As our ferry nosed into the dock, we noticed the handsomely painted Victorian house, adorned with window boxes bursting with petunias, sitting directly across the street. The one-room studio at its top -- Yakima Suite -- was to be ours for three nights with check-in by means of a lockbox code anytime after 4pm. We congratulated ourselves on our timing, even managed to locate a parking spot just a block away (no small feat but there's no designated parking space for Ferry Landing Suites), hauled our luggage up the steps and then after struggling awhile with the combination lock that had been put on upside down, opened the door to...a mess! A housekeeping slip-up apparently; the manager at Lakedale Resort suggested we get some dinner, and all would be in order when we returned in a couple hours. Hot, tired and cranky, we ambled up A Street to Backdoor Kitchen where crankiness dissipated. Finally it seemed "safe" at 7:30pm to return to our third floor retreat.
Ah...much, much better! The Yakima is tastefully furnished in inviting colors with art on the walls (even in the bathroom), a comfortable queen size bed nestled in an alcove, a kitchenette (with microwave and basic cooking utensils provided) and dining area, side deck overlooking Friday's Crab House next door and a sofa and balcony overlooking the harbor and ferry...plenty of window cut-outs, even surprisingly in the shower. Too cloudy to utilize the skylight above our bed to see stars, but we were asleep not long after sunset anyway.
The Doctor’s Office -- serving coffee, juices, baked goods -- was located on the ground floor of our ferry landing retreat, and my sweet husband would go down each morning for coffee and day-old marion berry scones or such to warm in the microwave. Meanwhile on our first morning I was growling at Lakedale's management once again as there was no hair dryer in the bathroom (though I'd specifically asked about a hair dryer and iron and had email confirmation of such). Really Lakedale will want to step up their attention to this in-town property.
Despite some shortfalls, however, we were glad we'd booked Yakima Suite. Evenings before dinner we retreated to our little studio balcony, uncorked our Ste. Micelle 2007 Muscat Canelli and watched the seaplanes, ferries and other vessels coming and going. We liked being right in Friday Harbor able to easily browse galleries and shops and walk to fine meals at Market Chef, Coho and Steps. If you're coming to SJI for a rustic getaway, choose other lodging.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled conveniently in the heart of Friday Harbor, Ferry Landing Suites is just steps from the ferry, harbor, whale watching, and kayaking. Directly overlooking the ferries coming and going, and surrounded by an eclectic collection of restaurants, shops and art galleries, this bustling location will provide you with as much activity as you may desire. Ferry Landing Suites feature the Yakima Suite, a quaint one-room studio, and the Elwha Suite, a spacious two-bedroom abode. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ferry Landing Suites Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA