My husband and I will be traveling with two other 30-something couples (sans kids) to the San Juan Islands Sept 12-16. I'm very excited but panicking a bit because it sounds like accommodations will be tough to find if we haven't booked them already, which we haven't. My main question:
Where would you recommend 6 adults to stay, knowing we will be traveling this Sept and we would like to stay under $200/couple/night? At this point we do not plan to bring a car with us to the island so we are thinking we should stay right in Friday Harbor so we can walk around to restaurants, shops, etc.and then take the shuttle around when we want to visit other areas on the island. We value a quiet and peaceful setting, but we would like to be in town so we can easily walk to food and drinks. I have tried searching sites like VRBO but when I enter "Friday Harbor" I end up with 96 rentals all over the island. Any leads on something right in the city that would not have already been booked a year in advance? We would be open to B&Bs, hotels, or vacation rentals (but we really don't want to cook much so, again, why we want to be near restaurants). I continue to check around at many places I've read about online, but thought it might be worth a post to ask you all if there's something that's not obvious.
Then my second issue I'd love opinions on for those of you who are willing: How does this seem for a plan?
We will fly into Seattle early Friday, Sept 12. The six of us will rent a car and drive to Anacortes. We will leave the car at the ferry terminal (seems like a giant waste of money so I'm looking into renting a car just one way). We will take a walk-on ferry ride to Friday Harbor and stay there four nights. Ideally we would stay in town near restaurants because we don't want to cook much. Saturday we will take the island shuttle around for activities (whale watching and/or hiking) and then Sunday rent mopeds for activities (museum, lavender farm, etc). Then perhaps Monday we will take the ferry over to Orcas Island to explore, then come back to Friday Harbor to sleep that night. Then Tuesday morning we ferry back to Anacortes, either take our same car back to Seattle or do another one day rental if possible. Then we fly back to MN Tues night.
Those who know better than me, please let me know if this sounds okay or if there's a major oversight in my plan. Thank you! I appreciate your responses.