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“Just a get away with dogs”

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Snug Harbor Resort & Marina
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Woodinville, Washington
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Just a get away with dogs”
Reviewed 12 March 2012

This was sort of spur of the moment trip away. We need to find a place away that we could bring our dogs. Snug Harbor turned out to be perfect. The Tree House was great. It was clean and very warm and cozy. It could use a few more items to cook with though, maybe a larger fry pan???
It had a great view of the harbor and surrounding coast. Lots of wildlife to view as well. Deer, otter and fox were everywhere. The weather was okay but what cna you expect this time of year.
The host were also very gracious. They showed us a couple of the units and explained what was nearby we could enjoy.
We will be back!!

Room Tip: The view from the Tree HOuse is great. Not good for more than a couple though.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Anacortes, Washington
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

The Resort: Snug Harbor resort is situated in a sheltered harbor and overlooks the other side of the harbor. Views from the property include the marina and houses scattered on the opposite shoreline. The resort has a small store which was scantily stocked (but probably due to the fact that we visited in the winter), a fire pit, bbq areas, and some outdoor seating. There are also kayaks available and a pier to walk along. If you’re looking for peace and quiet and somewhere to unwind, you will not be disappointed.

The owners / managers worked with us to change our original reservations due to a snowstorm and greeted us cordially when we arrived. There was only one other couple staying in the resort when we were there, but I would believe even when full each guest would be treated as special!

The Accommodation: We stayed in the Tree House, which was set back a little from the other cabins and accessible via a separate roadway. The view makes it very special. You have a completely unobstructed view of the harbor and boating area. There is a small personal deck outside which in warmer weather would be great for watching the world go by. Inside, the Tree House had a bedroom, a small living area, a small kitchen and a separate bathroom. There were sufficient utensils and pots and pans etc. (but no kettle – only a coffee-maker) to do most things, but the fridge was a little small. We were glad we had also brought a couple of coolers with us. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom large enough to be functional.

There were ample power sockets throughout and everything was well maintained. The TV had limited channels (just local) but that wasn’t an issue for us. The property boasted wifi but unfortunately the coverage was a little spotty and we needed to be patient to maintain connections. Cell phone coverage for AT&T was virtually non-existent. As I say, this is a place to get away from it all! One little oddity was that as it was so quiet at night you could hear all the creaks and groans of the property. The heating ‘bubbled and creaked’ and the water ‘gurgled and burped’. I’m not sure, but I think the Tree House may be directly above the water supply for the resort and there was certainly a little noticeable noise coming from it during the night!

The Good: Peace, tranquility, caring owners / managers, clean accommodations, views, you get the picture!

The Bad: Inconsistent wifi, cell coverage, limited TV, limited kitchen appliances, sparsely stocked store (but it was winter)

Overall: If you’re looking to escape from everyday life and make your own memories, you will love the peace and quiet that is Snug Harbor Resort. If however, you are a towny at heart and want all the mod cons, please book another property and leave Snug Harbor to those that appreciate it! Totally recommended.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Edmonds, Washington, United States
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

Beautiful setting, lots of privacy, managers very helpful and friendly. Our stay of 2 nights in January was extra quiet and peaceful. We arrived after office hours, but room was open, heat and lights on for us. This would be a great family get-away in the summer months. San Juan Island has many places to explore by land or by boat. We will be back sometime in our boat. Moorage rates are reasonable, protected harbor.

Room Tip: We chose Treehouse because it offers the most privacy.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
Reviewed 8 January 2012

My boyfriend and I went here for New Years and it was so great!! We stayed in the treehouse and that was a lot of fun. It was quiet and serene. We had great weather, blue skies and beautiful! From the ferry to the resort was a beautiful drive as well. I will definitely be back.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Everett, Washington
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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 November 2011

We recently stayed in the "tree house" to celebrate our anniversary and were so pleased with our accomodations and the Resort staff!! The tree house is secluded from the other units, has a great view of the harbor and is well furnished (fully stocked kitchenette...for those who want to stay in and prepare food that they bring and a jetted tub in a large bathroom) for a quiet weekend away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Friday Harbor. We arrived prior to the posted check-in time, just to look around before we decided what to do with our day and were promptly and warmly greeted by Kenny, the manager and another staff member, Michelle. Both were very friendly, accomodating and shared details of the resort with us to make our stay more enjoyable.

