San Juan Islands

When the doors open wide at this waterfront residence on one of the San Juan Islands, it’s hard to tell where the indoors ends and the outdoors begins.

WHERE: San Juan Island, Washington’s bucolic getaway, a few hours’ drive and a ferry ride from downtown Seattle.

The surprising rise of chef Jay Blackinton, who channeled the spirit of Orcas Island’s rad farming and food culture to find something like stardom

!--paging_filter--pWhen Joe Ray called, saying he felt like spilling some beans, I had an inkling that it might something big.

!--paging_filter--pSummer's a time for soaking it all in, eating every single thing at its absolute peak freshness, staying out late to watch the sun set after nine, the air still warm, cold drink in hand.

Now that it's almost summer, spring is finally here. That means a new season of food tours that incorporate walking, eating, learning stuff, eating, more walking, and more eating.

WHY: To dine at two new gourmet restaurants helmed by famous foodies.