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Surrounded by the beauty of the San Juan Islands, the MacKaye Harbor Inn is the perfect year-round place for your getaway if you long for tranquility; romance, and a touch of nostalgia, as well as comfort, wonderful meals, and personal service.

MacKaye Harbor Inn has been recommended by Northwest Best Places as "the best of Cape Cod without the crowds," a "step back in time."

We have also received "High Recommendation" from Pacific Northwest Magazine, Sunset Magazine and the Los Angeles Times.

Please join us in this exquisite setting. We want to make your escape to the island very special.

—Mike and Robin / 1 (888) 314-6140

All-inclusive Room Rates

No added fees for breakfast, bicycles, wifi, room flowers, chocolates and tawny port, coffee/tea service.

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Harbor Suite

Full harbor and sunset views with fireplace and a private covered deck through French doors. It is furnished with a beautiful antique Italian bedroom set of golden oak and marble with a queen-sized bed. Private bath.

  • $215 (October - May)
  • $245 (June & September)
  • $265 (July & August)
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The Captain's Room

Full waterfront views from cushioned wicker on private covered deck or through large leaded-glass windows. A queen-size bed and maritime motif make this room fit for any captain. Main floor off parlor affords easy access. Private bath.

  • $185 (October - May)
  • $215 (June & September)
  • $245 (July & August)
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The Blue Room

Full harbor and sunset views. Cozy and romantic, you April view the water from your queen-size bed in this room reminiscent of Norway. Private bath.

  • $165 (October - May)
  • $185 (June & September)
  • $215 (July & August)
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The Rose Room

Nice corner waterfront view with white wrought-iron beds (a double and a daybed). Warm rose-colored fabric and wall covering make this Victorian room charming. Double occupancy only.

Designated/Private Bath

  • $155 (October - May)
  • $175 (June & September)
  • $185 (July & August)
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The Flower Room

Boasts a beautiful king-size brass bed. A flower motif in rose and mint green brightens this room overlooking the lattice garden.

Designated/Private Bath

  • $155 (October - May)
  • $175 (June & September)
  • $185 (July & August)

A Comfortable Getaway...

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MacKaye Harbor Inn was originally built in 1904. In 1927, while the Tralnes couple (the owners) were visiting relatives in Norway, their teenage children dramatically rebuilt the old farmhouse on the bay. It was the first island home to have electric lights.

Hospitality has always pervaded in the home. Its sandy beach was the site of many island picnics and Mrs. Tralnes kept Norwegian cookies in the entry to welcome those passing by.

The Inn now offers five beautiful guest rooms. Each has furnishings reminiscent of the past, in the same MacKaye Harbor Inn tradition.

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World Class Bird Watching

With the MacKaye Harbor saltwater bay 200' to the west and a small freshwater lake 300' to the east, our property is frequented by many varieties of birds. Nearby hiking trails offer even more bird watching opportunities for the nature enthusiast. Over 44 species have been spotted and recorded in one 24-hour period.

Closest to the 14 Lopez National Monuments.

Navigation locations for the monuments can be found here.

Kayak Rentals

On-site kayak rentals available. Explore beautiful MacKaye Harbor from your doorstep!

  • $30 per day, per person
  • $40 for two days, per person
  • Includes paddles, life jackets, and orientation
  • Sailboat bay sails when advisable
  • Bay frequented by otters, seals, eagles, osprey and many migratory birds
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Check out the MacKaye Harbor Image Gallery

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Special Amenities

  • Sand and pebble beach
  • Two acres of lawn and shore
  • Breakfast served from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
  • Manager on site 24/7
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Complimentary mountain bikes
  • Complimentary filtered water
  • Evening chocolates with tea and coffee
  • Massage on site in the Selah House
    (One hour: $95 ~ One and a half hours: $125)

How To Find Us

Take the San Juan Islands Ferry to Lopez Island. Disembark from the ferry, travel south on Ferry Road 1 mile. Turn left on Center Road and proceed about 6 miles. Center Road veers left and becomes Mud Bay Road, go 3 miles and turn right on MacKaye Harbor Road (if you pass the South End General Store, you've gone too far), proceed to the water and the Inn at the end of the beach.

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Room Rates

Prices are based on double occupancy.
Single rate is $10 less.

Two night minimum (April through September, and all holidays) unless agreed upon by management.


  • Check-in time is from 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Please let us know if early or late arrival is needed. Check out is noon.
  • We are a non-smoking facility. No pets accepted. Children welcome by prior arrangement only.
  • Gift Certificates available.
  • Reservations can be secured with prepayment of one night's rent by personal check, Visa or MasterCard.
  • Cancellations require 14 days notice for refund, less a $10 fee per room, per night.
  • For arrival-day cancellations, guests will be charged for all reserved nights.

Read the Inn's story
"Be Their Guest"

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“Do not neglect to show
hospitality to strangers.
For by this some have
entertained angels
without knowing it.”
—Hebrews 13:2