Easy Ferry Ride from Anacortes, WA. Friday Harbor has several dozen gray restaurants and beautiful places to stay. It's a fantastic weekend get away. Don't forget to take a Whale watching expedition, really worth it. Shop around b/c prices vary a lot.
I really enjoyed coming into Friday Harbor on the ferry to San Juan. The islands are peaceful and scenic... a real treat to explore.
Fun shopping, local life, harbor seals and gorgeous boats in the harbor, wonderful food, great coffee and tea, and gorgeous landscape everywhere you look!
Friday harbor has a lot of restaurants and shops and is picturesque without being too touristy. It's an easy town to walk around in, although it's really to small to use the word "explore". If you came by car, as most people do, then you'll want to visit other parts of San Juan Island too. All of the attractions (kayaking, zip line, sailing) are here too.