When the Coast Salish tribes inhabited the islands 6,000 to 8,000 years ago, they lived in cedar-planked long houses, and spent the warmer seasons fishing, gathering plants, and hunting. In 1792, the Spanish explorer Captain Francisco de Eliza named the island Lopez after one of its pilots, Gonzalo Lopez de Haro. The Spanish then settled the island, and European settlers arrived in the 1870s after settling disputes over land.
As one of the three “big” islands in the San Juans, Lopez offers visitors a chance to step back in time. From the first settlers on the island to the arrival of homesteaders and farmers, the journey on the island reveals the changing landscape. But, it’s not all about slowing down and soaking up the beauty of the place. Rather, you can unplug and get a sense of isolation while visiting Lopez.
The island is smaller than San Juan Island, and is home to only one village. The island offers a rural environment with rolling hills and views of Mt. Baker. Bicyclists love cycling on Lopez, and you can take a ride through the rolling hills and farmland on a bike. Whatever your recreational style, you’re sure to find a way to enjoy your stay on Lopez Island. It’s the perfect getaway from the bustle of city life.
If you’re looking for a quiet weekend getaway, Lopez Island is a great destination. The island offers beautiful cliff-side vistas, rolling farmland, and forested trails. With only 2,500 permanent residents, Lopez Island is an ideal getaway for nature-lovers. Despite the small population, it is worth a visit, and the weather isn’t always ideal. And there’s no shortage of hiking opportunities on Lopez Island.
If you’re looking for a day out on Lopez Island, the town center is just a short ferry ride away. There’s a large market on the island, and plenty of local restaurants and shops are nearby. The island is home to a variety of attractions, from art galleries to museums. The midnight farm is a unique 100-acre farm, and there’s a kids’ farm here. You can see goats, pigs, and more on the farm.