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Be Famous for your Italian Cooking! Spectacular Waterfront Home

Be Famous for your Italian Cooking! Spectacular Waterfront Home


Property Details

Updated: May 22, 2015
A Little Bit of Naples on the Bay!

Come Celebrate in Relaxed Comfort Italian Style

at this Awesome Waterfront Home.

Enjoy an Italian Evening or a quiet comfortable San Juan Island visit with friends or family.

Buon Appetito Italiani Dolci--

Our treat to you.... Fresh Baked Italiani Dolci, Italian Breakfast Treats From Nonna's Cucina.

Optional Italian Cooking Classes are available for your

enjoyment and entertainment .

Cooking Classes are not a requirement of Vacation Home Rental..

Did you know ??

Garrison Bay has less rain and more sunshine than the mainland of Seattle and Portland areas?????


Bring your bridal party for a weekend of fun at Garrison Bay Estates. Enjoy a Bottle of Italian Wine and Homemade Biscotti while you plan your wedding.

Saturday could be Spa day. And Saturday evening, enjoy an Italian Private Dinner and Cooking Class. Classes take place within walking distance to your Vacation Home. Spa and Private Dinners are optional and additional in fee.

Garrison Bay Estates San Juan Island

A Haven Providing the Ultimate

Waterfront Family Vacation Rental Home.

This newer 3 bedroom 2 bath San Juan Island Waterfront Paradise with Private Beach, will provide all the comforts of a luxury resort with all the conveniences of home.

We created this special place for people looking for comfort; friendliness and respect for privacy; a place to cook, drink, eat explore and relax and most important Make Memories.

If you would like to enjoy your holiday in stylish ambient which is comfortable and inviting in the most beautiful area of San Juan Island then come join us.

Come experience Italian living on beautiful Garrison Bay, San Juan Island.


These four words describe what an Italian Evening is all about. We are constantly laughing together and having fun. Our Hands on Cooking Classes and Private Dinner will take a couple of hours and the eating might take just as long.

ITALIANS are justifiably famous for keeping culinary traditions alive and in this corner of San Juan Island you will find the best example of all that is great about Italian food at Nonna's Kitchen on Garrison Bay .

Our cooking classes will take place in our beautiful country kitchen, using my grandmother’s recipes, or lack of recipes! I'm Italian - I learned to cook without recipes but have put favorites into written form for you to take home and enjoy.

Dinner and classes are within walking distance to your Waterfront Vacation Rental, Garrison Bay Estates. No designated driver is needed!

All true Italian Home Cooking.

Of course, everything is done by hand, from scratch, in the old fashioned way Italians have been doing for centuries.

You will be involved 100% or just watch. Be ready to put that apron on, sink your hands in dough as we explore the art of Home Style Italian Cooking.

Cooking Classes are optional and not a requirement of Vacation Home Rental .

Your Garrison Bay Vacation Rental Home with fully equipped Kitchen that includes: French Coffee Press & Espresso/Cappuccino Maker.

All the must have items including wine glasses and Blender. Even cook books.

The Large great room with flat screen TV & BlueRay player, has French Doors to expansive deck. Extra Large lawn area for play. Toy chest for children and adults

Indoor and Outdoor toys. Games, cards and more.

From the Private Beach you can see British Camp National Park with its great hiking trails . It is only 5 minutes away.! And even closer by kayak.

Bring your own bike or rent from the bike shop downtown. Launch your kayak in your front yard into Garrison Bay. No kayak - no problem, rentals available locally for guided tours.

Bird watchers and naturalist will enjoy viewing the bays abundant wildlife from canoe, kayak or beach.

Soak in sun all day while you enjoy the panoramic views and BBQ in your own park like yard steps from Bay.

Reserve your escape to the #1 rated Vacation spot you need now!

Relax, you will be here before you know it.

More Details
  • Sleeps 9
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

We moved to the island in 1999 after several years of cruising and boating in these calm waters.

Our last visit, we just did not want to go home, which then was Southern California.

We live the island life style, growing as much of our vegetables as possible and cooking from scratch

We love to share our wonderful food, recipes and beautiful Garrison Bay on San Juan Island with travelers.

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Had a great time. Everything was great.

You have a wonderful place.
May 2012
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Be Famous for your Italian Cooking! Spectacular Waterfront Home
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Friday Harbor San Juan Island

60th Birthday celebration with family and friends

  • 5 of 5
What an amazing experience! The hospitality at Garrison Bay Estates is incredible, Susan is very serious about making sure that your stay is perfect... daily morning treats that were top notch delicious, the house is incredibly comfortable with all the amenities from a fully stocked kitchen to the toys and games for kids and adults, oh and the setting is spectacular- queue the eagles, deer and seals. I can't think of a better way to get away for some fun, relaxation and celebration with friends and family. My only regret is not booking an evening cooking with Susan and Ed - next time ;-)
  • Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Be Famous for your Italian Cooking! Spectacular Waterfront Home
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Friday Harbor San Juan Island

Fun Girls Weekend Getaway!