This property is truly a hidden jem! It's in a gorgeous location that is easy to find, there are various types of accomodations to cater to all types of visitors and seems like a great place for families to stay. There is a small general store/gift shop in the lobby, a horse shoe pit, fire pits, complimentary canoe use, a BBQ and a number of outdoor seating areas right on the water. We were lucky enough to be there in time to see all of the beuatiful falls leaves and sail boat racers returning from a race.

Traveling with pets? We had our large, energetic puppy with us as well and they were very pet friendly!! There is plenty of room for your dog to roam with you around the property.

We will definately stay at this resort again!!!! Many thank you's to Kenny for helping to make our visit an enjoyable one!! I will be telling my friends about the Snug Harbor Resort!!

Room Tip: The Tree House is not only great for a couples romantic getaway, it would work well for a small fami...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 6 November 2011

My boyfriend and I stayed in the tree house for a weekend in mid-October. We arrived later than anticipated, due to ferry delays, but we contacted the front desk and they were so kind to turn on the heat and leave the lights on for us. It was our first time in San Juan Island and definitely left a good first impression. The tree house was very spacious and cozy. It's fully furnished with a queen size bed, a pull out futon, a kitchenette with all the necessities, dining table, tv, a full bathroom with towels, basic toiletries and a Jacuzzi tub! And waking up to the view of beautiful Mitchell Bay was icing on the cake.

Snug Harbor Resort is approximately a 15 minute drive from Friday Harbor, where we spent most of our day. It rained most of the time we were there so we couldn't take advantage of outdoor activities, but that was expected. Snug Harbor would be perfect for a summer trip and a great alternative to pricey hotels/resorts in Friday Harbor!

Cons:
- There is no overhead shower, just the handheld attachment.
- Poor WiFi connection (but this shouldn't be a big deal in the summer where you can spend most of your time outdoors)
- Noises (only because I'm a light sleeper): The house creaks a lot and the heater makes noises, if you leave the heater on.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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snugharbormanager, Owner at Snug Harbor Resort & Marina, responded to this review, 15 November 2011
Thank you for the nice review Naice, the Tree House is one of my favorites. We will look into the WiFi issue and add a clip for the handheld on the overhead bar. Thank you for helping us make Snug Harbor a better place to stay.

Erik Nelson, Owner
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Arlington, Washington
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Reviewed 2 November 2011

It was the last weekend in October. Saturday was BEAUTIFUL and Sunday wet. We Kayaked for 2 days and had a blast! Snug Harbor Resort was clean and quiet and we practically had the place to ourselves. I am told that the place has a new manager, "Kenny" and he is a super nice fellow as is the lady who runs the store. My girl friend and I had a great time tent camping and enjoying the evening looking out over the harbor. I highly recommend the place and recommend going in the off season for a different, reasonably priced experience.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Snug Harbor Resort & Marina
Address: 1997 Mitchell Bay Rd, San Juan Island, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8507
Phone Number:
Region: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Friday Harbor
#2 Family Hotel in Friday Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All of our 17 cabins and three suites are spacious with beautiful interiors, expansive glass, vaulted ceilings, full kitchens, and uninterrupted, stunning views. Snug Harbor's incredible setting is unparalleled on San Juan Island. Arriving by boat is always an option, since we have our own private marina. We are perfectly located for adventures throughout the islands. Once you arrive and explore the resort, you will discover the unique features, comforts, and amenities provided to each of our guests. We strive to make each guest's visit amazing and memorable. We offer four paddle boards, two kayaks, canoes and bikes for the complimentary use by our guests. Our own Mitchell Bay Coffee is open daily offering an array of coffee beverages, local pastries, waffles, soups, and more. And if you are looking for somewhere to host an event, our new events room with seating for up to 50 is now available. When you come to Snug Harbor be ready to detach a little. This is an ideal place to unwind and relax (while we have free wi-fi throughout the property and great cell phone reception, there are no phones in the cabins). Allow the peace and serenity on Mitchell Bay overtake you. We believe our guests have said it best. One recent Trip Advisor review stated "This place is truly paradise" and our favorite Facebook post simply stated "The cabins are epic". ... more   less 
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Snug Harbor Resort & Marina Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, San Juan Islands

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