With an unseasonable cold streak, it was a freezing ferry ride over — windswept and low temps to chill you to the bones! We saw a few grey harbor seals, bobbing lazily on the wake of the ferry before docking at Friday Harbor and starting our island time. We stayed at the cozy Hideaway Guest Suite just a few blocks up Spring Street from the water, right in the heart of downtown. After warming up and settling in, we bundled up again and braved the three block walk down to the Cask and Schooner for dinner.
Horatio Hornblower himself would feel at home in the nautically decorated restaurant. It was like taking a seat in the captain’s quarters — if the captain’s quarters also had an impressive taplist. The menu was drool-worthy with a selection of locally sourced ingredients and seafood. And with the winter weather outside, we both grabbed the two dark beers they had on nitro. Prices are on the high side, but it is an island! Interesting factoid: before it was the Cask and Schooner, this building housed Front Street Ale House, the only brewery in the islands.
Our time in the islands came to a close all too soon. One thing if for sure, though — we’ll be back. If nothing else, to try the other two breweries in the islands (Oar House and Lopez Island Brewing) and soak up more Salish Sea scenery. Cheers!