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“Got Engaged!” 5 of 5 stars
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5335 Roche Harbor Road, between Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250   |  
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Ranked #2 of 18 Friday Harbor B&B and Inns
Chicago, IL
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“Got Engaged!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2008

We just wanted to say that we had an excellent time at Wildwood Manor! My boyfriend proposed to me while we were staying on San Juan for a few nights. We went whale watching and then took a hike at Lime Kiln State Park near Dead Man's Bay. It was beautiful! Every meal at Wildwood Manor was delicious! Michael was so helpful when suggesting places to eat and things to do. We had such a great time! And now we have a special place to return to :)

P.S. Don't forget to visit Mona! The island's pet camel! She's great!

  • Liked — The breakfast!
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Walla Walla, Washington
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2008

My wife and I stayed two night the end of May. The B&B is located about 10 minutes drive from Friday Harbor and is located just off the Hwy (really a rural road) to Roche Harbor. Easy to find. It is set on a hill in the woods. Ample parking. We arrived around 3pm and were greeted by Michael. He helped us with the bags. After removing our shoes as directed by the sign (slippers were provided if you wanted them), Michael gave us a stocking footed tour of the B&B. There was a small snack area with free cookies, tea, coffee, cucumber water (so refreshing), nuts, and other goodies for guests. For those rainy days there is a the well stocked DVD shelf, books, local menus, pictures, and games. Back outside the tour included a quick walk around the 11 acre grounds where there are many secluded and beautify areas to walk or relax in a chaise lounge, hammock, or patio chairs to watch birds, raccoons, or deer who frequent the B&B (we saw them all). We happily moved into the Decatur Room on the top floor. Elegantly decorated with a nice large bathroom, robes in the closet, and small sitting area. The window looked out across the forested grounds to the water in the distance. At the end of the tour we met John who was equally welcoming. The next morning John and Michael cooked a wonderful full and filling breakfast. The menu changes daily. They are very willing to accommodate food intolerances so let them know. We've been to many B&Bs around the world, this one is near the top of our list. Excellent, great hosts and relaxing setting. Most of the bedrooms are on the upper floors, so this may make it awkward for people with some disabilities. If in doubt ask the guys. The only other note in general about island living is that most of the water comes from wells. While purified and softened it can have a slight scent of minerals, sulfur, etc. Michael pointed this out on our tour, we hardly noticed. Besides don't people pay extra for a mineral spa treatment!! You can't go wrong with Wildwood Manor B&B.

  • Liked — The hosts Michael and John bend over backwards to help with anyting
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Albemarle, NC
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2008

We will definitely stay at the Wildwood Manor again! Michael made us feel so welcome & at ease. The location is absolutely beautiful. The house & rooms are furnished/decorated with exquisite taste & are extremely comfortable. Michael prepared a wonderful breakfast and baked delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies for our snacking pleasure. You can't pick a better place to stay in Friday Harbor, or in all of Washington state for that matter. BRAVO!!

  • Liked — Hospitality & accommodations
  • Disliked — Nothing not to like!
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2008

OK. Have spent the last eight days and ten and a half hours [give or take the time difference between the UK and San Juan Island] trying to think of something original to say about this place. It's hard because all the other reviewers have already said the things I wanted to say and used the words I planned to use.

We will never forget:

- the most comfortable bed we EVER slept in [splash out and go for the suite - it is absolutely worth it!]
- the most creatively original, beautifully prepared and presented breakfasts we've ever eaten [ever started the day with panacotta? You must]
- nursing a cup of tea and eating a homemade chocolate chip cookie on the deck, watching the birds with the snowcapped mountains of Canada in the background [just like the photos]
- the deer just hanging about in the garden

Michael, John and Florence have created a very special place and although they have a beautiful setting, the reason this place is so unique is because of them: they are honestly the loveliest and most genuinely welcoming hosts we have ever met in all our travels over many years.