  • 5 of 5
We had a great time at Garrison Bay! The house was clean and comfortable and had spectacular views out into the water. Easy to find and very quiet and peaceful. I booked the house for a 2 night Bachelorette weekend with 6 ladies and had a blast in the house. Susan even left us some homemade goodies for breakfast!

We also took the Italian pasta cooking class from Susan and Ed and it was so much fun. We really enjoyed talking, laughing and drinking wine withe them, while making a delicious dinner.

A great experience was had by all!! I will definitely keep this place in mind for our next weekend getaway.
  • Submitted: May 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you all for visiting here at Garrison Bay Estates. It was our pleasure to meet each of you. We look forward to hearing about and seeing some photos of the wedding.!
The Italian Dinners are fun aren't they? We do enjoy meeting new people, hearing about their adventures and welcoming them into our family.
We do live the Italian Lifestyle here and enjoy everyday here on Garrison Bay.
We hope you come visit again soon.
Susan and Ed
Be Famous for your Italian Cooking! Spectacular Waterfront Home
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Friday Harbor San Juan Island

Amazing, comfy, just like home!

  • 5 of 5
Loved the house! We felt just like we were home. The house was filled with lots of useful items - there was nothing missing. Big windows in the living area with a great view to the waterfront. Ideal for any family with lots of games to play and enjoy just by being home. we spent more time at home than outside because of the comfort factor. Treats were waiting for us before we arrived and were treated with more on the second day! Recommend this to all lookingn for a comfy and safe stay.
  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to review our lovely waterfront home on Garrison Bay San Juan Island.
I agree with you totally as to the comforts of this home. Lots of love has been put into making a visit here memorable. Isn't the couch awesome to cuddle with a afghan and watch the deer outside on the lawn.
So much to see and do right here on the Bay. This morning was spent watching 3 young eagles soaring over the bay. Momma must be around too.
A relaxing stay is so important to many folks and it can be achieved right here.
The house is fully stocked with items you usually do not find in other vacation rental homes. From Espresso Machine to Wine Glasses, it is all here.
Glad you liked our Italiani Dolci (Italian Treats) especially the Lemon Ricotta Loaf laced with a tad of homemade Limoncello. Wait till you try Nonna's Apple Tart, Divine!
The children love the Nutella Panini and morning Biscotti. Great dunking!
I adore baking and sharing, can you tell?
Thanks again for your review, it really does help folks have a feel as to what Garrison Bay Estates is all about. Come back again soon.
Be Famous for your Italian Cooking! Spectacular Waterfront Home
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Friday Harbor San Juan Island

Beautiful home in a perfect location...

  • 5 of 5
My family and our close friends stayed together in this lovely home over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Gorgeous treats greeted us in the kitchen which all the adults and kids appreciated after a long day travelling in from Seattle. This property is nested between trees and has plenty of surrounding space which makes you feel you are all alone with no neighbors close by. The house is very clean, comfortable, warm and fully equipped with everything two families need to enjoy a weekend away from home. The location is perfect for accessing different parts of the island. I would highly recommend this property to anyone seeking the above. Susan was extremely welcoming, and even though we were out of the property a lot and missed meeting each other, she sent a couple of emails just to check in and to make sure everything was as we expected.
Will definitely rent this property again.
  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Island Greetings Helena,
You have captured the essence of Garrison Bay Estates. Amazing even during the quiet season, there is so much to do!
Thank you for visiting and taking the time to write such a lovely review.
We look forward to your next visit. Maybe then we shall meet!
Be Famous for your Italian Cooking! Spectacular Waterfront Home
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Friday Harbor San Juan Island

What a treat!

  • 5 of 5
Had a wonderful time enjoying island activities and playing at Garrison Bay. The children Loved the deer who visited daily as well as the toys in the toy chest. Indoor and outdoor toys were available, saved me from packing toys.
The home itself is extremely comfy. Very and I do mean Very clean. We cooked most nights and appreciated the kitchen being so well stocked. Even spices.

The front lawn is massive, great space for all of us to enjoy. It lead directly to the beach where we not only played in the water at the shore, but easy to use our inflatable we brought along.

The fire pit was used almost daily. Thank you Susan for the s'mores kit. Loved the s'mores for the adults too. Italian style and spiked.

