This Winter escape the Gloom

“The San Juan Islands enjoy an average of 247 days with sunshine and about half the rainfall of Seattle, thanks to the "rain shadow" effect of the Olympic Mountains to the south. “ -Visit San Juans

Join us this Winter on-board Hopscotch for three unforgettable days in the San Juan Islands

During the months of January, February and March, we will be offering “3 day/ 2 Night mini cruises” for adventurers looking to escape the gloom, traffic, and hustle of City Life. We can’t guarantee great weather, but we can guarantee a great time!

Here’s what you need to knoW…in NUTSHELL

  • Your adventure includes:

    • Fully Crewed Yacht: Hopscotch

      • Captain Brendan (Bio Here)

      • Chef Branden (Bio Here)

        • Meals, snacks, and drinks (not alcohol, see below).

          • Friday includes dinner, dessert, snacks.

          • Saturday includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snacks.

          • Sunday includes brunch, snacks.

        • Gear:

          • Life jackets, umbrellas, gloves

          • Kayaks, Stand Up Paddle boards

          • 10 Ft Inflatable Dingy

  • Our Trips begin and end in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.

    • We meet at 1pm in Friday Harbor (See details below for exact location) on Friday Afternoon

    • We return to Friday Harbor on Sunday Morning by 11:30 AM

    • Friday Night we will be spending the night in Roche Harbor.

    • Saturday Night we will be spending the night in Reid Harbor at Stuart Island

  • We will have 3 cabins available, each with their own head and bed for two people. Please plan on traveling with a partner you are comfortable sharing a bed (queen size) with.

  • Though Hopscotch is heated, we will be sailing and motoring in the Winter time. Most guests prefer to be “On Deck”, so please dress appropriately: Jackets, Long Pants, Gloves, Hat, Etc.

  • We are happy to store wine, beer, and hard alcohol, but you must purchase and bring it on board. There are several stores in Friday Harbor to purchase Beverages, and the store in Roche Harbor (our first evening) also has a great selection of beer and wine.




We want you to remember your time in the San Juans as one of the most wonderful and relaxing adventures of your life. We have a schedule that we "try" to stick to, but we almost never do entirely. 

The main reason we don't is because of the "Three W's": Wind, Weather, and Whales!

This usually means that we are having too much fun sailing, watching whales, or enjoying a lazy day on the beach to hurry off to our next stop, so we are flexible and always try to make the best of any situation that comes our way!  



The question we get the most is: "Will we see whales?" The answer is: "We can guarantee a possibility of seeing whales."

The whales of the Salish Sea (particularly  the Orca members of the J,K, and L pod) are in a very difficult situation right now. There are a number of factors that are contributing to their current situation, and we want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Our trips are not focused on seeing these whales, but when the opportunity presents itself, we certainly try to see them. Viewing whales in the wild is one of the most spectacular experiences you can have, and we love to share this with our guests in hopes that our passion and concern can spread further through their network of friends, and maybe this can lead to understanding and action on a larger scale. 

One factor that is certainly not helping the situation for orcas is noise. You can read all about how noise pollution affects, communication, hunting, and travel for Killer Whales.  We have a simple philosophy when we encounter whales, and it's just one small thing we can do to try and help: 


(*and turn off the engine)


Friday, Day 1

Arrive in Friday Harbor on Friday morning. Some guests looking to extend their stay in the islands may wish to come to Friday Harbor Thursday. This is a great option, and you can find many wonderful winter deals on lodging.

If you arrive on Friday, please plan to arrive in the morning so that you have time to check out the town, and also grab lunch before boarding Hopscotch at 1PM.

  • There are two ways to get to Friday Harbor:

    • Fly direct from Seattle via Kenmore Air (Daily flights departing from South Lake Union)

    • Drive to the Annacortes Ferry Terminal and walk onto the Ferry for Friday Harbor. There is no need to drive your car across the ferry, as the ferry docks next to where Hopscotch is docked. Please consult the current Washington State Ferry Schedule.

  • 1 PM:

  • 1:10 PM

    • Depart the dock and head North Up San Juan Channel

  • 4 PM

    • Arrive Roche Harbor Resort

      • Roche Harbor has lots to see and do. You’ll have a couple of hours to explore, walk, shop, or just relax. A few of our favorites activities are hiking to the Mausoleum, and taking a stroll through the San Juan Sculpture Park.

  • 6 PM

    • Dinner tonight will be locally caught Salmon prepared in a special Asian-style marinade which will have your taste-buds dancing with delight. The entree will be served with roasted potatoes, greens, and topped off with a coconut based flour-less chocolate cake.

  • Evenings:

    • Evenings on board Hopscotch are usually spent telling stories, playing games, or cuddling up with your favorite book in your cabin. For those who prefer a

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