suite and it is super spacious, very private and has... More 

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bestinnkeeper, Owner at Highland Inn of San Juan Island, responded to this review

It means so much when guests take the time to write a review of their stay here. I'm so glad you were happy and enjoyed the room, views, breakfasts, and my cookies. Having you was such a pleasure. Seeing the Orca whales was an added bonus. Lucky me having guests like you to share my paradise with and that's just... More 

Graham, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The innkeeper, Helen, does a wonderful job of making you comfortable in her inn. The room is very comfortable, large, and clean. Breakfast can be served in your room sitting with a view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The breakfast was wonderful. On a rainy day we enjoyed the fireplace. Made for a cozy evening. A great retreat!!

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bestinnkeeper, Owner at Highland Inn of San Juan Island, responded to this review

Even though you were here during a much needed rain, glad you enjoyed your own wood burning fireplace and comfortable sofa and easy chair while watching for Orca Whales in the sea below. It was such a pleasure having you at the inn, and hope you may return some day. I appreciate your comments. Helen King, Innkeeper More 

Lake Oswego
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Our stay at the Highland Inn was the most wonderful week of our 8-year marriage! We managed to get away while the kids were at summer camps, and we gradually transformed from harried, over-functioning parents to relaxed, happy human beings. Helen managed to delight us with her wonderful cooking, while at the same time respecting our privacy and need for... More 

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bestinnkeeper, Owner at Highland Inn of San Juan Island, responded to this review

How nice of you to write Trip Advisor about your stay here. More parents should have a special time away alone while their kids are at camp. It was such a pleasure having you here as my guests. I always enjoy it when guests take advantage of the many things to do and see on the island. It was fun... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

We stayed here in June of 2005 during our 1st wedding anniversary. The food was excellent, the rooms lovely, the view amazing and Helen was the perfect host. We saw whales from the room and went sea kayaking. I know it has been a while but we are thinking of coming back for our 10th!

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bestinnkeeper, Owner at Highland Inn of San Juan Island, responded to this review

How nice to hear from you after all the years since your stay at the inn. Nothing has really changed except perhaps some additional breakfast treats like Eggs Benedict NW style with smoked salmon. Of course, I always discuss choices of time, where you would like it served and any allergies or things you don't care for at check in... More 

Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

We were very well taken care of at Helen's Highland Inn! She was there when we needed her to be but remained discreet and unseen during most of our stay. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast in our jammies right in the room. The view was incredible and if the weather had been better, we would have spent more time on... More 

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bestinnkeeper, Owner at Highland Inn of San Juan Island, responded to this review

Thank you for writing your comments about your stay here at the Highland Inn of San Juan Island. It is so rewarding when guests find me from so far away! Glad you enjoyed your stay. We had unusually cool weather while you were here and sorry the Orca Whales didn't come while you were here, but they are back now!... More 

Baird, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

We are just back from a trip to Washington and San Juan Island. To say we were pleased with our stay with Helen is an understatement. I don't really know where to begin with a review. Before we even left on our trip, we received not just emails, but a letter from Helen with lots of information and easy to... More 

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bestinnkeeper, Owner at Highland Inn of San Juan Island, responded to this review

How I enjoyed having you here at the inn and am so sorry the Orcas Whales didn't show up for you. Three groups were here the day after you left. You must come back again and stay longer, and perhaps later in the season. Mid May through the end of October is the best season for viewing them here. Spring... More 

White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

The incredible views are matched by the beautiful attention paid to the smallest detail in both the room and the house. One of the most comfortable rooms we have ever stayed in with both a fabulous steam shower and jetted tub. The attention by Helen was perfect: attentive without being intrusive, helpful in terms of finding restaurants and places to... More 

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bestinnkeeper, Owner at Highland Inn of San Juan Island, responded to this review

I appreciate your comments about your stay here. It was my pleasure having you as guests and happy that you chose the inn for your getaway vacation. In searching for that special place, the comments on Trip Advisor helped you make this B&B your choice. Glad you weren't disappointed! Helen King, Innkeeper More 

Carmel, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

I'm way behind in writing a review for this wonderful B&B. My husband and I spent three weeks on a road trip from central California to the NW May 2012. I did a ton of research to find the dozens of places in which we stayed along the way. Although this B&B had mixed reviews, I chose it knowing that... More 

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bestinnkeeper, Owner at Highland Inn of San Juan Island, responded to this review

What a nice surprise to get your comments on Trip Advisor today. I remember your visit so well and glad you enjoyed the Glass Museum on your way south. You were delightful guests and the comments are particularly welcome after the previous recent post. I am still upset about that. It is so hard to erase this kind of criticism.... More 

Richland, Washington
2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

We spent two nights at the Highland Inn this week based on a recommendation in Karen Brown's book on Pacific NW itineraries. When we got there we saw the Inn is on the market for sale by owner & found out it has been off & on for a while. Perhaps that explains some reviewers & our own observations about... More 

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bestinnkeeper, Owner at Highland Inn of San Juan Island, responded to this review

I am floored by these comments! Their arrival was past tea time the first day, though cookies were in the room and I advised them that tea things and instant hot water were available at the living room counter. Had she asked for tea, I would have been more than happy to prepare it. I discussed dinner plans with them... More 

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