We booked an Italian Night and it was amazing. Susan and Ed showed us so many helpful hints on cooking down home Italian food. Not like restaurant fare for sure, so much better and lots easier.

Can't think of any Cons other than the water was chilly, if Susan and Ed could control that, they would!

Definitely plan to return. Great location for a romantic weekend, family gathering or any kind of visit. We were two families with children. Best vacation ever.
  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Be Famous for your Italian Cooking! Spectacular Waterfront Home
+1 -360-378-1177
Friday Harbor San Juan Island

Beautiful property near shores of Garrison Bay

  • 5 of 5
We had a great time on San Juan island and did a ton of things during the week we were there. I'd highly recommend taking a whale watching tour with San Juan Whale and Wildlife tours. It is a great boat, can hold up to 6 people and Captain Hobbs is very knowledgable about the orcas and very respectful of them and their habitat. We also went zip lining with Zip Tours and visited the Whale Museum, the National Parks, Roche Harbor etc. The House was lovely and comfortable and had everything we needed to make the stay enjoyable. We really enjoyed the cooking class with took with Susan and Ed too, another highlight of our stay! Thanks for a great vacation!
  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway


From the Owner

We built this home with the thought of family and friends visiting San Juan Island and this absolutely wonderful perfect beach property. We want to share this magic with others. COME VISIT Garrison Bay San Juan Island!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Friday Harbor at 9 Miles Nearest Barpub : Roche Harbor at 5 Miles Nearest Ferry : Friday Harbor at 9 Miles Nearest Golf : San Juan Golf & County Club at 12 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Susan's Italian Kitchen - Private Dinners at 0.1 Miles Nearest Beach : Waterfront Right Outside Your Door! Car: recommended

Garrison Bay, near Roche Harbor Resort & Marina 1-5 mi

Other Activities: Italian Cooking Classes and Private Dinners. Shopping, Kayaking, Horseshoes, Wildlife Viewing, Boating, Health/Beauty Spa.


From $199 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Almost Summer
Apr 18 2015 - Jun 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
2 Night July Summer Special
Jul 26 2015 - Jul 27 2015
2 night minimum stay
2 Night August Summer Special
Aug 4 2015 - Aug 5 2015
2 night minimum stay
Fabulous Summer
Aug 6 2015 - Sep 4 2015
4 night minimum stay
Gorgeous September 2 Night
Sep 5 2015 - Sep 9 2015
2 night minimum stay
Blissfully Quiet
Nov 1 2015 - Feb 29 2016
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • departure housekeeping $135.00 + Tax
  • Property Damage Protection $59.00
  • Tax Rate 10.1%

Departure cleaning fee up to 135.00 may apply. Non refundable one time 59.00 fee for Property Damage Insurance may apply.

Culinary Classes are optional and not a condition of rental of this wonderful Bay Side Home.
Complimentary Italiani Dolci, Italian Breakfast Treats

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Updated: May 22, 2015


From the Owner

Private Beach Waterfront. Extra large park like lawn area for family fun. No steps, rocks or cliffs to climb to access water. Walk right in! One of few if not only beach front homes on SJI with such easy beach access. Bring your kayaks or inflatable boat and enjoy!

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet


  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Private Chef


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 1750 sq. ft.


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, tub, shower, Walk in Shower, Dual Vanities, Soaking Tub for 2!
  • Over-sized Soaking Tub for two is located in Master Bath. Walk in Shower in Master Bath. Tub/shower combo in Hall Bath


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king, King size comfort with luxury linens
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 double, Feather beds!! Extra cozy and plush
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen, Queen Comfort with Feather Bed
  • Master Bedroom with King Size Bed, private deck, great water views. Master bath has twin sinks, full walk in shower and soaking tub for two. Bedroom #2 , Queen Bed with comfy feather bed . Garden Views Bedroom #3 with two Double Beds and garden view. A twin size roll away is available as well as Baby gear, crib and booster seat at no extra charge.


  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 9 garden chairs


  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • Parking For Boat/Trailer, Kitchen Fully stocked! Including, french press coffee pot, espresso & cappuccino coffee maker, blender. Cook books too! ** Catering Available - Tuscan Style Italian Cooking Classes and Private Dinners for your enjoyment. Mom deserves a vacation too! Beachfront - Walk out Beach with wonderful views to British Camp National Park. Enjoy the wildlife in abundance. Garrison Bay Estates is a quiet, cozy luxury island getaway! ** Personal Chef ~~Cooking Classes~~Private dining. Have your own Personal Chef for an evening of Italian fun & food, making everything by hand from pastas to pizza, porchetta, and more! Email for details,

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