Local Talent on the Water and in Your Glass
Spend three days paddling the beautiful San Juan Islands and two nights enjoying award winning wines of the Pacific Northwest presented to you by the wine makers themselves. Each of our wine trips features a Washington vintner, as expertly guided days of sea kayaking become a wilderness wine tasting by night. In this year's offering Boudreaux Cellars will pair their wines with our delicious camp cuisine - guaranteed to please the most discriminating palate while you relax and enjoy the Islands! Sample menu with paired reds and white wine: Appetizer consisting of rosemary roasted hazelnuts/herbed goat cheese with seasonal vegetables, Dutch oven baked fresh coho salmon wrapped in bacon, seasonal fruits and dark chocolate for desert.
Dates: July 21-23, 2017 (with Boudreaux Cellars), Custom Dates available for groups of 6 or more (call for info 360.378.3533)
After stowing all camping and personal gear, we'll have a thorough orientation covering the fitting of the kayak, paddling technique, safety and boat handling. We won't get on the water until everybody feels comfortable about kayaking. On our first day we'll work our way northward kayaking along the picturesque east side of San Juan Island. We’ll keep a sharp eye out for wildlife including eagles, harbor seals and dall porpoise. As we look to the east, you'll have spectacular views of Mt. Baker. Our destination for the night is Jones Island, a Washington State Park only accessible by boat. After camp is set up, your guide will prepare dinner while you get to relax with a glass of wine and appetizers. We’ll be pairing premium wines with tastefully prepared cuisine.
Day 2 - The next morning your guide will be up early - making sure our great tasting, ‘Orca blend’ coffee (or tea) is ready in addition to whipping up a freshly made Dutch oven frittata accompanied with fresh seasonal fruits. We have some great paddling options that your guide(s) will share. We can paddle through the “Wasps”, a delightful collection of small islands tucked in between Shaw and Orcas Island - or paddle up President’s channel along the cliffy, wild side of Orcas for the day. Back at camp for the evening, your guide will cook another tastefully prepared meal. After dinner participants may hike around Jones, go for a bio-luminescence paddle or just kick back and relax around camp.
Day 3 - After breakfast we break camp, load the boats and start paddling south back to our put-in site. Our final lunch will be on Turn Island, a small pristine island with a resident eagle’s nest. We should arrive at our take-out on San Juan Island between 1 and 4 PM depending on winds, currents and the strength of the group. Our van will pick us up and take our group back to Friday Harbor in time for the late evening ferry.
Our van will pick us up and take our group back to Friday Harbor. You'll have an hour or more to poke around town before boarding the ferry to Anacortes. Or, if you are spending the night, head back to your hotel or B & B for a well deserved shower and dinner on the town. Friday Harbor has a number of nice restaurants on the island that serve everything from classic Northwest fare to Thai food.
Meeting Place & Time
Meet at 8:30 AM in downtown Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, at the Friday Harbor ferry terminal.
Return Place & Time
Friday Harbor ferry terminal, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
There are three B&B's within a short walking distance of the ferry terminal. Check out our lodging page for suggested accommodations info. Luggage: We'll store any luggage/gear you don't want to take with you on your trip. Gear You Will Need: Water bottle, sunglasses and/or hat, sunscreen, appropriate kayak and camp clothing (preferably not cotton or denim) - Quick-dry, synthetic and/or wool layers work; Chacos, Tevas or Crocs are good choices for paddling, and extra tennis shoes for camp), sleeping bag & pad*. Outdoor Odysseys Will Provide: Kayaks & all related gear, tent, large & small drybags, tasteful cuisine, transportation between Friday Harbor and our launch location; *sleeping bag & pad available for rent. Cancellations: Please refer to our Terms & Conditions for further information.