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When we began planning our visit to San Juan Island in Washington, I couldn’t believe how much there was to see and do on such a small island. If I’d realized this, I would’ve planned to stay a night on the island, though you could easily make a weekend of it or even longer.
As I planned, I also learned that San Juan Island was home to Pelindaba Lavender Farm, a lavender farm that grows lavender for all kinds of purposes, from beauty products to food and drink. These items are shipped to Pelindaba shops all over the country, and they also have an online store. Add in the fact that we’d never been to a lavender farm before, and I knew we had to stop!
How to Get to the Farm From Friday Harbor
When you take the ferry from the mainland at Anacortes, Washington, you’ll be dropped off at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Our biggest priority of the day was to make it to our scheduled orca whale tour with San Juan Safaris at Friday Harbor.
Click here to read more about our experience on the ferry.
When we first exited the ferry, we found parking in town near the Whale Museum. We visited the museum and then made our way back towards the pier where the whale tour launched. After some ice cream, it was time to check into the tour. To read more about that experience, click here.
When we returned from the tour, we hopped back into the car to explore the island. We didn’t have a lot of time before it was time to board the ferry again, but we wanted to see what we could. We basically took the main loop of the island clockwise. Our first stop was the NPS site of the American Camp from when the United States and Great Britain both occupied the island on opposite sides.
Our next stop was Pelindaba Lavender Farm.
Visiting Pelindaba Lavender Farm
When we spotted the farm, we turned down the road and parked the car. We headed straight towards the fields where you can see the lavender plants in various states of growth. While we were there in July, there was a tent set up with lavender refreshments for sale.
I noticed that they had ice cream, and I was intrigued. I’d never heard of such a thing before. I had to try some.
It was yummy! I could taste a hint of lavender, but it was subtle. Not overpowering at all. And it was the perfect treat for a summer day.
The Pelindaba Lavender Visitor Center
One place you don’t want to miss while you’re here is the Pelindaba Lavender Visitor Center. The walk to the center from the fields is lovely.
And inside this adorable farm store, you’ll find all kinds of beauty products and things for the home, including more things to eat! I wanted to take everything home, but in the end, I settled for some Lavender Deluxe Bath Fizz and some Organic Lavender Mask Mist for your face. Both products are awesome! I have since used all the bath fizz; it’s perfect for unwinding after a hectic day. I’m still using the mask mist. It’s especially nice during the dry winter months in Missouri.
The great thing is, you can shop for the products online! I’m not an affiliate or anything, but I loved the bath fizz enough to order more. And there are more things I want to try! If you’d like to shop online, here is the link.
It’s also worth noting that if you don’t have time to go to the farm, there is a Pelindaba Lavender shop in downtown Friday Harbor. They also have shops around the country. There may be a shop near you. I was surprised to see that they have locations in other cities we’ve visited like Savannah, Georgia, and St. Augustine, Florida.
Final Thoughts on Pelindaba Lavender Farm
This lavender farm is definitely worth a stop. If you’re making the loop around the island, it will be along the way. If the visitor center is closed, you can still visit the fields and get some pictures if you’d like. We didn’t have a lot of time; if we return one day, I hope to spend more time looking at all the products they have. In the meantime, I’ll shop online.