The Resort at Deer Harbor: The San Juan Islands have long been a popular destination for Seattleites looking to escape the perpetual rain and fog. While there are plenty of choices, such as the Inn at Langley on Whidbey Island, people are talking about the Resort at Deer Harbor on Orcas Island, which recently underwent a $3 million renovation. The resort was originally an apple orchard, and some of the cottages that housed the apple pickers from the 1930s and '40s still remain. Deer Harbor sits along the water and has 26 individual cottages, all with private sundecks with hot tubs. All of the cottages are shingle style, and guests can linger on the beach, swim in the outdoor pool or go on a whale-watching trip. The 18-hole Orcas Island golf course is nearby. Rates range from $189 to $399 during the summer. The Resort at Deer Harbor, P.O. Box 200, Deer Harbor, Wash., Phone: (360) 376-4420, Fax: (360) 376-5523, E-mail: email@example.com.
Christina's: Christina Orchid's restaurant has been drawing crowds for over 22 years. The chef and her husband, Bruce, highlight Northwest cuisine, which means lots of seafood. The restaurant is housed on the second floor of an old waterfront building in Eastsound and has a beautiful view of the sound. On a warm night, book a table on the outdoor deck. The menu changes seasonally, but right now the spring menu offers salad of blood orange, avocado and feta; halibut cakes with miso ginger tartar; and oysters broiled with champagne cream. For entrées, try the king salmon with citrus butter, roast chicken with corn pudding or the grilled ahi with field pea salad. Christina's, Porter Building, Main Street, Eastsound, Orcas Island, Wash., Phone: (360) 376-4904.
Anassa Hotel: The Greek Islands are always a popular summer destination — islands such as Santorini and Mykonos are known for their beaches, spectacular sunsets, clubs and oiled bodies. The problem is that the islands can often become overrun with thumping music and overly oiled people. Consider Cyprus instead, where the cult of Aphrodite was once based. One of the best places to stay on the island is the Anassa Hotel. The resort looks like a miniature Greek village, with its whitewashed villas and terra-cotta tiled roofs. Inside, the palette echoes the sunny colors of the Mediterranean, with its yellow marble floors, arches, columns and oversized terra-cotta pots dotting the hallways. Each room has its own balcony overlooking the sea, and many have their own plunge pools. One of the resort's pools is a gigantic infinity pool, and the other is tiled with mosaics. The indoor pool is not to be missed, with its columns and glass roof. The Anassa also has an on-site spa, to make you feel like a Greek goddess (at least for an afternoon). Rates range from $227 to $325 per night. Anassa Hotel, P.O. Box 66006, CY-8830, Polis, Cyprus, Phone: 357 6 888 000, Fax: 357 6 322900, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.