They welcomed us into their home, made us feel instantly at ease and treated us like very special friends. They booked our restaurants and whale watching tour [ywhile you are there you must visit the orca with Captain Jim and eat at the Duck Soup place just down the road]. They pampered us in a way which felt effortless although they must work extremely hard behind the scenes to maintain the amazingly high standard that they have set. for themselves.

We both have a momento from Wildwood Manor on our desks at work to remind us of one of the most magical weekends of our lives. You can keep your expensive health spas, we are going back to Wildwood. And I am counting the days.

Note to TripAdvisor: we think you should invent a whole new descriptive category for the very rare places like Wildwood Manor who only ever get 5 star reviews!

  • Stayed May 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2008

Drove up thru the woods (the entrance to their 11 acres) only to be met by the owners and some deer. What a fantastic place (clean, serene, and nice!!!). My wife and I were exploring the NW and the SanJuan Islands fell on our list and she found Wildwood on Trip Advisor. Michael makes superb breakfasts (even asks if you have any food allergies). He also makes great cookies and had Reese's peanut butter cups available. The rooms are perfect; beds great; views to "die for"; and a hammock outside that called to me (my wife saw the deer almost kissing me as I was asleep). If you had to model a B&B after anyplace.....this would be it. The sad thing is that John only spends one week a month there (works in San Francisco), which makes Michael having to run this by himself. I can't imagine him having more time on his hands. Also ask him where to eat and what to do....he gives good advice.

  • Liked — The beds, linens and towels
  • Disliked — No internet unless you have your own laptop
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, WA
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2008

I booked 3 nights at this wonderful retreat for my boyfriend's 30th Birthday from 5/2-5/5 2008. The hospitality was more than I ever could have asked for, Michael and John made sure we had the best weekend possible. I took several of their recommendations ahead of time and enjoyed every single one. San Juan Island was a welcoming and relaxing place to visit, I will be back, hopefully to see whales next time.

The house was beautiful, immaculate, and extremely comfortable, with everything we needed. The breakfasts are amazing (5+ stars) and a great way to start your day, with the added touch of coffee ready at 7am every day. The homemade cookies and brownies that were out for our enjoyment anytime were the best I have ever tasted. Everything you ever wanted was always available - bottled water and soda in the refrigerator, crackers, amazing organic teas, hot chocolate, and the huge movie selection for a cozy few hours in the room.

The grounds were also amazing with the resident deer and birds fun to watch and the view from our room (Decatur), the breakfast room, and the great room stunning.

Looking back I am still amazed at the attention to detail throughout the entire house as well as the gardens and just how friendly and welcoming Michael and John were. We only had a few days to get to know them, but I feel like we made friends for life.

We will be back many times in the next several years and I will be recommending and bringing family and friends. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect weekend.

Thank you Michael and John.

  • Liked — The owners, the view, the deer, the decor, the breakfasts and the cookies
  • Disliked — Nothing - Everything was fantastic
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2008

We had a lovely time at Wildwood B & B. The view from our suite, the hospitality of our host, and our overall stay was wonderful. The multi-course breakfasts were very good, including the vanilla pannacota -- my favorite of the visit. We especially liked that our host had nuts/cookies and hot water out for tea or cocoa and if we wanted something later in the evening. There is even a very large selection of movies to watch in your room. We highly recommend staying at Wildwood.

  • Stayed April 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 5335 Roche Harbor Road, between Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
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Location: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Friday Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on a knoll with sweeping views of the water and woods, Wildwood Manor is the perfect setting for you to relax, restore and renew yourself. Enjoy casual elegance beneath the Douglas firs, while exploring the beauty of San Juan Island. Our Queen Anne-style home features three water view and wood side view guestrooms and two romantic water view suites, all with private baths and luxurious amenities. Enjoy our beautiful landscape and wooded walking paths, or simply watch the sailboats on San Juan Channel from our deck. ... more   less 
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Wildwood Manor Bed And Breakfast Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA

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