First off, I managed to get lost on the way to Juniper Lane guesthouse (assumed the strong right curve had to be wrong so decided to turn left up a hill)--my bad. It's a bit outside the town proper so having a car (especially at night) was so good. The guesthouse is cute, whimsical and rustically posh. Definitely a couple steps up from hostels--a good budget find in pricy Friday Harbor.
It would be a wonderful place to stay with a group of friends--several bedrooms full--as the small but fun living room, kitchen, and extensive outdoor seating areas could then be well utilized. I made myself sit on my terrace outside the Mandela Room and soak up some rays one day but was usually gone sightseeing/kayaking. The first night I chatted w. one fellow and w. a woman the morning I left, but we were all pretty much ships passing in the night.
The only thing to be aware of, if you've got a downstairs bedroom, is the creaking overhead from any kind of footsteps--earplugs would've been great for me but people were pretty considerate. I never saw or heard from Juniper but her general notes around the house seemed very upbeat and left a good impression of her management.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Juniper Lane Guest House is Unique Boutique Inn, a petit hotel, a hidden gem....and you found it! Affordable and clean lodging on San Juan Island. Located on the edge of Friday Harbor over looking a beautiful pastoral setting. Just a stones throw from Friday Harbor for shopping, restaurants, and activities yet rural enough to unwind in a hammock hanging in a 200 year old Douglas Fir tree as the sun sets down the valley. All of our rooms are unique and custom crafted with different types of native and exotic wood, colorful tiling and paint, and extra touches to ensure a one-of-a-kind stay! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Juniper Lane Guest House Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA