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FLOAT AWAY TO THIS BOATER’S PARADISE
Step off your Kenmore Air floatplane and onto the dock of a boater’s paradise. Roche Harbor is located on the north end of San Juan Island, home to an incredible resort featuring 19th-Century clapboard buildings, pristine gardens, and unbeatable sunsets. Looking to be pampered: there’s a full-service spa. Want to get out on the water: This is the perfect starting point, and once you get back, there are three restaurants on-site, a shopping market, and the justifiably renowned donuts at the Lime Kiln Cafe.
The Roche Harbor Resort is luxurious, it is historic and it is absolutely unique with its brick-lined paths and expansive properties. A trip from Seattle requires almost four hours aboard a ferry and then a 20-minute drive on the island, but it’s just 60 minutes in the air aboard one of Kenmore Air’s float planes. You’ll arrive at the 377-slip marina at the site of what was once a company town for John McMillan’s lime works and is now an utterly unique Northwest vacation destination.
Fly to Roche Harbor year-round from either Kenmore Air Harbor or Lake Union, arriving at the pier aboard one of Kenmore Air’s six-seat de Havilland Beavers or 10-seat Otters. If you’re seeking something more intimate, the Cessna 180 is a two to three passenger floatplane that is the most economical charter option. Sorry, no complimentary baggage storage on-site.
The Roche Harbor Resort is a piece of Northwest history with the longest continuously operating hotel and it is a posh getaway with a full-service spa. Former President Teddy Roosevelt and the actor John Wayne. Today, your lodging choices range from a fully modern home to a quaint cottage to one of the 20 rooms in the historic Hotel de Haro. Tucked away on the west side of the island at Mitchell Bay, Snug Harbor Resort is a hidden gem, offering cabins and suites with vaulted ceilings and upscale rustic interiors.
Orca whales draw the majority of the attention in the San Juan Islands, and deservedly so. They’re remarkable. But whether it’s minke whales, stellar sea lions, or osprey, there is so much to see and booking a wildlife tour in advance is the best way to make sure you don’t miss out. There’s a local distillery, a 20-acre sculpture park sits at Roche Harbor and again, don’t forget the donuts at the Lime Kiln Cafe.
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STRAIGHT TO THE HEART OF THE SAN JUANS
The largest town in the San Juan Islands is also its economic, social, and cultural hub, home to more than 2,000 residents and 90 orca whales from April to September. Arrive on a Kenmore Air floatplane, you’ll dock at the marina and walk off the pier and into a lovely downtown with uniquely local shops, museums, and restaurants whose menus are laced with island-sourced ingredients.
It’s 90 miles from Seattle to Friday Harbor, or 50 minutes aboard Kenmore Air compared to a 3-hour, 45-minute ferry ride. If you take one of our flights from Boeing Field, you’ll land at the Friday Harbor Airport, which is less than a mile from downtown. You’ll use every minute you gain whether it’s getting out on the water in a boat or kayak, getting into the water for scuba diving, or visiting the nearby alpaca farm. And we mentioned the whales, right? They’re not the only thing to see here on San Juan Island, but they’re certainly something you don’t want to miss.
You can fly to Friday Harbor Marina from either Kenmore Air Harbor or Lake Union, arriving at the pier aboard one of Kenmore Air’s six-seat de Havilland Beavers or 10-seat Otters. If you’re seeking something more intimate, the Cessna 180 is a two to three passenger floatplane, a most economical charter option. Sorry, no complimentary baggage storage on-site.
Kenmore Air Express provides year-round service from Boeing Field with its fleet of Cessna 208 Caravans and Grand Caravans, which accommodate eight to nine passengers. The Pilatus PC-12 turboprop is the newest option in the charter fleet, offering eight seats in a roomy cabin for a quiet and cutting-edge flying experience. Paid parking is available, complimentary on-site bag storage available.
The largest town in the San Juans offers the most lodging choices on the San Juans, everything from the historic exterior and modern interior of the Birdrock Hotel to the view at the Friday Harbor House not to mention plenty of quaint B&Bs like the Juniper Lane guest house and Hillside House. The San Juan Islands visitors bureau offers a great survey of your lodging options.
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THE SAN JUANS IN 25 MINUTES WITH KENMORE AIR EXPRESS
Located 30 miles north of downtown Seattle, Paine Field is the newest hub for Kenmore Air Express, our land plane service. Flights to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island and Eastsound on Orcas Island allow you to skip the ferry line and also provide convenient connections between the islands and non-stop service provided by Alaska Airlines to destinations including Anchorage, Boise, Las Vegas, Orange County, Palm Springs, Phoenix, San Diego, Spokane, and Tucson.
Voted one of America’s Best Small Airports in USA Today’s ’10 Best’ reader poll, Paine Field has also become a popular tourist destination, hosting the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour, the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum and the Museum of Flight Restoration Center. With a dedicated Kenmore Air hangar and passenger lounge, you’ll be enjoying the executive experience before your flight even departs.
Kenmore Air Express offers year-round service to Friday Harbor Airport on San Juan Island and Eastsound Airport on Orcas Island using our fleet of modern Cessna 208 Caravans and Grand Caravans. Charter flights are also available, including the Pilatus PC-12, an eight-seat turboprop.
Ridesharing services, taxis and public transit all serve Paine Field and for those choosing to drive, Kenmore Air offers 32 paid parking spaces conveniently located in front of the Kenmore Air hangars. Overflow parking is available in Paine Field’s Premium Lot 1 with the easternmost spaces located closest to our passenger terminal. Paine field currently offers daily rates of $30 and weekly rates of $180.
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THE EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE OF KENMORE AIR EXPRESS
Located just 4 miles south of downtown Seattle, Boeing Field is the hub for Kenmore Air Express, our land plane service. Daily flights to San Juan Island and Orcas Island. Charter service around the Northwest and beyond as the Pilatus PC-12, our eight-seat turboprop, has opened a new range of options for clients. This is also the origin point for our popular sight-seeing adventure, the Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens Volcano Tour.
Also known as King County International Airport, Boeing Field was the Seattle area’s primary passenger airport until just after World War II. Now, it serves small commercial airlines and Boeing’s 737 aircraft flight-test program. Kenmore Air provides free ground-shuttle service to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which is about 10 miles to the south. Our shuttle allows for easy connections to domestic and international flights.
Kenmore Air Express offers daily, year-round service to Friday Harbor Airport on San Juan Island and Eastsound Airport on Orcas Island using our fleet of modern Cessna 208 Caravans and Grand Caravans. Charter flights are also available, including the Pilatus PC-12, an eight-seat turboprop.
Kenmore Air ground shuttle is available, and we strongly recommend booking your ground shuttle in advance as day-of requests cannot always be accommodated. There is an Uber service area at Boeing Field and Kenmore Air is happy to order a local taxi on your behalf, but we accept no responsibility over reliability or arrival times as taxi waits can be unpredictable, up to 45 minutes.
Complimentary parking is provided when you register your vehicle at check-in. Kenmore Air is happy to store your baggage on-site at no additional charge.
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SEAPLANE TERMINAL IN THE SHADOW OF THE SPACE NEEDLE
Kenmore Air’s Lake Union seaplane terminal offers daily service to the San Juan Islands as well as our popular Scenic Tour of Seattle. Our refurbished terminal sits in the shadow of the Space Needle in South Lake Union, which is one of Seattle’s fastest-growing — and most modern — neighborhoods. The Museum of History and Industry and Center for Wooden Boats are within easy walking distance as are several lakeside restaurants and several local hotels.
The city’s newest pro-sports venue — Climate Pledge Arena — is located just to the west, making it easy to watch the NHL’s Kraken or the WNBA’s Storm. T-Mobile Park and Lumen Field are a short ride south, hosting the Mariners, Seahawks, and the city’s two soccer franchises. Or you can stop at Seattle’s bustling downtown, which includes top hotels, hot restaurants, and great shopping opportunities.
Terminal open daily, 7a.m.-6:30p.m. Year-round service available to the San Juan Islands using our fleet of six-passenger de Havilland Beavers and 10-passenger de Havilland Otters. Lake Union is also the departure point for the 20-minute Scenic Tour of Seattle. Charter flights are also available using our fleet of Beavers, Otters, and the two-passenger Cessna 180s, which is our most efficient option.
There is an Uber service area and local taxis are available. For public transportation, the South Lake Union Streetcar stops nearby and provides service to Westlake Center. At Westlake Center, you can access the Link Light Rail, which is operated by Sound Transit. The Light Rail connects to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, travel time approximately 40 minutes. Our Lake Union terminal is also accessible by Seattle Metro bus, Route No. 70.
Limited complimentary parking is available, however, there is meter parking as well as paid lots nearby. Complimentary bag storage is available on site.
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LAKE WASHINGTON IS HOME TO KENMORE AIR’S CENTRAL HUB
Located on the north shore of Lake Washington between Lake City and Bothell, Kenmore Air Harbor is the departure point for floatplane trips to the San Juan Islands, charter flights it is the origin point for our Scenic Tours of Lake Washington and the San Juan Islands. The 5-acre campus is not only a hub for seaplane service but the site of Kenmore Air’s state-of-the-art machine shop and parts business.
Our headquarters is bordered by the Burke-Gilman Trail, a 27-mile path favored by bikers and joggers that runs all the way to Seattle. The city of Kenmore is nearby with a number of shops locally owned and operated. Woodinville — one of the region’s top wine destinations — is a short drive away.
Terminal open daily, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Providing daily service to our destinations in the San Juan Islands as well as our popular Scenic Tours of Lake Washington and the San Juans, using our fleet of six-passenger de Havilland Beavers, the 10-seat de Havilland Otters. Charter flights are also available using our Otters, Beavers, or two-passenger Cessna 180, which is the most economical option.
There is an Uber service area at Kenmore Air Harbor, which is also accessible by public bus, Sound Transit Route 522, which travels Kenmore to Seattle.
Limited paid parking is available in July and August with complimentary parking provided from September through June. Complimentary bag storage is available on site.