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Snug Harbor offers new way to enjoy San Juans
By TONY MINER
Legions of San Juan Islands lovers have something new to be very excited about: It's the all new Snug Harbor Resort and Marina on San Juan Island.

Snug Harbor has been around for years, but as we recently found out on a late November visit, it's undergone a startling and very impressive re-birth. First of all, it's located in a gorgeous spot, along the shores of tranquil Mitchell Bay on the Northwest side of San Juan Island, just 20 minutes or so from the state ferry dock in Friday Harbor, and close to another San Juans favorite Roche Harbor.

The impressive grounds now include 13 brand new cedar cabins, featuring one and two bedroom units, as well as three suites situated on top of the main lobby building. The cabins are beautiful, with spectacular interiors, expansive glass windows ,vaulted ceilings, full kitchens.and gas fireplaces.

Did I mention each unit has an absolutely stunning view of the water?

The cabins also have new Weber gas barbeque grills, so meals can be cooked inside or outside and, either way, you don't have to leave this special place to look for a restaurant. This makes it especially convenient and cost-effective for families who donít want to pay restaurant prices to feed large groups.

We will definitely be back next summer on our boat, as Snug Harbor has its own 65-slip marina, that can accommodate vessels of varying sizes. Youíll also find crab cookers available for use at the marina, as well as complimentary paddleboards, kayaks, canoes and bikes.

Whale watching is offered for the charter out of the marina, and we are told by locals that a certain well-known “Captain Jim” is considered THE expert of when and where to locate Orca whales in the waters just minutes from Snug Harbor.

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