Planning my annual trip to Seattle for the 16th or 17th year in a row now but want to do something we haven't done in the past and that's spend some time on one of the San Juan Islands. Not sure which would be best for us though even after reading alot of the posts today. We will be leaving from Seattle with a rental car after spending a week there and getting on the ferry in Anacortes on a Tuesday morning. We will spend 4 nights on the island. Oh yeah... we will be there the 1st & 2nd weeks in September.
Here's part of my concern with planning this trip... I have recently been diagnosed with Celiac Disease and am assuming I won't have many safe food options while on a small island so we are going to have to rent a vacation home/condo/cabin so I can cook our meals and not have the risk of me ruining our vacation. Need help with whether I should stop at Whole Foods in Seattle before getting on the ferry or are there good grocery store options on the islands? Are there any "safe" gluten free restaurants on either island you could recommend? I have to be very careful as to not get cross contamination though. Have this so severely I can't even be in a kitchen where I might breathe in flour dust so that's why I feel like I should probably cook rather than chance it unless someone with CD knows of a good safe place. I have spent alot of time looking at rentals today and although I would like some seclusion with a waterview I also would like to be somewhat close to things to do. How far of a drive is it from the west side of San Juan Island to Friday Harbor? If I am understanding correctly the best views are on the west side of the islands. Is this correct? Is Friday Harbor as easy to walk as let's say Victoria? We would like to rent mopeds and bikes but would also like to shop, kayak, take scenic drives between the islands and maybe even fish. Are there many shops on Orcas? I'm having a tough time getting a feel for the communities. Are they anything like Bainbridge where you can easily walk the shopping district in an afternoon and be done seeing everything? Is 4 nights too many? Sorry for all the questions... lol! Sounds like I want to be entertained and go-go-go while I'm there but would actually like to have some optional down time too. Spent a week in a cabin last year on Mt Rainier with no tv and no cell and it was bliss!
Thanks in advance for any help and suggestions. I greatly appreciate the time you all put in to help us confused travelers! ;-)